The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems

Category: Computer Science
Author: Jef Raskin
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by gjvc   2022-10-15
For those scoffing at this, you might be interested to know that the brains behind this was Jef Raskin, he of the book "The Humane Interface" [0,1] and was responsible for conceiving and starting the Macintosh project. [2]

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by jonahx   2019-07-12
Something similar to this is discussed and championed in The Humane Interface:

by cschmidt   2017-08-19
Your comments remind me a bit of the interface for the Canon Cat designed by Jeff Raskin. You may be familiar with his classic book...

by GuiA   2017-08-19
Plan 9's UI works in a quite similar way. I'm not up to date on my history of those systems, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is heavy cross pollination between the two.

Additionally, the fact that the writer of this post mentions Oberon's zooming user interface and the Canon Cat means I have to encourage anyone interested in this topic to read this wonderful book:


The article linked to at the very beginning is not available on the original site. Here is an link:

by mrshoe   2017-08-19
My favorite UX books:

The Design of Everyday Things (

The Humane Interface (

Contextual Design (