UX: looking for good and not so good examples

23 Jun 2006 - 3:53am
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Olga Fernandez
2006

Hi!

I'm preparing a brief class for an advertising agency to teach how to create
good user experiences for the Web.

The assistants to this class are not familiar with all these concepts of
usability, UX, information architecture, interaction design, etc. so I want
to make a very visual class with lots of examples that give me the chance to
explain theory and help them see easily what I'm talking about, good and not
so good practices.

I would need to gather as much examples as possible so my questions for you
are:

-Which sites/online applications do you usually "spy" because you consider
them good at the user experience they deliver?

-Which ones lately make you say "Oh! Great!" ?

-And which ones make you say "Ouch! Get me out of here!" ?

No matter if they are whole sites or just little things on them.
No matter the kind of sites or online app.
No matter how big or small they are.

Thanks beforehand!

--
Olga Fdez. Deleito
Creadora de experiencias de uso
[site personal] http://www.olgafernandez.com
[weblog] http://www.nethodical.com
ofd at olgafernandez.com
tel. (+34) 696 93 02 81
skype: olga.fd

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23 Jun 2006 - 9:17am
dszuc
2005

Hi:

Nice opportunity to show some sites and instead of you explaining why the
sites deliver a good/bad/useful etc experience, let your audience evaluate
the sites through your questioning. It makes for a more interactive and fun
event.

For example:

* What are your initial impressions of the page?

* What do you think you could do on this page?

* What captures your attention immediately?

Etc

And of course, a diagram we use often to describe the different elements of
user experience - http://www.jjg.net/elements/pdf/elements.pdf

Rgds,

Daniel Szuc
Principal Usability Consultant
Apogee Usability Asia Ltd
www.apogeehk.com
'Usability in Asia'

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Hi!

I'm preparing a brief class for an advertising agency to teach how to create
good user experiences for the Web.

The assistants to this class are not familiar with all these concepts of
usability, UX, information architecture, interaction design, etc. so I want
to make a very visual class with lots of examples that give me the chance to
explain theory and help them see easily what I'm talking about, good and not
so good practices.

I would need to gather as much examples as possible so my questions for you
are:

-Which sites/online applications do you usually "spy" because you consider
them good at the user experience they deliver?

-Which ones lately make you say "Oh! Great!" ?

-And which ones make you say "Ouch! Get me out of here!" ?

No matter if they are whole sites or just little things on them. No matter
the kind of sites or online app. No matter how big or small they are.

Thanks beforehand!

--
Olga Fdez. Deleito
Creadora de experiencias de uso
[site personal] http://www.olgafernandez.com
[weblog] http://www.nethodical.com
ofd at olgafernandez.com
tel. (+34) 696 93 02 81
skype: olga.fd
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23 Jun 2006 - 10:39am
Nasir Barday
2006

Hi Olga,

After seeing Dave demo it at the IA Summit, I used Kayak.com as an example
of "explorable information spaces" at our company's engineering conference
in May. It was a big hit! Six weeks later, people still bring it up as an
example of "thinking off the page." It was especially effective to compare
it with Orbitz.com (e.g. ability to tweak departure/arrival times,
experiment with nearby airports, etc, all without running another
seconds-long query).

Hopefully, more people will respond with examples they run into on a daily
basis (surely there are better examples out there than our typical go-tos of
iTunes/iPod). I'd also recommend tracking Gina Tripani's www.lifehacker.com.
She regularly recommends applications that approach the annoyances of life
in novel ways.

Hope that helps,
- Nasir

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