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Usability Testing Reflects Design-Think

Usability testing turned out to one of the more integrating projects I've encountered over the last two years. The project itself was straightforward; the thoughts snuck in tangentially to the testing project itself. What I found most interesting was not what I learned about the design of others' social network sites but what I learned… Continue reading Usability Testing Reflects Design-Think

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Usability Tests: Product Pages

Nielsen, J. & Norman, D. (2000). E-Commerce User Experience: Product Pages. Product pages are the individual pages that result from product searches, and Nielsen offers 5 key details to include in the pages for the purposes of both usability and consumer confidence: Product views - if a view is customized, for example for a particular… Continue reading Usability Tests: Product Pages

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Usability Tests – Methodology

Nielsen, J. & Norman, D. (2000). E-Commerce User Experience: Methodology. The methodology section describes the testing parameters for the usability tests on small and large e-commerce sites. By selecting sites that didn't require involve special skills or products and by eliminating users who didn't know enough or who knew too much, the tests attempt to… Continue reading Usability Tests – Methodology

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Interaction Design – Computers

Moggridge, B. (2007). Designing Interactions. Cambridge: MIT Press. The history of personal computers from a design viewpoint is fascinating. We take for granted the pull-down menu system, but to learn that it was created by an Apple interface designer in one evening engenders respect to the people who have gotten us so far from the… Continue reading Interaction Design – Computers

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The everyday godfather

Norman, D. (2002) The Design of Everyday Things. New York: Basic Books. With illustrative stories in every chapter, any attempt to derive simple rules from this classic diminishes its richness. However, in the interest of summary, the lessons that seem most prominent include: Declarative knowledge (know of) is in the world Reminders Natural mappings Procedural… Continue reading The everyday godfather