Seeking participants: share your thoughts about web interface design

16 Jun 2010 - 12:48pm
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I’m posting to ask for your help in a study regarding design guidelines and web interface design.

This survey study is part of doctoral research in the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto. I am interested in experiences web interface designers have with aspects of the design process, particularly the use of web design guidelines and your experiences (if any) with design tradeoffs.

The study involves the completion of an online questionnaire, which takes roughly 15-20 minutes to complete. Your participation is voluntary, but I would be grateful for your assistance. All of your responses will remain confidential.
In appreciation for your participation, I will be sharing the aggregate results of the survey with participants. They will posted at in September, 2010.

If you would like more information about this survey, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post or contact me directly at

URL to start survey:

Thank you very much for your time and your help.

Steve Szigeti
PhD Candidate
University of Toronto


16 Jun 2010 - 10:06pm

I concur with your comment... but either way, I honestly don't think that "years of experience" translate well to "real ability of getting the job done". (and I prefer the term "web designer").

> I have to ask, in the second question: > > "A2. How many years have you worked as a web > interface designer?" > > there a reason you have options for 21-25 and more than 25 years? > >

17 Jun 2010 - 7:41pm

The options in question A2 were based on a previously published survey of engineers involved in design -- the closest published research to this study . I certainly agree that years of experience does not translate directly to design abilities or skills. Instead, such demographic information helps to describe those who participated in the study, not to look for a relationship between specific answers and demographic facets. A questionnaire such as this one has no sample frame (what is the total population of web designers / interface designers / web interface designers, etc?) , so the results can't be generalized -- I can only say that those who participated believed A, B and/or C (so to speak).

Thanks for the posts

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