18 episodes

Jared Spool discusses tips and tools for improving your site's user experience with Christine Perfetti and Brian Christiansen. They share someone UIE's most important findings from our decades of research on web design and usability.

Usability Tools Podcast Jared Spool & Brian Christiansen

    • Technology

Jared Spool discusses tips and tools for improving your site's user experience with Christine Perfetti and Brian Christiansen. They share someone UIE's most important findings from our decades of research on web design and usability.

    Moderating Usability Tests, Part 2

    Moderating Usability Tests, Part 2

    In this episode of Usability Tools, Brian Christiansen and I continue on how to moderate a usability test.

    • 34 min
    Moderating Usability Tests, Part 1

    Moderating Usability Tests, Part 1

    In this episode of Usability Tools, Brian Christiansen and I talk about how to moderate a usability test. Turns out, the episode got so long that we decided to break it into two parts. This week's show focuses upon the different roles a single moderator needs to take on during the session.

    • 33 min
    Applying Fitts’ Law

    Applying Fitts’ Law

    A button is a button right? Move the mouse over it. Click. Not much to it, eh?
    Well, when it’s a well-designed button, all the work your brain is doing to click the button is invisible to you. However, when it’s poorly designed, things start to become harder. Maybe you overshoot the target area? Or maybe you have trouble clicking because the button is too small. Often its not difficult to recover, but it costs attention and attention is expensive.
    In this week’s podcast, we discuss the implications of Fitts’ Law. In short, the law states, “The time to acquire a target is a function of the distance to and size of the target.”

    • 14 min
    Successful Web App Usability Techniques, Part 2

    Successful Web App Usability Techniques, Part 2

    In this week’s podcast, Brian Christiansen and I continue exploring usability techniques for web-based applications.
    This week, we explore the usability technique toolbox, focusing on those methods that help us with web-based applications.

    • 21 min
    Successful Web App Usability Techniques, Part 1

    Successful Web App Usability Techniques, Part 1

    In this week's podcast, Brian Christiansen and I explore usability techniques for web-based applications. Web-based applications are different from content-based web sites because the users are involved in a transaction. When we're researching the usability of a content-based site, we're focused on how users will find and react to the information. However, with web-based applications, there are many other considerations that we need to account for.
    Because this is a big topic, we've divided it into two podcasts. In Part 1, Brian and I lay down the framework for what our usability research needs to tell us about our web-based application. In Part 2, will look at the techniques for finding that information.

    • 16 min
    Mouseovers in Navigation

    Mouseovers in Navigation

    It's tempting to spend a ton of time creating slick flyout, dropdown, or pop-up navigation on our site, but is it worth the effort? This week, Brian Christiansen and I discuss interactive mouseover techniques for navigation. Are they a good idea when it comes to actually using your site? Based on our testing, we don’t think so.

    • 24 min

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