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November 2009 Blog Posts (6)

Proper Uses of Wikis

This is a repost from my development/usability blog

After my recent post about blogs and forums, I was posed the following question on the HFI Certified Usability Analysts site:

Great article to luminate the strengths of blogs and forums. I have a slightly off-topic question on wikis.…

Added by Charles Boyung on November 30, 2009 at 9:41am — No Comments

Scientists + Designers = Sustainable Products

An excerpt from today's blog post celebrating World Usability Day.

Today is World Usability Day. It is a day to celebrate how design can make life easy. And this year we are celebrating designs that contribute to a sustainable world.

At my organization, the National Academies, we have been exploring the connections between scientific research, technological… Continue

Added by Megan Ellinger on November 12, 2009 at 11:34am — 5 Comments

World Usability Day Essay Contest Winners

Thank You ALL so much for the brilliant essays. We had many that saw the UX role as designing more efficient and pleasurable things. These were all good. But the winners see it differently. They see the UX job as redesigning the aspirations and lifestyles that have gotten us into this mess. We have a whole new world to design and I think that our field is up to it.


*Tim Kieschnick

*Dave… Continue

Added by Eric M Schaffer on November 12, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Testing for Learnability - the quantitative side

A question was posed by a good friend and colleague a while back about testing for learnability. The discussion was quite good in terms of defining possible qualitative data to compare. However, what I'd like to know, is there a simple, quantitative way of testing for learnability?

Here's my take, and unfortunately, it's only a theory for now because I haven't practiced it:

There's one metric that hasn't been mentioned and that is time-to-task. Now, what if time-to-task… Continue

Added by Benjamin Ho on November 11, 2009 at 4:11pm — 2 Comments

Are we speaking Alien?

I have a good feeling - and I'm sure many other usability practitioners have come across this - that we tend to speak a different language from developers. (Developers meaning the true sense of "coders" for lack of a better term.) Let me explain.

We recently had an educational series about UCD principles and it was well-received. It was for the developers and apparently, they learned quite a bit about what people in the UX field are most cognoscente about. And of course, everything… Continue

Added by Benjamin Ho on November 11, 2009 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

The Difference Between Blogs and Forums

This is a repost from my development/usability blog

Blogs and forums are probably the two most recognized social media technologies out there. Everyone knows what a blog is, and I would guess that most people can at least figure out the basic idea of a forum based on it's name - “forum”. However, I have noticed that many people really don’t understand when they should be using one over the other. Businesses often…


Added by Charles Boyung on November 4, 2009 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

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