usability

11 Mar 2009 - 8:43am
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Jen Giroux
2009

UPA Website Usability Study Seeking Paid Participants

The Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) is currently working to
re-design its website, www.upassoc.org, 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
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Marty DeAngelo
2007

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).

18 Feb 2009 - 8:32pm
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Megan
2009

NH UPA - 10 Minute Talks - Wed Feb 25th

Please join us for the NH UPA February Meeting featuring a series of
10-minute talks by professionals at various companies in our area.
The 10-minute talk format is lively and engaging and keeps things
moving for the audience. Don't miss the opportunity to hear 5 great
speakers in one night!

ALL ARE WELCOME.

5 Feb 2009 - 9:43am
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bminihan
2007

Virtual Smart Agents increase conversions?

This came up this morning while chatting with a content manager friend
of mine. She's installing one of those "virtual smart agent"
things on her customer's web site.

It's one of those little in-page chat windows that pops up and asks
if you'd like to talk to an agent and get help.

She says they "increase conversions 10%".

I think they're one of the more annoying, and misused bits of fluff
to appear in the past few years.

18 Jan 2009 - 10:26pm
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Juan Ruiz
2007

usability testing equipment for mobile devices

Hello IxDA'rs

We are looking to purchase equipment for usability testing on mobile devices. I have done my research and there are 3 methods for this type of testing:

- Fixed device positioning: this setup is that the mobile device sits on a fix location with a webcam attached to the device via a metal neck or other type of support. The webcam points to the mobile device, recording the screen and the user's interaction with the device.

9 Jan 2009 - 6:01pm
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christine chastain
2008

prevention, prediction and wellness

Hi all,

Happy new year!

Has anyone or is anyone working on or know anyone working in the prevention,
prediction and wellness space? If so, I'd like to connect.

Thanks much - Christine

6 Jan 2009 - 9:51am
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Kordian Piotr Klecha
2008

Usability of accordions

No, I don't mean harmoshkas, but boxes with sliding parts, e.g.:
http://www.stickmanlabs.com/accordion/

We are going to use such box on the main page (in the bottom of column - not
very important content there, but still) and just wondering about
interactions. Current proposition is:

1. Accordion auto-switches to the next part after every 5 seconds when mouse
pointer is outside the box.

2. OnMouseOver any part-title bar opens this part (with latency 200ms).

3.

25 Dec 2008 - 11:34am
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DampeS8N
2008

"People are Used to it"

This phrase has become the mantra of amature interaction designers and of the electronic product industry in general. It is the road block in the way of new and better ways to control our systems. It even prevents logical enhancements to our otherwise well-designed products.

Take the new philips HDTVs. At least the one I have has put a lot of thought into their remote and UI. To set the colors it shows you a bunch of photos in split screen and asks you which looks best. It has a minimal amount of buttons on the remote.

23 Oct 2008 - 9:05am
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russwilson
2005

3 (not 6) Metrics for Managing UI Design

This is the follow up to the original post on metrics for managing UI design
(what we
finally chose to use based on feedback from IxDA members and team members):

http://www.dexodesign.com/2008/10/22/3-not-6-metrics-for-managing-ui-design/

I received some fantastic comments on that post and I want to thank everyone
for
taking the time to provide their input.

Best regards,
Russ

Russell Wilson
Vice President of Product Design, NetQoS
Blog: http://www.dexodesign.com

21 Oct 2008 - 12:04pm
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Chad Jennings
2004

Online Questionnaire Best Practices (Anyone remember that Interactions article?)

Howdy all -
I am looking for a resource which outlines list best practices for
online questionnaire creation. Want to provide some guidance to our
marketing team. I remember reading a great one or two page article on
"Top Ten Best Practiced for User Questionnaires" or something like
that in an issue of Interactions magazine a year or so ago, but cannot
for the life of me track it down. It had a some great items such as
starting with easy to answer questions and to not include a middle,
neutral point (i.e.

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