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Visio - the interaction designer's nail gun (2nd edition)

How to use Visio for rapid prototyping


This is a second edition of the article on using Visio for rapid prototyping for the web. The new edition includes a new and improved version of the GUUUI Prototyping Tool for Visio 2003.

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Past issues

ISSUE 16 - Q4 2005
The promised land of prototyping

ISSUE 15 - Q3 2005
Balancing fidelity in prototyping

ISSUE 14 - Q2 2005
Designing intersection flows

ISSUE 13 - Q1 2005
Navigation blindness

ISSUE 12 - Q4 2004
Server side usability

ISSUE 11 - Q3 2004
GoLive - the interaction designer's hammer and nail

ISSUE 10 - Q2 2004
Use Cases and interaction design

ISSUE 09 - Q1 2004
Accessibility humanized

ISSUE 08 - Q4 2003
Balancing visual and structural complexity in interaction design

ISSUE 07 - Q3 2003
Personas and the customer decision-making process

ISSUE 06 - Q2 2003
Supporting customers' decision-making process

ISSUE 05 - Q1 2003
Business-centred design

ISSUE 04 - Q4 2002
InfoRomanticism on the Internet

ISSUE 03 - Q3 2002
Results from a survey of web prototyping tools usage
Visio - the interaction designer's nail gun

ISSUE 02 - Q2 2002
The Bottom-line of Prototyping and Usability Testing

ISSUE 01 - Q1 2002
Competitive Usability


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The surfers are back

A report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that surfing for fun is now one of the most popular activities on the web.

"More Americans are turning to the internet as a place to hang out. Nearly a third of internet users go online on a typical day for no particular reason, just for fun or to pass the time."

The number of people reporting that they go online on a typical day to surf for fun is up from 25 million people in November 2004 to 40 million in December 2005.

The act of surfing for fun stands only behind using e-mail (52%), using search engines (38%), and is almost as popular as reading news (31%).

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  • The press release Web Surfing for Fun Becomes a Staple of Internet Life

Henrik Olsen - February 16, 2006

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Yahoo! Design Pattern Library

Yahoo! has decided to share their Design Pattern Library with the rest of us. You can find inspiration for common design elements such as breadcrumbs, auto completion, pagination - and more to come.

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  • Yahoo! Design Pattern Library

Henrik Olsen - February 14, 2006

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Alphabetized lists are random lists

"Unless you can be absolutely sure that users will know the exact terms in your list, alphabetical order is just random order."

According to Jared Spool, alphabetized lists work for people's name, states, cities, car models, and teams. But they fall apart for things where users don't know the exact wording. Users must resort to the same behavior they need when links are randomly ordered. They must scan every link to make sure they can see what is relevant and what isn't.

Instead, we should use a divide-and-conquer approach by categorizing the items. Once broken up into small groups, it doesn't matter what the order of the links are.

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  • Alphabetized Links are Random Links

Henrik Olsen - February 12, 2006

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See also: Navigation (45)  Links (11)  Information architecture (12)  Tips and guidelines (64) 

 

A study of older web users

Webcredible have conducted a usability test comparing eight older and eight younger users complete the same tasks on the web.

Some interesting results:
- The older users were more likely to blame themselves for any difficulties they encountered
- A majority of the older users missed critical information that required scrolling
- The older users were less likely to understand technical language
- The older users were more likely to click on elements which weren't links
- Many of the older users expressed a strong aversion to downloading from the internet
- The older users where more likely to use the available search functionality
- The older participants required over double the average time to complete a task
- The older users displayed a tendency to read all of the text appearing on a page before being willing to decide on their next course of action
- Most of the older participants reported anything less than 12-point type as being too small to read comfortably.

Henrik Olsen - February 05, 2006

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Easy site diagramming

Stephen Turbek shows how to save time on site diagramming using either Excel and Visio or Word and Inspiration.

"Use these lazy techniques and spend your time on better and more interesting problems than lining up little boxes!"

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  • The Lazy IA's Guide to Making Sitemaps

Henrik Olsen - February 01, 2006

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See also: Site and flow diagramming (4)  Information architecture (12)  Tools (50) 

 

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