- A List Apart
- Format: Ezine
- Audience: Practitioner
- Focus: Web Design & Web Development
- For people who make websites. A List Apart Magazine explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
- ACM’s eLearn Magazine
- Format: Ezine
- Audience: Academic
- Focus: Education
- eLearn is ACM’s first Web-only publication. It will build on ACM’s reputation by serving as the most accurate and unbiased source for news, information, and opinion on the now-flourishing field of online education and training. It also offers a community hub for e-learning professionals on the Web, providing a wealth of public forums for the free exchange of ideas. Continue reading
By Jacob Gube
Websites and Web applications have become progressively more complex as our industry’s technologies and methodologies advance. What used to be a one-way static medium has evolved into a very rich and interactive experience.
But regardless of how much has changed in the production process, a website’s success still hinges on just one thing: how users perceive it. “Does this website give me value? Is it easy to use? Is it pleasant to use?” These are the questions that run through the minds of visitors as they interact with our products, and they form the basis of their decisions on whether to become regular users.
User experience design is all about striving to make them answer “Yes” to all of those questions. This guide aims to familiarize you with the professional discipline of UX design in the context of Web-based systems such as websites and applications. Continue reading
User Experience Videos
The State of User Experience
Jesse James Garett, founder of Adaptive Path and author of the book The Elements of User Experience, speaks on what UX and UX design is, what UX looked like before and what are some of the challenges people are encountering now. He cites engagement as the main goal of UX design and, through some fantastic examples, shows that engagement is an universal quality achieved through visuality, sound, touch, smell, taste, body and mind. One of the most impressive moments from the session is when Jesse compares Beethoven to an experience designer, accompanied by the Ninth Symphony. Duration: 40 minutes.
- Heuristic evaluation
Heuristic evaluation is a form of usability inspection where usability specialists judge whether each element of a user interface follows a list of established usability heuristics. Expert evaluation is similar, but does not use specific heuristics.
- Heuristic guidelines for expert critique of a web site
Heuristic usability evaluations (also called “expert reviews” or “usability audits”) are an efficient method of assessing a website for usability. This methodology provides for one or more usability professionals who are familiar with industry best practices in user interface design to evaluate an application based on recognised “rules of thumb.” The objective is to identify possible difficulties that users of the site may have with the current user interface and to recommend design improvements. Continue reading
By Cameron Chapman
Usability is paramount in creating a good website or web app. If your site isn’t user-friendly, the majority of visitors won’t come back, regardless of how good your content is. You need to do everything in your power to make sure every website you design or web application you create is as user-friendly as it can be.
So how do you do that, exactly? The answer is simple: you test the site for usability. This involves getting actual users to try the site and let you know what isn’t working for them, either through automated means or simply by telling you. Read on for more information on usability testing and some tools available to help you.
Sites Dedicated to Usability Testing
There are sites out there dedicated entirely to usability testing resources. If you’re really serious about creating user-friendly sites, they’re a great place to start gathering information.
Usability.gov is a U.S. government-run website that covers all sorts of usability topics. The site is broken down into a few different sections: basics, methods, templates, articles, and guidelines. They also include additional government resources for usability. The usability guidelines are especially helpful, and individual sections can be downloaded as PDFs.
- A Paper and Pencil
- Concept Feedback
- Crazy Egg
- Five Second Test
- Feedback Army
- Mechanical Turk
- Open Hallway
- Simple Mouse Tracking
- Google Analytics
- Google Website Optimizer
- Website Grader
In design, usability is the study of the ease with which people can employ a particular tool or other human-made object in order to achieve a particular goal.
Provided by the National Cancer Institute. Includes information and resources on making web sites and other user interfaces more useful, usable, and accessible. News and current …
What is usability? How, when, and where can you improve it? Why should you care? This overview answers basic questions and explains how to run fast tests
Web usability is the application of usability in those domains where web browsing can be considered as a general paradigm (or “metaphor”) for constructing a GUI.
Research findings from many usability studies from 1994-2010. Regular Alertbox column + Web design guidelines. Conferences and training events.
The UPA is a membership organization of professionals in usability, user experience and related fields.
Diamond Bullet Design offers their experience and knowledge on website and software usability.
Web Design References: News and info about web design and development. The site advocates accessibility, usability, web standards and many related topics.
Web site usability tutorials, books, usability testing tools, human factors articles & tips, books on creating user-friendly Web sites, more. Web Site Usability Resources …
Usability Basics: In general, usability refers to how well users can learn and use a product to achieve their goals and how satisfied they are with that process.
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