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2005 Blogs

  • Recruiting User Testing Participants
    To meet your users’ needs, it is essential to know your audience and to design for them. A key way to do this is by identifying your Web site’s primary users and recruiting a sample for usability testing.
  • Age-Related Research-Based Usability Guidelines
    There are definite, predictable degenerative effects of aging on a person’s ability to effectively and efficiency interact with Web-based systems.  Learn about the research-based guidelinesfor building sites with seniors as an audience.
  • Judging the Severity of Usability Issues on Web Sites: This Doesn't Work
    Even highly experienced usability specialists cannot agree on which usability issues will have the greatest impact on usability.  Find out more about the challenges of of ranking or judging the severity of usability issues.
  • Segmenting Your Audiences
    A key ingredient to developing a usable Web site is to define your audiences and their goals. The purpose is to get a deep understanding of who you are designing for and their primary content or service needs.
  • Four Basic Activities to Reach Optimal Usability
    Evidence shows that the iterative approach, which focuses on testing, making changes, and retesting, is a solid way to improve the quality of your users' experience.
  • The Value of Iterative Design
    Evidence shows that the iterative approach, which focuses on testing, making changes, and retesting, is a solid way to improve the quality of your users' experience.
  • Paper Prototypes Work as Well as Software Prototypes
    Low-fidelity prototypes appear to be as effective as high-fidelity prototypes at detecting many types of usability issues. Low-fidelity prototypes have an additional advantage in that they can be created quickly and easily, and they do not require advanced computer skills.
  • Users Are Not Good Designers
    Users are most useful in helping to identifying user requirements and what a system will do. Users are less valuable when involved in determining how best to do it.