Category: Usability

While I’m in the process of bulldozing this site, I found two very cool Usability finds too good not to share if you love freebies. Visit  Download Free UX Books Free UX Research Tools by ZURB Thanks ActualInsights for aiding and abetting my UX addiction.

I wrote this many years ago and it still cracks me up. You can see how some of the user complaints are practices that, for the most part, are no longer used. I’m sure you’ve come across web sites that match the criteria I joke about below. If Your Home Page Could Only Talk Dear web site visitor. I can’t tell you how glad I am that you found my website. You have no idea the great lengths we’ve goneRead more…

The main objective of usability reviews and functional testing is to help your online business succeed and meet all of your goals. Often, a company simply doesn’t know how to be successful online because their staff isn’t experienced with all the skills necessary to be and remain competitive. Usability is an important business decision if revenue is expected to come from a web site. It is used to determine what is wanted and needed by a business. Usability input isRead more…

Two hurdles web designers face when designing web sites are how to setup the information architecture and from there, create easy to understand navigation. Hopefully, an easy to understand navigation scheme also means easy to use. But, should we really have to THINK about navigation? I don’t want to. I want to be able to scan words that tell me where I am, where to go, what happens when I get there, and why I should take a few extraRead more…

The science of usability goes far beyond navigation logic and decorated links. User experience includes making a lasting impression, which helps with word-of-mouth marketing. Is the site clear about its objectives? Does each page motivate you to read more? Does the site content influence action? As in dating, we think that to make a good first impression, we should keep the conversation focused on our positive traits. Especially in the vital first few minutes, we avoid launching into what weRead more…

As visually entertaining the latest trends in web design may be, there are a few usability walls we run into while reading. One is the appearance of a hyperlink. Should you underline a text link? These days it’s not the only way to signal a place to click. Other clues may be a different text color, font size or hover color. Your best choice is to pick one style and be consistent through out your web pages. Does underlining wordsRead more…

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