Welcome to JefRaskin.com
is the official site about Jef Raskin, author of
The Humane Interface (Addison-Wesley
2000), creator of Apple's Macintosh, the Canon Cat, click-and-drag selection
and other inventions. He coined the term and the concept of "information appliances." This
site contains works by and about him, including Jef's writings on a variety
of subjects. There is also a tediously long curriculum
vitae. Lots of dates and references if you need
them. Otherwise, skip it.
site also contains pointers to a current project to implement many of
the features and methods described in Jef's recent book. The project,
a part of the new Raskin Center for Humane Interfaces,
is called "Archy" and
a developmental version is now available for download. This site was designed and
is maintained by Galen Panger and Aza Raskin.
was an interface and systems designer, a writer, and a consultant, concentrating
primarily on making computers more usable and their interfaces efficient
as well as pleasant. He is also well-known as an expert on the aerodynamics
of miniature aircraft. Jef died peacefully at home in California on February 26th, 2005 surrounded by his family and loved ones. He had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Read the press release.
site is being built with permission from Jef.
also has a great webpage dedicated to Jef Raskin, with photos and interviews.
for the materials on this website are held by the authors.
Archy at present contains commands that do typical word-processing operations
and e-mail, has a calculator, and contains its own Python development
system. However, it doesn't work like anything else on this or nearby
planets (you can't make something better and still keep it the same).
It's extremely easy to use, and very efficient, but to gain this ease
of use we had to abandon current interface methods entirely and rethink
interface design from the ground up.
This means that you won't know how to use Archy (now, there's
The rationale for the new interface is covered in detail in Jef's book, "The
which will also help you figure out how Archy works.
Humane Interface, by Jef Raskin
Humane Interface is Jef Raskin's book about human interface design.
He says that our honeymoon with digital technology is over: We are tired
of having to learn huge, arcane programs to do even the simplest of tasks;
we have had our fill of crashing computers; and we are fatigued by the
continual pressure to upgrade. The Humane Interface delivers a
way for computers, information appliances, and other technology-driven
products to continue to advance in power and expand their range of applicability,
while becoming free of the hassles and obscurities that plague present
in April, 2000, the book received its fourth English-language printing
in February, 2003. There are Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, and Russian
editions, and at last report, it is being translated into French, Italian,
Korean, and Dutch, with other translations planned. As of February, 2003,
it was in use as a text or required reading at over 100 universities and
colleges. If you would like a copy, please buy
it through our Amazon Association.