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.
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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I'm so tired of this argument, and I'm hoping this group can help provide
I recognize that some things in the UI should remain consistent - like an
interaction model. But often a deviation is required - ironically for the
sake of usability. Maybe you need to enlarge a button to emphasize it's
importance, or maybe the interaction model that worked 80% of the time falls
down in some cases. For me, deviation is a battle with stakeholders outside
of design. They want everything consistent.
We are thinking about building small and simple usability lab. The goal is
to minimize the cost, retaining capabilities to quick test some own ideas
and (especially) results of changes we made. I am wondering about basic
equipment we need - and current list is: one PC (well equipped: fast hdd, a
lot of RAM and so on), one camcorder, some mousetracking software...
> I would like to hear your opinions on diagrams or methods to > communicate the steps for ensuring usability in the development > process
In the latter half of my presentation "StUX - integrating IA deliverables in a software development methodology" for the IA Summit 2005, I showed several process diagrams with user-centered design elements in them.
To get an idea about the presentation and to download the PDF version of the slides, check out the blog posting about it here: