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November/
December
Sharing Discoverability Through Better Tag Strategies – how semantic web concepts improve your search-and-list challenges Comments (1)
October
Special edition
A Game Changer for User Experience (UX) Work – HFI's object-oriented approach to enterprise UX. Comments (0)
September Designing Naturally With Gestalt in Mind – the "active ingredient" in great graphic layouts Comments (6)
July/August Verbalizing About Visuals: Targets, Team, and Tag Lines – visual vs. verbal design approaches Comments (1)
June Expert Reviews Require Expert Senses – how to structure your expert reviews Comments (4)
May Pictures for Presenting the "Big Picture" of UX Design – visualization as an aid to comprehension Comments (0)
March/April Beating the "Observer Effect" in User Interviews – "the deeper truth" in user analysis Comments (3)
February Secrets to Setting the Context for Usability – approaches to cross-cultural UI design Comments (1)
January The Coming Surge in Emerging Markets – approaches to cross-cultural UI design Comments (0)
December Recapping the HFI UI Design Message for 2010 – What we have learned in HFI's 2010 newsletters. Comments (0)
November
Visionary Usability: Making Friends With Graphic Design – The science of visual appeal in Web design Comments (6)
October
Seeing Is Believing (How to Design for Video) – The impact of video when designing your website. Comments (1)
September New Methods for Understanding News Provider Websites – Insights into methods for understanding user behaviors. Comments (0)
August Usability Test Reporting: "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" – Insights into writing the right stuff. Comments (3)
July Using the Goldilocks Principle to get design "just right" – How to zero in on your design without zeroing out Comments (2)
June To See Is To Conquer, Or Is It? – A political challenge to usability. Comments (3)
May New Techniques: How to Talk Truthfully About Usability Testing – The straight rap on explaining your test results. Comments (4)
April Playing to Win – The importance of bringing fun to your interfaces. Comments (2)
March "Flow" – the iPhone (and Web) Experience that Sells – The necessity of "flow" for a positive user experience. Comments (3)
February Loving the Madness of Good Design: "Institutionalize us all" – How to get your organization excited about usability. Comments (3)
January Clean Metrics from Quick and Dirty Assessment: "The SUS" – An easy method for "grading" your interface design. Comments (6)
December "User Experience" meets "Beauty is Truth, Truth is Beauty" – The foundations of "user-experience" design. Comments (1)
November
Wherefore Art Thou O Usability? – Cognitive lock-in to the rescue – The missing link between usability and profitability. Comments (5)
October
Where is a good chart when you need it? – Guidelines for creating online decision tools. Comments (3)
September Harnessing your power of first impression – Socially responsible design but with a compelling prolog. Comments (1)
August Can you avoid political fallout from your standards effort? – The politics of standards. Comments (3)
July Does audience gender influence your persuasive message? – How your design is in the eye of the beholder. Comments (4)
June Do age and experience impact interaction with devices? – The importance of understanding generational approaches to dealing with devices. Comments (6)
April/May Does product sorting on a product web page influence decision-making? – The importance of presentation. Comments (0)
February/March Kindle2: Crack for readers... until you start reading – How text formatting can ruin (or enhance) the readability and persuasiveness of text. Comments (1)
January ...just because. – The persuasive pull of justified requests. Comments (0)
November Save the Earth. Everybody's doing it. – On selecting the right persuasive hook. Comments (7)
October
Why the Bradley Effect is not about race Comments (2)
September
You won't see what you don't look at... – Using eyetracking to evaluate engagement and click likelihood Comments (3)
August Back-to-School Reading Comments (3)
June/July On Prose and Cons – When two-sided frames increase attitude certainty and behavioral intention Comments (2)
May Look composed – How visuals can draw and drive attention. Comments (7)
April Layering the customer experience – Humor helps, but only if it's not funny to start with Comments (3)
March Of cold meds and value – Understanding irrational decision making under certainty. Comments (4)
February One site fits all doesn't fit – Exploring cultural differences in consumer segmentation Comments (4)
December Show me the study! 2007 annual research review Comments (1)
November
Meta-Usability – When the method is not the message Comments (3)
October
Playing doctor? – Trends in health information seeking on the Web Comments (4)
August The Art of Icons – Where more realism is better, and why that's helpful. Comments (3)
July Serious Games – On using simulation experiences to encourage desired behavior Comments (5)
June Understanding the persuasive flow – or How we can learn to love online advertising – recent research on the effectiveness of Web advertising and ways to improve its usability. Comments (1)
