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Sunday, February 22, 2004
 
OK/Cancel: World's First HCI Rap:
"We Got It"
Check it: An OK/Cancel exclusive. We present to you "We Got It", a song for the users. Representing our HCI, Usability, and Interaction Design brethren. Music and lyrics by our very own Tom Chi with vocals by Tom Chi and KC.

Select the appropriate region and the download (mp3) will begin:

* [Americas]

* [Europe]

* [Aus / Asia]

Be prepared for serious HCI flava.



LYRICS ---------------------------------------

Yo -- this is an OK/Cancel exclusive
for the first time in history:
HCI and hiphop together.
for your educational pleasure
now check this while I wreck with some buttons and levers
give me 10 seconds and I'll start this endeavor

HCI? yo we got it
UCD? yo we got it
focus on usability, yeh we're on it
champion the user to keep the work honest
that's the task that's upon us

So you say got an application to build
Market niche you going to fill with a product that's a killer
You got 'funding in the millions and a team that is willing
to follow any schedule that you set before them

But wait a sec here, I don't see any HCI,
Man you're headed for more drama than "Days of 'our Lives"
you're gonna end up with something that users despise
lest get their feedback throughout the project timeline

So sit down -- and listen to me
No one wants see their product become ancient history
BEFORE you start rushing to build those interfaces
your best bet is make a set :: of simple use cases

They should describe what users actually do
and if that's unknown, run a contextual inquiry too
Because your interface will never be easy to follow
lest you build it to match up with their cognitive models

After that generate a lot of designs
run them by some users even just 2 at a time
iterate and iterate and soon you'll oblitherate
any interfaces which are wack or inconsiderate

that will help you mitigate support costs or generate
website hit rates and orders. So check it:
you'll be taking profits instead of mounting losses
'Cause you brought us in at-the front of the process

HCI? yo we got it
UCD? yo we got it
focus on usability, yeh we're on it
champion the user to keep the work honest
that's the task that's upon us

So you're just starting out, and want to know more? design of
everyday things will help you get through the door
and it takes less than 7 seconds, if your logged on
to scope an alertbox over at useit.com

now peruse on over to Schniderman and Cooper
along with Steve Krug they stop interface bloopers
and when you got to check where the user's head is at
best pick up a copy of Beyer and Holtzblatt

perhaps you're a coder needing HCI bad? we got
peeps that speak your language, like Spolsky and Winograd
and lastly if you're asking to see the larger picture
read Rosenfeld and Morville, and have Tufte chart it later

HCI? yo we got it
UCD? yo we got it
focus on usability, yeh we're on it
champion the user to keep the work honest
that's the task that's upon us

HCI? yo we got it
UCD? yo we got it
focus on usability, yeh we're on it
champion the user to keep the work honest
that's the task that's upon us

Alright, that will get ya'll started.
Shout out to Snoop Toggy Togg, Eazy Z, LL Spool J, and other headz i didn't get to mention right here.

Userati unite - to keep the interactions clear. nice.
yo ima pass this over to KC now, check this out

Yo this KC in the UK
bringing usability from London to Van-city
if your 'project goes pear-shaped then come get me
or perhaps that geezer the brilliant Tom Chi
all lightweights, clear out right
ok-cancel is here now

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