Usability.

Ben Logan
26 April 2012

Summary Mobile apps should clearly prioritise key content and provide a ‘Back’ button if the device does not. Mobile apps should also minimise users’ data entry and ensure a consistent user experience across different mobile device orientations. Introduction – mobile app usability According to recent data, approximately 56% of the UK population have an active mobile-broadband subscription [1]. This means that designing for mobile devices has become a critical usability issue for most organisations. Whilst the usability guidelines for designing for mobile devices are still evolving (based on the audience’s developing familiarity with – and our usability knowledge of –…

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Ben Logan
26 March 2012

Sony are preparing to unveil their latest VAIO laptop – it will come complete with Google’s Chrome operating system as standard, a 11.6 inch display, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI output, SD card slot and the standard USB ports. The electronics giant is not the first company to deliver such a device. Samsung and Acer launched the first commercially viable Chromebooks last year following a public beta release of their Cr-48 OS prototype, but unfortunately they did not have major consumer success. Results from user testing have unfortunately not been favourable, with the operating system receiving criticism for being too simplistic and…

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Ben Logan
13 February 2012

Tablets designed for youngsters are becoming ever more popular due to their easy and appealing user interface, with one of the most recent entries into the market being the Kurio from Techno Source. Their brightly coloured device, also known as “The Children’s Tablet”, was on display at Toy fair this week. It runs on the Android OS platform, for which Techno Source have developed a special child-friendly interface. To ease parent’s safety concerns, the tablet also features advanced filtering options, parental controls and locks. In addition, eight different profiles come pre-installed, allowing parents to easily choose which apps are to…

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Ben Logan
19 December 2011

Reviews require a firm grasp of the design problem and should precede usability testing. They should also: use multiple experts, include other relevant designs (including competitors’) and strongly communicate their results. What is an expert usability review? An expert usability review is one of the best – and lowest cost – methods for identifying usability issues with a design. An expert usability review involves a usability expert using their skills and experience to personally evaluate how well a design will support its target audience(s) in achieving their specified goal(s) with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction (within a specified context of use)….

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Ben Logan
7 November 2011

Tablet PCs’ easy method of interaction is central to their attraction for children. Tablet PC experiences designed for children should promote: user control (including levels of difficulty and repetition), a wide variety of experiences and regular touch-interactions. Children love tablet PCs A recent study found that amongst 6 – 12 year old children, tablet PCs are the ‘most wanted’ electronic gift in the US.1 Another study showed that 3.6 million tablet PCs have been sold in the UK since they became available in April 2010.2 While these figures do not directly indicate the adoption of tablet PCs by children, it does…

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Ben Logan
26 October 2011

Pioneering e-Learning software Lectora has been given a completely redesigned user interface that will offer easier navigation and streamlined functionality. The software, which is produced by Trivantis Corporation, is regarded by many as the most powerful authoring tool in the e-Learning market. This latest release includes the Flash content creation tool, Flypaper, which allows both programmers and non-programmers to create and share media rich content. Speaking on the subject of the new development, Peter Bray, Chief Marketing Officer at Trivantis Corporation, commented: “Backed by over a decade of experience in the creation of powerful e-Learning software, we remain dedicated to…

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