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  • Title: Web Usability | Your BEST Source for Usability Information and Usability Tools
    Descriptive info: .. Web Usability.. Your BEST Source for Usability Information and Usability Tools.. Home.. Blog.. Usability Tools.. Testing and Evaluation.. Prototyping and Mockups.. Card Sorting Navigation.. Display (Screen) Design.. Content Design.. Usability Books.. Research / Guidelines.. Journals and Conferences.. Website Publishing.. User Interface Update.. Usability Guidelines.. User-Computer Issues.. OS, Browsers, Connecting.. User Demographics.. User Languages.. About Us.. Contact Us.. Bio Sketches.. Your BEST Source for Usability and UX Tools, Books and Research.. ‘Web Usability’.. refers to the attractiveness and ease-of-use of websites or web applications.. Developers should create websites that provide users with an outstanding.. user experience.. (see the above.. Video.. ).. Building an attractive, useful and usable website is difficult, and can take much time, thought and creativity.. Even so, the quality of a site’s user interface can be the most important part of a product’s success.. This is especially true as websites and web ‘apps’ become more complex, feature rich, and 'responsive' (where they work equally well on all size displays, from desktops to smartphones).. This website,.. webusability.. com.. , will help you create user experiences  ...   (Pre-Launch) Tests.. Conducting a Set of Usability Tests: Wireframing and FirstClick Testing.. What They Are Saying.. “I found the site to be easy, well-organized and fun to use!”.. “I developed my last user interface using many state-of-the-art tools, and it didn’t cost me one cent.. Thanks for the long list of useful, free tools!”.. “I was amazed to find out that Google’s Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world.. ”.. “I had no idea that there was that much research available on ways to improve the user experience.. “I like the way I can quickly find out what others are reading, and what tools others are using.. “This site is fun! It allows you to interact in some very clever ways.. “I showed my boss how we can substantially increase our worldwide market share by producing our site in only three languages -- English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.. “I keep coming back to this site just to see what's new, and what's changed.. Copyright 1995 - 2014.. Webusability.. All Rights Reserved Powered by..

