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247 web usability guidelines

247 web usability guidelines
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. Download an Excel workbook containing all 247 web usability guidelines You can also download translated versions of this checklist (in French, Spanish and Russian). How to use these guidelines Work through each of the guidelines in each list and mark your site as either conforming or not conforming to the guideline. Remember that all guidelines are context specific. The guidelines are purposefully expressed as positive statements, so that when you feed the results back to the design team you can identify some strengths of the design before you launch into the problems. Dr.

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Selling Usability to Your Manager You're enthusiastic about usability and want to make it happen within your organisation. But your manager doesn't share your enthusiasm. Perhaps your manager sees usability as a diversion from the business of product or software development, or thinks it's too fluffy to truly inform design, or sees it as a threat to his or her expertise. How do you go about changing your manager's mind? Most people will tell you to assemble a cost-benefit argument for usability. There are many resources on the Web to help you do this, and Randolph Bias and Deborah Mayhew have written an excellent book on the topic. The 4 questions to ask in a cognitive walkthrough About the cognitive walkthrough The cognitive walkthrough is a formalised way of imagining people’s thoughts and actions when they use an interface for the first time. Walkthroughs identify problems that new users will have when they first use an interface. You select one of the tasks that the design is intended to support and then you step through the task, action by action, seeing if you can identify any problems with the interface. Although the technique was developed over 20 years ago (by Cathleen Wharton, John Rieman, Clayton Lewis and Peter Polson) it is much less widely used than heuristic-based expert reviews.

18 Do’s and Don’ts Of Usability On The Web 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. Creating usability test tasks that really motivate users Usability test tasks are the beating heart of a usability test. These tasks determine the parts of a system that test participants will see and interact with. Usability test tasks are so critical that some people argue they are even more important than the number of participants you use: it seems that how many tasks participants try, not the number of test participants, is the critical factor for finding problems in a usability test. But for test tasks to uncover usability problems, usability test participants need to be motivated: they need to believe that the tasks are realistic and they must want to carry them out. So how do we create test tasks that go beyond the mundane and engage participants?

Usability articles and resources Browse by topic Browse by category Latest article 5 reasons why your first user research activity should be a usability test 5 radical ideas from usability presentations 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!

Audio software for free Text to Speech and voice recording Create an Audio Message for your Website in 3 Easy Steps. No audio software or player downloads needed! You're 3 easy steps away from adding audio to your website. AudioPal makes it simple to create your message and embed your free audio player in any personal website or blog. Finding out what makes customers click - 30 Jul 2008 - Computing Mona Patel has over a decade of experience in the evaluation and design of web sites, and for the past six years has been helping usability consultancy Human Factors International (HFI) develop and implement new technologies for testing and improving a wide variety of organisations’ sites. The discipline required to improve sites is somewhere between engineering and psychology, according to Patel, which is why HFI employs several practitioners who have degrees in cognitive psychology. One of the firm’s primary aims is to help customers get to the bottom of any issue they might be having with their web presence. For example, the consultancy could help a firm figure out why its site is attracting thousands of visitors to the checkout stage but only 10 per cent convert. HFI’s customers include a host of well-known retail companies, as well as banks, manufacturers, telecoms firms and government bodies. “After research we turn the principles into the design,” said Patel.

Pendleton Woolen Mills: The Legendary Blankets The role of blankets is woven deep in the history of Native Americans. For centuries, they have been used for warmth and comfort, as a medium of exchange, for artistic expression and as an important part of ceremonies and tribal councils. The collectible Legendary Series honors this culture's special symbols, traditions and beliefs. Originally, Native Americans brought us their own designs, depicting their beliefs and legends. 25 great free UX tools « UX for the masses 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

Text Blocks Over Image Someone recently asked me about this technique and my first reaction was that it was probably a little too mundane to cover as a tutorial. But then I got to thinking that there is actually a few interesting things happening here and the style is trendy enough people might be interested. The idea is just to overlay some text over an image, but as blocks that stick out from the left with an even amount of padding all the way around the variable-length text. Here is a screenshot example: View Demo The Usability Challenge - Express Computer Techvisor The Usability Challenge Though usability engineering isn't a direct responsibility of the CIO, a good CIO can actually help institutionalize the idea in an enterprise. by Rajendra Chaudhary

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