CSE 271: User Interface Design: Social and
- The class notes are not a substitute for the assigned readings.
They are often meant to supplement or correct the readings, and sometimes
they are just what I felt like writing at the time, rather than what is most
important. Also, please note that the lectures and the readings other than
the text are often more important than the text.
- To read gziped postscript files, you must first extract the postscript
from the gzipped file. On Windows machines, this may be too arcane for the
Winzip Wizard, but Power Archiver should work; on Apple machines, the Stuffit
Expander should work. For viewing and printing postscript, use GSView or
Ghostview; these can be downloaded from the net, although they may be complex
to install. CSE Unix machines already have gunzip and ghostview, and older
versions of Netscape call them automatically.
Due 24 April:
Due 1 May: This may look like a lot, but each item is relatively short.
- Due 3 April:Although theoretically this material should have been read before the
second class meeting, it is acceptable to have read it before the third
- Due 10 April:
- Due 17 April:
- Chapter 3 of Shneiderman.
- Section 3 of the class notes.
- Communication and Collaboration
from a CSCW Perspective by Mark Ackerman. This paper is very
condensed and may need to be read several times; some of you may need a
dictionary, and the class notes will also help.
- The section entitled "Signs," in Semiotics for
Beginners by Daniel Chandler, University of Wales, Aberystwyth; you
may also want to read the "Introduction" and/or the "Preface"; if so, I
recommend doing so after reading the "Signs" section. You do not need to
have a deep understanding of this material; however, it is interesting to
get a taste of how semiotics is used in the humanities, and the historical
information is also of some interest. The most important points about
basic semiotics are summarized in the reading below.
- On Notation by Joseph
Goguen; a PDF version is also
available. This is a short introduction to some basics of Peircean
semiotics, with illustrations from computer science and mathematics.
Due 8 May:
Due 15 May: The last two will help you see what is currently going on in cognitive
Due 22 May:
Due 29 May:
Due 5 June:
- Section 10 and Section A
of the class notes.
- The Ethics of
Databases, an application of semiotics to web search engines.
- Review the material on semiotics in the class notes, especially in Section 3, Section 7, and Section 10; Section 7 contains the most detailed information
on how to use semiotic morphisms, while Section 10 contains much new
material and may be being rewritten as you read this!
- Read Towards a Social, Ethical
Theory of Information, for material on information, stories and
values, especially pages 13-14 on narrative.
- (New! Optional but recommended for reviewing the last lecture) Semiotics, Compassion, and
- (Optional but highly recommended) Reality and Human Values in
- (Optional but recommended) Dynamic Logic by Peter Bøgh Andersen; a PDF version is also available.
- (Optional) Extenporaneous blending:
Conceptual integration in humorous discourse from talk radio by Seana Coulson. (It's in
- (Very Optional) Notes on
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