1 Feb 2008 - 8:35am
6 years ago
6 replies
Adam Connor

Statistics, Facts, Reports on PDF vs. HTML

I am working to make the case to some of my company's IT professionals
that the decision to go with PDF delivery for certain reports rather
than HTML is a bad one.

I've read all of Nielson's articles on PDFs as well as rebuttals by
various individuals (where they only seem to point out that PDFs can do
more than just be for print; include hyperlinks, interactive forms, etc.
but not that they do these things well enough to remove usability

Can anyone else point me to statistics or reports on PDF vs. HTML and
PDF for onscreen reading.

31 Jan 2008 - 1:06pm
Lori Baker

Looking for Usability Recruiting Firms in Western Europe

We are working on a project that plans to start testing in Germany,
France, Spain, Austria and Belgium specifically and I was hoping to
get some good recommendations on usability recruiting firms in those
countries. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


29 Jan 2008 - 5:33am
6 years ago
3 replies
Jostein Magnussen

Bad Usability Calendar 2008


A new edition of the (in)famous Norwegian Bad Usability Calendar is
here. Check out the fresh examples of exaggerated use fancy of Web 2.0
design, cover flow, personalization, pull-down menus and more..

Download PDF here:

20 000 downloads so far. This year you can also upload a picture of the
calendar hanging in your office or over your bed.

Anyone want to translate it? So far we have English, French, Norwegian,
Swedish, Danish, Portugese and Chinese on the way.

22 Jan 2008 - 7:57am
6 years ago
3 replies

Using eye tracking to determine whether person needs more information.

Hi out there,

I am not sure whether this is the right forum, so sorry in advance if
not. But I saw some questions regarding eye tracking so I hope you
could help me. - BTW do you know forums that are completely dedicated
to eye tracking?

Okay, here is my challenge:

I am working since two years with eye tracking in the context of
dialogue systems. Currently I try to build a system which displays
information for several objects (e.g.

3 Jan 2008 - 3:24pm
5 years ago
47 replies
Mark Schraad

SEO and Usability

I'm running into an interesting conversation with more regularity
every week. That conversation surrounds the usability compromise that
sometimes occurs when optimizing pages, functionality, content
organization and linking strategies for search engines. There is
theory being preached within my company that if you optimize for
search engines, then you are optimizing for the user as well. I
disagree. I think they are two separate sets of logic, that may in
fact overlap, but are absolutely not in harmony.

1 Jan 2008 - 6:30pm
6 years ago
26 replies
Robert Hoekman, Jr.

Is user research a band-aid for "the listening deficit"?

I've been reading Allison Fine's wonderful book, Momentum: Igniting Social
Change in the Connected

In one section, Fine talks about "the listening deficit" that cripples most
organizations, positing that corporations and NPOs alike tend to continually
push their own agendas

9 Dec 2007 - 4:14pm
6 years ago
9 replies
Leonardo Vernazza

Bad Changes In The New GMail Version

Google has launched a new version of <>
GMail with some good new features. However, what really surprised me were
the very bad changes in the user interface of the contacts "subsystem".
Google has a very deserved prestige in providing dead simple and very well
designed user interfaces. However, I think they couldn't repeat themselves
this time.

6 Nov 2007 - 3:50pm
6 years ago
9 replies

Mobile phones usability research - Advices on video recording


I am going to run a usability research on the BlackBerry Curve, for which I
want to video record the device screen for a later detailed analysis.

I got a couple of camcorders, cheap camcorders, to discover that the
resolution they offer is so poor that they are of no value for this

Apart from using a good quality camcorder, do you guys have any other advice
on how to set up a test that requires video recording of a small screen?

I am going to use to cameras, one recording the interaction with the device,
the other recording the user's faces, for later synchron

5 Nov 2007 - 3:14pm
Matthew Campbell

JOB: User Experience Designer / Harris Corporation - Waterloo, Ontario (Full-time)

User Experience Designer at Harris Corporation - Waterloo, Ontario, Full


Interested in designing software to be used in playing out live HD
broadcast graphics and 3D animations on air for high exposure television
programs around the world? Then you may be interested in this role with
Harris Corporation. We are looking for an User Experience Designer to
join our Inscriber Graphics product team. Harris Inscriber graphics and
titling products provide industry leading solutions for broadcast and
post production.

29 Oct 2007 - 5:29pm
Burton Bargerstock

World Usability Day - Michigan (Nov 8 2007)

The MSU Usability & Accessibility Center and the Michigan Usability
Professionals' Association (MI-UPA) are joining over 170 other locations in
35 countries to promote World Usability Day. This is also MSU's Fifth Annual
Usability & Accessibility Event.

The focus for World Usability Day 2007 is healthcare.

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