I just finished installing SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. At the end of the installation process I received a confirmation message. It says:
I added a red rectangle to make my point clear. Reading the information in that rectangle I actually thought the installation encountered some errors. When I looked at the log, everything went fine. Then why isn’t there any message in this confirmation window stating that the installation was succesful?
Again it is clear to me that confirmation and error messages should be clear and meaningful for the user. Developers have the responsibility to think out of the expert box.
I have been thinking about usability and ergonomy for ages, without even having a clue about the existance of these domains. A couple of years ago I found out about it by means of information design; an epiphany struck me when I found out what is meant.
And now at last I started an academic study at the university of Leuven, to be trained as a usability designer (http://soc.kuleuven.be/com/mediac/otc/lv/ud/index.htm). Just had my first session last Tuesday and I’m all thrilled with this Santa Claus feeling (you know: “Santa Claus is coming!”).
So I decided to set up a blog to share my ideas while I’m evolving to a mature (pooha!) usability designer.