Can you support that new feature?

Adding new features is like getting a pet. Feature ownership can be very rewarding, but do you have the support and resources to take on such a commitment?

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Your site is not special

There is no real reason to force upon your users a manual or lengthy on-screen help box for task completion. Use intuitive design.

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Verbally Walk Through User Steps

When designing web or app functionality steps to be taken by the user, write out the steps, read the steps out loud, and see if at any point you stop and go, “this is ridiculously long.”

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Gaming UI provides great teaching moments – A reflection on recent Alertbox article

In reading Jakob Nielsen’s recent Alertbox article Kinect Gestural UI: First Impressions, I found it very relevant not just to those doing usability studies to design games, but also as a teaching tool for those (clients) who might not understand eye tracking, user movements, and success rates when describing web usability. Many people are familiar […]

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Reported Common Application glitch is frusterating to me

I applied to college well before applications went online but news of a truncation glitch in the The Common Application submission form frustrates me. I was led to this news via a recent re-tweet by Mark Greenfield (@markgr) highlighting Sarai Koo’s (@maps4college) tweet “A Common Glitch in the Common Application: Some college applicants wrestle with […]

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Multi-user recommendation systems – a proposal

We are all familiar with recommendation systems. When at Amazon, there is a “Recommended for you” section with items that, based on your previous purchase and browsing experience, Amazon thinks you may be interested in. Netflix too recommends movies that, based upon your previous selections, thinks you may watch. YouTube makes recommendations as well and […]

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