Ford Product Design Manager Chris Demeniuk - CES 2011
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Sean Clark, from mp3Car, interviews Chris Demeniuk from Ford about the application design process for the vehicle. Simplicity, usability, and engineering with the end user in mind are all important themes.
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I watched this video with interest, as I think Ford has been pioneering in car user interfaces. There’s been some controversy with the design direction they’ve been going, but being able to watch Sean pick Chris Demeniuk’s brain was very interesting. Thanks, Sean!
As I watched, I realized it might be useful to write down and list the sources that Chris mentions in the video. Hopefully this will lead to some insights for the interface designers on mp3car.com.
Interface design guidelines
The first person Chris mentions is Don Norman (2:28), and his book “The Design of Everyday Things”. Don has a very comprehensive website here, and his books are available on Amazon.com. In the same breath he mentions Jakob Nielsen (2:33), who is actually associated with Don Norman because they founded the Nielsen Norman Group together. Jakob has a list of 10 usability heuristics (2:36), which can be found here. Jakob Nielsen’s books are also on Amazon.
Karen Holtzblatt (2:43) is mentioned next in the video. Her book “Contextual Design: Defining Customer-Centered Systems” is available on amazon.
Finally, Chris mentions the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (8:35) . They have a page on Driver focus here, which has their Alliance Driver Focus Telematics Guidelines listed. The actual pdf of the Guidelines is here.
Hope folks find this list useful, and again - thanks to Sean for the inspiration, Chris for the insight and the people at mp3car.com who brought us the video!