<XML><RECORDS><RECORD><REFERENCE_TYPE>3</REFERENCE_TYPE><REFNUM>8455</REFNUM><AUTHORS><AUTHOR>Kotze,P.</AUTHOR><AUTHOR>Renaud,K.</AUTHOR></AUTHORS><YEAR>2007</YEAR><TITLE>Do We Practise What We Preach in Formulating Our Design and Development Methods?</TITLE><PLACE_PUBLISHED>"Engineering Interactive Systems 2007 (EIS 2007)"</PLACE_PUBLISHED><PUBLISHER>N/A</PUBLISHER><LABEL>Kotze:2007:8455</LABEL><ABSTRACT>It is important for our credibility as user interface designers and educators that we practice what we preach. Many system designers and programmers are still sceptical about the need for user-centred design and, in order to win them over, we need to be absolutely clear about what they need to do. We, as a community, propose many different methods to support naïve designers so that they will design and implement user-centred systems. One of the most popular methods is HCI design patterns - captured and formulated by experts for the sole purpose of transferring knowledge to novices. In this paper we investigate the usability of these patterns and conclude that they are not usable. Hence, unfortunately, we have to conclude that we don't practice what we preach. We conclude the paper by making some suggestions about how we can address this problem.</ABSTRACT></RECORD></RECORDS></XML>