Usability Testing Is Qualitative Only If You Can’t Count By Jon Innes Published: February 21, 2011 “Too many VP- and C-level folks still have no idea how to measure the value of usability or UX design initiatives.” I’ve recently found myself in a lot of discussions over the value of traditional user research methods. In particular, the value of that staple of user research we know as the usability test and its relevance in today’s world of Google Analytics and A/B and multivariate testing. Business Leaders Don’t Understand the Value of Usability Testing
Web Application Form Design "Input elements should be organized in logical groups so that your brain can process the form layout in chunks of related fields." –HTML: the Definitive Guide Quite rare is the Web application that doesn’t make extensive use of forms for data input and configuration. But not all Web applications use forms consistently.
40 Helpful Resources On User Interface Design Patterns - Smashing Magazine Advertisement If there is a commonly reoccurring need for a particular solution, there is a great probability that someone has – by now – solved that need and has finished the legwork involved in researching and constructing something that resolves it. At the very least, you will find documentation on general solutions to related problems that will enable you to gain insight on best practices, effective techniques, and real-world examples on the thing you are creating. A design pattern refers to a reusable and applicable solution to general real-world problems.
Personas We continue our conversation with Alan Cooper at Sue and Alan’s warm and welcoming ranch in Petaluma, CA, which, in addition to themselves, is home to sheep and chickens, a cat named Monkey, and a farmer who works the land. Part 2 brings us up to present-day, and discussions around the applications and fundamentals of Goal-Directed Design that support its success at Cooper and beyond. From Theory to Practice CK: Okay, so having established the foundation of Goal-Directed Design in Part 1 of our conversation, let’s fast forward now to after you started your company, Cooper Software. How has GDD figured in? AC: Basically you find one person, understand their vision and their final desired end state, and then make them ecstatically happy about reaching their end state.
The Messy Art Of UX Sketching - Smashing UX Design Advertisement I hear a lot of people talking about the importance of sketching when designing or problem-solving, yet it seems that very few people actually sketch. As a UX professional, I sketch every day. Guidelines, Tools and Resources For Web Wireframing Today “Web” is very different from what it was few years ago. It is better, but far more challenging – you can no longer ignore things like usability, information architecture and design. That’s why wireframing has received so much attention lately. Wireframing allows you to visually illustrate layout of fundamental elements in the user interface. It also acts as a way to communicate with clients and other stakeholders (content creators, designers, developers, etc). Furthermore, wireframing enables you to consider changes, user paths, and new requirements.
Displaying Icons with Fonts and Data- Attributes Traditionally, bitmap formats such as PNG have been the standard way of delivering iconography on websites. They’re quick and easy, and it also ensures they’re as pixel crisp as possible. Bitmaps have two drawbacks, however: multiple HTTP requests, affecting the page’s loading performance; and a lack of scalability, noticeable when the page is zoomed or viewed on a screen with a high pixel density, such as the iPhone 4 and 4S. The requests problem is normally solved by using CSS sprites, combining the icon set into one (physically) large image file and showing the relevant portion via background-position. While this works well, it can get a bit fiddly to specify all the positions. In particular, scalability is still an issue.
Productive Web Design With… Adobe Illustrator? - Smashing Magazine Advertisement Admittedly, Adobe Illustrator is often most certainly not the first choice that comes to mind when it comes to Web design. Fireworks and Photoshop are used much more often, and there are some good reasons for that. Still, although Illustrator has traditionally been used for drawing illustrations and logos, you can use it to design layouts and user interfaces, too. In fact, in my opinion, you can utilize Illustrator to solve some regular design tasks better and more easily than you would do with other tools.