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Mac reaches the big Three O

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 25th, 2014

NPR had a great story about the Mac turning 30 in which they talked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook. The story reminded me of why I am in usability and how innovative the Mac and Apple are/is. The Mac brought a user-centered interface to the users—a GUI (Graphical User Interface). When they designed it […]

Have you considered a job in usability?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 12th, 2012

Convinced after all my posts abut UPA last week that usability rocks? Want to make the world a better place? Or at least the web? Have you considered a job in usability? Onward Search has this great resource for jobs in User Experience and Usability. It includes: Salary Information: From $62,000 to $81,000 Job Trends: […]

Restroom Usability Fail!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 6th, 2012

Why consistency and ease of learning are vital—even in bathrooms.   So, here I am at a conference for usability and user experience, with usability more on my mind than it is even normally. Deep in thought on some very important usability issue, I am sure, I found myself starting to walk into the doorway […]

I’m at the Usability Professionals’ Association Conference!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 4th, 2012

I’m at the Usability Professionals’ Association Conference! This week, I am attending the Usability Professionals Association (UPA) 2012 Annual Conference! The theme this year is “Leadership.” I will be tweeting and blogging the conference, so you can share some of the fabulous experience and information. You can follow everyone’s tweets with the Twitter hashtag #UPA2012. […]

Screen Space 21.5: A Metacast on What’s up with Screen Space

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 5th, 2012

[show notes] 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. I am your host, Dr. Jennifer L. Bowie. In this episode I’ll talk about what is up with Screen Space. I am providing only brief show notes here. […]

 
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Sound Usability!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on February 26th, 2012

I just got back from the wonderful Symposium on Usability, Information Design, and Information Interaction to Communicate Complex Information. I have some posts planned covering some of the content from the Symposium. I presented at the Symposium, combining my love of usability with my love of podcasts and podcasting: “Sound Usability: Usability heuristics and guidelines […]

In order to celebrate the  last episode of the Usability and Usability Testing 101 series, this week’s tips focus on usability testing. The final steps of usability testing, after you have prepared for testing and conducted the testing, are not only fun, but easy if you follow my steps. First collate the data into findings. […]

In order to celebrate the last episode of the Usability and Usability Testing 101 series, this week’s tips focus on usability testing. Once you have selected your user groups, created tasks, and prepared for testing, it is finally time to do those usability tests! With all this preparation the testing itself should be easy. Just […]

In order to celebrate the last episode of the Usability and Usability Testing 101 series, this week’s tips focus on usability testing. When creating what the tasks will be for your usability testing, consider purpose, objectives, type of test, and then develop those tasks. Don’t just pull tasks out of the air, develop your tasks […]

[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 20 of Screen Space “Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 6—Analyzing and Utilizing the Results.” In this episode, I discuss what to do with the […]

 
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