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The Devastating Effects of a Weak UX Research and User Testing Process

Stumble Upon Social Media Traffic via Mashable

Stumble Upon Social Media Traffic via Mashable

Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away, StumbleUpon was awesome, it actually drove more traffic than Facebook. Then their UX process failed somewhere. The graph above was featured from a study carried out in the first three weeks of August 2011. It showed StumbleUpon drove more than 50% of social media referral traffic, while Facebook had almost 39% and Youtube, Twitter, Reddit and others had less than 4% each. Driving more traffic than Facebook? Nobody could argue against its throne of awesomeness. (more…)

Disappointing Windows 8 User Test & Expert Usability Review

Watch what happens when you get a Windows user drunk on tequila and take Windows 8 for a test drive. A blunt and hilariously awesome uncensored look at the broken user experience.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I’m not sure what the goal of this Windows 8 update was, I love Windows 7 and when you give Windows 7 enough power, it is really good.  In fact, OSX Lion was lacking a couple usability features which Windows 7 provided, that are now available in Mountain Lion. Examples you ask? Cutting and pasting files in finder – shocking ay! As well as pasting a bunch of files in a folder, where the same file name already exists – windows 7 allows you to replace, cancel or keep both by appending a number to the new file – Lion freaks out and gives you the option to replace or cancel. There are plenty more too. I still prefer Windows 7 to Mountain Lion.

I was very curious to check out Windows 8, but after trying it out at a store, reading Jakob Nielsen’s Windows 8 Review and watching this drunk user test of windows embedded below, I’m definitely skipping Windows 8.  (more…)

How to set Google Chrome Omnibox Search back to Google.com in English?

Google’s regional language detection and change system drives me crazy. I live in the Middle East, but don’t speak Arabic. Yet if I install Chrome or use Gmail, Google Drive, Documents, Blogger, Apps or any of Google’s products in the region, it always sends me to the arabic version, with no way for me to switch back to Google.com in English – unless I speak Arabic, which I don’t.

It’s easy to fix though, go to chrome settings from the wrench icon on the top right, then Manage Search Engines. Add a new search engine with the name = Google.com English, keyword = hello and URL = www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%s . Set this as default and you’re good to go. (more…)

Beautiful Examples of Colorful Websites from Tripwire Magazine

Beautiful Examples of Colorful Websites from Tripwire Magazine

Beautiful Examples of Colorful Websites from Tripwire Magazine

Users often quickly judge the quality of a person, group, product or company by their first visual impressions of the website. The importance of an aesthetically pleasing website can not be underestimated. Thus I present this inspirational collection of colorful websites from tripwire magazine.

I murder plants :(

It is true. I don’t do it on purpose, but it happens. I love plants. I love having them in my house and at work. But over time I’ve somehow become a serial plant killer and I hate myself for it.

Have no fear, redemption is here (at the cost of $168). God has done some UX work and sent us a plant angel on the iOS and web to save us from sinning again, aka the Koubachi Wi-Fi Sensor.

Dear Sheikha Mahboob (my dying palm tree),

Help is here. I shall love and care for you when notified by the plant angel. Look forward to seeing you green again.

Love, Nadeem!

Angel of Plants

Angel of Plants

Genius Product Design Ideas

Everyone appreciates the fruits of clever product design, where the structure and function is effective and efficient to a biological standard. If that harmony achieves a balanced design, you attain sheer joy! Here are a few of my must have design inventions from A List of Genius Ideas and 34 Cleverly Designed Inventions.

Genius mop home slippers!

Genius mop home slippers!

Life station

Life station

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Easily donate to charities, nonprofits or sponsor a child online within minutes.

You can be Superman now. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bobbie A. Curtis)

You can be Superman now. No excuse.

Want to do some good, make a difference but don’t have time to volunteer or find out who and how to help? You can make a difference with just a dollar. Here are a few of my favorite good e-deeds: usable online donation services with a decent user experience that’ll take just a few minutes and paypal, worldpay or credit card.

I dare you to grab a coffee, grab your credit and donate a wee bit to each of them next weekend. It made me feel incredible and remember, we can make poverty history.

Chinar – Sponsor a child from $35 a month. My personal favorite and one I can vouch for as a Kashmiri! I’m an e-daddy!

Kiva – Empower people around the world with a small loan of just $25. Signing up with my link gives you free $25 credit. I love their UX, communication and emotional triggers. I’ve helped people grow food and start businesses!

Philanthroper – Give just a dollar. Each day they have a new charity that you can donate to, its daily dails but daily deeds. The internet at its best. Last Christmas one of my dollars bought two chickens and an education, that has to be the most amazing deal ever !

Sight Savers – Donate various one off ‘gift of sight’s of all budgets or pay monthly from 3 pounds a month. Restore sight and prevent blindness in minutes, yes yes you’ll feel like Superman!

UN Foundation – Various ranges of donations that help in reducing childhood mortality from disease, advocating for the rights of women and girls, improving disaster relief, creating a clean energy future, and ensuring a strong, well-funded UN. Fight for whats right, with plastic!

UNICEF – Various ranges of donations that save the most vulnerable lives, protect childhoods and get children to school… So they can blog one day! :p

UN Refugee Agency – Various ranges of donations and causes. In some of the most unforgiving places on earth, YOUR support can provide protection, shelter, food and clean water, as well as education and health care – all vital and urgent needs for people who have fled persecution or conflict. You’ve got a hell of a lot of power right now, to click or not to click… Who are you?

UN World Food Programme – Just 1 dollar fills 4 cups of food. The WFP fights hunger every day, whether saving lives in an emergency or providing school children with vital nourishment. I was going to order dinner just now – would be about $10 – the WFP would deliver 40 meals for that.

There is no excuse anymore. These sites can make us legendary – you should make a difference now by clicking on any of these links above.

Update:

BetterPlace.org –  You can support various nonprofit projects that help vulnerable people all over the world from as little as you want. This German nonprofit is maximizing the use of internet technologies to connect people who want to help, directly with people who need help. “Direct and transparent” 100% of your donation gets passed on.

Pencils of Promise – “Enabling every person to build a school  and bring education to those that need it most.” 100% of donations goes directly to school building programs. They’ve built 65 schools around the world today, it started with a child saying what he wants the most is a pencil. Make an impact today, from a one time donation from as little as you want through to monthly donations.

Empty Cup by Dennis Bautista via 500px.com

Empty Cup by Dennis Bautista via 500px.com

UX: Data Talks. A/B Usability Testing | UXmatters

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: Efficiency: The second essential of a customer centric business | UX Magazine

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.

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