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usability  totry 
february 2012 by tysone
Remote Usability
TOOLS, TIPS, AND TIRADES ABOUT REMOTE USER RESEARCH
toread  usability  testing  from delicious
march 2011 by tysone
User-Led Innovation Can't Create Breakthroughs; Just Ask Apple and Ikea
“It’s all bullshit and hot air created to sell consulting projects and to give insecure managers a false sense of security. At Apple, we don’t waste our time asking users, we build our brand through creating great products we believe people will love.”
forsnd  design  usability  users  from delicious
february 2011 by tysone
Danny DeBelius - Reuters blogger Felix Salmon would apparently like a seizure with his news
Again, the interface design is reflective of the content strategy. For the Times audience, “Like! Comment! Tweet! Try This! Visit That!” would be a frustrating distraction from the in-depth reporting those readers are almost certain to be seeking. HuffPo, on the other hand, has no expectation that the casual reader that comes in via search engine results has any intention of sticking around. Thusly, they have deployed a loud interface designed to bait users of the shortest attention-span with sensational content of little relevance to the content the user originally sought out.
design  usability  news_design  nytimes  from delicious
february 2011 by tysone
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: If This Fusion Restaurant's Website Could Talk.
You want to see our menu??? Just click "About Us!" No, not the actual words, on the stylized elephant next to the words. Yes! DANCE MUSIC!!!
hilarious  webdesign  usability  from delicious
january 2011 by tysone
The inevitable decline due to clutter
Seth Godin writes, "Once you overload the user, you train them not to pay attention. More clutter isn't free. In fact, more clutter is a permanent shift, a desensitization to all the information, not just the last bit."
forsnd  clutter  design  usability  simplicity 
december 2010 by tysone
Design Without Designers
Is this the future of design? Certainly there are many who believe so. This is a hot topic on the talk and seminar circuit. After all, the proponents ask reasonably, who could object to making decisions based upon data?
forsnd  design  usability 
november 2010 by tysone
Natasha Schüll at Gel 2008 on Vimeo
Las Vegas casinos increasingly pay attention to their customers - their likes, dislikes, moods and patterns - in order to create an engaging experience. As Natasha Schull explains, the stated goal of these new designs is "customer extinction" - the moment at which the customer is out of money. This talk, essential viewing for anyone in the design or user experience fields, underlines the neutral nature of customer experience methods: like any tool, they can be used for good or ill.
forsnd  design  experimental  usability 
november 2010 by tysone
Quit quirks when working with others
Derek Silvers writes, "The best design should do what people expect, and should not make them think. So the best design strategy is to do what others do."
forsnd  usability  ui  design 
july 2010 by tysone
Friction, Readability and Finishability
Phil Gyford on news sites' readability: "I’ve blogged before about my dissatisfaction with news sources and earlier in the year I realised that one of the major problems online was delivery of text-based news. There was no online news source that I could browse and read as easily as I could a print newspaper."
news_design  readability  typography  forsnd  usability  guardian  design 
june 2010 by tysone
Cheerful Software: Don’t listen to Le Corbusier—or Jakob Nielsen
"Cheerful software, above all, honors the truth about humanity: Humans are not rational beings. A human is a walking sack of squishy meat and liquids, awash in chemicals. We laugh. We cry. Sometimes we laugh while crying. ... In short, software cries out for love."
software  philosophy  usability  design  ui  inspiration  emotion  forsnd 
april 2010 by tysone
A List Apart: Articles: Infrequently Asked Questions of FAQs
So I have questions about FAQs: Do they really work, or are they just a snake oil remedy for poor content? What does it mean when I can’t find my question in the FAQ? What do I do when the FAQ fails?
faq  usability  writing 
march 2010 by tysone
Coding Horror: The Opposite of Fitts' Law
I can think of a half-dozen applications I regularly use where the ejector seat button is inexplicably placed right next to the cabin lights button. Let's take a look at our old friend GMail, for exampl
ui  usability  design 
march 2010 by tysone
Nimble Design - /the/path/of/most/resistance
"Unfortunately for the average person, the file system is so complex that everything outside of the desktop and the documents folder appears to be a vast labyrinth which most likely hides booby traps and minotaurs."
