Tag: Usability

I keep forgetting to mention, that despite interrogating the founder of the SEMMYS, they somehow managed to nominate one of my articles. While the SEMMY awards are targeted to the search marketing industry, there is a Design and Usability category. It is there that an article I wrote for Website Magazine, called Everyday Usability – 14-Point Checklist for Success has been nominated for inclusion. Tomorrow, judges decide category finalists. Those finalists will be announced on January 25, 2010 and postedRead more…

I used to have a quote taped to my bathroom that read, “Beauty is only skin.” I knew that no matter what I did or said, I would first be judged by my skin. So are web sites. Position, color, font, style, and length of important elements on pages within a site benefit from standardization because each page then “looks familiar” and adds to the effects of mere exposure. The site visitor’s comfort that “I’ve been here before” has empiricalRead more…

I loved reading “Ten Rules for Web Startups”….and not just because of this part: #5: Be User-Centric User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s still undervalued and under-invested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board. Better to iterate a hundred times to get the right feature right than to add a hundred more. The point of AjaxRead more…

This is a bit longer than the version I delivered (I cut some slides). Slides are from my talk at SES Chicago 2009, Successful Site Architecture session. Information Architecture for SEO and UX View more presentations from Kim Krause Berg.

A look at the past year… I have likely forgotten something and if so, please let me know. Web Site Requirements Include Search Engine Marketing, page 43 of SES Magazine, Chicago Edition or on Clickz, Web Site Requirements: What to Include WebSite Magazine Moms in Business and Everyday Usability Everyday Usability – 14 Point Checklist for Success Constant attention must be given to how users and search engines interact with your site to ensure that you not only attract visitorsRead more…

As I head into my 15 year (February 1995) of working in the web design, marketing and usability space, it has been this year that has been the most unique. What finally happened, after years and years of writing on the friendly relationship between SEO and Usability, is that the message is understood and gaining acceptance. I’ve been partnered with a select minority of forward thinking SEO’s for 6 or so years. It’s taken that long for the rest ofRead more…

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