Category: User Centered Design

When MsDewey was retired as a search engine, it started out quietly and without fanfare. The experimental search engine from Microsoft was an experiment. We came. We saw. We experienced. We forgot about it. And yet, many people were upset to see it go. What was the lure of MsDewey? It was entertainment. What could be better than a beautiful sensual woman, obviously intelligent, with a sly sense of humor, asking you to put her to work? If you ignoredRead more…

I’m sometimes referred to as being a “marketer”. When this happens, I immediately know the person hasn’t done their homework on my work. For sure, they’ve never met me. Because if they had, they’d know I have no sales gene in my DNA whatsoever. What I was, in the years 1996 – 2002, was an SEO and User Interface Engineer. This unique combination of skills and work experience enabled me to understand how to make web pages indexed by invisibleRead more…

If you’re seeking signs of hope or signals for where to put your time, money and energy for your online business, I have some direction to pass along. The convergence of Internet Marketing and User Experience design is where the action is. Peter DaVanzo has conducted an interview with Mike Grehan that contains nuggets of gems and insights by someone who has devoted the past decade to looking under search engine hoods. Mike Grehan Interview offers Mike’s perspective on what’sRead more…

In the space of a few days, two separate articles were published on the same topic, but from different perspectives. The writers discuss Usability/User Experience, Project Management and Search Engine Marketing practices, where they collide or fit like a glove. Each article is eye opening for those of you who work in enterprise development. You know the politics and difficulties in something as basic as communication between departments and the different skills and practices brought to the table. In orderRead more…

The following are my recommendations for usability, user experience, captology and accessibility resources and support. Companies UsabilityEffect.com, Kim Krause Berg, Full Service Usability, SEO and Web Design UserEffect.com, Dr. Peter J. Meyers Joe Dolson Accessibility, Joe Dolson UIE, Jared Spool FutureNow, Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg UserCentric Closed Loop Marketing, Lance Loveday Blogs Cre8pc Usability and Holistic SEO Experientia, Putting People First Functioning Form, LukeW OutofmyGord, Gord Hotchkiss UsabilityCounts WinningExperiences, Colleen Jones SixRevisions Logic and Emotion, David Armano UserGlue StephenSpencer UXBoothRead more…

I love testing web applications.  As you might imagine, I’ve seen many in my work.  I admire web designers who create beautifully understandable, user centric procedures. One application that never fails to drive everyone crazy are travel sites that try to do it all. Their applications attempt to book a flight, hotel room and rent a car. Alone, these tasks can be confusing to do online. Add them all together and something is bound to be a source of confusionRead more…

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