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- 8/27/2014

News articles and blog posts about human factors, UX, UI, UE and accessibility.

The right way to do lean research

Aug 27, 2014 - Never do research that’s redundant. But if it takes years (longitudinal), so be it. “Too many people just do research or talk to customers without having a plan for what they want to learn. What they end up with is a mass of information with no way of parsing it.” (

On The Ethical Treatment of Users

Aug 27, 2014 - In 1963 Yale Psychologist Stanley Milgram paid volunteers $4 to another  volunteer, called the new vocabulary words.  If the learner got t

Microsoft Researcher Looks to Accessibility Group for Help M [...]

Aug 22, 2014 - Microsoft researcher Hong Tan wants to make device screens more responsive to your touch, or tactile senses, and she is drawing inspiration and support from the Accessibility group....(read more)

UX in an Agile process

Aug 22, 2014 - Examples are great, but in the end we need more abstraction from all of them. “Originally, the field of usability and interaction design was slow, cumbersome and costly. These were some of the reasons that it was not adopted very fast among practitioners. However, recent years a lot of the [...]

Transforming stodgy enterprise applications into engaging ex [...]

Aug 21, 2014 - Zeitgeist: IBM and Apple showed the way. “Businesses are starting to realize the potential of good UX. With a substantial percentage of the workforce retiring in the next three to five years, organizations need software for a new wave of workers—business software that works like the apps they [...]

There's no app for that

Aug 21, 2014 - Challenging the UX way of thinking from a marketing and branding perspective. “In his opening keynote Thomas Marzano challenges the HCI community to think about Brand Experience instead of User Experience. Tapping from his experience with the new Philips Brand, he will demonstrate us how a [...]

UX Strategy Blueprint

Aug 20, 2014 - In this week's UIEtips, Jim Kalbach defines and discusses how to consistently create a UX strategy. Here he shares a tool with you for doing so at your organization—the UX Strategy Blueprint. If your strategy discussions feel more like political battles than progressive team-building, pay attention [...]

Sarah Horton and Steve Faulkner HTML5 Accessibility

Aug 20, 2014 - Web accessibility takes place on a foundation of technologies, the most common of which are developed and maintained by the Worldwide Web Consortium, or W3C. Its success is dependent on how well these underlying technologies support accessible user experiences. Fortunately for us, people like Steve [...]

The Power and Peril of Third-Party Solutions

Aug 19, 2014 - “Why don't we just use this plugin?” That's a question I started hearing a lot in the heady days of the 2000s, when open-source CMSes were becoming really popular. We asked it optimistically, full of hope about the myriad solutions only a download away. As the years passed, we gained trustworthy [...]

Improving Performance with Prebrowsing

Aug 19, 2014 - We all want our websites to be fast. We optimize images, create CSS sprites, use CDNs, cache aggressively, and gzip and minimize static content. We use every trick in the book. But we can still do more. If we want faster outcomes, we have to think differently. What if, instead of leaving our [...]

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