Monday, 30 April 2012

Nielsen mobile recommendations provoke design community rage

Usability expert Jakob Nielsen recently wrote an article summarising his recommendations for mobile website, which prompted quite a degree of anger in the design community. So much so that he responded to some of the feedback via an interview in .net magazine.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Justifying usability research

A great article which provides stock answers you can use when challenged about how or why you're conducting testing.

Title tag guidelines

Web page titles are so easily overlooked at times, when they are fundamental to both usability and search engine performance.

Colour blind views of websites

A great website dedicated to highlighting the experiences of colour blind people. There are good and bad examples, as well as a simulator.

Good and bad examples at We Are Color Blind

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Usability, UX & UI guidelines

A couple of articles that pull together a range of guidelines - from big companies and from governments.

Axure mistakes to avoid

Axure's a great tool for prototyping, communicating and testing potential user experiences. Here, Webcredible's Alexander Baxevanis highlights 5 beginners' mistakes. 5 mistakes people make using Axure

Why customer experience matters

A couple of articles that go through why your customer experience should be at the top of your agenda. 'Customer experience' is an increasingly popular term these days, but you could just as easily say 'target audience experience' or 'student experience'.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Accessibility guidelines - SUPA Edinburgh session

The next session run by the Scottish Usability Professionals Association will be on developing web accessibility guidelines and a web accessibility culture.

Free IA session Edinburgh

Edinburgh usability consultants User Vision are running another of their free breakfast briefing sessions on Thursday 26 April. This time the topic is Information Architecture.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Web managers conference - Edinburgh, June 2012

The annual university web managers conference - IWMW 2012 - is being held at Edinburgh this year. I'm running a workshop on user centred design.

Usability ROI Nielsen report - Free to University of Edinburgh colleagues

I contributed to the 4th edition of Jakob Nielsen's Usability Return on Investment report, getting a site licensed copy for the University in the process.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Why mobile matters

There's an awful lot of talk about what we need to be doing with regards to mobile. This is a great article - thoughtful, informed by data and best of all, holistic in its outlook.