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GUI Journal is a collection of notes by Carl Andersen regarding design concepts and principles gathered over decades of designing and implementing user interfaces for custom, retail, and enterprise software applications. The mechanisms, delivery, and audiences change, but the principles remain the same.

Carl has been programming since the 1970s, long before the personal computer existed. He has carried around stacks of punch cards wrapped tightly with rubber bands to keep them secure before delivering them enthusiastically to a DEC-10 computer that required more A/C power than today’s typical house.

It took only one look at the GUI of the new Apple Macintosh in 1984 to realize that this was the way the user experience was meant to be. Carl had to buy one and immediately began programming for it.

Carl has specialized in User Interfaces for more than 20 years, working almost exclusively on browser-based GUIs for more than a decade. During that time he has studied usability from behind a two-way mirror. He has quietly watched for hours over the shoulders of users as they repeatedly made wrong assumptions (about GUIs he had designed) and fumbled to find the features they needed so they could accomplish the task at hand. Countless pages of notes have been put to good use over the years.

Recently Carl decided it was time to share all that experience with those who are looking for some ideas of how to make their designs a little better (and are hoping to avoid some of the pain that engendered all that experience).

2 Responses to "About"

  1. Hugh Lomas says:

    Your site is informative and well documented via images, the content is appreciated. I was wondering if you might be able to recommend some other resources for learning, and more importantly for staying current in user interface design. Perhaps the proper search words elude me, but I am having difficulty finding any other quality resources via Google, your site is the first.

    Thank you,
    Hugh Lomas

    1. Carl says:

      Hugh,
      The book “GUI Bloopers 2.0″ is an excellent resource.
      Thanks,
      Carl

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