Image by Gyorgy Weil. The first book I bought on web design, in 1998, was The Principles of Web Design by Jeffrey Veen.
Imagine the scene. It’s Friday night. It’s been a long, hard week.
The Irish Times launched its website in October 1994. Six months later I put The Buzz online. This modest little monthly magazine, produced in the west of Ireland, became one of only three Irish publications on the web (the other was Hot Press).
The video above shows a simple prototype for an Android Wear app, running on an an LG G watch R, which I created within a few hours of coming up with the concept — with ZERO CODING.
Initial client meeting Client: “We’d like you to conduct user testing of our website.” Me: “Great.” Client: (Laughs.) “And don’t worry.
When I was hired to undertake a UX review of The Irish Times, I researched the online news sector for examples of best practices.
After you’ve done usability testing, or got user feedback of any kind, what should you work on?
I’ve written previous posts about how I use Balsamiq Mockups to create wireframes and prototypes, and my methods for usability testing.
Update May 2015: this article was written based on the old version of Balsamiq Mockups, now known as “Balsamiq 2″.
UX Stencil © Todd Zazelenchuk & Elizabeth Boling. Available from http://www.userfocus.co.uk/uxstencil/ Introduction Many of my clients have never previously carried out usability testing.
Safefood homepage AFTER redesign. (View a screengrab taken BEFORE our redesign.) Background safefood is an all-island implementation body set up under the British-Irish Agreement with a general remit to promote awareness and knowledge of food safety and nutrition issues on the island of Ireland.
In January, I wrote about my experience creating a new Android HTML5 game app, which I called Happy Shapes.
I recently completed a fascinating usability study with the help of Dr.
Last night I released Happy Shapes – a FREE Android game for kids
Play the game now on desktop at newskoolgames.com
Here is how it all came about.
For the last couple of months, I’ve been involved with establishing the Irish Chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA).
I have had my own business for almost 10 years now.
Usability guru Jakob Nielsen says the number one usability mistake in web design is bad search. Neilsen focuses on the handling of input.
Comedian Eddie Izzard has a hilarious routine about ticking the “I have read the terms and conditions” box.
In the age of the smartphone, tablet, and other touch screen electronic devices, is this the end of the physical (non-virtual) keyboard?
People sometimes ask, “what’s the difference between user experience (UX) and usability?”.
Some companies spend too much time and money on mobile apps; and not enough time considering their mobile web presence.
When your website is not achieving its projected sales targets, your first instinct will probably be “get more traffic”.
A supermarket likes to keep the milk and bread at the back, so customers will browse other items on the way.
Web designers everywhere are adding ‘infographics’ to their list of services. Here’s an infographic to illustrate the rise in infographics.
When I arrive at any website, I know what I don’t want.
Data, data, everywhere. It comes from public bodies, social networks, personal devices, healthcare systems, media sources, etc.
I’ve been using Allied Irish Bank’s personal online banking service for years and, while it was ropey in the beginning, in recent years the usability has improved.
One way of making web forms less painful is to use inline validation.
Will someone please tell Ryanair that ‘No Travel Insurance’ is not a country of residence, and therefore should not appear as an option in the drop-down list.
The Comic Sans font has often been derided as the font choice of amateurs, but it is useful for creating mockups.