The Art of Guerrilla Usability Testing

I found a great article (and explanation) on quick and cheap usability testing. This was particularly useful for a website I am evaluating for a client.

Personally, I tend to gel with these relaxed approaches more than formal lab settings. Maybe its just me but I really don’t think people use the web like this (i.e., a focused lab setting) . In my opinion, modern browsing is often performed on the bus / train etc (via mobile), cafe’s / bar or in the lounge whilst watching TV – or something similar. The obvious benefit to these kind of techniques is they are cheap and quick to perform.


Interaction Design Checklist

Category : Interface & Information Design · No Comments · by April 18, 2014

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Interesting read here by Aaron Legaspi and Amit Jakhu. Beautifully presented too, with nice transitions & responsive design.

http://ixdchecklist.com


Hakobune – Nebulous Sequences

Category : Music · No Comments · by April 15, 2014

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I’m a sucker for electronic drone / ambient music so I thought I’d post this little beauty that I have been listening to today. I listen to a lot of this kind of thing & often drone can sound flat, boring & way too cold. This is cold but also warm. It glistens and sparkles as it oozes into your eardrums with elegance and control – give it a spin!


BX = UX + CX

Category : User Experience · (1) Comment · by April 15, 2014

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I was reading some interesting articles today on LinkedIn. Is their a difference between “user” and “customer”? Is “customer” experience outside of the scope of “user” experience?


Critical Reflection

Category : Web Development · (1) Comment · by April 14, 2014

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The Shackadelic site has been a great project to work on & I feel I’ve learnt so much – particularly from a responsive perspective. I’d definately work from a “mobile first” approach next time though. I think it is easy to get everything looking great for desktop, but not so easy for mobile – some things just wouldn’t work. The mobile-first approach will help focus and prioritise. There simply is not room in mobile for unnessary elements. This is stated in Ben Frain’s excellent book, “Implementing Responsive Design” (pg 160).


Final Validation

Category : Web Development · (1) Comment · by April 13, 2014

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The Shackadelic site is now finished and I’ve managed to get it uploaded and “live”. When trying to validate over at the W3C online validator, I got a “Saw U+0000 in stream” error which can apparently come from copying & pasting.


Theme Tweaks

Category : Web Development · No Comments · by April 11, 2014

Tweaks PicA quick recap here of all the site-wide tweaks performed on this WordPress site :

1. Post headers & graphics were created in Adobe Photoshop.

2. All photography shot on my Nikon d7000 & edited in Adobe Photoshop.


WordPress Plugins

Category : Web Development · No Comments · by April 10, 2014

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A short, quick summary of the plugins used in this site. I went through an awful lot of trial & error with many, many plugins but these I can recommend.

1. Social media sharing for blog posts : AddThis : http://www.addthis.com


New Theme

Category : Web Development · No Comments · by April 9, 2014

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Maybe I was tired of looking at it, or maybe I couldn’t quite get it to feel right – i’m not sure. Either way, I’ve now changed the theme for this blog to “Workality” by Northeme. It is a great theme, is easy to tweak the css, and has a lot of options available as I grow into it. I feel more at home with this theme.


CSS Print Styles

Category : Web Development · No Comments · by April 8, 2014

So, part of the assessment for the IDM 18 Web Development module is to create 2 stylesheets that are “switchable” in Firefox. As I was actually doing a site for a client, I thought that I would just do an additional print style sheet.