Seeking participants: share your thoughts about web interface design

16 Jun 2010 - 12:48pm
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steveszigeti
2008

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 http://www.szigeti.ca 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 steve.szigeti@utoronto.ca

URL to start survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WebDesignGuidelines

Thank you very much for your time and your help.

Steve Szigeti
PhD Candidate
University of Toronto

Comments

16 Jun 2010 - 1:52pm
Anonymous

I have to ask, in the second question:

"A2. How many years have you worked as a web interface designer?"

...is there a reason you have options for 21-25 and more than 25 years?

16 Jun 2010 - 10:06pm
elvenmuse
2010

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?" > > ...is there a reason you have options for 21-25 and more than 25 years? > >

17 Jun 2010 - 7:41pm
steveszigeti
2008

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

17 Jun 2010 - 8:01pm
Anonymous

I'm not entirely certain you got the point of my question. The study you based the survey on is fine for those extended time frames given the specific nature of that field. This survey, however, relates directly to web interface designers and the web has not been around for 20 years for another few months yet, let alone 21-25 or more than 25 years ... so why are there two options covering periods that it is not possible for someone to select sensibly?

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