Honesty in Ethical User Testing

Learning how to conduct respectable, ethical research is crucial skill for any aspiring usability expert. Ethics, defined by D. Resnik at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, is “norms for conduct that distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. The foundation for clean ethical research are the principles of honesty and integrity”[1]. The UXPA Code of Conduct for User Experience Professionals states, “be honest with everyone, act with Integrity, do no harm and if possible provide benefits,.”[2] These principles should not only be applied to usability participants, but should also extend to the clients as well.Continue Reading »

Can Universal Accessibility Improve Usability for All?

 

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Usability and Accessibility had similarities and differences. However, when focusing on improving websites for those with specific needs it ultimately helps everyone. Unfortunately, most Usability Evaluations focus on the “average user” as the target use but when a user with a disability becomes the target user Usability will be improved for all.… Continue Reading »

Principles of Web Accessibility

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According to WHO, about 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, of whom 2-4% experience significant difficulties in functioning. When a product is being created, the usability and accessibility for all potential users are important. However, most products are needed by not only abled people but also disabled people, that is why the accessibility should be brought to a high priority when designing the product.… Continue Reading »

Is Accessibility not equal to Usability?

There are ranges of evaluation methods that assist developers or designers to create usable and pleasant electronic products, services, or environments for the target audience, including older and disabled people. However, to build a product, service or environment for older and disabled people, the criteria of evaluation may be different because they may have specific needs and require different assistance.Continue Reading »

In a Race Between Accessibility and Technology, the Difference Between Inclusion and Exclusion Comes Down to Bravery.

 

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So, what’s the problem?

The rapid development of technology has surpassed what was only fantasy 20 years ago, with technological innovation improving more rapidly than accessibility is progressing. Tech companies boast imaginative products and services, but only for those who look, act, and represent the societal “norm.” So, instead of treating accessibility as a secondhand add-on, tech companies should be brave and change cultures in order to focus on accessibility.
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Ideas & Issues

Introduction

If you paid any attention to video game news in the past year, you will have no doubt heard volumes about the Star Wars Battlefront 2 Loot Box controversy. In essence, the publisher of the game, Electronic Arts, utilized a micro-transaction model in the game’s multiplayer. This was widely frowned upon due to exploitative way in which it was implemented.… Continue Reading »

Good Intentions ≠ Good Research: Identifying & combating cognitive bias in usability research

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Ignorance is not bliss

There’s an old saying you might have heard. It goes something like this: “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” Usually, this is said after a series of betrayals by a friend, a family member, or a loved one. But could it reach into UX research as well?… Continue Reading »

Mind & Design


INTRODUCTION

When designing products, there is a need to consider the psychology aspect of the user, since it has a direct connection to emotions. When a product isn’t design properly and creates difficulty for the user, it can lead to frustration and irritation, instead of providing a pleasurable experience.

 

In today’s world there is a challenge when it comes to modern designs to young adults with mental illnesses, since studies have shown that the level of stress is higher, resulting in a higher number of young adults suffering from anxiety, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
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Gestalt Psychology for UX Design

 

Introduction

Understanding some basic psychological principles that impact visual perception is essential to user experience (UX) professionals interested in designing systems and products that better serve the needs of users. This post provides a brief overview of Gestalt psychology and demonstrates how many of its principles can help UX and interaction designers create interfaces that intentionally direct the user’s attention to the functions and features that are most useful.Continue Reading »