Ben Logan

Ben Logan
3 October 2011

German antivirus testing lab AV-Test.org has now expanded its antivirus certification testing reports to bi-monthly instead of once per quarter. They have also broadened the field of subjects for their latest test to include corporate solutions and more. Products under the test spotlight can receive up to 6 points each for protection against malware attacks, repair of existing malware infestations and overall usability, with a total of 11 points needed for certification. In addition to performing regular antivirus certification testing on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, they have now added AVG Anti-Virus Free, Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Panda Cloud…

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Ben Logan
2 October 2011

A recent report by usability experts Nielsen Norman Group claims that the mobile web experience of today is in a similar state to the traditional Internet’s progress in 1999. This is in contrast to a similar survey undertaken by the company in 2009, which found that the Internet use of that year was comparable to the desktop Internet of 1994, showing a definite increase in usability. Nielsen Norman Group’s study asked participants to carry out a range of tasks on their devices, from looking up the prices of electrical goods to finding topical daily content.  Mobiles tested included a range…

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Ben Logan
25 February 2010

Navigating large websites has always been a design problem not just with regards to information architecture and taxonomies but also specifically how that information is presented visually on the page. Web navigation is a key area for usability and new navigation methods are introduced frequently as web programming languages evolve. The last twelve months has seen several large retail sites using ‘mega menus’ as their primary navigation structure. In this article we have reviewed five popular retails sites in the UK with regards to the usability of the mega menus in the site, and we have developed our own check…

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Ben Logan
9 November 2009

Video is a key component of an internet presence and sites such as YouTube and Vimeo offer to host video for no additional cost. High bandwidth sites would have previously incurred significant charges for streamed video but now any site owner can frequently publish their video content online for no extra cost. Why caption videos? Multimedia presentations (rich media) usually involves image, sound and motion. This can present accessibility barriers to some people with disabilities, for instance visual impairments, hearing loss, photosensitive epilepsy, cognitive and learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and dyslexia. Captions and subtitles make videos accessible to a…

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Ben Logan
9 November 2009

Every now and again a tool comes along that we really love to use and Balsamiq is one of them. What is Balsamiq? Balsamiq is a tool for rapid software prototypes with a whole host of pre-built controls to quickly visually communicate interfaces to various project teams. Digital sketching The whole purpose of prototyping is to quickly identify ideas on paper and to explore how they could work without committing hours of design and development time for something that was never going to work. Balsamiq speeds this process up as it actually contains loads of inbuilt widgets, layouts and visual…

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Ben Logan
21 April 2009

In this article we look at ten tips aimed at improving the usability of your homepage. Your homepage gives an impression to end users about how professional your organisation is. Users may arrive at your site at a landing page or an article deep within your site and they are highly likely to navigate back to the homepage in their journey. 1. Is it clear what you do and what your site offers? This should be immediately apparent to the end user, and if you have one, your tagline should help summarise in one sentence the purpose of the site…

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