May Why "how many users" is just the wrong question – Rethinking the requirements for valid usability tests. Comments (2)
April Thin slicing: inside or outside the world of user experience? – research showing that users make quick judgments on very little information and how this affects the design of the online experience. Comments (5)
March Designing for "mature" users – Research-based guidelines that you should know when designing sites that are visited by older users. Comments (2)
February Do you see what I see? Exploring cross cultural variation in looking behavior – some cultural differences in how people view Web sites. Comments (8)
January What's your unconscious got to do with it? – the significant role the unconscious mind plays in consumer decision making, and some ways to measure the effects. Comments (4)
December What did we learn this year? 2006 Annual Research Review – our annual year-end summary of usability research. Comments (1)
November
Can one build a Web site or application that engenders trust? – research-based design principles and a user-centered process are the basis of generating trust Comments (4)
October
Narrative presentation and building brands – recent research which demonstrates the power of presenting user experience as narrative, and its importance in brand development. Comments (7)
September
Knowing what the buyers want, when they want it – recent research on the effectiveness of Web personalization strategies. Comments (2)
August Heatwave! Leveraging heat maps (and other eye tracking data) to refine your information architecture – eye tracking technology has advanced to the point where it can now be taken seriously as a standard tool for usability practitioners. Comments (4)
July Is usability testing as we know it about to radically change? – new trends in usability testing. Comments (3)
June Oh, that kind of better... On the trade-off between feature-laden and usable – the disparity between what consumers think they need and what they can actually use. Comments (3)
April If yuo can raed this yuor brian wroks... Debunking urban legends with usable explanations – how too much educating is not always the best way to get your point across. Comments (6)
March When getting the job done isn't enough... How insight into users' process makes interactions more satisfying – how the types of data you collect in a usability test can effect the impact of your redesign recommendations. Comments (1)
February Where are you when I need you??? (or... Ending the search for search) – users' expectations of where items should be placed on your Web page. Comments (8)
January Selling older users short – the use of the Internet and hand-held devices by older adults and the impact on user interface design. Comments (1)
December Yeah, but can you give me a reference? 2.0 – HFI's 2005 annual summary of usability research Comments (0)
October
Is Beauty the new usability attribute? – the interaction of Aesthetics and Usability. Comments (3)
September
Fine-tuning your Internet deception detectors – how people detect, and often miss, Web site fraud. Comments (2)
August
Much ado about sex and Web sites... or why it's still important to know who your users are – recent research on the effect of designer gender on Web site design. Comments (1)
July When discount usability misleads management – a solution – the difference between finding usability problems and predicting success rates. Comments (3)
May When what they see is what you get – but satisficing isn't enough – the importance of effective detailed design. Comments (4)
April Making it findable – the relative importance of user-centered labels and structure. Comments (1)
March Seeking clarity on consistency – defining the design elements that contribute to perceived consistency in interface design. Comments (0)
February The world is ready for usability. Is usability ready for the world? – the prerequisites for making usability routine. Comments (0)
January The answer you're searching for... is "Browse" – the effectiveness and user preference of browsing vs. searching. Comments (0)
December Yeah, but can you give me a reference? 2004 Annual Research Review – HFI's annual summary of usability research. Comments (0)
November
Observer Effects in Usability Testing... or, how to collect data without messing it up – The effect of the observer on usability testing and the differing results between laboratory and unmoderated remote testing. Comments (2)
October
Do you hear what I hear? ... or why it may not matter that users still ignore breadcrumbs – Recent research on breadcrumb navigation. Comments (0)
September
Mind the Gap... On the appropriate use of focus groups and usability testing in planning and evaluating Interfaces – The value of focus groups and when not to use them. For usability, testing is key. Comments (0)
August
On the Meta-Usability of User Interface Standards... or If the developer can't use it, the standard is not there – How usable are your usability standards? Comments (0)
July Adaptive Menu Design – How to select the best menu presentation style for a given application. Comments (1)
