It's about making our world work better!
This is a reminder that we must develop technologies and experiences in a way that serves people first!
Lot's has been said about Steve Jobs and how he was an innovator and leader of easier to use software and hardware. I think he was just somebody that asked the right questions and had the power to translate them into consumer products (well, impressive enough I guess).
The questions we all should ask more often - and we cannot be afraid to ask over and over again if we didn't understand - are WHY and WHAT. Only after figuring these questions out we are able to design, improve and innovate the HOW.
With that: Happy Usability Day!
- User-interface, user-experience & usability explained (by Bernard Schokman) - I think the title is misleading, it's more about "Practical design principles for UI/UX/Usability Design"
- 10 Important UI Design Considerations for Web Apps (by Marc Gayle) - try polishing the little things to make your app truly awesome
- Tools for Facilitating Feedback on Prototypes and Wireframes (by David Leggett) - What's your favorite? Why?
- How to Identify the Best Design Problems (by Joshua Porter) - About the importance of prioritization.
- A Guide to CSS Colors in Web Design (by Alexander Dawson) - Once again a great guide by Alexander; contrast, shades, hues, transparency and co.
- 40 Beautiful and Elegant WordPress Themes of May 2011 (by Madalin Tudose) - very nice collection, wordpress has come a long way and so did its front-end designers
- HOW TO: Add the +1 Button to Your WordPress Site (by Christina Warren) - if you like it or not, here is the +1 Button integration...
- Why You Should Buy Your First 5000 Twitter Followers (by Rohit) - ethical or not... love or not love... with a little help from your friends
- So you think you can build a website? (by Vitamin in Talent) - a really handy flowchart to determine if your idea will result in a great website
- The ultimate HTML5 resource guide (by Cameron Chapman) - what else to say? ultimate resouce guide!
- (More) Useful Web Usability Testing Tools (by hongkiat) - What are your experiences with these tools? Which one is your favorite? Why?
- HOW TO: Get Started With Google Analytics (by Meghan Peters) - Helps you monitor and analyze visitors, traffic sources, content, goals, e-commerce,...
- Usability Testing: What You need to Know? (by hongkiat) - read about how to structure tasks and questions
- 30 Inspiring “About Me” Pages (by Stephanie Hamilton) - yes, get inspired!
- Designing Effective FAQ Pages (by Mohammad Moradi) - use them as a last resort, but most important: make them helpful and not require another FAQ page to decipher 😉
Here a list of interesting User Experience/Usability Conferences in 2011 (thanks to Sooria for sharing):
- CHI: http://chi2011.org/
- Nielsen Norman: http://www.nngroup.com/
- UIE: http://uiconf.com
- IXDA: http://www.ixda.org/conference
- IA Summit: http://2011.iasummit.org/
- HFES: http://www.hfes.org/web/HFESMeetings/2011annualmeeting.html
- Web 2.0: http://www.web2expo.com/
- Web App Masters Tour: http://www.uie.com/events/web_app_masters/2011/
Do you have any past experiences you'd like to share? Did I miss one? Tell me in the comments!
So many things are broken nowadays. We learned to live with it, blame ourselves and just fit in. But it doesn't have to be like that!
Raise awareness for making things (and by things I mean pretty much anything that surrounds us, not only technology) easier, more self-explanatory, working. Technology has to serve us not the other way around!
Teach your children to solve problems! Teach them to understand what they are doing, saying, arguing, using. Teach them to make educated decisions, to be critical about anything shiny, fancy, to not follow a hype blindly. Teach your children to think in the people they work with and to communicate well.
Teach our children what we are doing today and tomorrow will be (even) brighter.
- What Websites Can Learn From Mobile (by Michael Wilson) - funny, but my take-away is that 'constraints improve creative design'
- The Perfect Web Designer Should Not Exist (by Jason Gross) - base your design decisions on your sites' target audience and their goals - nothing else matters... uuuhhhhhhh....
- 97 Things to Know about Usability (by Jeff Sauro) - fantastic, fantastic, fantastic - must read!!
- Top 5 Web Font Design Trends to Follow (by Christina Warren) - WOFF-WOFF, love to hear that dog barking..
- Debunking the Myths of Remote Usability Studies (by Corrie Kwan, Jin Li, and May Wong) - some myths might seem obvious, but others - drawn from first-hand experience - are not. Anyway, lot's of good advise to be considered.
- How to Communicate With Your Clients (by Joel Reyes) - In short: Listen, Ask, Consult, Respect, Reason
- Beginner’s Guide to SEO: Best Practices – Part 3/3, Part 2/3, Part 1/3 (by hongkiat) - Search Engine Optimization is a must in all our toolboxes. Excellent three-part tutorial, thx!
- 250 Quick Web Design Tips (Part 2) (Part 1) (by Alexander Dawson) - about Browsers, Styles, Techniques, Marketing and all other good stuff.
- Agile UX and The One Change That Changes Everything (by Anders Ramsay) - Start Building Earlier through Rapid and Rich Communication and Just-in-Time Detail.
As always, send me your link or mention it in the comments. Anything related to this blog is much appreciated by all of us. Thanks!