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Concept video showing the future digital magazines

Here's a great example of an envisionment made for the media company Bonnier. It shows the tangible results of a research project exploring the experience of reading magazines on handheld digital devices.

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  • Digital Magazines: Bonnier Mag+ Prototype Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - January 02, 2010

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iPhone paper prototype video

Here's a great video of usability test of an iPhone application from one of my prototyping workshops. Besides showing how fun paper prototyping is, it shows how paper, pen, scissor and glue stick are the tools of choice when you want to mimic advanced interactions.

Thanks to Hannu Vangsgaard who acted user during the test while filming the session on his (real) iPhone.

Links:

  • Video of iPhone paper prototype usability test Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - November 17, 2009

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Four lo-fi prototype videos

If you browse around YouTube, you can find a good deal of videos showing how people have used lo-fi prototypes in different projects. Here are four interesting ones that I've found.

Links:

  • Testing a paper prototype Open link in new window
  • Testing a beverage drive-thru Open link in new window
  • Testing a lo-fi mobile phone prototype Open link in new window
  • Google Maps implementation proposal Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - December 10, 2008

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How to moderate usability tests

Jared Spool has published a two-part podcast on moderating usability tests. He covers all the steps from greeting the participants and making them feel comfortable, getting tasks done, keeping observers posted about what happens at the screen, and ending the session.

Links:

  • Usability Tools Podcast: Moderating Usability Tests, Part 1 Open link in new window
  • Usability Tools Podcast: Moderating Usability Tests, Part 2 Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - August 11, 2008

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Audio from presentations at the 2008 AI Summit

Boxes and Arrows has published audio and slides from the 2008 IA Summit. Speakers include Jared Spool questioning whether user-centered design produces user-friendly designs and Peter Morville on how to design better search interfaces and applications.

Links:

  • Day 1 Open link in new window
  • Day 2 Open link in new window
  • Day 3 Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - May 03, 2008 - via Putting People First

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How the new Office 2007 interface came about

MIX08 has published a talk by Jensen Harris giving a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the new interface design of Office 2007. He talks about how Microsoft said farewell to menus and toolbars and hello to the Ribbon.

In his presentations, Jensen shows some of the many concepts prototypes that came before the final design and explains how usability tests of these prototypes led to the Ribbon concept.

Links:

  • The Story of the Ribbon Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - March 11, 2008

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Paper prototype case study

Here's a great video of a guy slamming together a paper prototype at a cafe and having the waitress test it. The video is a great example of how fast paper prototyping can show you that your design sucks.

Links:

  • Joe Arnold's paper prototyping video Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - March 04, 2008

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Videos of presentations at the Interaction 08 conference

IxDA have kindly provided videos of the presentations at the Interaction 08 conference - a conference geared toward anyone who practices Interaction Design.

Links:

  • Videos from the Interaction 08 conference Open link in new window
  • Interaction 08 conference site Open link in new window
  • IxDA Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 13, 2008 - via Putting People First

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The evil of dropdown, flyout and pop-up menus

I this podcast, Jared Spool and Brian Christiansen discuss how hiding links in slick dropdown, flyout, or pop-up menus hurts the user experience.

The problem with these menus is that if people are looking for something specific, hiding their options isn't very helpful. Also, many of the menus require us to use awkward movements to make our selections.

So what to do instead? According to Jared, we should help users find what they are looking for by creating home pages and sections with visible options.

Links:

  • Usability Tools Podcast: Mouseovers in Navigation Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - December 25, 2007

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See also: Home pages (9)  Sections (8)  Navigation (63) 


 

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How to make search engines on website work

Here's another insightful Usability Tools Podcast from UIE, this time about on-site search. Jared Spool and Brian Christiansen discuss:

- Why are your users searching your site?
- What separates the best search experiences from the worst?
- What can be done to improve search results?
- How can you tell search is succeeding on your site?

Links:

  • Usability Tools Podcast: On-Site Search Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - November 27, 2007

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