Humanscale Supports InformeDesign® Improvements
Online Tool Makes Design & Human Behavior Research Accessible to Designers
New York, October 25, 2007 — Thanks in part to a Humanscale donation in September 2007, the University of Minnesota is improving search features on InformeDesign, a free online research and communications tool for design professionals. Humanscale first demonstrated its support for InformeDesign with a donation in 2006. In addition to conducting full-text searches of more than 1,800 Research Summaries, designers will soon have the ability to search the Implications library and to search Web Casts—at least five of which are now scheduled to launch in the coming year—by keyword.
The first searchable database of design and human behavior Research Summaries on the Internet, InformeDesign receives 12,000 visits (9,500 from unique visitors) and 72,000 downloads per month. Located at www.informedesign.umn.edu, the InformeDesign database contains research findings transformed from more than 175 scholarly journals that relate to design and human behavior. Search results enable designers to locate documentation that will aid them in developing meaningful solutions to design challenges. An interactive tool allows users to provide comments on specific Research Summaries that may be helpful to other design professionals. Additional features include a calendar of research-related events and a glossary of terms. All services currently on the InformeDesign website are available at no cost to visitors.
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