Eye Tracking and The Best UX Practices in The Mobile World

In today’s world, usability testing is critical for designing user-friendly interfaces. These tests take on different forms and methods that help designers identify usability issues. This is critical when analyzing the bridge between design expectations and user behavior. Sensory-based technology, such as eye-tracking, has been revolutionary in gaining deeper insights on how users interact with …

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Rethinking UX For Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is one of the most talked about emerging technologies in the recent years. While the idea isn’t novel, recent progress in computer graphic, haptic feedback and motion tracking technology have enabled VR with nearly infinite number of applications that present many challenges and opportunities for UX professionals. In my blog post, I will …

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ROLI: Create Music as Playing LEGO

F.g.1 ROLI Blocks with full lighting which democratize music production ROLI Blocks is a concept device which let people create their music as playing building blocks. Each module of ROLI blocks can be put together by magnetic force. Everyone can make music naturally through intuitive gestures on a touch-sensitive playing surface. The block could satisfy any budget, …

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Dovetail – A Diary Study Tool

The logistics of setting up an effective platform for a diary study can be difficult. You need to provide an easily accessible means for participants to submit their entries, stick to the schedule outlined in your planning stage, and organize your results so you can quickly analyze the data. Dovetail, a free webapp released late last year, …

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Applying a 5-Second Test to Project Alexandria

Various usability testing methods exist for a variety of different insight- and data-gathering needs. Selecting a method should be tailored to the specific research needs of any particular individual or team, and dependant upon the current stage of their project. I decided to focus specifically on 5-second tests and one tool in particular, from UsabilityHub.com. …

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The US Government & Usability: tools for everyone!

Usability and the US Government go hand in hand. ADA laws require the government to make all of their outputs accessible, so usability is something that goes right along with that. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs are the ones that manage the content of …

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Remote User Testing: Strengths and Weaknesses

Remote user testing has a reputation for being a quick and dirty evaluation method, but like other methods it has strengths, weaknesses, and best use cases. Remote user testing can be divided into two types: moderated and unmoderated. In unmoderated remote user testing, the evaluator and user are not in the same place, and the …

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Data-Driven Design and UX: Mutually Exclusive?

Data-driven design sounds pretty self-explanatory on the surface: collecting data about activities  of users on a website and making key design decisions based on the insights garnered from these numbers. Using this data from web analytics to make design decisions can be a cheaper, automated, and potentially quicker way to know what users want. Or …

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