Posts about “usability”

What Testing Won’t Tell You

By: March 25th, 2014 2 Comments

What do users think and feel while setting up an online store? This week, Lynsey Thornton from Shopify tells us what the Shopify team learned while investigating this very question.

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What Testing Won’t Tell You

Notification Design Strategies

By: December 10th, 2013 1 Comment

No one designs an email hoping that it’ll read like spam. Nevertheless, many notification emails do. In this article, designer Katharine Bierce shares a few ways to ensure that the emails we send avoid the spam folder.

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Notification Design Strategies

Five Tips for Conducting Scientific Research in the UX World

By: October 29th, 2013 4 Comments

Just like scientists, designers depend on empirical evidence to prove their hypotheses. This week, design researcher Shreya Kothaneth explains what we can learn from the way in which scientists have traditionally conducted their research.

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Five Tips for Conducting Scientific Research in the UX World

Reimagining the 21st-century Classroom

By: August 27th, 2013 2 Comments

Education teaches students the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed and, in turn, become good citizens. Kat Davis explains how teachers can apply the lessons learned from service design to that end.

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Reimagining the 21st-century Classroom

Has the Recession Taken Your Experience to the Dark Side?

By: August 20th, 2013 6 Comments

Does maximizing sales come at the expense of a positive user experience? Paul Brooks explains the benefits of focusing on the user goals instead of merely the business objectives, and shows us how to choose good UX instead of dark patterns.

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Has the Recession Taken Your Experience to the Dark Side?

Designing with Code

By: August 13th, 2013 18 Comments

Although many designers are loathe to do it (and with good reason), designing with code helps us articulate the various ways in which our content relates to itself. This, in turn, helps us think more pragmatically about the systems we design. Information architect Andy Fitzgerald shows us how.

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Designing with Code

The Art of Guerilla Usability Testing

By: July 2nd, 2013 8 Comments

How can we go about testing our designs with minimum effort? David Simon explores guerrilla usability testing: the art of quickly soliciting – and later analyzing – user feedback.

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The Art of Guerilla Usability Testing

A Chat with Bill Gribbons, Part 2

By: March 21st, 2013 1 Comment

In the second half of my chat with Bill Gribbons I dig in deep, asking questions related to design education. Dr. Gribbons shares what he feels are necessary components for the continued development our community of practice.

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A Chat with Bill Gribbons, Part 2

A Chat with Bill Gribbons, Part 1

By: March 19th, 2013 Comments Off

Although it’s quite common for designers to question their profession, it’s rare that they’re able to receive answers from knowledgable experts. Given the chance to do just that, I sat down with Dr. Bill Gribbons to discuss universal design, eLearning, and more.

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A Chat with Bill Gribbons, Part 1

Writing for Cognitive Ease

By: October 2nd, 2012 10 Comments

Some tasks are easier than others, of that we can be sure. But what distinguishes something that’s hard to do from something that’s easy? Tim Minor guides the way, extrapolating lessons from cutting-edge psychology research.

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Writing for Cognitive Ease
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