I am designing a portal that allows the user to add mutiple widgets/modules to their personalized dashboard. I've done extensive user research, but I am unsure if the widgets/modules should be pre-populated with data. The argument against this is the widgets/modules are highly customizable to the point where it is hard to predict what a particular user type needs in each widget/module.
General usability guidelines states users expect a search feature to contain besides the search field, a button labeled "search". Looking at recent designs of search, the button is disappearing. These lack the search button.
All Apple search, i.e. apple.com, Spotlight and iOS. They have a clear button. On iOS, the keyboard provides a search button.
Google Chrome. The address bar functions as a search and is activated by pressing Enter.
There may not be any events in Pittsburgh to commemorate this year's World Usability Day on Thursday, November 11, but there are plenty of events online. Be sure to check out http://www.worldusabilityday.org/events/2010/online-only for online activities that focus on this year's theme, communication.
Be sure to also take advantage of these special offers featuring usability tools:
User Friendly 2010, whose theme is “Embracing Asian Culture”, is UPA China’s seventh annual UX conference. It will take place in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, from Nov 12th - 14th, 2010.
Over the past decade, UX has been gradually gaining recognition throughout Asia. Although it is still a relatively new term in the region, Asian businesses are now beginning to see the importance of good usability, and the UX market is steadily maturing.
In a recent convo on Twitter, Janna DeVylder, Dave Malouf, Steve Baty and I were discoursing about the difficulties of traversing the Research > Design chasm. Some really great thoughts ensued. So, I thought I'd keep the convo going here.
It's a topic I'm keely interested in. Having helped present From Design to Research at Agile '09, and having worked on this for many years, I still realize I have lots to learn.
I've been doing remote work as a usability / IA professional consultant on and off for about four years now. I have a home office here in Dallas, and have clients all over North America. At the moment, business is pretty good.