Usability articles

Wikipedia is currently undergoing a much needed redesign to improve the user experience. Anyone can preview this redesign by creating an account, logging in and then clicking the "Try Beta" link at the top right of any page. The "Wikipedia...
The beauty of being a web designer is creating a detailed, creative, and original web design in Photoshop, without having to (for the most part) think about how it will be coded. During the design phase, it's all about the look, and either the...
The appearance and usability of certain interface elements and functionality are crucial to the success any websites in today's market. Studies have demonstrated that even a split-second delay in thinking on the user's part will weaken...
On Monday, October 26, CNN.com introduced a new website design, making a number of major changes to their information-heavy layout. The new design is beautiful, clean, organized and well-structured. It invites the eye to scan and find something...
So many businesses out there set up a website and then think, "There, that's done with" and never bother to re-evaluate their website's design or position in the marketplace. But looking at a website as a static, unchanging bit of advertising...
Designers of e-commerce websites today face a number of challenges in attempting to build a user experience that increases the likelihood of visitors making online purchases. To battle fierce online competition and overcome the apprehension...
In this article, we'll be focusing on web usability and more specifically, on the views of world renowned usability expert, Jakob Nielsen. He's been called "the guru of Web page usability" by the New York Times and "the king of usability" by...
Testing the usability of your site is one of the smartest things you can do. Usability involves making a website's interface easier to use and simpler to understand, so that the user's experience is as enjoyable as possible. The more usable...
Whether it's your portfolio, a blog, a marketing web site, or a collection of games, we all want to attract visitors to our website and to ensure that they have a pleasant experience. Usability measures the level of a user's experience and can...
Today we're going to compare the websites of two monumental companies: Apple and Microsoft. The two giants pride themselves for producing cutting edge consumer and business products, and are leading the developments in software and hardware....
Because the web is a changing and ever evolving organism, it’s important to build sites that can grow with it and easily ride the current instead of drowning when a new wave approaches. Clean markup and building with web standards not only...
Simplicity is key to any successful website or web app. If your site is too complicated, the user will have to go through too many hoops to find what they are looking for and won't even bother trying it out. The Jackson 5 got it right back in the 70's...