Tag: Usability

Aerotwist – Better password form fields

Published 2 years 11 months ago on May 1, 2014

Heartbleed (hopefully) had us all changing our passwords. A lot of passwords. It was a grim reminder of just how terrible so many password policies are, but that’s beside the point. This is great: It was so frustrating to have 1Password generate a password for me only to find out that the established password policy […]

Usability in Icons | Stiern

Published 3 years 1 month ago on March 24, 2014

Icons have always fascinated me. I think they fascinate everyone to be honest. When used well, an icon (and only an icon) can effectively replace a label, which inherently de-clutters what you’re looking at, all the while giving you an aesthetically pleasing alternative. It’s funny, some icons we see very consistently in 2014 have been […]

Physical Device & Viewport Sizes

Published 4 years 5 months ago on November 20, 2012

LukeW | Data Monday: Physical Device & Viewport Sizes. Very interesting account of the current landscape of tablet devices and how Apple’s iPad Mini stands out in the crowd. I’ve been thinking a lot about this stuff lately, as I’m sure we all have. I think we can all agree that responsive Web design is […]

Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice & Power Users

Published 4 years 5 months ago on November 20, 2012

Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice & Power Users Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox. I grabbed a copy of Windows 8 for browser testing for a number of reasons, primarily after discovering that there are differences between IE10 on Windows 7 and Windows 8 in a touch environment. While I realize those differences won’t really […]

The Trouble with Lightbox (and its Variants)

Published 7 years 6 months ago on October 12, 2009

Lightbox is a great image display technique for the modern Web, just be sure it’s still usable!

Building Functional Alt Sites using SWFAddress

Published 7 years 11 months ago on May 18, 2009

When developing a full Flash website, it is very important to provide an effective alternate site for viewing. SWFAddress helps extensively with exactly that.

Link Text: Where Does it Come From?

Published 8 years 6 months ago on September 29, 2008

Link text can have a great effect on the overall effectiveness of any link. Take into consideration both usability and SEO when writing your link text.

Silverback: Making Usability Testing That Much Cooler

Published 8 years 8 months ago on July 28, 2008

Silverback is usability testing software from the group at Clearleft. Here are my initial thoughts on the application itself.

Can we do Better than Dropdowns? Is there even a Problem?

Published 9 years 5 months ago on October 29, 2007

Are dropdown navigations on websites a usability nightmare? Is there a better way to implement a comprehensive site navigation?

Selects, JavaScript, and Usability: Please help.

Published 9 years 6 months ago on October 1, 2007

Driver download interfaces drive me nuts. Attaching JavaScript functions to selects, in my opinion, is just plain wrong from a usability standpoint. How can we better improve this implementation that still finds its way to the Internet, on the largest of corporate websites?

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