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2 Nov 2011 - 1:43pm

Assistance with Usability Guidelines for User Account Design


I was hoping for some assitance with usability guidelines when designing a user account section of a site. I work for an auction site that is a little like eBay but deals with much larger and expensive items.

I wasn't able to locate information or other resources on the subject but as a start to my research, I looking at sites such as eBay and Amazon.



28 Feb 2009 - 9:49am
6 years ago
16 replies
Jeremy Kriegel

Prototyping tools resources

Interesting chart, but I think it is a gross oversimplification of the
utility and applicability of tools. There are valid situations where
the reality is diametrically opposed to your evaluation.

Having been one for many years, I know that there is a tendency
towards 'certainty' in consulting. It's reassuring to clients, who
may get nervous with an 'it depends' approach.


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31 Jan 2007 - 4:18pm
8 years ago
32 replies
Dante Murphy

Usability as Feature

I'm branching from an earlier topic in which this statement was made:

"Maybe you can re-frame your usability improvements as features?"

I've thought about this several times in recent months while reading
this list.

7 Aug 2008 - 8:17am
6 years ago
13 replies

Designing vs. Architecting

So Seth Godin has a new blog post <http://tinyurl.com/6rqluo> concerning the
semantics of designing. vs. architecting which is rather interesting.

Here is what he says --
Is architect a verb?
"I confess. I like using it that way.

I think architecting something is different from designing it. I hope you
can forgive me but I think it's a more precise way to express this idea.

Design carries a lot of baggage related to aesthetics. We say something is
well-designed if it looks good.

2 Jul 2007 - 9:18am
7 years ago
6 replies

URLs without 'www' - having them work anyway


Just noticed on one of our major web properties (1 of our 2 most important
in fact) the site gives an IIS "under construction" notice instead of
resolving to the site proper at the www space. I sent this in as a problem,
that the site should still work correctly (and should not be hard with a
.Net site, I don't think). While not common, people do tend to key urls in
sometimes that way (especially geeks).

I have a feeling I may get some pushback on this, I'm wondering if anyone
has any statistics or articles or whatever that might help me back up the

1 Mar 2006 - 6:08pm
James Melzer

JOB: Information Architect / Interaction Designer at SRA International (Washington, DC)

The position is a user experience generalist with SRA's user centered
design team. The team is responsible for information architecture,
interaction design and usability testing of Web sites, applications
and intranets for a range of government customers. Team members
direct the user experience design of our customers' products, working
closely with project managers and technical leads. Team members have
customer contact frequently.

16 Feb 2010 - 9:53am
5 years ago
4 replies
Peter Becker

Looking for feedback on a functional banner that is always there and pinned to bottom of the browser - not context driven.

Does anyone have any experience with an "always there" functional
banner that is pinned to the bottom of the browser? An example of
this is at http://www.houselogic.com/

It seems of little use to me as it is redundant to
information/function that is already on the site, takes up real
estate and is more a distraction than anything else. Maybe with some
additional context driven function there might be something there,
but the CEO here liked it so I'm doing my due diligence. I can't
remember seeing anything like it before.

Thanks -

28 Jun 2004 - 3:27pm
ji kim

re: Six Sigma and Kano Model (Julie Stanford)

Hi Julie,

I worked at an enterprise software company where our software had to go through "six sigma" quality review process for one of our customers (major corporation).
As you quoted from your friend, six sigma require customer interviews,
task analysis, and understanding processes from the perspective of the customer
not the company. However, from my experience, usability of the software wasn't fully addressed in six sigma until it was too late. Why?

27 Feb 2008 - 10:41am
7 years ago
3 replies
John Gibbard

Calendar IA

I've just pulled together the design for a calendar 'page' on an extranet
I'm working on. It is designed to show forthcoming and historical events but
also needs to show competitions.

Take a look at the page as it

Now, competitions can have a start and closing date.


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