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  • Title: Blog | Web Usability
    Descriptive info: You are here:.. / Blog.. The Purpose of this Website.. 09/11/2013.. by.. Bob.. Leave a Comment.. Introduction.. Our goal is to have a website that is helpful when designing and developing the user interface of other websites and web apps.. We have targeted three distinct audience groups:.. Those who are website design and development professionals,.. Those who are web usability and user experience professionals, and.. Those who are creating their own websites, including bloggers.. These are the primary, secondary and tertiary audiences for this website.. The first step in creating the user interface for any website or mobile application is to clearly, and distinctly, identify the target audiences.. The better you understand the characteristics of your website or web application users, the better will be your user interface decisions.. We began by trying to identify all of the usability sources currently available on the web that may be useful to user interface developers.. This included findingall of the most useful.. usability tools.. , identifying the.. top-selling books.. on website usability.. , identifying the sources of good.. usability research.. , and finding other information related to the.. overall user-computer environment.. [Read more.. ].. Filed Under:.. Purpose of This Site.. 07/15/2014.. Robert.. Get a $50 discount on the cost of our new course, Advanced User Experience Design , by using the link below to sign up for the course on Udemy (That s a 20% savings!).. https://www.. udemy.. com/advanced-user-experience-design/?couponCode=Advanced50.. Our new course, Advanced User Experience Design, is now live on Udemy.. Even so, the quality of a site’s user interface can be the most important part of a site’s success.. This is especially true as websites and web ‘apps’ become more complex, feature rich, and mobile responsive.. Wouldn’t it be great to have an updated list of virtually ALL usability software tools, and have them.. Separated into reasonable categories, and then.. Ranked by popularity?.. Don’t you wish you knew which were the top, most up-to-date books on web usability and user experience (UX) design?.. Couldn’t you benefit from knowing the latest research results on user experience design?.. Wouldn’t you like to know which operating systems and browsers are most used, so you can focus on ensuring that your sites work well on them?.. This course not only provides a discussion of the best tools, books and research, but also ranks them to help you better understand which are most popular with your colleagues, including thousands of website designers and user experience (usability) professionals.. What makes this an advanced ‘user experience’ course?.. We assume that you already know the basics or fundamentals of good user interface design for websites and web apps, so we will not waste your time by repeating what you already know,.. We know that the world of user experience design is constantly changing, so we do not try to force ever-aging information into a static book or a limited training course,.. We take full advantage of the most useful characteristics of the Internet by making it an integral part of the course, giving you access to Web-based information (dynamic content) that is updated even as you are taking the course,.. We include the latest ideas, knowledge and expertise of the top usability and user experience experts, by including information from their best books, insights from their software tools, and perceptions gained from their latest research reports,.. Finally, we focus on the future by helping you to understand which are currently the most popular books and software tools, so you do not waste time on old ideas, outdated knowledge and last year’s ‘look and feel’,.. Keep in mind that it is the most professional, state-of-the-art user interfaces that lead to excellent user experiences.. So prepare yourself to dive deep into an exciting, new training experience.. Just click the blue ‘Take This Course’ button (upper right on this page), and let’s get started.. Your view of ‘user experience’ will never be the same!.. Get a $50 discount on Advanced User Experience Design , by using the link below to sign up for the course on Udemy (That s a 20% savings!).. ,.. Metrics.. Prototyping, Mockups and Wireframes.. Test and Evaluation.. Website Organization and Navigation.. 04/23/2014.. There were certain design decisions on both wireframes that led to better performance, and we used the best from both wireframes to produce a final wireframe.. The final wireframe then was used as the basis for developing a graphic prototype.. The graphic prototype, with images, colors, and a variety of type fonts for headers, was used for the final pre-launch usability test.. The participants were a mixture of federal and non-federal employees.. The majority of participants included the primary audience for this site, which were healthcare providers, public health professionals and consumers.. Again, these tests were conducted using Bailey’s.. Usability Testing Environment.. (UTE).. The pre-launch usability tests were divided into two parts: a pilot test and the final test.. The pilot test was conducted on Monday using 18 participants and 56 task scenarios that were divided into three categories: 24 FirstClick from the homepage, 24 FirstClick from one of the new second-level pages, and 9 ‘homepage to the actual content page’ (all clicks).. All participants saw all scenarios in one-hour in-person testing sessions.. Screen Layout.. User Performance Testing.. 04/16/2014.. Once the problems were better understood, and several solutions had been proposed, we created several competing wireframes to see which would best elicit the success levels we were seeking.. All of these eventually were combined  ...   following five questions were related to the user interface.. Use Crowdsourcing to Identify Popular Usability Tools.. 02/26/2014.. It would be very helpful for all web developers to know which usability tools were most popular.. Ideally, we would all know which user interface design tools were used by successful website developers and usability professionals.. There are so many new tools now available (at least 300), that it would be difficult to do detailed evaluations of them all.. One way to ascertain a tool’s popularity is to see how many are using the product’s website.. We assumed that the more people accessing a tool’s website, the more that were using that product.. In other words, the better the rankings, the more popular the product.. This is a form of ‘crowdsourcing’.. Tool Ranking.. 36 Usability and UX Tools for Creating Prototypes, Mockups and Wireframes.. 02/19/2014.. ‘Prototyping’.. refers to the activity of creating early, quick and usually incomplete versions of a website or web application.. A prototype (also known as a.. wireframe.. or.. mockup.. ) can range from being very crude to being highly interactive, and allows the developer to explore a variety of ideas.. before.. taking the time to implement them.. One of the main benefits of prototyping is to obtain early feedback from potential users, and from other members of the design team.. The process of prototyping usually begins after first identifying a basic set of requirements.. However, in some situations the prototype itself can be used to help identify requirements.. As you obtain more information about the proposed website or web application (usually through interviews, evaluations and testing) the prototype will be changed and improved.. We divided all of the tools into three categories:.. Web Only.. Mobile Only.. Web and Mobile.. Books on Usability: An Early History.. 02/12/2014.. In 1982, I published my first book through Prentice-Hall on computer usability,.. Human Performance Engineering: A Guide for System Designers.. At that time, there were no other books that directly addressed the steps necessary to optimize computer system usability.. In fact, Bell Laboratories (AT T s Bell Labs), where I was working at the time, sponsored the research and development of the book.. It took me one year to write the book, and another year to defend it (and re-write different sections) as it was reviewed by over 100 research psychologists, computer programmers (UNIX, C and C++) and usability experts within Bell Laboratories.. The second edition of.. Human Performance Engineering.. was published in 1989, and the third and final edition in 1996.. The book was used at major universities throughout the world for well over 20 years, and still sells a few copies on Amazon even now over 30 years later.. Books on Usability.. History.. 100 Usability and UX Testing Tools.. 02/05/2014.. We conducted an exhaustive review of software tools on the Web created for conducting usability tests and/or usability evaluations.. We found.. over 100 tools.. As it relates to usability testing, the terms test and evaluation have very different meanings.. When conducting a.. test.. , you can collect considerable objective data; but when conducting an.. evaluation.. , you are usually limited to collecting a limited amount of subjective or ‘softer’ observational data.. The ‘tests’ provide an opportunity to make changes, then to retest, and then to statistically determine if reliable improvements actually have occurred.. The ‘evaluations’ can assist you in identifying possible weaknesses in a site, but are less helpful in providing an objective way to statistically measure any improvements once changes are made.. To make it convenient for you to find the tool in which you are most interested, we developed a way to filter and sort all the tools.. Usability Testing: An Early History.. 01/31/2014.. It is interesting to note how usability testing methods have evolved over the years.. In July of 1970 at Bell Laboratories (AT T s Bell Labs) in Piscataway, New Jersey, we began conducting usability tests on new business information systems.. These were legacy AT T office systems that were being converted from being purely manual systems to becoming computer-based systems.. In these tests, participants completed task scenarios while using a keyboard and viewing a CRT screen (we were not yet using a mouse).. Our first tests were conducted in rented hotel rooms, but we soon migrated to using on-site conference rooms.. Finally, in early 1972 we moved into a new 11-story office building where we constructed our own usability lab on the top floor – complete with a one-way mirror, and an overhead camera.. FirstClick Usability Testing.. 10/08/2013.. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) elected to revise and update their website (CDC.. gov).. One of their primary goals during this redesign process was to optimize the usability of the homepage, as well as some of the second-level pages.. As part of this usability testing process, Cari Wolfson and I conducted a series of usability tests – one of these was the first FirstClick usability test.. A more detailed account of this testing program can be found in a later blog posting, and is also found as Case Study 10.. 3 in Tom Tullis and Bill Albert s book,.. Measuring the User Experience.. (2008).. We studied the factors contributing most to each person’s success on a task.. By looking at click streams and success rates, we found an interesting relationship between the user s success in making their first click and their eventual success with the entire task.. Mouse Tracking Evaluations..

