user interfaces

Where The Progress Bar Came From

Where The Progress Bar Came From

We’ve all spent hours — maybe even days — of our lives cursing the slow crawl of the dreaded progress bar. But did you ever stop to think about how much worse it might be if the bar wasn’t there in the first place. Fortunately, thanks to one grad student’s…

How Messy Is Your Computer’s Desktop?

How Messy Is Your Computer’s Desktop?

We all aspire to a certain amount of digital desktop cleanliness, but I think rather few of us actually keep up on it. As the days go by, the clutter builds bit by bit, and it’s just irritating enough to be unpleasant, but not a big enough deal to actually…