discussion around human centered design and human potential
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
How frequently a word is used is an important part of how clearly a message is understood. Frequently used words are generally better understood (as long as the word doesn't have too many potentially conflicting meanings.) I know from studying foreign languages how useful it is to know the frequency a word appears. In university I worked my way through a list of the top 2000 Chinese characters. But for a native English speaker, this information is often buried in linguistic databases. A more populist approach is offered by WORDCOUNT / Tracking the Way We Use Language /. I would like more functionality on the site, more integration with other ways of viewing a word (such as related concepts), but I still think it is an intriguing idea.
I am a user centered design consultant based in Wellington, New Zealand. I have an MSc in human centred computing systems from the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK, and a Master's in international affairs from Columbia University, New York.
I can be reached at userinnovation1 [at] yahoo [dot] com