OK - so we work in the world of digital. Here the affordance is a
perceived one. But what about our real lives?
Here's the thing - I want to start a list of unusable real life
1. Elevator buttons: when I press the wrong floor (which is quite the
frequent occasion in my uncaffienated state before 12pm) why can't I
"unpress" my mistake?
2. Toilet doors: why does one open in and the next out. Furthermore -
why wash your hands when you must touch germ-ridden door handles after
the fact? If there is ever a need to have automatic doors - here it
What is the appropriate button to use on the product detail page when
the website navigation asks the user to either Shop or Buy?
Of course, can we get a little more interesting and personal? For
example: instead of Shop or Buy can we use buttons that say - 'Go
and Pamper' (for a gifts e-commerce website) or 'Educate Yourself'
(while buying education books) or 'Push Limits' (while e-shopping
for BASE jumping equipment).
What rules should one follow while designing e-commerce websites for
the mobile? I understand that usability on mobile is extremely
primitive and very difficult. In such a case what are the usability
rules and GUI guidelines one needs to adhere to?
jQuery, Flash, Flex, etc) would make the experience even more
cumbersome and confusing only because the Mobile has not evolved.
I'm currently in the process of developing a touch based interface
for AV system control. When deployed, the interface will be operating
on proprietry touch input hardware however I'm looking into
technologies I can utilize during the development and user testing
Users involved in the testing are geographically distributed so I'm
looking for tools I can use to quickly push out interface concepts
I am wondering if using buttons or navigational elements that look
like buttons(for e.g BACK link) are intuitive?
Let me give you guys some context here:
I am working on designing a knowledge base interface where a user can
look for articles and click on a particular link to read that article.
In the article page on the top I had a "BACk" link that would take
the user to previous page/results page.
Based on some feedback I changed the "BACK" to look like a button.
I am not sure if buttons should only be used to submit data and not
We are looking for vendors to conduct international usability studies in the UK, France and Germany with in-country participants and moderators who speak the language. Has anyone used a vendor and been happy with the service and results that they have received? Please let me know about the name of the vendor and the contact information.