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  • Title: Usability Tools | Web Usability
    Descriptive info: / Usability Tools.. A truly useful, usable and easy-to-use website requires that designers.. and developers do more than ensure that the programming code runs reliably on the computer.. They must deal effectively and efficiently with a wide variety of usability issues as they proceed through the design and development process.. The tools listed in this section have proved to be a useful way to help  ...   available to be used at each step along the way will help you consider those activities that are most important.. There are over 200 software tools (currently about 240) that can be used to help improve the user interface of websites and web applications.. We have divided all of the available tools into five major sections:.. ,.. Card Sorting and Navigation.. Display (Screen) Design,.. and..

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  • Title: Testing and Evaluation | Web Usability
    Descriptive info: Categories.. All.. Multivariate (A/B) Testing.. Satisfaction Testing.. Traffic Analysis Testing.. Participant Recruiting for Tests.. Mobile Tests or Evaluations.. Survey Tests or Evaluations.. Cross-Browser Evaluations.. Eye Tracking Evaluations.. Participant Video Evaluations.. Responsive Design Evaluations.. Screenshot Evaluations.. Website Load-Speed Evaluations.. Sort By.. WebRank Stats.. Higher (better).. Lower.. Google Page Rank.. Alexa Site Rank.. Lower (better).. Higher.. Cost.. Low to High.. High to Low.. Has Free Version?.. Yes.. No.. Has Overview Video?.. Test and Evaluation:.. As it relates to usability testing, the terms 'test' and 'evaluation' have very different meanings.. When conducting a.. evaluations.. The ‘evaluations’ can assist you in identifying possible weaknesses in a site, but do not provide an objective way  ...   (selected) by major category, and then.. sorted.. within each category.. For example, you first can select the ‘Mouse Tracking Evaluations’ category, which will show all of the tools on that topic.. You then can click on the.. WebRank Stats: Higher (better).. option, which will sort the ‘Mouse Tracking Evaluations’ tools by popularity, with the most popular (as determined by WebRank Stats) shown first.. To find out more information about each tool, and to make a purchase (where possible), simply click on the tool’s tile.. _____________________________________.. *These organizations usually have more than one product associated with their main URL.. This makes it difficult to determine which specific tool has the most traffic..

