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