27 May 2009 - 9:01pm
4 years ago
7 replies
Nicholas Iozzo

Facility for usability test in NYC?

Looking for recommendations on a place anyone has used in Manhattan
for doing usability tests. I saw this question in the archive,
( but it had no replies.


15 Apr 2009 - 1:22pm
5 years ago
19 replies
Alan Cox

Password Strength Requirements

Does anyone have any evidence, anecdotal or formal, about how
different password strength requirements impact the usability of a
web-based application?

There's a spectrum of different strength requirements. I've seen
sites that don't have any requirements, other than the password

8 Apr 2009 - 12:57pm
5 years ago
7 replies
Shima Kazerooni

Recommendations on Remote Unmoderated Usability Test Tools?


Has anyone used tools to conduct remote unmoderated usability
sessions? We are searching to find new tool(s) that can enable us to
conduct this type of research in future. Your suggestions about
tools, pricing, what worked, and what did not work for you, are
greatly appreciated.


7 Apr 2009 - 12:22pm
5 years ago
3 replies
Elena Melendy

[EVENT] NYC UPA Tue 4/27 6pm Ben Shneiderman on Social Media

Understanding Social Media, Accelerating Social Participation

an evening with Ben Shneiderman

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
6:00-8:00 p.m.
277 Park Ave between 47th & 48th

Go to for more details, or to register.

Non-members will be asked to create a username and password as a part
of the ticket purchase process. Annual members must log in to access
member pricing.


What motivates technology-mediated social participation?

2 Apr 2009 - 12:32am
5 years ago
4 replies
Johnny Wooder

Google Reader: The Good and The Bad

After playing around with Google Reader, yes it is my first time, I
found it to be an amazing web app. However, I also found some awkward
stuff going on, for example:

- Add a subscription button: Searching feeds and adding using one
text field? Doesn't really line up in my mind.

Mark FelcanSmith

JOB: Information Architect - Chicago - Sears - Full-time

This full-time position is with Sears Holdings Online Business Unit
User Experience Group. Please submit your application at
and use the requisition ID: 64061BR to locate this position.


Job Title: Information Architect

Business: Sears Holdings Management Corporation

Location: Hoffman Estates and Downtown Chicago

Job Description:

Sears Holdings is seeking an experienced Information Architect to
join our User Experience Team.

27 Mar 2009 - 1:54pm
Sachin Ghodke

IxDA, User Experience and Usability Websites

I am currently researching on a website with immense data and this
company being a corporate needs some good user interface that will
showcase this data, get more hits, have interactive elements, etc.
This software company has a 18 year history.

Can the IxDA community help me with a few things on IxD, UX and
(1) Websites that help me understand all the three things mentioned
(2) Website examples with good user experience.
(3) Website examples with bad user experience.

12 Mar 2009 - 8:26pm
5 years ago
15 replies

White text on dark background?

Hi everyone,

There's a debate in our team on whether we should use dark or white
background when displaying texts (say around 200 words).

Not considering the fonts, font size, and color contrast, I found
myself feel more comfortable to read texts on dark background for
longer period time on screen. Some posts I found on web (such as also state print
media and computer screen are different. Computer screen itself
outputs lights and thus white background can be blinding.

11 Mar 2009 - 8:43am
5 years ago
31 replies
Jen Giroux

UPA Website Usability Study Seeking Paid Participants

The Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) is currently working to
re-design its website,, and expect that the new site
will be launched by the end of 2009.

We are conducting a usability study of our new design and are
currently looking for representative users between the ages of 18-65
to participate in the study.

Compensation for qualifying participants will be a $25 Amazon gift
certificate for a 30-60 minute, one-on-one interview session.

10 Mar 2009 - 5:50pm
5 years ago
10 replies
Marty DeAngelo

Standard font size

I know that there was a discussion on this list a while back, but I'd
love to get a more recent update as to what people feel is the best
'standard' font size for an average audience. We are currently in
a bit of a debate with a client about their 'standard' font size.

Their guidelines dictate using 14px Arial / 13px Verdana for content,
which we feel is too large. We feel that a 12px Arial / 11px Verdana
standard is more reasonable to most users (in essence, using the 75%
base font adjustment from the browser standards and then using ems
from that point forward).

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