ui  ux  interface  apple  usability 
march 2010 by tysone
ignore the code: Removing Features
"Constant vigilance is the price you pay for an elegant application. This means you have to learn to say no. ... As a programmer or designer, it’s easy to become a bit too invested in your application’s feature set; accepting that something you’ve put a lot of work in needs to be changed or removed can be hard. But sometimes, it has to be done."
software  design  ui  usability  development  agile  simplicity  programming  forsnd 
february 2010 by tysone
Realism in UI Design
"Graphical user interfaces are full of symbols. Symbols need to be reduced to their essence ... The goal is not to make your user interface as realistic as possible. The goal is to add those details which help users identify what an element is, and how to interact with it, and to add no more than those details."
forsnd  ui  usability  icons 
january 2010 by tysone
Managing UI Complexity | Brandon Walkin
Interface complexity is an issue every designer wrestles with when designing a reasonably sophisticated application. A complex interface can reduce user effectiveness, increase the learning curve of the application, and cause users to feel intimidated and overwhelmed.
ui  design  interface  interaction  usability 
september 2009 by tysone
Coding Horror: Nobody Hates Software More Than Software Developers
The best choice of software is often no software -- and barring that, as little software as you can possibly get away with, and even then, only from the most reputable and reliable sources.
software  programming  usability 
july 2009 by tysone
Top-10 Information Architecture (IA) Mistakes (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
"Arriving on a page from a search is like parachuting into a city. Hopefully, if you want to go to Paris, you'll land there rather than in Amsterdam, but in any case, you're unlikely to land on the doorstep of your favorite restaurant."
usability  ia  navigation  webdesign  design 
may 2009 by tysone
stevenf.com - WARNING: A long, rambly exploration of the state of computing with no real conclusion follows.
Short of mind-reading, we’re literally running out of physical points-of-contact for humans to get text into machines, and the keyboard is winning by a long shot.
ui  usability  history  iphone  design  apple  prediction  interface 
april 2009 by tysone
Adobe UI Gripes
Dreamweaver: Don’t look so fucking pleased with yourself Dreamweaver
adobe  ui  usability  error  fail 
april 2009 by tysone
northtemple - Accessibility to the Face
It seems silly, but putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is liberating. Understanding people and their concerns, needs and wants is a core part of what we do as designers but also helps us to be better people.
usability  ui  accessibility  disabilities 
march 2009 by tysone
Mega Drop-Down Navigation Menus Work Well (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
just because mega drop-downs are big and have room for many options doesn't mean you should overload them. Simplicity applies to interaction semantics at least as much as it applies to the presentation layer. Fewer options mean less to scan, less to understand, and less to get wrong.
design  usability  ui 
march 2009 by tysone
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents : Web Standards Test: Top 100 Sites
If 25% of the top 100 sites validated in my test, it would not mean that 25% of all sites on the web validate. And I got nothing like 25%.
usability  standards  validation  html  xhtml 
march 2009 by tysone
Readability - An Arc90 Lab Experiment
READABILITY is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you’re reading. Follow the steps below to install READABILITY in your Web browser.
design  usability  tools  typography  accessibility  reading  bookmarklet 
march 2009 by tysone
How Not To Sort By Average Rating
You are a web programmer. You have users. Your users rate stuff on your site. You want to put the highest-rated stuff at the top and lowest-rated at the bottom. You need some sort of "score" to sort by.
usability  reference  algorithm  sort 
february 2009 by tysone
Requested Reading Recommendations — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design
These could be landmark texts, underdogs, or critical reads, or stepping stones to other fields. The following is what resulted from our request, comprising in part: a sneak preview of what will be assigned in courses; what some consider to be cornerstone interaction design texts; and what some consider important connections to other fields.
webdesign  design  usability  interaction  toread  books  list 
february 2009 by tysone
Adobe UI Gripes
Me moaning about shoddy UI inconsistencies and mistakes in Adobe products and how they get shitter with every release and especially since they took on Macromedia's idiotic philosophies.
