Gail Hughes Wins Excellence in Usability Award
by Deb Sellars The Excellence in Usability Award is given each year to recognize outstanding work in the field of usability. This year’s recipient is Gail Hughes and the Innovations Team of the Department of Labor and Industries, State of Washington for…
The Politics of Usability: The Importance of Users in Product Design
by Thomas McCoy Usability is political. The travel agent battling with an online booking system. The pensioner struggling to use an ATM. The telephone caller lost in the voice-prompt-maze of a computerised answering system. These people exemplify an underclass of…
Usability, Jr.—How to Run a Successful Usability Test with Children
by Silica Larkin What works for adults will not necessarily work for children, so HCI research must develop usability guidelines that are appropriate for children.Kori Inkpen 1996 The above statement seems obvious, but how many of us have put it…
What Children Want
by David Dick What do you think is the most important aspect when it comes to designing and testing software for children? Children of course! The process begins with an understanding of the intended age group. According to Hanna, Risden,…
Should a GO Button be Included with a Drop-down List?
by Vannesa Mosher and Steven Weintraub In a online survey of the usability community, Whitney Quesenbery asked for opinions about two approaches to implementing a drop-down list box to allow the user to select a navigation option: A drop-down list…