Topic-1: Designing Interaction Carefully
The very reason the younger generations use any new gadgets so easily, is adaptability to the new set of interaction design patterns. Flexibility and efficiency of use is limited to a hand-held device when compared to a PC or Laptop keyboard. So the patience to use the keypad in a mobile device to perform a task. That is where we see either the older generations move away from the innovations or keep a simpler version… Continue
Added by Shriram on November 30, 2008 at 10:16pm —
Sharing a poignant reflection from Hitesh Agrawal, HFI's Executive Director, Mumbai:
Nov 26, 2008 - cherish, remember or forget
Sharing my personal experience as I am not able to sleep properly like many of you for last 3 days because of all what has happened in the city I live and I am still contemplating on what contribution do I need to make individually or as a part of collective society so that it never happens anywhere in my neighborhood, city, country or in… Continue
Added by CUA Central on November 29, 2008 at 3:30pm —
User Centered Design Has Been Around Longer Than You May Think! Case in Point; Irving Thalberg and Previewing the Movies of the 1920s and 30s.
Sometimes it's easy to forget that user centered design is not just a recent practice associated with building web sites or designing mobile devices such as cell phones or iPods. In fact, user centered design has been around for a long time, in many industries, although it may not have always had the title we give it… Continue
Added by Craig Tomlin on November 28, 2008 at 7:44pm —
I occasionally post some comments about the usability disasters I see in my virtual travels. If you have nothing better to do you are invited to take a look.
hits and messes
Added by Terry Fitzgerald on November 25, 2008 at 1:22pm —
In what should be considered earth-shaking news for usability practitioners everywhere, one of the most remarkable researchers of human computer interaction has been labeled a "next generation management guru" by Fortune magazine.
Why is this big news? Because BJ Fogg's research has been required reading for any serious usability practitioner for years, and his research into the use of persuasive technologies directly impacts usability and how best practices are applied on web sites,… Continue
Added by Craig Tomlin on November 24, 2008 at 3:59pm —
Not too long ago, Dan Russel, Uber Tech Lead at Google Search Quality (and what a cool title that is!) recently published a post providing a rare glimpse into how Google captures and uses behavioral research
to gather usability insights. According to Dan, two important areas of user behavior research are field research (aka contextual inquiry) and eye tracking studies. Here's Dan's take on contextual… Continue
Added by Craig Tomlin on November 20, 2008 at 3:55pm —
This is fun and maybe handy for UI practitioners.
Be honest with yourself: you've always wanted a dedicated, 16-key emoticon keyboard with "keys" that pull double duty as expressive jewelry, right? Well, you got it!
With a simple USB connection Bajca connects to the computer, adding 16 emotional keys that represents a different… Continue
Added by Anjali Magana on November 19, 2008 at 7:27pm —
I always used to wonder if we could collaborate effectively with team members across geographical locations and share design ideas. Wouldn't it be nice to have a concept diagram / URL / prototype or even a sketch in front of u and let your team members put their comments on it in real time and what's more we could save all that information and revisit it whenever we want.
I am sure there are some tools out there and please let me know the one's that you are using! :)
Added by Rajesh Talageri on November 18, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Sometimes it’s easy to lose focus of why we’re doing usability. And in these difficult times, losing focus is not a good thing. As a matter of fact, losing focus just might end up causing you a lost job and pink-slip, as part of a layoff.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s easy for me to forget the bigger picture of why I’m developing personas, conducting heuristic reviews, moderating performance-based testing sessions and delivering results documentation. Sound… Continue
Added by Craig Tomlin on November 17, 2008 at 6:31pm —
This this kool illustration technique that fades from line art to color
. A "must-have
" bookmark for graphics junkies.
Added by Rajesh Talageri on November 17, 2008 at 4:41pm —
In spite of our best intentions, online marketing is fraught with confusing and ineffective user experiences. From a customer's perspective, clicking a link from an email, banner or search engine is a gamble. We've all done it—click and hold your breath, wondering if the end result will be as fulfilling as the promise that precedes it. Too often, this experience falls far short of our expectations. Mixed messages. Too much information. Where am I? Buh-bye.
Sure, the ad or promo is… Continue
Added by Julie Diano on November 14, 2008 at 2:07pm —
World Usability Day is Nov 13th.
This year's theme is Transportation. It’s exciting to see all the activities planned around the world and it would be great to see what the CUA community is doing for WUD. Post your WUD events here to share with the community.
HFI will be at events around the world on World Usability Day including:
• World Usability Day at Chevron
: Phil Goddard, HFI’s Western Region VP,… Continue
Added by CUA Central on November 6, 2008 at 11:00am —
Well, I decided to be very civic yesterday and signed up to be an Election Official in my district. In other words, I was a rookie poll worker. I'll admit that 90% of my reason for doing it was civic, but 10% of me wanted to see what the overall experience was like from the other side. My big hypothesis was that a big chunk of the voting experience is not about the technology. Sure, that has a big impact, but there's a lot more to it. So, here are some of the highlights from my… Continue
Added by Jeff Horvath on November 5, 2008 at 5:15pm —
I voted today! As excited as I am to exercise this right, I’m a bit frustrated by my experience!
I live in Jersey City and was registered to vote at a Senior Center. Each step of the voting process here was full of usability challenges. There were information challenges, such as people not knowing what line to stand in (A-K was empty, and L-Z had a line outside the door), but more importantly the booths were causing problems. All 7 of the people in front of me took over 2 minutes in… Continue
Added by Mona Patel on November 4, 2008 at 10:48am —
It's during a recession that you, being the smart usability practitioner you are, should be selling and conducting usability projects like crazy. If you're not super-busy now, you may not be selling usability the best way possible.
Why is this an excellent time for usability? Because during a recession, most companies are desperately looking for low-cost ways to optimize their eCommerce channel. Usually the eCommerce channel is the lowest-cost acquisition channel, compared to stores… Continue
Added by Craig Tomlin on November 4, 2008 at 10:19am —