Because some (many) mobile website suck. This happens if mobile website does not support what the user wanted to do and the user is familiar with web interaction, user transits to full website. “32% of customers” tells that how large portion of mobile websites are doing wrong.
There Is No Mobile Internet!
by Marek Wolski
Having some struggle to color charts and graphs used in UI your designing? Using color palettes like Kuler is one thing, but we, UX practitioner, should be better than that. This article gives you a very quick and solid instruction based on human factors.
Windows 8: The Boldest, Biggest Redesign In Microsoft’s History
I’ve been Mac user since 2008. Before that I was Windows user all the way since 1993. I wasn’t a big fan of Microsoft UIs back in the day. It was just ok design and visually not interesting at all.
Now that Microsoft made the biggest UI design on their leading OS, Windows, I have to say it’s actually quite interesting change. Yes, I know some people had a very hard time finding how to turn off the computer or other very basic functions. That was quite messed up. However, it doesn’t simply mean the design itself is bad. If you look closely, there is many interesting designs in it and you can absolutely learn from it.
It’s more educational for UX practitioners to think about WHY they designed this way and WHAT intention was behind it. I recommend to do it, It’s quite a good practice.
Related note: Look at UI and interaction design around Control Panel. It was most painful part for most of users. See how they managed this part. It is not perfect at all, but you see lots of effort.
It’s recommended to read this article both beginner and expert UX practitioners. It’s always quite interesting how other professionals setup their own lab.
Yes, they are likely to be forgotten when days are busy.
Not new, but good to read it again.
- Focus on the Primary Task
- Elevate the Content that People Care About
- Think Top Down
- Give People a Logical Path to Follow
- Make Usage Easy and Obvious
- Use User-Centric Terminology
- Minimize the Effort Required for User Input
- Downplay File-Handling…
Usability rule #8: Do not place negative button right next to other (frequently clicked) buttons
I’m looking at you, Tumblr.
That applies ANY project. Great tip!
Don’t spend too much time for planning your study!
Sometimes do first improve next works much better.
Your plan will never be perfect - it just needs to be good enough to point you in the right direction and should continually evolve.
Hey hey, this Human Centered Design toolkit looks really slick and useful.
I think I should try it.
You can download this toolkit from here.
Additional note: Yes, this is MUST read for those who do ethnographic/anthropological qualitative research.
Thanks, IDEO and utilitarianthings!
“For years, businesses have used human-centered design to develop innovative solutions. Why not apply the same approach to overcome challenges in the nonprofit world?
The HCD Toolkit was designed specifically for NGOs and social enterprises that work with impoverished communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The free kit, available for download here, walks users through the human-centered design process and supports them in activities such as building listening skills, running workshops, and implementing ideas. The process has led to innovations such as the HeartStart defibrillator, CleanWell natural antibacterial products, and the Blood Donor System for the Red Cross—all of which have enhanced the lives of millions of people.”
What the…. it’s something really new….
In fact, there are disabled people who plays piano with their own tongue, so I think it is not too crazy as it seems.
Researchers Develop Interface for Paralyzed to Control Machines With Their Tongues:
A group of engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a way to control… just about anything (but most likely, things like wheelchairs) with a combination of a magnetic tongue piercing and a paired retainer.
The user would press the tongue piercing against different parts of the retainer to send signals.
…The system is called the Tongue Drive, and it relies on a waterproof retainer on the roof of the mouth containing a Li-ion battery, induction coil for charging, and and several magnetic contact points to detect the position of the tongue-mounted magnet. It’ll then beam the signal wirelessly to a mobile device—iOS devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch are mentioned—and the mobile device shoots those commands over to whichever device is meant to be controlled.
(via Steer Your Wheelchair With Your Computerized Tongue Piercing | Popular Science)
Touch gestures on WIndows 8 and its usability issues
Here is one very good article about new Windows 8 UI, metro, from Windows developer group themselves. You can see neat breakdown of touch gestures in Windows 8 and potential issues.
Must read if you are interaction designer that involves touch gesture stuff.
Via: MSDN Blogs