A certain sense of Déjà vu

Posted by on Aug 9, 2010 in usability | No Comments

This is one of the more surreal forms I’ve come across recently…

A real page turner

Posted by on Aug 5, 2010 in thoughts, usability | 2 Comments

I was listening to the excellent I.A. Podcast with Jeff Parks the other day. In the episode titled “Working in the post-industrial era” with Dorian Taylor they spoke about many interesting subjects concerning modern working practices. Early on in the conversation Jeff and Dorian discuss some of the drawbacks inherent in following UI metaphors too […]

Bad user testing beats no user testing

Posted by on Sep 15, 2009 in usability | No Comments

Jakob Nielson offers a great summary of why to do at least some user testing. Even if it’s poor, you’re likely to catch at least a few major errors. I believe that when deadlines are short and expectation high, even chatting through ideas with a colleague has its benefits. Nielsen initially launched his ‘discount’ ideas […]

In Favour of Complexity

Posted by on Jun 24, 2009 in thoughts, usability | One Comment

I was fortunate enough to attend the sell-out ‘UX London’ conference at The Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch this year (June 15th – 17th). It was the first conference if its type here in London aimed at user experience practitioners and ably presented by the good folk at Clearleft. There were some big names in attendance […]

In a perfect world, no one would be able to use anything*

Posted by on May 27, 2009 in humour, usability | No Comments

Fantastic Dilbert cartoons at 90% of Everything this morning. Dilbert on User Experience: http://www.90percentofeverything.com/2009/05/26/dilbert-on-user-experience/ * The views expressed in this title are Mordac’s alone and do not represent my own…

How to turn a light off in the dark

Posted by on May 2, 2009 in thoughts, usability | One Comment

Hotel rooms present a variety of novel user-interactions to their often tired and stressed guests. But do travellers really value chic design and high-concept living when all they want to do is turn off the lights and go to sleep?

Poka-yoke

Posted by on Mar 29, 2009 in thoughts, usability | No Comments

Poka yoke, pronounced “POH-kah YOH-keh” — is a Japanese term that translates as “mistake-proofing” (from the Japanese yokeru (avoiding) and poka (inadvertent errors). A poka-yoke device is any mechanism that either prevents a mistake from being made or makes the mistake obvious at a glance. The idea is to prevent errors from being made in […]