June Cracking Password Usability... Exploiting human memory to create secure and memorable passwords – This newsletter looks at a novel approach to password creation. Comments (1)
May Enough is Enough... but five probably isn't: Evaluating the "test-five-users" guideline – This newsletter revisits the topic of the optimum number of usability testing subjects. Comments (2)
April Tell Me the Story... The unifying role of scenarios in conceptual design – The importance of scenarios in user interface design. Comments (1)
March Welcome to the Global Village: Some considerations for doing usability in the global markets – The importance of considering local psychology in developing globalized Internet sites. Comments (0)
February Do Y'see What I'm Saying? Using visual hierarchy to support your message – The effect of visual hierarchy on user comprehension. Comments (0)
January Creating Effective Online Surveys: Owning Photoshop® doesn't make you an artist – What is required to make an online survey an effective data gathering tool. Comments (0)
December Key Research Findings Related to User-Centered Design (2002-2003) – The year-end list of key research findings in the field of usability. Comments (0)
November
From Bricks to Clicks: Building customer trust in the online environment – Online cues that increase and decrease consumer perception of merchant trustworthiness. Comments (0)
October
Decisions, Decisions... What's a poor user (and designer) to do? – Can thoughtful information design help users make better consumer choices? Comments (2)
September
Pitting Usability Testing Against Expert Review – When to use usability testing and when to use heuristic review. Comments (1)
August
Are We There Yet? Effects of Delay on User Perceptions of Web Sites – Recent research on how download times affect user perceptions of your Web pages. Comments (2)
July Press 8 for Natural Language: The Future of IVRs – The pros and cons of "natural language" interactive voice response systems. Comments (2)
June The Gradual Graying of the Internet... – Recent research regarding designing for the "elderly." Comments (1)
May Getting Your (Intended) Vote to Count – Usability issues involved in the United States voting system. Comments (0)
April Breadth vs. Depth – We revisit this question – which is best for your Web site? Comments (0)
March Web Credibility – What makes a Web site credible? Comments (0)
February Reading Text Online – Are we really ready to make research based decisions? Comments (0)
January Linking and Searching – Observations and guidelines on the effective use of searching and linking. Comments (0)
December Research-Based Observations – A list of dos and don'ts in UI design gleaned from the last year of usability research. Comments (0)
November
Optimal Line Length – What is the optimal line length when reading prose text from a monitor? Comments (1)
October
Web Site Layout – How should you lay out your Web site? Comments (3)
September
Making Research-Based Design Decisions – Results of last month's research poll. Comments (0)
August
Making Research-Based Design Decisions – What is the best way to get user-centered research results to practitioners? Comments (0)
July Age Classifications – When considering the age of users – how old is "old"? Comments (0)
June Readability Formulas – Consider your target audience, then write to a grade level that is or two levels below that. Comments (1)
May Parallel Design – Consider as many alternative design ideas as possible before selecting the best with which to begin the iterative process. Comments (0)
April Iterative Design – The limitations of "iterative design" methodologies. Comments (0)
March Challenging Current Practice – Using research-based guidelines can help direct the initial decisions, but then these decisions should be validated with appropriate usability testing. Comments (0)
February More About Fonts – What is the best font size and font style for Web sites? Comments (2)
January Location of the Scrollbar – Are scrollbars located close enough to where users typically work with a Website or list box to encourage the fastest possible use? Comments (1)
December Research-Based Observations – A year-end list of do's and don'ts that have recent research to support them Comments (0)
November
Predicting Human Performance – How good are designers at predicting user performance? Comments (0)
October
Multimedia and Learning – What can be done to a Web site to help users better remember the content? Comments (0)
September
Usability Testing – How reliable is usability performance testing? Comments (0)
August
Designing for the elderly – What can we do to enable older adults to interact with Web sites more effectively? Comments (0)
July The Growing Popularity of Usability – Why is computer system usability becoming so popular? Comments (0)
June Efficiency in Design – How can designers use existing, readily available, Web-based research to be more efficient when designing Web sites? Comments (0)
May Web Site Consistency – How consistent do web pages need to be in order to not degrade the performance of experienced users? Comments (0)
April Response Times – In a well-designed website, how long should users have to wait for pages to download? Comments (0)
March Screen Resolution – What screen resolution are you designing for? When is it time to change? Comments (0)
