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.
July 20, 2014
Bucknell University caused a stir with its unconventional responsive redesign, but at a high cost to usability, as shown in tests with students and parents.
July 13, 2014
In interface design favor direct access to the user’s preferred item instead of forcing users to go through your content in a serial order.
July 6, 2014
Use IA- and UI-focused user research to determine if low findability and discoverability are caused by site information architecture or navigation design.
July 6, 2014
Showing users things they can recognize improves usability over needing to recall items from scratch because the extra context helps users retrieve information from memory.
June 29, 2014
Enterprise portals today drive usage with helpful applications, soar with role-based personalization, and employ a variety of user research methods, but lag in mobile optimization.
June 29, 2014
To encourage donations, focus on answering potential-donors’ top questions and streamlining the donation process.
June 22, 2014
IA is the information backbone of the site; navigation refers to those elements in the UI that allow users to reach specific information on the site.
June 15, 2014
Enable decision-making in the shopping cart by providing product detail, allowing access to product pages and letting users easily delete items.
June 8, 2014
Format-based navigation, such as links to Videos, at the top levels of a website’s information architecture lacks sufficient context and information scent for topic-focused users.
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.
March 23, 2009
A mega menu (a big, 2-dimensional drop-down panel) groups navigation options to eliminate scrolling and use typography, icons, and tooltips to explain users' choices.
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.
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.
February 19, 2008
Application usability is enhanced when users know how to operate the UI and it guides them through the workflow. Violating common guidelines prevents both.
September 26, 2011
The user experience of mobile websites and apps has improved since our last research, but still has far to go. A dedicated mobile site is a must, and apps get even higher usability scores.
March 22, 2010
Web users spend 80% of their time looking at information above the page fold. Although users do scroll, they allocate only 20% of their attention below the fold.