The limits of evaluation

  In the service of user experience, evaluation is many things. It can measure identifiable qualities of a system such as efficiency or ease of use.  It can solicit emotional responses directly from the user. It checks users’ models of the system against the designers’. And, as we are learning, evaluation does all this in …

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Feedly App for Android (Bad Design)

Feedly is an RSS aggregator available for Android, iOS, and through web browsers. I use Feedly primarily through Firefox, mostly because I find the mobile app too annoying to use. Upon opening the Feedly Android app, the first visible screen is the most recent story in the user’s first category. (At least I think it’s …

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GNOME 3 (Good Design)

The GNOME 3 desktop environment is one of many GUIs supported by Ubuntu OS. Upon starting GNOME 3 (which is to say turning on the computer or starting Ubuntu,) the user is faced with an environment that should not be too unfamiliar to any computer user (above.) The interface is minimalist, and the only visible …

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