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Smashing Conf Barcelona

You know, we use ad-blockers as well. We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly conferences — crafted for pros like yourself? E.g. our upcoming SmashingConf Barcelona, dedicated to smart front-end techniques and design patterns.


Mads is editor-in-chief at and considers himself a bit of a Smashing Magazine wannabe. He has worked at The Danish National Technological Institute with research in industry. Until 2000 he was one of three partners in, a web development company. He worked in the eBusiness Think Tank of Daimler and also as a lecturer at the Department of Information and Media Studies at the University of Aarhus. He was a PHD student at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Aarhus and at University of California at Irvine. He also spent six months at University of Tasmania's School of Psychology. He lived a year in Manitoba, Canada where he learned to say "eh" like a true Canadian.

The History Of Usability: From Simplicity To Complexity

The story of usability is a perverse journey from simplicity to complexity. That's right, from simplicity to complexity—not the other way around.

The History of Usability: From Simplicity to Complexity

If you expect a "user-friendly" introduction to usability and that the history of usability is full of well-defined concepts and lean methods, you're in for a surprise. Usability is a messy, ill-defined, and downright confusing concept. The more you think about it—or practice it—the more confusing it becomes.


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