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21

Graphics on websites - helpful or harmful?

According to Jared Spool, research by his company UIE shows that well-done navigation and content graphics help users. Ornamental graphics, on the other side, doesn't prove to benefit the user experinece. In their research, they can't find any evidence that they help users trust a site or make it seem more professional or friendly. On the contratry, ornamental graphics can be distracting and annoying to users.

Jared recommends that teams focus on delivering helpful navigation and content graphics and resist the temptation for ornamental graphics.

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  • Deciding When Graphics Will Help (and When They Won't) Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - December 06, 2009

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Interview with Todd on his book about prototyping

Over at Jonny Holland, you'll find an interview with Todd Zaki Warfel about his new book on prototyping. He talks about his motivation for writing the book, why prototyping isn't as widespread as it should, how prototypes are great communication vehicles, and what tools to use.

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  • The Power of Prototyping - An Interview With Todd Zaki Warfel Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - November 25, 2009

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New book on prototyping

Todd Zaki Warfel has outpaced me in my long-standing attempt to write a book on user interface prototyping. His book Prototyping - A Practitioner's Guide to Prototyping is now on sale. I haven't had the chance to read it yet (don't forget you promised me a copy, Todd), but I'll bet it's worth its price. Go get it!

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  • Prototyping - A Practitioner's Guide to Prototyping Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - November 25, 2009

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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.

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

Henrik Olsen - November 17, 2009

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25

Sketchy Axure Widget Library

Kevin Wick has released a sketchy widget set for the prototyping tool Axure. Thanks Keven. I've been longing for that.

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  • Kevin Wick's Sketchy Axure Widget Library Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - November 02, 2009

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Review of Pidoco° - a prototyping and usability testing tool

Harry Brignull has taken a look at Pidoco°, a prototyping tool with a build-in remote usability testing tool. With the tool, you can create your prototype, invite test participants by e-mail, run your tests, and get it all on tape.

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Henrik Olsen - October 20, 2009

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Jakob Nielsen interview by Webdesigner Depot

Webdesigner Depot has been lucky to get an interview with Jakob Nielsen himself.

Among other things, they talk about:

- How recruiting representative users is the only place you shouldn't skimp in a usability test – everything else is negotiable and can be done on the cheap.
- That even though some studies have found that many don't use breadcrumbs, Jakob finds them useful because they are lightweight design elements, harmless to those not using them.
- That it's ok with Jakob that designers make hard-to-use artistic websites when they don't serve a utilitarian purpose.

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  • Interview with Web Usability Guru, Jakob Nielsen Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - September 28, 2009

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ForeUI prototyping tool

ForeUI is another prototyping tool that allows you to build functional prototypes of interactive products.

What sets this tool apart from all the others is that it's skinnable - that is, you can change the look and feel of you prototype. Currently, it provides Windows, Mac, hand-drawn and a schematic wireframe theme.

The tool runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris.

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  • The prototyping tool ForeUI Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - September 14, 2009 - via Konigi

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The usability of real-time feedback in forms

To better understand the usability of inline validation in forms - that is, forms that provide real-time feedback as people fill in answers - Luke Wroblewski set up a usability test comparing different types of form feedback.

Though the participants were confused when simple questions, such as a person's name, were marked "correct", he found that they were faster, more successful, less error-prone, and more satisfied when they used a form with inline validation.

Also, giving feedback after the particpants finished typing - rather than while they were typing - helped the participants complete the forms more quickly.

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  • Inline Validation in Web Forms Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - September 07, 2009

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Review of online usability testing service

Konigi has a review of the online usability testing service UserTesting. It outlines how the service works, its advantages and disadvantages. The main advantages are time and money savings. The main disadvantages are that you are at the mercy of the service to follow through with your screening request and that you cannot ask follow up questions during the test sessions.

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  • Review of UserTesting.com Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - July 23, 2009

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