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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 - APRIL 2005
Designing intersection flows

ISSUE 13 - JANUARY 2005
Navigation blindness

ISSUE 12 - OCTOBER 2004
Server side usability

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

ISSUE 10 - APRIL 2004
Use Cases and interaction design

ISSUE 09 - JANUARY 2004
Accessibility humanized

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

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

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

ISSUE 05 - JANUARY 2003
Business-centred design

ISSUE 04 - OCTOBER 2002
InfoRomanticism on the Internet

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

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

ISSUE 01 - JANUARY 2002
Competitive Usability


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User-centred design cuts support call by 90%

Here's a great case on how prototyping and early involvement of users pays off. Because McAfee made user interface design of their ProtectionPilot a prime directive, they ended up with a great product and received approximately one-tenth of the support calls that the company would expect.

The article lists 23 tips gleaned from McAfee and their design team.

Links:

  • Clean, cutting-edge UI design cuts McAfee's support calls by 90%

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See also: Cases and Examples (12)  Cost-justification and ROI (18)  Wireframing and prototyping (29)  Usability testing (26) 

 

Users' expectations of search

Based on a usability test of a system that allows people to search a large set of content Donna Maurer interpreted the users' expectations of search:

- It is better to put more than one word in as one word gives too much stuff
- Adding an extra word gives fewer results
- The first word in the search box is more important than the other words
- If the words make a sensible phrase the search engine should return results for the phrase
- If the words do not make a sensible phrase, the search engine shouldn't look for the phrase.

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  • Regular folks searching

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See also: Search (20)  Research (82) 

 

The promised land of prototyping

While some might claim that prototyping isn't one of the wonders of the world, it's definitely a wonder of web and software development. The Q4 2005 issue of GUUUI takes a look at all the good that prototyping can do for us:

- The product is designed rather than left to chance
- We can externalize and develop ideas
- Legalizes experimentation and revisions
- Can make the intangible tangible
- We can satisfy clients' wish to see quick results
- We can take the client for a test drive
- We can reduce scope creep
- Makes early usability tests possible
- Improves team collaboration
- Improves cost-efficiency

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See also: GUUUI articles (7)  Wireframing and prototyping (29) 

 

Top Ten Web Design Mistakes 2005

It's time for Jakob Nielsen's Top Ten Web Design Mistakes. In 2005 Jakob has asked his readers about their opinion. Here's the result:

#1 Legibility problems due to small fonts and low contrast
#2 Non-standard links that violate common expectations
#3 Flash with no purpose beyond annoying people
#4 Content that is not written for the web
#5 Bad search
#6 Browser incompatibility
#7 Cumbersome forms
#8 No contact information or other company information
#9 Layouts with fixed width
#10 Photo enlargements that doesn't show the users the details they expect

Links:

  • The article Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005

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See also: Forms (10)  Text (12)  Links (10)  Search (20)  Flash (6)  Browsers (2) 

 

Blog on the Microsoft Office user interface

Jensen Harries from the Microsoft users experience team has started a blog on the Office user interface.

" In this blog, I hope to write a lot about my thoughts about the ins and outs of defining and designing the user experience of Office. I'll be writing frequently about the future of Office but also sometimes the past. And there may be times I find it irresistible to delve into general user interface issues or even (gasp) software issues in general."

Links:

  • Jensen Harris: An Office User Interface Blog

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