Usability.

Ben Logan
12 February 2013

There have long been whispers about the possibility of Apple releasing a wrist watch device, although on the other hand it is sometimes easier to count the things that the technology giant is not rumoured to be working on. Nevertheless, while there have been no official announcements, the Internet has recently lit up with speculation and fan produced concept art, stoking discussion on the rumour. Now reports have reached us that Apple are testing a watch-like device powered by iOS in their Cupertino headquarters, so we could be on the brink of another new platform gold rush. Though details are…

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Ben Logan
8 October 2012

Drupal, the free open source content management system, have been testing their new toolbar prototype with the aid of a participant moderated usability study on desktop and mobile platforms. Most of the participants had a positive reaction to the new changes, with the remaining of those involved being neutral and the mobile version being received significantly better than the desktop experience. The design was found to be clean and user-friendly, with visually appealing design elements and icons. Its clear viewability and ease of navigation on mobile phones also garnered praise. A number of flaws were found though, with participants failing…

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Ben Logan
5 September 2012

The Baymard Institute have been taking a look at the Top 100 grossing e-commerce sites and have today released their results, containing over three thousand examples of the best and worst practises on the web today. The report contains almost a thousand screenshots, with annotation and insights into how many of the world’s most successful sites have confronted the e-comm checkout design challenge. Some of the results will come as a surprise, for example 44% of sites that grossed more than $1 billion scored lower than their less successful competitors, and about half of the sites tested were found to…

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Ben Logan
1 August 2012

It’s always interesting to see what a difference ten years can make in the world of web technology, so with the Olympics now upon us, we took a look at the Events website to see how it compares to that of the Winter Olympics 2002 site. The London 2012 website closely adheres to the Homepage usability guidelines set forth by Danish usability consultant Jakob Nielsen.  This in itself is very significant, as Nielsen had previously rated the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics site very poorly. The current site is vastly improved in terms of accessibility, however it loses points for…

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Ben Logan
21 June 2012

According to the latest study by not-for-profit IT services provider Eduserv, when it comes to usability, animal charities are leading the pack. The 2012 Charities Usability Report rated websites from poor to exceptional. It evaluated forty major charities across the UK in sectors including aid, education, animal welfare, children and health charities. Eduserv analysed usability metrics such as ease of making a donation, prominence of links to donate and overall ease of website navigation. Animal charities came out on top for most criteria, including having the most ‘donation friendly’ websites. In contrast, some of the most high profile household names…

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Ben Logan
18 June 2012

The user experience results for Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 8 are starting to flow in – and they aren’t very positive. A blogger named Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has described it as “a design disaster”. While he praised the new Metro UI on Windows 8 for its initial good looks, he said it falls down miserably in terms of actual usability. Apparently, Metro is exhausting since it requires users to scroll too much. In addition, not only has Metro been made the primary user interface in Windows 8, Microsoft developers have seen fit to destroy the ‘classic’ UI experience too by…

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