June 4, 2012
The answer is 5, except when it's not. Most arguments for using more test participants are wrong, but some tests should be bigger and some smaller.
May 21, 2012
It's cheap but degrading to reuse content and design across diverging media forms like print vs. online or desktop vs. mobile. Superior UX requires tight platform integration.
May 7, 2012
Reasonably big monitors have finally become the most common class of desktop computer screen, dethroning the 1024x768 resolution that was long the target for web design.
April 23, 2012
Winning app UIs include domain-specific solutions that allow humans to focus on deeper issues while the software takes care of the mechanics.
April 10, 2012
Good mobile user experience requires a different design than what's needed to satisfy desktop users. Two designs, two sites, and cross-linking to make it all work.
March 26, 2012
3 approaches to better design: each has its uses, but the costs, benefits, and risks differ dramatically.
March 12, 2012
Smooth-flow task performance makes application use pleasurable. But disruptions are all too common due to crinkly design or creaking implementation.
February 27, 2012
Should you say who wrote the content on your site? Sometimes yes (for credibility), sometimes no (for brevity). And rarely in mobile.
February 13, 2012
Mobile apps currently have better usability than mobile sites, but forthcoming changes will eventually make a mobile site the superior strategy.
January 30, 2012
'Chrome' is the user interface overhead that surrounds user data and web page content. Although chrome obesity can eat half of the available pixels, a reasonable amount enhances usability.
January 4, 2012
What is usability? How, when, and where to improve it? Why should you care? Overview answers basic questions + how to run fast user tests.
January 1, 2011
The ten most egregious offenses against users. Web design disasters and HTML horrors are legion, though many usability atrocities are less common than they used to be.
October 1, 1997
Users don't read Web pages, they scan. Highlighting and concise writing improved measured usability 47-58%. Marketese imposed a cognitive burden on users and was disliked.
April 17, 2006
Eyetracking visualizations show that users often read Web pages in an F-shaped pattern: two horizontal stripes followed by a vertical stripe.
January 1, 1995
Jakob Nielsen's 10 general principles for interaction design. They are called "heuristics" because they are broad rules of thumb and not specific usability guidelines.
January 4, 2015
Intranet teams continue to grow, streamline processes, and produce innovative designs. Some feature trends include: responsive design, search filters, flat design, and megamenus.
October 12, 2014
Modern day UX research methods answer a wide range of questions. To know when to use which method, each of 20 methods is mapped across 3 dimensions and over time within a typical product-development process.
July 27, 2014
A user’s understanding of an icon is based on previous experience. Due to the absence of a standard usage for most icons, text labels are necessary to communicate the meaning and reduce ambiguity.
March 22, 2015
Mobile usability has improved over the past 7 years due to better prioritization of content over UI elements and better understanding of the users’ needs.
February 1, 2015
What appears at the top of the page vs. what’s hidden will always influence the user experience—regardless of screen size.