usability  ui  photoshop  adobe  rant 
january 2009 by tysone
Rands In Repose: A Signature Cadence
You have a complex set of analytical mental muscles that help you make critical snap emotional judgments. Whether it’s a mail, a website, or a person, your brain can instantly look at 12 imperceptible aspects of a thing to determine how you should feel. Truth, love, or lies, human has a signature cadence.
ui  usability  web2.0  culture  interaction 
december 2008 by tysone
Bill Higgins :: the Uncanny Valley of user interface design
Applications must remain consistent with the environment in which it runs: A Windows application should look and feel like a Windows application, a Mac application should look and feel like a Mac application, and a web application should look and feel like a web application.
webdesign  design  usability  tips  perception 
december 2008 by tysone
A List Apart: Articles: The Discipline of Content Strategy
Do you think it’s a coincidence, then, that web content is, for the most part, crap? Dealing with content is messy. It’s complicated, it’s painful, and it’s expensive. And yet, the web is content. Content is the web. It deserves our time and attention. ... David Campbell, the founder of Saks Fifth Avenue, said, “Discipline is remembering what you want.”
webdesign  usability  writing  content  strategy  quotes  discipline 
december 2008 by tysone
A List Apart: Articles: A More Useful 404
However, for a custom 404 page to be truly useful, it should not only provide relevant information to the user, but should also provide immediate feedback to the developer so that, when possible, the problem can be fixed.
webdesign  webdev  usability  design 
december 2008 by tysone
A List Apart: Articles: Getting Real About Agile Design
Software must be visible and valuable from the start. A lot of the Agile Manifesto is fundamentally relevant to designers. Interactions above processes. Collaboration above negotiation. Feedback. Simplicity. All music to our ears.
agile  usability  development  process  design 
december 2008 by tysone
Daring Fireball: iPhone-Likeness
I’ll put forth one central, overriding guideline for iPhone UI design: Figure out the absolute least you need to do to implement the idea, do just that, and then polish the hell out of the experience.
iphone  ui  design  usability  apple 
november 2008 by tysone
What’s in a Web Site? - Campaign Stops Blog - NYTimes.com
it is clear that there are two kinds of virtual campaign offices: Mr. McCain’s is messier and at times folksy — a bit like a storefront on Main Street — while Mr. Obama’s is cleaner and more cosmopolitan, like a top-end retail emporium.
webdesign  usability  politics  obama  mccain  nytimes 
october 2008 by tysone
Five CSS design browser differences I can live with | For A Beautiful Web
Web designs need not look exactly the same in all browsers. I know that's a topic I have written about and spoken on a fair amount before, but somehow I'm always amazed by the reactions that I get when the subject comes up.
typography  usability  css 
october 2008 by tysone
What reading Tufte won’t teach you: Interface design guidelines - glyphobet • глыфобет • γλυφοβετ
Edward Tufte’s books do a beautiful job of illustrating how to present huge amounts of information clearly and simply. Well presented information is critical to good interface design, but it’s not the whole story. Guidelines on how to present complex functionality clearly and simply are harder to find.
ui  usability  design 
august 2008 by tysone
Ever Notice?: Gain: AIGA Journal of Business and Design: Design & Business: AIGA
Interesting interview about "noticing" and how good designers, writers, etc. are adept at "super-noticing".
usability  design  perception  psychology 
august 2008 by tysone
People Finder: Searching Without Logic? - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
One of the most frequent tasks on many intranets is finding people within the company. Providing an effective way to search people is thus a key goal in designing intranets.
search  ui  findability  usability 
august 2008 by tysone
Daring Fireball: Ronco Spray-On Usability
Most people can’t write and can’t draw, and no amount of practice or education is going to make them good at it. Improved, yes; good, no. Some who are good UI designers aren’t programmers. The rock stars do both, and they are few and far between.
opensource  ui  usability  design 
august 2008 by tysone
Silverback — guerrilla usability testing
Spontaneous, unobtrusive usability testing software for website designers.
accessibility  webdesign  usability  software 
july 2008 by tysone
Thank You for Not Smoking: Voice: AIGA Journal of Design: Writing: AIGA
It occurred to me that not only products are made necessary but signs are, too, to correct design oversights. That is, failures of product design or social design frequently call into play ad hoc compensatory graphics to undo or limit the damage.
design  usability  culture 
july 2008 by tysone
Shneiderman's Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design
Obtained from the text Designing the User Interface by Ben Shneiderman -- he proposed these principles that are derived heuristically from experience and applicable in most interactive systems after being properly refined, extended, and interpreted.
advice  design  ui  usability 
july 2008 by tysone
Big Contrarian → Debris.
