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There might be no such thing as a free lunch but thanks to the wonders of Open Source software, freeware and trial software there most certainly is such a thing as free software. In this article I list 25 great free UX tools, including tools to help with prototyping, annotating, screen grabbing, site mapping, usability testing, accessibility and analytics. Prototyping tools Pencil Pencil is a nice little Open Source tool for creating prototypes, UI mockups, and UX diagrams, such as user journeys.
Web usability guidelines Home page usability : 20 guidelines to evaluate the usability of home pages. Task orientation : 44 guidelines to evaluate how well a web site supports the users tasks. Navigation and IA : 29 guidelines to evaluate navigation and information architecture. Forms and data entry : 23 guidelines to evaluate forms and data entry. Trust and credibility : 13 guidelines to evaluate trust and credibility.
Everyone needs a good shake-up now and then, and that’s why these 5 radical ideas from 5 rad usability presentations are well worth your time. Being influenced by radical ideas can lead to big changes in how you do things, and thus bring big positive results. To improve, it’s sometimes necessary to throw-out old conventions, including some old conventions of usability and user centered design! The reality is your usability and user-centered design could probably use a boost, to among other things:
Are you a web designer or do you run a website? Good, because this article is for you. If you’re designing websites for a living or running your business online, there are 18 tips in this article that you should definitely read and remember. You can have the best visual design skills on the planet, but if you build a website that works like crap and doesn’t allow the visitor to feel comfortable going from item to item and page to page, you are missing the very core of a good website design.