The Making of 'GUI Bloopers'

Jeff Johnson, UI Wizards, Inc.

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

Jeff Johnson, user-interface consultant and author of the new book GUI Bloopers: DON'Ts and DOs for Software Developers and Web Designers (Morgan-Kaufmann), describes why he began collecting GUI design bloopers several years ago, why he decided to publish them in a book, how the bloopers are organized and presented, and how the book was usability tested. His talk is illustrated with many examples of bloopers.

Jeff Johnson is President and Principal Consultant at UI Wizards, Inc., a product usability consulting firm ( He has worked in the field of Human-Computer Interaction since 1978. After earning B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities, he worked as a user-interface designer and implementer, engineer manager, usability tester, and researcher at Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard Labs, Sun/FirstPerson (the predecessor of JavaSoft), and SunSoft. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in Human-Computer Interaction and the impact of technology on society.


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