Category: Usability

I recently returned from a 10-day family excursion to Florida. Our last family vacation was 2 summers ago. Florida in the summer is not a logical choice, but I’m forced to squish in something between the end of baseball season, sacrificing some soccer and being back by the start of high school football camp. We also dragged along my college daughter, whose only moment of sanity was when we got to Sanibel Island. The plan was to visit friends andRead more…

A guest post by an anonymous writer appeared in TechCrunch, called The Time Has Come To Regulate Search Engine Marketing And SEO.  Anytime I hear about regulating search engine marketing, I go to see the street brawl. The article focused on how evil Google, as the lKing of search engines, is. The writer makes valid points about how the search engine works and how ill advised it is to worship the Google god, because it can grant you a kingdomRead more…

I get all excited when I write up free quotes and proposals. It takes a chunk of time to put together a plan, estimate the hours, plan for sub-contractors if needed and their fees, figure their project into my timeline and review their web site to make sure I allow enough time to meet their needs. So when an RFQ is ignored or refused, that time is gone forever and I have nothing to show for it. I have aRead more…

Clicking back through my mountain pile scattered mess of TO READ links, are some juicy bursts of brilliance from the usability and user experience design community. User experience is not just a result of UX design; rather, design directly affects user experience. – Is Design the Preeminent Protagonist in User Experience? Typically, anything that moves and bounces detracts from Web usability; when navigation moves while users are trying to find their way, it’s deadly. Users should focus on the higher-levelRead more…

The conversation was tense, to say the least. Two web designers, who designed and built a web site for my client, who is the stakeholder, were on a conference call with me to review the usability/user experience site audit I’d prepared for their web site. One web designer says, “Judging from the report, you don’t like the homepage, right?” “Oh no!,” I replied, “I LOVE it.” Truth is, it’s gorgeous. I review hundreds of sites and this one was aboveRead more…

My debut article for the popular Website Magazine was released today. You can read it at Everyday Usability – 14-Point Checklist for Success. Teaser: It occurred to me while staring at the ceiling of my dentist’s office: My hygienist has a job like mine. She feels duty-bound to remind me of the benefits of regular flossing because it promotes healthy teeth and prevents problems down the road. So, I floss for a few days and then forget about it unlessRead more…

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