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Developing a Set of Web & Mobile Heuristics

Web & Mobile sites are not desktop software There are a number of interface guidelines and heuristics to help evaluate user interfaces. One of the most well known are Jakob Nielsen’s 10 Heuristics for User Interface Design. These were developed by Nielsen in the mid 90’s and were intended for the evaluation of user interfaces […]

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Responsive Retrofitting

When I first designed this site, responsive design was not as big as it is now. My main focus was getting a site dedicated to my interests in UX issues up and running as quickly as possible. After the big push to get it launched, I settled into the satisfaction of indifference that follows such […]

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How Microsoft can succeed with Windows 8

So I got a new Macbook pro with retina display and along with the upgrade to Mountain Lion (I’ll write another article on that experience later), I also upgraded my Parallels virtual machine and Windows system as well. For my current work environment, I was still using Windows XP for the most part and at […]

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Recruiting the right participants for research

Often one of the biggest challenges of conducting user research is not writing out proper tasks (although that is challenging as well), or setting up the space and equipment, or even running the actual sessions, it is finding the right participants. Finding the right someone to observe and give useful feedback on your application or […]

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Amazon.com does not allow guest checkouts

As I was reviewing the checkout process for a variety of ecommerce sites a few years ago, I found that amazon.com no longer offered the option to checkout without registration. I vaguely remember that they did allow guest checkout at one time, but it had been years since I did my first checkout with them […]

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UX myths and misconceptions

There have been quite a few articles on the subject of UX myths. Basically, a UX myth would be an erroneous belief, misunderstanding, or misapplication of a UX method or principle. There is even a site dedicated to the listing of what are considered UX myths conveniently named uxmyths.com. There are a number of very […]

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How many participants do you need for a usability test?

Quite a while back Jacob Nielsen published on his site an article suggesting that 5 users are enough to uncover most of the problems in an interface when user testing. There has actually been quite a lot of research on this subject. Over at the measuringusability.com site by Jeff Sauro you can can read A […]

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UX and Agile

A topic that seems to be occurring with more regularity is whether UX can work with Agile methodologies. I think many UX folks may have struggled with organizations that are planning or already use an agile development method for a couple of reasons. However, lets start with understanding what Agile is and what it is […]

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