Category: Blog Usability

It’s that time of year when families who own recreational vehicles (RV’s) and camping equipment begin to book their camping trips for the summer. Holiday camping has to be done well in advance. Before the snow has melted in most parts of the USA, families are dreaming of lakes and fishing, hiking, fairs, camping on the beach and nights by the fire, staring at the stars in the night time sky. The Internet has made searching for and contacting campgroundsRead more…

My approach to web site usability goes far beyond what you see on a web page. The lines between the Internet experience and off-line experience are blurred more and more as we adapt our lives to the technology we have available to us. The user experience, both on and off-line, sometimes blend together. This is usually overlooked by web site designers who haven’t had the experiences or training to understand the ramifications of every element they put on a pageRead more…

I’ve been tracking recent news and following discussions pertaining to web site planning, user experience design, and usability testing that are good reminders that there’s no such thing as a cozy, orderly, agreed upon approach to any of those things. Not only this, there are grumblings about why user centered design is probable at all. Pure Baloney Conglomerate Tests? offers one man’s opinions that usability testing is a crap shoot. To his way of thinking, the only way to getRead more…

When I decided to teach myself HTML in 1995, I did what many others did back then. We studied source code by copying and dismantling what someone else did. In those days, there was only one background color – gray. Creativity felt limited, but that didn’t last long. Today, there’s no end to what web designers can do. If you can imagine it, someone is inventing a way to do it. The pace is fast. We call it things likeRead more…

It’s been reported that Jakob Nielson spoke about SEO and Usability in his keynote speech at the User Experience 2007 conference in Barcelona. Known to have a strong interest in search engine development, he sometimes gets on the nerves of search engine marketers. According to Jakob Nielson sees parallels between ethical SEO and usability, With Web 2.0 still a buzz word and Web 3.0 or even 4.0 on the horizon, Nielson predicts a ‘back to basics approach’ as website ownersRead more…

November 8 is World Usability Day. From the official web site, “World Usability Day was founded to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use.” So here’s a toast to all the people who know what they want and ask for it and especially, all of you who read the minds of those who don’t share what they want or need. And you build it for us anyway.

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