Tag Archives: Usability

Remote Control Anarchy

Summary: The six remote controls required for a simple home theater illustrate the problems caused by complexity and inconsistency in user interfaces. I’m frustrated by how difficult it is to watch a movie on my TV. It ought to be … Continue reading

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Summary of Usability Inspection Methods

Usability inspection is the generic name for a set of methods that are all based on having evaluators inspect a user interface. Typically, usability inspection is aimed at finding usability problems in the design, though some methods also address issues … Continue reading

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Set Measurable Usability Goals

Measurable Usability Goals A measurable usability goal is the definition of successful usability on your site for a specific set of users doing a specific task. Example You are building a Web application for owners of small businesses to pay … Continue reading

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Usability methods

There are multiple methods that fit into each of the steps of the user-centered design process. Theses methods can help improve the usability and usefulness of your site. The following table organizes usability methods according to where they take place … Continue reading

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First Rule of Usability? Don’t Listen to Users

Summary: To design an easy-to-use interface, pay attention to what users do, not what they say. Self-reported claims are unreliable, as are user speculations about future behavior. In past years, the greatest usability barrier was the preponderance of cool design. … Continue reading

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