Quick read on the process of identifying problems and testing various solutions to find the killer one. Pairing Up Usability Testing with A/B Testing :: UXmatters.
UX: Prettier does not mean better. Seven Guidelines For Designing High-Performance Mobile User Experiences | Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine always features the most comprehensive well written articles on UX. Here is another worth a quick read! Seven Guidelines For Designing High-Performance Mobile User Experiences – Smashing Magazine.
UX: ‘Usability Rules the Web’ but what is it? Usability 101 – Definition and Fundamentals – What, Why, How | Jakob Nielsen
If you’ve just heard about usability, you need to start with the basics. The definition; how, when, and where can you improve it? Why should you care?
Usability can be defined in many different ways and can be seen as vast complex field of studies; it mainly represents a user’s ease to perform a function efficiently. Helen Sharp and Jakob Nielsen, among the well-known and respected gurus of interaction, define usability as:
“… effectiveness, ease of use, and satisfaction…” Helen Sharp
“… a quality attribute that assesses how easy user interfaces are to use.” Jakob Nielsen
Ben Shneiderman, a man of equal stature, and Nielsen further go on to divide usability into five factors that fit into the categories of efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction. The category of efficiency relates to the speed of performance and the time it takes for a user to learn how to use the function; whereas effectiveness relates to the memorability and rate of errors (van Welie et.al, 1999). Such an approach reflects the ‘user and task dependent’ nature of usability as well as relating it to “how well the user is able to accomplish what they set out to do, how efficiently the user can do this, and how satisfied the user is during and after the process” (Whitehead 2006).
To get you started, check out this overview that covers the basic questions by Jakob Nielsen. Usability 101: Definition and Fundamentals – What, Why, How Jakob Nielsens Alertbox.
Effectiveness and efficiency are the basis of a good user experience. This is a great read on how investing in simplfying the user experience pays off for your business. Efficiency: The second essential of a customer centric business | UX Magazine.
One of the key approaches of understanding what users want, need and use, and being able to tell the difference. User research is a key element of user experience. Read more in the article, Field Studies: The Best Tool to Discover User Needs, where Jared Spoon explains how the more you know your users, the easier designing ‘easy’ becomes.
A must read pillar of usability. Top 10 Mistakes in Web Design Jakob Nielsens Alertbox.
What is UX? How does art, biology, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology (behavior and perception), popular culture, the scientific research method, hci, visual communication, interaction and user interface design all tie into one field?
Why is it so important? How do I find out more? I’ve collected a few lists of user experience and usability resources, that should guide you through the experience. You’ll notice there are quite a few mentioned across all the lists.
- A list of “prestigious, well-known and recommended” books by UX Design on Smashing Magazine. Usability and Interface Design Books – Smashing Magazine
- A collection of resources sorted into various aspects of UX by Whitney Hess, So you wanna be a user experience designer — Step 1: Resources – Pleasure and Pain
- ‘Man with No Blog’ lists some great specialized text. The Core UX Reading List – Man with No Blog
- A huge list of resources for someone seeking an exhaustive UX education. Keep on Learning – 52 Weeks of UX
- Recommended Books for your User Experience and Usability Library – UX Booth
Mind control? Seduction? How to bring users back and make them want to click? You don’t need luck, just need to study and master the science behind it. Awesome article on Smashing Magazine!
You’ve got to carefully understand every reason behind the rules and guidelines, before thinking about breaking them. And sometimes, after carefully measuring the options, there are good enough reasons to break the rules. Read more on Breaking The Rules: A UX Case Study – Smashing Magazine.