16 Feb 2011 - 10:05am
5 years ago
13 replies
Margaret Schultz

Fastco Design article: more hating on UCD

Yet another article on why "we don't need no stinking user centered design" ~ Anyone seen this one? Thoughts?

It seems to me to be just a rehashing of some of the others, citing Apple as one of the examples.



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Flex / Catalyst based RIA's, today

Hello Friends,

with the raising Adobe Catalyst, Flash-Builder, Design-Tools (PS, AI, FW etc..) round trip opportunity things might change a lot.

But there are still prejudices against using Flash based technology.

Opportunists refer most time to Jakob Nielsen  or nowadays Steve Jobs.

In the following I use Flash as synonym for Flex, Catalyst based RIAs.

16 Jan 2011 - 2:58pm
5 years ago
3 replies
Tasha D

Checkout processes

Currently I'm working on checkout processes in online shopping, if you are aware of some e-commerce sites which provides some great user experience or interactions, I would love getting your input and ideas.

Thanks in advance ___ Tasha

13 Jan 2011 - 5:02pm
5 years ago
3 replies

Personalized Dashboard: Widgets & Modules

All -

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.

22 Dec 2010 - 7:22am
5 years ago
23 replies
Ali Naqvi

Usability disagreement within a team

Hello people,

I've been assigned to usability test a portal. Unfortunately I can only test the portal based on Usability heuristics at the moment. (And only SOME pages of the portal)

To my surprise, the portal lack basic usability principle such as a hover effect/mouse-over effect.

The graphic designer and I both mentioned this to the rest of the team (programmer, business expert and the project leader)

19 Nov 2010 - 4:13am
5 years ago
5 replies
Aen Tan

Is the search button becoming obsolete

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., 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.

10 Nov 2010 - 1:48am
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Matt Schnauber

World Usability Day 2010

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 for online activities that focus on this year's theme, communication.

Be sure to also take advantage of these special offers featuring usability tools:

6 Nov 2010 - 10:39am

India HCI 2011 : 3rd International Conference on Human Computer Interaction "India HCI 2011", Bangalore, 8-11 April, 2011

International Conference on Human Computer Interaction India HCI is the leading conference being organized annually in the different cities of India.

5 Nov 2010 - 4:48pm
5 years ago
4 replies

Retype password field error rates

If I have a 'password' field and a 'retype password' field, how many users will type in mismatching passwords?

Does anyone know a typical error rate?

I need to know this so I can reliably determine how many users got other errors in the password fields due to password rules (not long enough, old password, etc.)


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