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Usability testing helps you fix problems much before they manifest in the real world. It reduces both the development as well as the support costs by assessing the real usage of your website or application using real users (or a representative sample). As can be seen in this article, a number of tools are readily available for free or at a minimal cost in order to facilitate the testing process. ‪#‎Usability‬ ‪#‎Testing‬ ‪#‎UX‬
This article discusses 4 tools that will help you get through the 4 key stages of a usability test. These tools are effective, yet simple to use.
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The System Usability Scale (SUS) has been tried and tested throughout almost 30 years of use, and has proven itself to be a dependable method of evaluating the usability of systems compared to industry standards. ‪#‎usability‬ ‪#‎usabilitytesting‬ ‪#‎SUS‬ ‪#‎UX‬
The System Usability Scale (SUS) is a 10-Question questionnaire that offers a quick, cost-effective yet accurate way to evaluate the usability of a website
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"It’s not just dedicated mobile apps that users will consume in relation to their car. Parking garages, home garages, smart houses, and gas stations will all need development in order for the device networking to run smoothly. So design and development for vehicles is not exclusive to just vehicles..." ‪#‎UX‬ ‪#‎UserExperience‬ ‪#‎Usability‬ ‪#‎Mobile‬
Smart car usability goes beyond the issues of just having a mobile app to interact with your car. It encompasses safety as well as new ways of interaction
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The reality is that Apple, Google and Microsoft’s App marketplaces are getting more crowded every day. With so many options and such limited space on users’ phones, an app really has to stand out to create a viable install base. If the app isn’t picked up by enough people, the investments go to waste and the entire mobile marketing strategy is compromised.
So this begs the question: Does your business really need a mobile app? ‪#‎UX‬ ‪#‎Mobile‬ ‪#‎MobileApps‬
Does your business really need a mobile app? We’ve put together a list of 6 guide questions that will help you answer this very important question
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"Designing and developing the needs that surround beacon optimization comes from a contextual understanding of their function and the user’s needs. Yeah, it is kind of a hard one to wrap your brain around. A contextual understanding of a user’s needs is all about anticipation. Asking yourself, as a designer or developer, what a user ought to expect without expecting it, is key in contextual development." ‪#‎UX‬ ‪#‎UserExperience‬ ‪#‎BeaconUX‬
A beacon is a device that can send information and alerts to users' mobile device based on user analytics, proximity and indoor navigation in a closed space
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"Very few people outside the realm of design visit a site to admire the creativity found there. Even fewer people are interested in the web development practices that brought it to fruition. Most visitors care about content. They come for information...." ‪#‎content‬ ‪#‎copywriting‬ ‪#‎usability‬ ‪#‎UX‬
Advice on how good content writing combined with optimal use of color, typography, navigation and styling improves the usability of online articles.
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When designing for either smartwatch platform, UX designers ought to keep in mind the various usability requirements, and new functionalities, brought about with the introduction of the smartwatch. The decrease in screen real estate has made the size of a “touch target” a very important consideration. Likewise, the role of the smartwatch as a “satellite device” is an important factor when designing apps. ‪#‎UX‬ ‪#‎UserExperience‬ ‪#‎Smartwatch‬
Smartwatch UX design deserves its own area of considerations because of the hardware, software, functionality as well as small screen size of smartwatches
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Be smart about your landing page. Remember to keep your potential customers goals, needs and wants first and foremost; you are not designing for yourself but designing in order to make things easier for them. Give your audience all the information they need to make an informed decision but do not overwhelm them with unnecessary information. ‪#‎CRO‬ ‪#‎landingpageoptimization‬ ‪#‎UX‬
Landing page optimization guidelines in the form of a simple, actionable and effective list of 18 do's and don'ts that are easy to follow and implement
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A website’s design has two clear goals. The first, to offer visitors an immersive brand experience and second, making sure that this immersive brand experience holds the potential for future conversions. Any web design that does not fulfill these two basic goals fails in its raison d’etre.
Good web design should focus on the product and brand image, findability, customer preferences and the devices that the website is being accessed on.
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"Using usability metrics, it is possible to observe and quantify the usability of any system irrespective if it is software, hardware, web-based or a mobile application. This is because metrics are based on extensive research and testing by various academics and experts and have withstood the test of time. Moreover, they cover all of the three core elements that constitute the definition of usability: effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction, thus ensuring an all-round quantification of the usability of the system being tested." ‪#‎usability‬ ‪#‎metrics‬ ‪#‎UX‬ ‪#‎UserExperience‬
Usability metrics quantify the usability of a system in terms of the effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction with which users perform tasks when using it
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"Given the difficulty of implementing a complete overhaul of an existing application, the importance of a good UI and an intuitive UX cannot be overstated. As these case studies highlight a simple interface, emulating existing user experience and limiting functionality are all key components of good design." ‪#‎UX‬ ‪#‎UserExperience‬ ‪#‎MobileUX‬ ‪#‎Mobile‬
An analysis of how the Facebook, Flipboard, Pinterest and Tinder apps have evolved and how this evolution is part of a general UX/UI trend in mobile apps.
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The combination of the HEART framework with the Goals-Signals-Metrics process provides you with analytical solutions for monitoring and improving the user experience. Therefore, the framework complements traditional methods and research tools and offers you ways to measure large-scale user attitude and behaviour. ‪#‎UX‬ ‪#‎UserExperience‬ ‪#‎UXMetrics‬
Discusses use of the HEART Framework (Happiness, Engagement, Adoption, Retention, Task Success) with the Goals-Signals-Metrics process to choose UX metrics
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Usability Geek is a Usability & User Experience (UX) blog that provides practical and useful information. Our readership comes from various fields including those of Usability, User Experience, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Architecture (IA)