Evaluation Story: Pratt Institute Library website

This usability test evaluated the Pratt Library website to assess the design overhaul that occurred last semester.    Our client was Nicholas Dease, a librarian at Pratt Library, as well as the head of technology and website design and implementation.  Particular emphasis was put on attributes that were requested by the client (attributes described below).  …

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Creating an ethical usability study

Overview Ethical methods and procedures are critical when conducting research of any kind, and usability is no exception.  Processes regarding ethical treatment of study participants’ well-being and privacy have been well documented in a variety of fields including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and other scientific endeavors.  It is within the past decades that these ideals have been …

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Design Critique: ColorBrewer 2.0

ColorBrewer 2.0 is a simple and effective webpage created by Cynthia Brewer, Mark Harrower, and The Pennsylvania State University. It is used as a diagnostic tool for evaluating and designing color schemes, particularly in the context of cartography. Its success is based in its limitations, with only 165 possible color schemes, users choose a variety …

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