25 great free UX tools 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 Optimal Workshop Information Architecture Validation Software Take the guesswork out of information architecture with Treejack – the usability testing tool you can use to test your IA without visual distractions. Treejack helps you prove your site structure will work before you get into interface design. Tree testing is a usability technique for evaluating the findability of topics in a website. It’s also known as ‘reverse card sorting’ or ‘card-based classification’.
Jason Santa Maria I seem to be getting into many conversations lately on the merits of keeping a sketchbook. Almost everyone agrees they are a good idea, but surprisingly few actually do it. The excuse I hear most often from non-sketchers is “I can’t draw”. And now I’ll tell you what I told them: How to Do A/B Split Testing in WordPress using Google Analytics Sometimes little changes in a page’s design, copy, or layout can significantly improve its performance and conversion. But how do you find what changes works best for you? This is where A/B Split Testing comes in. It allows you to test different versions of a page to find out which version gives the best results. The 4 Essential UX Documents Every Designer Needs When it comes to UX documentation, wireframes and prototypes are certainly among the most important. But that’s just the beginning. We’ve actually found four other documents to be extremely practical for everyday design. What sets these four apart is that they help designers understand the users, and that more than anything determines the design’s success. Photo credit: Rosenfeld Media. In this article we’ll explain why these easily skipped “supplementals” are really “essentials.”
Keynote Visitor Insights is a feedback tool that lets you not only listen to your customers, but convert that conversation into business intelligence. Harnessing the voice of the customer provides critical insights that you use to stay ahead of competitors and find opportunity for innovation. Visitor Insights provides a way to measure customer satisfaction, and collect customer opinion on your site, without deflecting them from their intended tasks.
Usability And You: The Design Process As someone who works at a web design company running a usability tool , I get many questions from interested parties on how we use usability in our design process. Many people seem to see usability as an impediment to a smooth design process, as something that breaks up the workflow rather than complementing it and smoothing it out. They see implementing a usability testing process as a very time consuming, expensive, arduous task that adds little value to their business or for their clients. This is all very negative sounding, and something I hear repeated rather too frequently for my liking. Contrary to this belief however, actual experience has shown us when done well, usability can speed up our development cycle, save us money, improve overall designs and usability, and show the clients the value of the work we do. As designers and developers on the cutting edge of internet trends we need to be evangelizing the concept of a better, more usable web.
Free Tools That Every Mobile App Designer Should Use Starting a new design project is never easy especially when it comes to creativity. Most designers, when lacking ideas surf the web looking for inspiration. Web sites that host designers’ artwork are an excellent starting point. Below is a list of free sites that will make life easier for every designer when it comes to inspiration.
Why Don’t Usability Problems Get Fixed? By Jim Ross Published: February 7, 2011 “If we point out obvious usability problems and provide reasonable solutions for them, why doesn’t someone fix them?” How many times has this happened to you? You’ve finished presenting the results of your usability testing, heuristic evaluation, or other user research activity, feeling great about the positive impact your recommendations will have on a product’s user experience. Top 12 Tools for Designers To Create Infographics An Infographics is a popular type of graphic art which is used for turning information in to visual data. It has been proved that instead of text, human beings are more capable to grasp information when it is presented in the form of appealing and relevant visual images. You can also check “8 Reasons Why Visual Content is More Important Than Text” for more details. Infographics not only cater to information but also to artistic sensibilities. Human emotions and feelings can be portrayed more easily through Infographics.
Ghost in the Pixel » Tips for portfolios Recently I’ve been helping screen and interview design candidates for our team at Citrix. Having now seen a range of portfolios with flaws and weaknesses galore, I feel compelled to offer up a few specific tips to ensure the best portfolio material is being shown and explained well. Here are some tips in no particular order…(and this is really an evolving list that I shall build over time) * Foremost: Show your best work, and make sure it represents YOU and YOUR design skills.