Category: Usability

Forms on websites are one of the usability conversions topics I write about and one of my favorite areas to test because they always have issues. From understandability to readability to ease of use, online forms are famously frustrating to use and easy to spam.  Designers will love this new resource from my friends at UserTesting.com   And yes, they even added one of my how-to pieces for forms design. The Form Usability Treasure Trove: 42 Top Resources Beat YourRead more…

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There remains an ocean between human factors/usability/user experience design and testing and search engine optimization, marketing and internet marketing practices, with no bridge to cross over. What’s worse, few are willing to build that bridge.  Perhaps it’s because every time someone starts to they are tossed into the ocean or burned at the stake.  Usability and SEO have been on two sides of web site projects since forever.  They are separated into different departments, different buildings, different conferences, different booksRead more…

Gather ye horses, trusty steeds, flask of whiskey and your Google bot dogs, for we have word of another fox in the rank-house and Matt Cutts has sounded the trumpets! Bad Merchant? Google May Drop Your Rankings Later This Year reports that  Matt Cutts signaled yet another blow to spammers and bad online businesses. Cutts said: We have a potential launch later this year, maybe a little bit sooner, looking at the quality of merchants and whether we can doRead more…

For my friends who devour case studies in Human Factors and new thinking in web design, here are some of my more recent finds. Service Design Elements that comprise Service Design as a discipline. Introduction to the Fundamentals of Motivation There is little escaping the fact that our motivations or how we explain and conceptualise them digs deeper into our own psyche and that of our societies than very often as designers we are prepared or entitled to look. FurthermoreRead more…

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…

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