How to Avoid Disaster and Save Lives

How to Avoid Disaster and Save Lives

On April 26, 1986 a sudden explosion lit up the night at a local power plant. The operators were ill equipped and unprepared for the situation that they now had to contain. They spent the next few hours in confusion running around trying to get a grip on what had happened, as the surrounding populationContinue Reading

Akendi’s 12 Interaction Design Principles

Akendi’s 12 Interaction Design Principles

Whether you are analyzing the results of a usability test or conducting an expert usability review of a product, having a solid set of usability heuristics you understand is critical. There are several existing lists available online that go by several names: usability principles, usability heuristics, interaction design principles, among others. The Purpose of InteractionRead more

Making the natural ‘natural’?

Making the natural ‘natural’?

Should you test in-person or remotely? What to choose when there are so many options? If the question was simply about the quality of the test session, I would say in-person, hands down. Just think about the difference between a Skype call with friends or family overseas versus sitting down in the livingroom with them.Read more

Smart watches: a solution to a problem that wasn’t there?

Smart watches: a solution to a problem that wasn’t there?

Smart watches have become an increasingly popular item in consumer electronics over the past few years, exploding on to the scene back in 2012 when the original Pebble watch was posted on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Pebble creators started out with a modest fundraising target of $100,000, and within two hours of going live, theRead more

Smart Watch Design Heuristics

Smart Watch Design Heuristics

Interaction design can be a delicate balancing act between meeting the needs of the user and wrestling with the limitations of the technology you’re designing for.  This contrast is never more evident than when designing and developing for wearables. In the course of performing many heuristic evaluations on various devices and applications and running various UXRead more

Please Let Me Go – The Usability of Flight Booking Systems (Pt. 2)

Please Let Me Go – The Usability of Flight Booking Systems (Pt. 2)

Exhausted from your exploration of the WestJet flight booking system, you, Andrée Aumond, are looking for smoother sailing and greener pastures with Air Canada. You hope to find a good deal on travel to see your son’s family in Orlando, Florida. Before you can relax by the beach though, you have to battle online bookingRead more

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