Category: Blogging

I’m one of those folks who doesn’t read the directions first when I get something new. Ninety percent of the time I just plug it in and turn it on, and whatever happens, happens. I’m so famous in my house for not stopping long enough to learn how to use something new, that my husband or kids will take “the new thing” out of my hands if they see me with it. We discovered that big, fat logs aren’t appropriateRead more…

While my official mission for attending the Search Engine Strategies Conference in Chicago was to report on sessions for Search Engine Roundtable, truth is, I was personally on another one. I wanted to gauge the interest by the SEO/M community in user centered design that includes accessibility, usability and conversions practices. Unless you work in or travel with the Human Factors industry, getting accurate information on user centered design, or what is sometimes referred to as user experience design, mayRead more…

I always liked that line, “If you want to capture someone’s attention…whisper.” It makes you stop and think for a minute. Another line I swore was my personal tagline in my dating years was, “Once bitten, twice shy.” Both of these can be applied to user centered web design. Kathy Sierra captured my attention with her Cognitive Seduction and the “peekaboo” law. She has fun reminding us that a little bit of something can be major hit with our brainRead more…

Larry Constantine, of Constantine and Lockwood’s ForUse.com, has two new publications available for those interested in user centered design. In addition to the two links below, the site offers other popular essays, such as Beyond User-Centered Design and User Experience: Designing for User Performance Users, Roles, and Personas Abstract: User role models are compared in detail with the popular user modeling technique of personas. User roles offer a more compact, more focused means of capturing and exploring those aspects ofRead more…

I need a laugh. Thought I’d re-run one of my favorite articles on website design and present you all with a bit of comic relief for a Monday. Original title: User Experience and Search Engines: If Your Home Page Could Only Talk I wouldn’t advise turning on your screen reader, as it will say a lot of words over and over again and drive you crazy. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and the loss of your sale. But, we wereRead more…

Free or affordable education is readily available for anyone who wants to build a website. It’s been this way since the Internet began delivering websites. Yet, if the instruction manuals are only a click away, why do we continue to see new websites that look ridiculous? Desperation makes some people do unethical things like stealing content, brandnames, images and source code. Just as stealing from retail stores raises the costs for all of us, so too does the practice ofRead more…

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