22 Jan 2008 - 7:57am
8 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
7 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
8 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
8 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
8 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.

4 Oct 2007 - 12:39pm
8 years ago
2 replies

Site to Store - Ship to store

I was wondering if there is any research -article etc... on Ship to Store or site to store option provided my many compmanies these days. Since more and more brick & mortar companies have started to include site to store or shop online and receive from store option(like linen n things, circuitcity, radio shack and recently started), they are going to gain a lot by this new shopping experience.

28 Sep 2007 - 1:42pm
Joy Zigo

NYC-UPA Oct 16 Event: Eye-Tracking for Usability

NYC Usability Professionals Association presents:

Eye-Tracking for Usability Testing

Seeing what people do and hearing what they say is the heart of usability
research. But what's the brain doing? Nielsen Norman Group used eye-tracking
technology to watch hundreds of people's eyes as they used the Web, doing a
plethora of different tasks and using different websites. Seeing exactly
what the user is looking at – and not looking at – is like getting to sneak
into his brain for a little while.

26 Sep 2007 - 3:30pm
8 years ago
6 replies
Fredrik Matheson

Hack your own usability studio (long recipe, low price)

At work we use Morae ( for user
testing. Quirks aside, it works pretty well.

The other day all our copies of Morae were busy and I needed a way to
let colleagues observe the use of a website in the room next door.
Basic requirements were:

1. a computer that the user would browse from (PC or Mac, it didn't matter)
2. some way to show what was on the user's screen on another computer
3. video of the user (one or more)
4. audio of what the user was doing

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