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 →