Thought Leadership

Don’t let them know you can write code

There have been a few rumblings in the past year or so in the “twittersphere” from some noted UX professionals that as UX’ers we should learn programming. You may or may not agree with this in principle, but I would like to add this story to the mix. The “moral “to the story is that if you can code, don’t let them know!

Universal design ROCKS

We've blogged a bunch about the importance of Universal Design and how Responsive design isn't really any good. See http://theusabilitypeople.com/responsive-and-seven-principles-universal-...

Universal design is about creating something that will work across all user types, etc. while responsive design segregates users into different interactions depending the the type of device that they are using.

Affordances as perceived action possibilities

Have you ever walked up to a building and looked at the door and not known whether you should push or pull the door to get in? Have you ever pulled on a door only to find out that it was a “push” door?” Have you ever looked at a website or a web application and said to yourself, “Now what?”

5 Reasons We Love Usability Testing - by Justin Williams

User Experience and Usability Testing have become fashionable lingo in the health IT world, yet EHR software is rife with usability issues; convoluted workflows, poor content, and poor interaction design are common frustrations that plague providers daily. Changing healthcare reimbursement models, Meaningful Use, PQRS, ICD-10... don’t providers have enough concerns without having to worry about their EHR?

Should? or Must?

When signing up for a new account on a website, many sites often have very restrictive rules about the required characters for the password that you may choose, for example, this one:

Should

Usability is the new black -- Finally!

In a semi-recent blog post by Robert Fabricant (Jan 7, 2013) he calls User Experience “The new Black” borrowing the term from the fashion industry. ( see http://designmind.frogdesign.com/blog/user-experience-incorporated.html ).

Gangnam Style trends in User Experience

Through popularity and imitation Gangnam Style videos, created by PSY the South Korean Internet sensation, became a viral phenomena. In much the same way, many current UX patterns have gained popularity through sharing and imitation. Do you understand what are the psychological foundations of social sharing and how do things “go viral”? Mass copying and imitation of some patterns can lead to the belief in a “Best Practice” even when the pattern is proved faulty. What are the trends that we have had to fight against, and what trends do we want take off like a cheesy horse dance.

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