February Heuristic Evaluations vs. Usability Testing – The discussion continues from last month. Comments (0)
January Heuristic Evaluations vs. Usability Testing – The relative effectiveness of heuristic evaluations vs. usability testing. Comments (0)
December What does the Near Future Promise for Usability? – Usability-related observations from COMDEX Comments (0)
November
The Usability of Punched Ballots – Improving usability in America's voting systems. Calculating the number of test subjects required to find usability problems. Comments (0)
October
Link Affordance – How can designers improve the "link affordance" of their Web pages? What is the link affordance rate of your Web pages? Comments (0)
September
Reducing Reliance on Superstition – How to improve design decisions by reducing reliance on superstition. Let’s start with Miller’s "Magic 7" Comments (1)
August
Human Interaction Speeds – What are typical human interaction speeds for reading, listening, speaking, keying, and handwriting? Comments (0)
July Menu Selection – What can we do to speed-up website interactions? Comments (0)
June Improving User Performance – A recent task taxonomy of browser use concludes download time and scrolling are two major problems that developers need to address. Comments (0)
May Screen Resolution – Can users read faster when using monitors that are set at higher resolutions? Comments (0)
April Web Page Design – Where are the Facts? – Good grouping and good alignment make a difference. Pictures and words on buttons improve usability. Comments (0)
March e-Commerce Success? – What percent of the time do users find what they are looking for when using the Internet or corporate Intranet? Comments (0)
February Screen Size – Bigger is Much Better – Does the size of the screen relate to the speed with which work can be done? Is there any value in buying larger monitors or having larger Web pages? Comments (0)
January Speech Recognition – Why is it taking so long for speech to be used as a primary input method? Comments (0)
December Web Design Guidelines – What research-based guidelines are available for designing websites? Comments (0)
November
Optimum Time of Day for Optimum Performance – How can we ensure that older users perform as well as younger users in systems? Do younger and older users perform better at different times of the day?. Comments (0)
October
User Interface Displays – What direction are we going with user interface displays? Predictions for the future. Comments (1)
September
Multimedia and Working Memory Limitations – Working memory capacity can be "increased" by using two senses rather than one. Using Multimedia in Instruction – Some guidlelines. Comments (0)
August
Web Site Identity – The logo tells where you are Comments (0)
July e-Commerce and Screen Design – Usability more important than "fancy store fronts". e-Commerce Pricing – Buyers prefer sales to "everyday low prices". Comments (0)
June Handedness and Other Preferences – Designing to ensure that critical tasks are performed by the user's preferred hand – not as obvious as one might think. Comments (0)
May Heuristic Evaluations – Is there a useful set of usability heuristics currently available to practitioners? There is, but unfortunately the best set is not the one most widely used. Comments (0)
April Paging vs. Scrolling – No difference in speed, but paging results in better comprehension and memory of information. Paging vs. Scrolling – Paging works better for older users. Comments (0)
March Breadth vs. Depth – Broader structures enable faster performance. Breadth vs. Depth – 2 is the magic number. Comments (0)
February Screen Fonts – Study shows that fonts designed for screen viewing give no reliable performance differences in reading speed.
Speed Reading – Successively flashing individual words on screen improves reading performance.
Comments (1)
January Reading Speed and Comprehension – Then and Now – Paper vs. computer monitors – high resolution monitors change the results Comments (0)
December Prototyping – 2 separate studies find no significant difference between high- and low-fidelity prototypes in usability testing. Comments (0)
November
Usability Testing – which tests are most effective and when to use them.
Usability Software – computer-based tools for evaluating the efficiency of user interfaces.
Comments (0)
October
Design Considerations for Older Users. Traning and Age – Should training be different for younger and older users? Comments (0)
September
Is e-Commerce Thwarted by usability issues? Experience Counts – but novices shop less than expected. Strong Demand for e-commerce. Comments (0)
August
Proper UI Design is the basis of improving computer productivity.
Designing for Efficiency, not just sufficiency.
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July Displaying Information – Hearing spoken text and looking at graphics is the best way to promote user recall.
The Best Way to Learn – Structured exercises are most effective way to train software users.
Comments (0)
June Web Usability – Web research gives nine guidelines to improve user performance.
Multimedia – Design tips to promote user recall.
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