March 21, 2001

Putting the 'U' in User-Designed Systems

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "The user-designed system. Will it see the fall of Microsoft and the rise of GPL (general public license)? Will it make StarOffice more popular than Microsoft Office? That remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: The UDS could make it possible to find things on the Internet. It also could shorten bank queues, build better motor vehicles and generally make many types of work more efficient and more enjoyable. Let's take a look at user-designed systems. The question we ought to asking is whether designers ought to become users -- or users designers?"


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