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  • Title: Prototyping and Mockups | Web Usability
    Descriptive info: Prototyping.. ) can range from being very crude to being highly interactive, and allows the developer to explore a variety of ideas before taking the time to implement them.. One of the main benefits of prototyping is to obtain early feedback from potential users.. However, in some situations the prototype itself is used to help identify requirements.. As more information is gathered about the proposed website or web application, usually through testing, the prototype can be changed and improved.. You can either use all items (tiles) in all categories, or filter down by selecting  ...   criteria shown.. For example, first select the.. Web and Mobile.. tools by clicking on the ‘Web and Mobile’ category, and then sort those items by clicking on.. WebRank Stats: Higher.. This suggests that the most popular prototyping tools for doing both web and mobile prototypes are.. Omnigraffle,.. Axure.. Balsamiq.. Next click on.. to see which of the 'Web and Mobile' tools, if any, are free.. You find that only.. InVision.. Concept.. ly.. are free.. To find out more about a tool, or to purchase or download a tool, simply click on the tool's tile..

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  • Title: Card Sorting & Navigation | Web Usability
    Descriptive info: Card Sorting.. Navigation.. Monthly Cost.. Card sorting.. helps web developers to better understand how actual users would organize the information in a website or web application.. In other words, card sorting is a method used to help design or evaluate the.. information architecture.. of a website.. In a card sorting session, participants organize topics into categories, i.. e.. , they put items together that seem to go together.. They then suggest labels for each of the resulting groups.. Originally, card sorting was done using actual index cards sorted on a table; but currently most card sorting research is done by using an  ...   or more.. tests – again, by using an online tool.. Then sort the items in that category by using one of the criteria shown.. For example, first select the card sorting tools by clicking on the ‘card sorting’ category, and then sort those items by clicking on the.. This suggests that the most popular card-sorting tool is.. OptimalSort;.. but if you sort by.. Alexa Site Rank: Lower.. , then the most popular tool is.. UserZoom.. However, when comparing the cost of these two tools,.. OptimalSort.. is much less expensive.. *Some of these organizations have more than one product associated with their main URL..

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  • Title: Display (Screen) Design | Web Usability
    Descriptive info: Accessibility.. Dummy Text or Images.. Forms Design.. Image Editors.. Infographics.. Reduce Image/Video Sizes.. Screen Colors.. Screen Layout (Unusual Tools).. Screen Resolution Simulator.. Screenshots and Video Recording.. User Interface Elements and Patterns.. Video Editors.. is the process of creating attractive, useful and usable Web pages.. In other words, display design focuses on all aspects of the ‘look and feel’ of a website or web app.. Some of the most important aspects include selecting high quality images, using appropriate colors, finding and using effective animation, using creative fonts, and ensuring accessibility for all users.. We have included tools that can help you quickly develop usable, high quality  ...   minimizing images and video, helping ensure the appropriate use of individual colors and color schemes, and creating a balanced layout of each page.. Instructions.. : To make it more convenient for you to find the.. Display (Screen) Design.. tools in which you are most interested, this list of tools can be first filtered (selected) by major category, and then sorted within each category.. For example, you first can select the ‘Accessibility’ category, which will show all of the tools on that topic.. 'WebRank Stats: Higher (better)’.. option, which will sort the ‘Accessibility’ tools by popularity, with the most popular (as determined by WebRank Stats) shown first..

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  • Title: Content Design | Web Usability
    Descriptive info: Content Optimization.. Dealing with Keywords.. Duplicate Content Checkers.. Readability Measures.. Spelling and Grammar Checkers.. Word Counters.. The visual.. Content.. of most modern websites includes text, images and video - you should ensure that each is optimally presented.. When dealing with.. text.. , you must ensure that your information uses familiar words easily understood by typical users.. As a minimum, present all written words with appropriate grammar, correct spelling and proper punctuation.. Most measures of readability try to predict the number of years of education that a person needs to be able to easily read and understand the text.. You should match the ‘readability level’ of your text to the reading grade level of most users.. Generally, if you use too many  ...   of 4.. 4 characters per word, and an average of 15.. 3 words per sentence.. [see the Readability Score tile] Finally, ensure that your text is optimized (clearly represents your content), uses the best keywords for SEO purposes, and is unique (not plagiarized).. : To make it more convenient for you to find the ‘content design’ tools in which you are most interested, this list of tools can be first filtered (selected) by major category, and then sorted within each category.. For example, you first can select the ‘Readability Measures’ category, which will show all of the tools on that topic.. option, which will sort the ‘Readability Measures’ tools by popularity, with the most popular (as determined by WebRank Stats) shown first..

