Testing your product with real people offers some of the best feedback available to you when creating a website or application.
There are lots of things to consider in UX, but three words stick out to me in particular as the “magic words” of UX. These words are clear, consistent, and concise.
You know what problem you’re solving, you have your business objectives, technical requirements, and you’ve organized user feedback from conversations with users about their expectations; now you’re ready to start planning for the UI. What's next?
One of the most important responsibilities of an Information Architect is to solve problems creatively. Inspiration for problem solving comes to each of us in a unique way; at different times, from different places, and in different forms.
Forms are one of the most important things on the Web, but sometimes they don’t get the attention or effort that they need to make them a great experience. Follow these basic guidelines to address common design obstacles and put your forms on the path to success.
Wireframes are the blueprints of websites or web apps, meant to focus on necessities such as information architecture, usability, interactions, and user behavior. Wireframes are a critical step in the process of designing a product that is both usable and user friendly.
But there is so much information. You are overwhelmed.
Organizing raw information into defined sets is one of the key components to being an Information Architect. However, you are an expert in another field. How do you bridge that gap?
“How do you know that?” It’s a question that is both confrontational and asked with good intentions. In our evolving world of user centered development, the expectation has shifted from “We think that users…” to “We know that users…”
“The Fold” Definition: A theoretical horizontal line, below which the content of a web page is not visible without scrolling. This debate is almost as old as the internet.
This article is a review of the book How to Make Sense of Any Mess by Abby Covert, written from two points of view.
Congratulations – your project has gone to production. Those months of meetings, development, and testing have led to this day. You can move on to other things now.
Not so fast.
Effective information architecture provides a solid, well-thought out plan based on user research and user testing to validate decisions before any time, money, and resources are invested in design and development.
Google Analytics is an extremely powerful tool, with a wide range of reports out of the box.
Just realizing there is an issue does not mean that you have the solution to fix the problem.
Did you take the time to hear what the user actually wanted before building what you thought would be the next big thing?