Code QA and UX, sitting in a tree. Kissing.

Jamie Appleseed recently wrote a brilliant article on bugs and user experience. It won’t help you magically prove the ROI of QA testing, but you should definitely read it because… It’s about accepting that things do go wrong sometimes. And that therefore, we should design systems that degrade tolerably and fail gracefully when they are actually broken. It argues that we should keep simplifying and using progressive enhancement. Think of accessibility in the widest sense, and design for the least capable people & technology first. Not everyone has good vision, good motor skills. Not everyone has a powerful computer, a fast broadband connection. It happens. Simple, lean, fast… then add the funk I know that as developers we already think about contextual impediments. Our task models sometimes show that not everyone has time to really concentrate on the information we present to them. Designing for degradation and failure is the same thing –  stuff gets in the way. So make it simple, make it lean, make it fast. Then layer up the funk. Spec it out good and proper. Like the other ‘premium’ (ie. done properly) things we try to do, this approach may initially take more time and therefore cost more than you expect. It’s a relatively easy thing to sell-in on public sector projects – those where accessibility in the traditional sense is a stated requirement. We’re working on a number of projects with Bristol City Council, and the teams for taking this approach already: keeping things simple and designing transactional forms that work well, with or without JavaScript; leveraging GPS capability on your phone, but not...

Best Practices for Medical App Development Go Beyond Standard UX

October 27, 2014Mobile healthcare app development poses a set of challenges very different from mainstream apps. Not only is security an area that requires a considerable attention, compliance with regulatory standards is also absolutely crucial. Here are things app developers should pay close attention to during the development process.1. FocusA successful mobile medical application should be able to demonstrate clinical benefits and offer real value to its users—whether they are patients, healthcare practitioners, or both. Using medical apps for routine self-monitoring and feedback is a cost-efficient strategy for self-management. The app should have only those functions and features relevant to its audience. Therefore, it is extremely important to understand and master the needs of all relevant stakeholders, ...read more By Mithun Sridharan...

Quickpanel: More UX Futures

October 23, 2014UX Futures is a one-day virtual conference that will take place November 5. Hosted by Rosenfeld Media and Environments for Humans, the event features six inspiring speakers—Steve Krug, Jesse James Garrett, Margot Bloomstein, Andy Polaine, Nathan Shedroff and Abby Covert—all focusing on what’s next for...read more By Mary Jean Babic...

UX as the New SEO: an interview with Marianne Sweeny

October 21, 2014A deep passion for technology, accompanied by a complete ineptitude at programming, brought Marianne Sweeny to search engine optimization while studying Information Science at the University of Washington. She considers herself a Search Information Architect with a focus on human factors as well as system functionality.Sweeny joined Portent Inc as SR Search Strategist in 2012 where she focuses on the user experience factors of SEO for client sites. Previously, as Director of Search Services at Ascentium, she designed a search practice that brought a strategic approach to search optimization. In 2004, she co-founded Microsoft Information Architects, a 300 member, company-wide, cross-discipline community that continues to evangelize the best practices of IA within Microsoft....read more By Jason Gillard...

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