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Prototyping primer

Over at Smashing Magazine, Lyndon Cerejo has written a nice primer on prototyping. In the article, he outlines the prototyping process and discusses questions such as fidelity, deciding what to prototype, and how to select prototyping tools.


  • Design Better And Faster With Rapid Prototyping Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - July 13, 2010

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A fable of user-centered design

David Travis has written a booklet that, in a narrative style, tells the fable of a young man's journey as he discovers the secrets of user-centered design.

From the designers that our bright young man meets on his journey, he learns what user-centered design is and how early and continual focus on users and their task, empirical measurement of user behavior and iterative design are the corner stones of user-centered design.

Great for reading aloud for your kids.


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Henrik Olsen - December 25, 2009 - via Putting people first

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Prototyping primer

Dave Cronin has written a great piece on prototyping interaction designs. He covers what prototype are, how prototyping aid design exploration, evaluation, communication, and construction, and how the construction of prototypes is commonly approached.


  • Industry trends in prototyping Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 16, 2009

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Introduction to paper prototyping

Over at A List Apart, Shawn Medero has written a nice introduction to paper prototyping that covers the basic why and how.

"Though some people shy away from paper prototypes because they feel they will not be taken seriously, I argue that many people are intimidated by a formal, highly technical design process and that the less "professional" nature of paper prototyping is a great way to lighten the mood and engage a more diverse group. Just offer plenty of paper, pens, scissors, and other materials for anyone to grab and use. If anyone feels nervous, let them eat the paste."


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Henrik Olsen - January 24, 2007 - via Usability in the News

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How to run a usability test

Joshua Kaufman has written a short tutorial on how to conduct usability tests. He describes the entire process from screening and recruiting participants, writing test scripts and questionnaires, moderating the test and analyzing results.


  • Practical Usability Testing Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - May 07, 2006

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Introduction to eyetracking

"The eye is the mirror of the soul, and the soul is the mirror of our thoughts." In his introduction to eye-tracking, Matteo Penzo explains how eyetracking works, what the outputs are, and how eye-tracking can introduce quantitative measurement to standard usability evaluation techniques.


  • Introduction to Eyetracking: Seeing Through Your Users' Eyes Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - January 15, 2006

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Introduction to information scent

This article by Iain Barker introduces the concept of information scent and explains how creating strong information scents enables users to confidently step through a site and find the information they require.

"The principles around how to create stronger information scents are quite simple, providing users with more context makes it easier for them to select the best option."


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Henrik Olsen - August 15, 2005 - via Column Two

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What is usability?

Donna Maurer has written a nice overview of what usability is


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Henrik Olsen - November 03, 2004

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Usability basics

This article from the magazine IEEE Software is a nice introduction to usability, which covers core usability principles and common design techniques.


Henrik Olsen - April 21, 2004

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10 - Executive Resource for User-Centered Design (UCD)

The site is designed for corporate executives interested in developing an understanding of how user-centered development methods can improve the effectiveness of technology-based products and services. User-Centered Design in an Executive-Centered way.

The 4 main section are:
- UCD Executive Primer
- UCD Feature Articles
- UCD Design Data
- UCD Viewpointz


  • TaskZ Home Page (Executive Primer, Articles, Viewpointz) Open link in new window
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Pieter-Jan Pruuost - March 17, 2004

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