So many sites these days are filled with what can only be called “debris”. Useless remnants of other sites: things of no real use, yet there anyway.
design  usability  ui  webdesign 
june 2008 by tysone
Full text: An epic Bill Gates e-mail rant
"So they told me that using the download page to download something was not something they anticipated. ,,, The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences blows my mind."
microsoft  bill_gates  usability  hilarious  windows 
june 2008 by tysone
On A Scale of 1 to 5 - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
Rating and reputation systems have become standard tools in our design toolbox. But sometimes they are not well-understood. ... These can be important questions, but they miss the central point of ratings systems: to manage risk.
design  strategy  ui  usability  socialnetworks 
june 2008 by tysone
Design View / Andy Rutledge - Poynter's Eye-tracking Follies
Virtually every conclusion from eye-tracking studies can be refuted or reversed with even the most basic application of design or a varied context. Further, they fail to account for the effect of perhaps the most important element: the content.
poynter  design  usability  webdesign  eyetracking 
june 2008 by tysone
Average Web Page Size Triples Since 2003 - web page statistics and survey trends for page size and web objects
From 2003 to 2008 the average web page grew from 93.7K to over 312K, some 233% . During the same five-year period, the number of objects in the average web page nearly doubled from 25.7 to 49.9.
accessibility  statistics  webdesign  optimization  usability 
april 2008 by tysone
Digital Design Blog » Blog Archive » Scrolling: Do They or Don’t They? A Data-Driven Analysis
On average more than two-thirds of users on these pages scroll. Furthermore, nearly 75% of these users scroll before they do anything else on the page.
design  webdesign  usability  ui 
april 2008 by tysone
A List Apart: Articles: Findability, Orphan of the Web Design Industry
Once upon a time in a web design agency, there lived a sad little boy named Findability.
webdesign  usability  design  findability 
april 2008 by tysone
A List Apart: Articles: Sign Up Forms Must Die
When planning a customer’s initial experience for your web service, think about how you can avoid sign-up forms in favor of gradual engagement.
webdesign  forms  css  html  usability  ui 
april 2008 by tysone
Online usability questions that need answers
Josh, Gabe and I from the eytrack consortium in minneapolis last month.
me  usability  design  newspapers  journalism 
march 2008 by tysone
Advancing Advanced Search - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
At its core, advanced search is an under-utilized tool hampered by its own design. Defusing this complexity and locating it where users will naturally find it will help advanced search be truly advanced.
usability  ui  webdesign 
january 2008 by tysone
A List Apart: Articles: Designing For Flow
The goal should be to create a site that feels painless to use no matter how complex it really is. ... We shouldn’t confuse simplicity with a desire to avoid needless complexity.
design  usability  webdesign  ui 
december 2007 by tysone
IHT.com Developer Blog » International Herald Tribune » Blog Archive » Finally, a place to find (almost) all of our discussion threads
Often we have lively and intelligent threads featuring contributors from all over the world, so how can we keep the discussions going?
newspaper  journalism  webdesign  usability  ui  discussion 
november 2007 by tysone
Do Canonical Web Designs Exist? - Bokardo
Graphic designers can judge by looking. Web designers cannot. Web designers must judge by doing (or observing others doing).... But when you use something, your relationship to that thing necessarily changes.
usability  webdesign  ui  design 
november 2007 by tysone
23 Actionable Lessons from Eye-Tracking Studies
Eye-tracking studies are hot in the web design world, but it can be hard to figure out how to translate the results of these studies into real design implementations.
webdesign  usability 
november 2007 by tysone
Blasting the Myth of the Fold - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
Stop worrying about the fold... Stop cramming stuff above a certain pixel point. You’re not helping anyone. Open up your designs and give your users some visual breathing room. If your content is compelling enough your users will read it to the end.
design  webdesign  webdev  usability  ui  research 
november 2007 by tysone

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