Tag: Usability

Aerotwist – Better password form fields

Heartbleed (hopefully) had us all changing our passwords. A lot of passwords. It was a grim reminder of just how terrible so many password policies are, but that’s beside the point. This is great: It was so frustrating to have 1Password generate a password for me only to find out that the established password policy […]

Posted: May 01, 2014

Usability in Icons | Stiern

Icons have always fascinated me. I think they fascinate everyone to be honest. When used well, an icon (and only an icon) can effectively replace a label, which inherently de-clutters what you’re looking at, all the while giving you an aesthetically pleasing alternative. It’s funny, some icons we see very consistently in 2014 have been […]

Posted: March 24, 2014

Physical Device & Viewport Sizes

LukeW | Data Monday: Physical Device & Viewport Sizes. Very interesting account of the current landscape of tablet devices and how Apple’s iPad Mini stands out in the crowd. I’ve been thinking a lot about this stuff lately, as I’m sure we all have. I think we can all agree that responsive Web design is […]

Posted: November 20, 2012

Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice & Power Users

Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice & Power Users Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox. I grabbed a copy of Windows 8 for browser testing for a number of reasons, primarily after discovering that there are differences between IE10 on Windows 7 and Windows 8 in a touch environment. While I realize those differences won’t really […]

Posted: November 20, 2012

The Trouble with Lightbox (and its Variants)

Lightbox is a great image display technique for the modern Web, just be sure it’s still usable!

Posted: October 12, 2009

Building Functional Alt Sites using SWFAddress

When developing a full Flash website, it is very important to provide an effective alternate site for viewing. SWFAddress helps extensively with exactly that.

Posted: May 18, 2009

Link Text: Where Does it Come From?

Link text can have a great effect on the overall effectiveness of any link. Take into consideration both usability and SEO when writing your link text.

Posted: September 29, 2008

Silverback: Making Usability Testing That Much Cooler

Silverback is usability testing software from the group at Clearleft. Here are my initial thoughts on the application itself.

Posted: July 28, 2008

Can we do Better than Dropdowns? Is there even a Problem?

Are dropdown navigations on websites a usability nightmare? Is there a better way to implement a comprehensive site navigation?

Posted: October 29, 2007

Selects, JavaScript, and Usability: Please help.

Driver download interfaces drive me nuts. Attaching JavaScript functions to selects, in my opinion, is just plain wrong from a usability standpoint. How can we better improve this implementation that still finds its way to the Internet, on the largest of corporate websites?

Posted: October 01, 2007