Semiotics and UID

Emerging technologies have facilitated the building of complex computer systems. With a poorly designed user interface, such a system may meet all its performance and functional requirements, and still be rendered completely useless. Of course, these (financially disastrous) situations can usually be avoided ... and not by throwing more money into technology. More often than not, the lack of acceptance of a user interface is attributed to its failing to incorporate the social element (i.e., user values) in the design. Recognizing the need to address this problem, this website introduces classical and algebraic semiotics as theories to aid in the analysis and design of user interfaces, while taking into account the necessary user values.

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