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  • 5 Ways Web Design Focuses on Usability

    TechRadar recently delivered what they and top experts consider to be key trends for the next 12 months in web design. At the core, is an increased focus on usability. Smashing Magazine sought to promote better user experiences with storytelling, encouraging designers to capitalize on users' emotions.

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  • How SharePoint 2010's Metadata Services Increase Usability

    It’s no secret that the new managed metadata service in SharePoint 2010 (news, site) will be a welcomed addition to the product. What may not be apparent is exactly how this service will benefit your end-users. It will. Here's how. With SharePoint 2007, managing your metadata

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  • Web Apps: Where Business Needs and User Needs Collide

    Right now, in a far off cubicle, someone is designing an e-commerce checkout application. It’s not unusual. There are thousands of existing e-commerce sites with their own checkout applications. And I can bet in the future there will be thousands more. A checkout application usually has the following elements: 1.

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  • How to Create Clear Web Navigation Menus

    To create clear menus you need to understand your customers' top tasks and use the words they would look for as they seek to complete these tasks. Good web navigation is unsubtle. It is clear, precise, familiar, consistent, boring, unemotional. Good navigation is ugly and functional.

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  • World Usability Day Focuses on Sustainable World

    In just two tiny weeks the world will celebrate World Usability Day 2009 -- a day when we can focus on designing for a sustainable world. It may be just one day, but it’s intended to inspire us for years to come. Come along and find your enthusiasm.

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  • Avoiding Demographics When Recruiting Participants: An Interview with Dana Chisnell

    User research works best when you match your participants to the people who will use your designs. It makes sense that teams would try to use the demographics, often compiled by the organization's market research team, as the basis of their recruiting efforts. However, this can be problematic.

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  • SDL Tridion's New Tool to Monitor Your Brand for Quality and Compliance

    How many web managers spend a big chunk of their day managing the quality and compliance aspects of their company's website? Probably too many. If your website is built using SDL Tridion (news, site ) web content management, then you should be happy to hear this.

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  • 20 Tips for Improving Your Web Writing

    The truth is, most online readers don’t care much about grammar, spelling and punctuation as long as they get the information they need. With that said, good grammar does build trust in your organization.

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  • Web Turns Marketing and Communications on its Head

    Traditional marketing and communication is about getting people to do things. Web marketing and communication is about helping people do things.

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  • How to KISS When Your Web Copy Isn’t Short and Simple

    Most of us are aware of the golden rule for plain writing on the Web: Keep It Short and Simple (KISS). But there’s no getting around it--at some point you are likely to have a long piece of complex material that you have to put up on your website.

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  • 5 Techniques for Getting Buy In for Usability Testing

    For more than seven years, I’ve been teaching and coaching design teams on how to conduct usability tests and gather user feedback early on in the development process.

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  • Is Your Website a Needy Child?

    The public website or intranet that keeps screaming for attention with useless images and vain content will get little from the impatient and sceptical customer. The needs of the organization are great, and the larger and older the organization gets, the greater those needs become.

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  • W3C Publishes Mobile Web Apps Best Practices Draft

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (news, site) is back at work, this time developing best practices for the development and delivery of web applications on mobile devices. Developed by the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group as part of the Mobile Web Initiative, each best

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  • Great Designs Should Be Experienced and Not Seen

    Recently, in a set of interviews UIE conducted with avid users of Netflix.com, the online DVD rental web site, we asked "What are the things you like best about the site?" Lots, apparently. They liked how you didn't have to return the discs right away.

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