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Usability/User Experience/UI

Musing on Unmuting a Phone and Design

I cannot be trusted to unmute a phone.  I have a history of hanging up instead of unmuting. I can admit this, because I know I’m not the only one.  When it happens, I blame the phone–the visual cues are all wrong.  The phones that trick me are the ones …

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Ignore tasks, focus on decisions.

We all have our reasons for using a piece of software. Maybe it makes staying in touch easier, maybe it helps organize, or for that matter, make us money, maybe it’s just fun to interact with…whatever those reasons may be, the drive to get things done is not, and cannot …

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UX fun–take the quiz!

I just had some fun, so I thought I would share–the User-Experience Quiz: 2015 UX Year in Review by the Nielsen Norman Group is only 10 questions, and does a nice job of refreshing/checking knowledge on some pertinent usability topics.  Check it out!

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Part II: Usability It’s not just for looks

In Part I we took a high level look at some of the fundamentals of usability (ie. Five components of usability). Now we will be diving a little bit deeper and examining why we should care. Having previously worked on the development of a number of online social media communities …

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Tips for Password Creation

I’ll admit it, passwords are a sore spot with me.  I hate making them up.  I hate remembering them.  One of my criteria for deciding whether or not to get new software is if it is worth another password. Password Creation: 3 Ways To Make It Easier by Katie Sherwin …

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Part I: A look into usability

Working in software product management, you often here the word “Usability” thrown around, though rarely do we examine the term and principals behind it. Lets examine usability a little further. Usability means that the software can be used by the targeted users and help them complete their tasks effectively, efficiently, …

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Use Cases 101: Let’s Take an Uber

I was recently asked to prepare a handout giving the basics of use cases for an upcoming training session. It struck me as odd that I needed to start from square one for a model that seemed standard. Use cases, once ubiquitous, have largely been replaced by process flows and …

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Built to Kill

During a conversation with a lead engineer working on the Google self-driving car project, it was mentioned that the car would be programmed to consistently break the speed limit. On average, the car will travel 10 mph over any posted speed limit. Why design a car to deliberately break the …

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