Advanced Interface Design for Ease of Use

Tony Temple, IBM UK

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University January 28, 2000

Computers are just too complex for the average user, and many experts suffer too. This has got to change, firstly through design that satisfies the intended audience. Users have to be intimately involved at the beginning of every project, such that their expectations are at least satisfied and hopefully exceeded. At the same time we need to embrace some of the new technologies that will dramatically change the user experience. Our goal must be to make the computer transparent, so that users can perform their tasks in a natural and effective manner.

MR A C C Temple (Tony) is an IBM Fellow and Vice President, Ease of Use, IBM Corporation. He helped to launch IBM's international Time Sharing service in Europe and was instrumental in the development of Application System (AS), one of IBM's most successful application offerings, both as a service and subsequently as a Program Product. This success with AS led to the establishment of the IBM Software Development Laboratory, in Warwick, UK, where he served as Director. Soon after he also took responsibility for IBM's Dublin Laboratory.

During the late 1980's, Tony led the design of IBM's future end user systems, including the definition of User Interface Standards. Tony is the recipient of many IBM awards for innovation and technical achievement. He became a member of the IBM Academy of Technology in 1989 and was appointed an IBM Fellow in 1993.


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