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  • Title: Usability Books | Web Usability
    Descriptive info: Display Design.. Mobile Interface Design.. Overall Interface Design.. Usability Metrics.. Usability Testing.. Popularity.. Most.. Least.. Title.. A - Z.. Z - A.. Author.. Published.. Newest.. Oldest.. Edition.. First.. Price.. Lowest.. Highest.. Best Selling Books:.. The books on this page are all related to optimizing the usability of websites or web applications in order to help heighten the experience of typical users.. These 50 books are truly the ‘best sellers’ on these topics.. These books were found to be most useful by web designers and developers, usability professionals, and university professors.. Ranking the Books:.. This ranking of usability-related books is based on the Amazon sales rank associated with each book.. As mentioned elsewhere, the list  ...   listed third.. The popularity rankings change somewhat on a weekly basis, but for most of these books the ranking remains fairly stable for a month or more.. We update the book list regularly.. To make it more convenient for you to evaluate the books, this list of the 50 best-selling books can be.. (separated) into categories, and then.. For example, you first can select the.. Display Design.. category, which will show only the books on that topic.. Published: Newest.. option, which will sort the.. books by publication date, with the most recently published book listed first.. To find out more information about each book, and to make a purchase, simply click on the book..

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  • Title: Research / Guidelines | Web Usability
    Descriptive info: / Research / Guidelines.. This website provides three sources of good usability research.. First, we provide a list of.. journals.. that contain the results of current usability research, as well as a list of the most commonly attended.. conferences.. by usability professionals.. These conferences publish their ‘proceedings’, which contain up-to-date research findings.. Second, there are a few websites where good usability research is published.. Website publishing.. is done by some researchers in addition to using the more traditional journals and conferences.. Most of the research articles contained in reputable usability journals or in conference proceedings are ‘refereed’.. This means  ...   reports.. On the other hand, the majority of research articles shown only (or first) on websites are not reviewed by other usability professionals before being posted on a website.. Even so, all of these sources of research information have value for those who are trying to develop excellent user interfaces.. Over the past several years, we have selected what we thought were the best usability research articles, and presented them as a 2 or 3-day course:.. Finally, we present a set of.. usability guidelines.. that are all based on research, and are being updated as new research is published..

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  • Title: Journals and Conferences | Web Usability
    Descriptive info: This website provides several sources of good usability research.. First, we provide a list of ‘journals’ that contain the results of current usability research, and a list of the most commonly attended ‘conferences’ by usability professionals.. The conferences publish their ‘proceedings’, which is another good source of up-to-date research findings.. Second, there are a few researchers that conduct their own research and then directly publish their findings on a website without using a journal or conference proceedings.. Most of these sites publish research that is not ‘refereed’, or not reviewed, by other usability professionals.. In 2012, there were about 852 research papers published in 12 usability-related journals, and another 2,131 articles reported at five major usability conferences.. This is a total of about 3,000 research papers published in one year.. We like to ask our developer friends, “Which research article did you find most useful?” Unfortunately, we find that most developers are  ...   converted directly into research-based guidelines.. In 2012, there were only 174 research studies, or about 6% of the total set of papers, that were in that category.. You can either use all items (tiles) in both categories, or filter down by selecting only the items in one category.. You then can sort the items by using one of the.. criteria shown.. For example, first select ‘Journals’ by clicking on that category, and then sort the journals by clicking on.. Web-Related Articles.. This shows that the Journal that had the most web-related articles in 2012 was.. Computers in Human Behavior.. (some of the conferences were held in 2011).. To find out more about a journal or conference, or to purchase or download an article, simply click on the tile.. Journals.. Conferences.. Total Articles.. Percent Web-Related.. Average Pages.. Online Access?.. Cost per Article.. *In order to purchase one article, you must buy ALL articles..

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