September 14, 2013
Carousels allow multiple pieces of content to occupy a single, coveted space. This may placate corporate infighting, but on large- or small-view ports, people often scroll past carousels. A static hero or integrating content in the UI may be better solutions. But if a carousel is your hero, good navigation and content can help make it effective.
June 2, 2013
Billions of people appreciate the simplicity of touch technology, but for the industrial sector, including home white goods and consumer goods, rugged conditions have been a roadblock to integrating this technology. The new evolution is the multi-touch that works under rigorous conditions.
March 16, 2013
Most users are unable to solve even halfway complicated problems with search. Better to redirect their efforts into more supportive user interfaces when possible.
January 19, 2013
The user's target was at the top of the page in 98-point font. But she failed to find it because the panel auto-rotated instead of staying still.
June 21, 2011
In a miniature information architecture, coverage of a single topic is chunked into units that are connected through simple navigation.
November 16, 2010
Mega-dropdown menus mainly worked well in user testing, but vague images and poor topic organization caused very low success rates in some cases.
November 16, 2010
Big 2-D drop-downs can facilitate site navigation - if they're properly designed. Two examples illustrate some mega-menu usability pitfalls.
October 4, 2010
Ordinal sequences, logical structuring, time lines, or prioritization by importance or frequency are usually better than A-Z listings for presenting options to users.
March 24, 2009
Tag clouds are overused. While looking pretty, they use screen space inefficiently, and many users don't know how to use them.
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.
December 15, 2008
Usage goes down as interaction costs increase. User motivation determines how fast demand drops, following an elasticity curve.
September 2, 2008
New user testing of site maps shows that they are still useful as a secondary navigation aide, and that they're much easier to use than they were during our research 7 years ago.
April 28, 2008
Users scan lists by moving their eyes rapidly down the left edge. Menu items that are right-aligned make scanning more difficult.
September 17, 2007
13 design guidelines for tab controls are all followed by Yahoo Finance, but usability suffers from AJAX overkill and difficult customization.
April 10, 2007
One line of text shows a page's location in the site hierarchy. User testing shows many benefits and no downsides to breadcrumbs for secondary navigation.
February 21, 2006
On the Web, users have a clear mental model for a hypertext link: it should bring up a new page. Within-page links violate this model and thus cause confusion.
January 3, 2005
To manage a huge, worldwide information space, users need proven features like fat links, typed links, integrated search and browsing, overview maps, big-screen designs, and physical hypertext.
December 20, 2004
Make new or follow-up information easily accessible from the location of the original information or transaction.
August 2, 2004
Users will often overlook the actual location of information or products if another website area seems like the perfect place to look. Cross-references and clear labels alleviate this problem.
May 10, 2004
Textual links should be colored and underlined to achieve the best perceived affordance of clickability, though there are a few exceptions to these guidelines.