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Back in the good ‘ol days of typewriters, writers used a tab indent to show where a new paragraph begins. Back in the good ‘ol days of the early web (think 1993), browsers were setup to render paragraphs with a line of white space after. More recently (say 2007), Microsoft decided that both were a […]

The second major step of usability testing[1] is deciding what you will test during the testing. This is where you develop your tasks for the testing, but simply pulling tasks out of a hat will not get you the best possible tasks, and thus your results will not be as effective and helpful. To make […]

Screen Space 17: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 3—Deciding what to Test

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 1st, 2011

[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 17 of Screen Space “Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 3—Deciding what to Test.” In this episode, I discuss the second major step of usability […]

 
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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 […]

[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 16 of Screen Space, “An Interview with Shaun Slattery on ‘Information Management Techniques for Writers.’” I am your host, Dr. Jennifer L. Bowie. I teach […]

 
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Tip of the Day: Use bulleted lists

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 13th, 2011

Bulleted lists are a digital media writer’s dream. They can: present information effectively emphasize points draw the reader’s attention highlight information aid in skimming and scanning provide a nice visual break and white space show hierarchy and sequence connect items But don’t just randomly use bullets. Use them for lists. Use number lists when order […]

[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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Tip of the Day: Use Arabic numerals for all numbers (even under 10) online

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 28th, 2011

Many of us have been taught to write out in words the numbers ten and under. So 10 is “ten” and “11” is “11.” However, research has shown that numerals jump out on web pages and are easier to read—so many web writing experts suggest using numerals for all numbers including those under 10 within […]

Screen Space 12: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 2—Selecting Users

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 27th, 2011

[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 12 of Screen Space “Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 2—Selecting Users.” In this episode, I discuss the first part of usability testing—user analysis and […]

 
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Profound changes to web design or just better application of the same principles?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 21st, 2011

Content is king. Long live the king! Livemint argues that profound changes are “afoot… that may require a rethink of the established norms of design and development.” They suggest that RSS feedreaders and tools that re-author web pages to strip design from content (like Instapaper and Readability) along with apps that redesign the content in […]