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We’ve done a cool $50 million of R & D on the Apple Human Interface. ... two pertinent facts: Test subjects consistently report that keyboarding is faster than mousing. The stopwatch consistently proves mousing is faster than keyboarding.
Bookmarks  ui  research  keyboard  usability  mouse  design  apple  interface 
may 2008 by andyhky
Don Norman's / Why is 37signals so arrogant?
Park concludes his article by saying "Call it arrogance or idealism, but they would rather fail than adapt. 'I'm not designing software for other people, 'Hansson says. 'I'm designing it for me.' "
Bookmarks  37signals  design  simplicity  business  usability  arrogance  marketing 
march 2008 by andyhky
Passive Voice Is Redeemed For Web Headings (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
Selecting the first 2 words for your page titles is probably the highest-impact ROI-boosting design decision you make in a Web project. Front-loading important keywords trumps most other design considerations. -- holy crap
Bookmarks  useit  jakob  usability  writing  seo  web  webdesign  design  copywriting 
october 2007 by andyhky
Does Telling Someone to “Click Here” Actually Matter? | Copyblogger
ouch! "The lesson is clear. Not only should you use actionable anchor text if you really want someone to click, but you should also tell people to take the exact action you want them to perform in order to get the best response."-- take that Jakob...
Bookmarks  web  usability  copywriting  webdesign  writing  accessibility  blogging 
september 2007 by andyhky
Should Designers and Developers Do Usability? (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
If you test your own design, however, you might be less willing to admit its deficiencies. Designers can be too willing to dismiss user complaints or problems as minor or unrepresentative, when in fact the test indicates the need for a deep redesign.
Bookmarks  testing  usability  nielsen  design  webdesign  webdev  ux 
june 2007 by andyhky
Coding Horror: Don't Ask -- Observe
But, when they were asked to use the digital device, so-called "feature fatigue" set in. They became frustrated with the plethora of options they had created, and ended up happier with a simpler product.
Bookmarks  blog  google  design  ui  complexity  usability  psychology  testing 
june 2007 by andyhky
Myth of the Genius Designer (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
Several decades' experience with quality assurance says that the best results come from following a systematic quality process, including reality checks every step of the way, rather than simply hoping that you got it right. - Grandpa Jacob owns them all.
Bookmarks  usability  design  testing  webdesign  nielsen  web  alertbox 
may 2007 by andyhky
Usability News - 6.2 2004 -- Reading Online Text: A Comparison of Four White Space Layouts
Results revealed a significant main effect of Margins on satisfaction. Users favored the Margin condition, reporting lower levels of physical fatigue during reading and greater satisfaction with the layout for the presentation of textbook, leisure, and ne
Bookmarks  Usability  typography  design  layout  webdesign  css  web 
january 2007 by andyhky Design, Usability & Other Stuff
Sun does rather extensive storyboarding for their site. Awesome.
Bookmarks  usability  sun  design  comics  storyboard  graphics  template  comic 
january 2007 by andyhky
Content with Style: Fixing the Back Button and Enabling Bookmarking for AJAX Apps
Manipulating how the back button works so apps that stay on one "page"/"request" still work with it.
Bookmarks  AJAX  javascript  programming  usability  web  xmlhttprequest  development 
november 2006 by andyhky
Scrolling and Scrollbars (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
jakob nielsen is the man. he takes on crappy scrollbars...
Bookmarks  usability  design  scrollbars  webdesign  ui  web  scrolling 
july 2005 by andyhky
a nice UI without clicking. interesting.
Bookmarks  design  flash  interface  usability  webdesign  ui  web 
june 2005 by andyhky

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