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The promised land of prototyping

Realizing the full potential of prototyping


While some may claim that prototyping isn't one of the wonders of the world, it's definitely a wonder of web and software development. It can help us design better products and overcome many of the hurdles that tend to surface during a development process.

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Past issues

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 eight types of navigation pages

Watching users search for content, UIE realized that there are essentially eight types of navigation pages a user can run into:

- Content pages
- Galleries, listing links to content pages
- Departments, used to list links to gallery pages
- Stores, used to segment content areas (e.g. World, Business, Sports etc. on a new site) and list links to departments
- Gallery-level search results, which are similar to gallery pages, except they are search engine generated results
- Department-level search results, used to divide search results into departments to assist in the winnowing process
- Search entry page, where the user enters their search query (frequently a section of a page)
- Home page (landing pages) tasked with orienting users in the right direction

According to Jared Spool, the most navigation failures are due to poorly-designed gallery pages that don't reveal what's on the content pages they link to.

Links:

  • The article The 8 Types of Navigation Pages

Henrik Olsen - November 29, 2005

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See also: Navigation (44) 

 

Online journal on usability studies

The Journal of Usability Studies (JUS) is a peer-reviewed, international, online publication dedicated to promoting and enhancing the practice, research, and education of usability engineering.

The journal aims to provide usability practitioners and researchers with a forum to share:
- Empirical findings and case studies
- Emerging methods and tools
- Reports of good practices in usability engineering
- Approaches and case studies in usability education and training
- Opinions and experiences regarding the practice and education of usability engineering

Links:

  • Journal of Usability Studies

Henrik Olsen - November 23, 2005

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See also: Research (88)  Online magazines (3) 

 

Setting goals and measuring success for web sites

With this free e-book by Steve Jackson, editor of Conversion Chronicles, you can learn the basics of how to set up measurable goals for web site conversion, how to reach your goals thorough persuasive design and how to measure success with web site statistic tools.

You have to sign up for their newsletter to get the e-book (they are taking their own medicine and use the book to boost their newsletter conversion and prospect acquisition).

Links:

  • The e-book Learn befor you spend

Henrik Olsen - November 22, 2005

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See also: Books (32)  Persuasive design (12)  Web log analysis (7)  Online books (5) 

 

Usability is more important that aesthetics in the long run

The October 2005 newsletter from HFI is a discussion of how beauty can influence users' overall impression of a product and how to measure the product-emotion relationship.

The newsletter mentions a study by M. Hassenzahl where a MP3 application was evaluated with a variety of different visual designs. They study showed that:
- When participants only looked at the MP3 player, the overall rating of the product was based on its perceived beauty and anticipated usability
- When participants were allowed to use the player, the overall rating of the product was more influenced by participants' experience of using the product

The study suggests that the emotional aspects of a design are important in attracting customers in the first place. However, when the product is judged through usage over time, usability is what matters most.

Links:

  • Is Beauty the new usability attribute?

Henrik Olsen - November 16, 2005

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See also: Usability testing (28)  Visual design (13)  Research (88) 

 

Demographics is not critical when recruiting study participants

When recruiting participants for usability testing, field research and the like, candidates experience and behaviour is more important than demographics.

According to Jared Spool, studies of user experience professionals have shown that successful teams have learnt that candidates' previous experience and how they will behave in the study is more important than where they live, how old they are, and how much they earn. You don't need to have someone who is in your target audience. You only need someone who behaves like people in your audience group and is comfortable with the study situation.

Links:

  • Putting Perfect Participants in Every Session

Henrik Olsen - November 13, 2005

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See also: Research (88)  Requirement Analysis (12)  Usability testing (28) 

 

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