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Tip of the Day: Determine Context

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 18th, 2012

Determine your context and the context of your audience for a website, blog, or other digital media that work for you and your audience. Begin with your context, and consider: What lead to the writing or design of this text? Why are you writing or designing this text? What constraints do you have on this […]

Tip of the Day: How to figure out what the reading level of your text is

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 30th, 2011

In yesterday’s Tip of the Day, I discussed how the average US adult reads at an 8th grade reading level. So, if you are writing something to be read by the average American, you need to write at an 8th grade reading level. Today’s tip shows you how to figure that out. In Word 2010: […]

Screen Space 19: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 5— Conducting the Testing

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 16th, 2011

 
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[Podcast Transcript] Welcome to Screen Space, your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and digital media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer. This is episode 19 of Screen Space “Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 5—Conducting the Testing.” In this episode, I discuss the fourth step of usability testing—what […]

Screen Space 18: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 4—Preparing the Testing

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 8th, 2011

Welcome to Screen Space, your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and digital media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer. This is episode 18 of Screen Space “Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 4—Preparing the Testing.” In this episode, I discuss the third step of usability testing—preparing the testing. There will be two more parts to this series, where I will discuss conducting the testing and then analyzing and utilizing the results from the testing.

If you have not listened to the previous parts of this series, you may want to go back and listen. In the first part, Screen Space 11: Usability & Usability Testing 101, I discuss usability, provide a definition of usability testing, and outline the steps to conduct a usability test. In Part 2, Screen Space 12: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 2—Selecting Users, you can find information on selecting your users for usability testing. In Part 3, Screen Space 17: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 3—Deciding what to Test, I discuss the steps to setting objectives and selecting tasks to test. You may also find Screen Space 10 on User-Centered Design helpful.

I am your host, Dr. Jennifer L. Bowie. I conduct research and have taught in areas related to digital media, web, and blog design. Previously I mentioned being an assistant professor at GSU. However, this is no longer the case and I am currently looking for a job in usability, user-centered design, and/or social media. Stay tuned and I’ll provide details at the end of this podcast.

A warm welcome this week to my new listeners from Liverpool, London, and Manchester in the UK. Welcome to Screen Space and design well! Another warm welcome to my loyal listeners. Welcome to another episodes and thanks for listening!

In this episode, I will present the next step in usability testing: preparing for the testing. This includes choosing the order of tasks, creating written test materials, recruiting participants, defining team members’ roles, creating a written test plan, practicing the testing, and preparing the test environment. I will use the same example I used in episodes 11, 12, and 17—testing a photography blog. We’ll imagine we have a photography blog with a decent sized audience. We want to get more users and see how useable the blog is for your current users.

 
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Use the correct, more readable, and preferred “curly” quotes in your writing. Due to first the advent of typewriters and later our good friend ASCII, the normal “curly” quotation marks of printing were turned into ambidextrous "straight" quotes. This saved two keys on typewriters (as only one is needed for the ‘single quote’ and one […]

The Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/) has huge collections of media and cultural artifacts available for access and use by “researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public” and of course web designers, bloggers, and media designers. Justin Lewis briefly discussed and recommended the Internet Archive in in Screen Space 15: An interview with Justin Lewis on “Copyleft, […]

[Podcast Transcript] Welcome to Screen Space your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and digital media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer. This is episode 14 of Screen Space, “An interview with Sarah Brown on ‘Personal Branding and Online Identity Construction.’” I am your host, Dr. Jennifer L. Bowie. I […]

 
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[Podcast Transcript] Welcome to Screen Space your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and digital media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer. This is episode 13 of Screen Space “An interview with Lars Söderlund on “Gradual Growth Web Design: Guides, Regularity, and Product” (or “Guns Ruin Picnics”).” I am your […]

 
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The neck cramps of emoticons

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 19th, 2010

Branding Change with a Changing Brand: The Democrats’ New Logo

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 17th, 2010

Give me a D! On September 15, 2010 the democrats introduced a new logo and website, with a focus on change. The new logo received a lot of attention immediately, and much from the right criticizing (or really “picking on,” some it of quite clever) the new logo and a quick Google image search shows […]