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Friday, May 15 • 9:15am - 10:00am
In Defense of the Floppy Disk: The Vocabulary of the Interface

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No one knows that the floppy disk means save. At least, that's what the campus librarian insisted when she reviewed the website I worked on for her university. I had done research on just this issue, proving that over 100 college students could identify what the floppy disk meant, but it wasn't enough. New students are always coming in, she said, much younger than the ones I polled. So I went back and surveyed 526 high schoolers to find out definitively: Do teenagers understand the outdated tech in our icons? The survey says yes. But beyond answering her question, I learned a lot of other interesting things about the way younger users interact with the web. 

Some of what we’ll cover:

Visual language builds off metaphors from the past, just like spoken language

Users don’t always need to know an icon’s origin -- context can help them 


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Lis Pardi

Lead Experience Designer, Digitas Health
Lis is an information architect, usability researcher, and interaction designer at Digitas Health. She has an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and has worked on interfaces for health care, games, retailers, and research databases. She lives in Philadelphia, where she is chair of PhillyCHI, the city's UX community. You can find her on twitter @LisPardi.

Friday May 15, 2015 9:15am - 10:00am