Usability Tools Podcast

Usability Tools Podcast

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Jared Spool discusses tips and tools for improving your site’s user experience with Christine Perfetti and Brian Christiansen. They share someone UIE’s most important findings from our decades of research on web design and usability.
Moderating Usability Tests, Part 2
Jul 22, 2008 • 34 min
In this episode of Usability Tools, Brian Christiansen and I continue on how to moderate a usability test.
Moderating Usability Tests, Part 1
Jul 7, 2008 • 33 min
In this episode of Usability Tools, Brian Christiansen and I talk about how to moderate a usability test. Turns out, the episode got so long that we decided to break it into two parts. This week’s show focuses upon the different roles a single moderator…
Applying Fitts’ Law
Feb 28, 2008 • 14 min
A button is a button right? Move the mouse over it. Click. Not much to it, eh? Well, when it’s a well-designed button, all the work your brain is doing to click the button is invisible to you. However, when it’s poorly designed, things start to become…
Successful Web App Usability Techniques, Part 2
Feb 13, 2008 • 21 min
In this week’s podcast, Brian Christiansen and I continue exploring usability techniques for web-based applications. This week, we explore the usability technique toolbox, focusing on those methods that help us with web-based applications.
Successful Web App Usability Techniques, Part 1
Feb 7, 2008 • 16 min
In this week’s podcast, Brian Christiansen and I explore usability techniques for web-based applications. Web-based applications are different from content-based web sites because the users are involved in a transaction. When we’re researching the…
Mouseovers in Navigation
Dec 17, 2007 • 24 min
It’s tempting to spend a ton of time creating slick flyout, dropdown, or pop-up navigation on our site, but is it worth the effort? This week, Brian Christiansen and I discuss interactive mouseover techniques for navigation. Are they a good idea when it…
Avoiding Redesigns
Dec 3, 2007 • 13 min
This week, we discuss avoiding redesigns. When we talk about avoiding redesigns, we don’t think your should stay anchored in the past, far from it. But we think the best route to change is through incremental deployment.
On-Site Search
Nov 26, 2007 • 20 min
In this week’s episode, Brian Christiansen and I discuss the experience of on-site search engines, how to tell if yours is working well, and how to improve it.
Robust Personas
Nov 21, 2007 • 35 min
This week, we follow up our Virtual Seminar presentation on Building Robust Personas In 30 Days or Less, with answers to more questions that were generated during the session. You needn’t have attended the seminar to learn from this podcast, though.
Statistical Significance
Oct 22, 2007 • 26 min
Statistical significance revolves around having enough participants to make your findings valid. However, the number of participants necessary can vary widely, depending on what you’re studying and how. Join us for a podcast that will help you understand…
Are There Users Who Always Search?
Oct 9, 2007 • 20 min
In the design world, there’s always been an assumption that some users demonstrate “search-dominant” tendencies by going right to the search engine when they first visit a web site looking for content. But back in 2000, UIE made a groundbreaking claim…
Interview-Based Tasks for Usability Testing
Oct 1, 2007 • 29 min
In usability tests where we incorporate interview-based tasks, the participants interests are discovered, not assigned. Unlike traditional task design methods, the test facilitator and participant negotiate the tasks during the tests, instead of…
The Truth About Page Download Time
Sep 24, 2007 • 21 min
This week, Christine Perfetti asks Jared Spool about User Interface Engineering’s groundbreaking study on download time. In this study, we found the actual download time of a page didn’t impact a site’s usability.
Inherent Value Tests
Sep 17, 2007 • 24 min
This week, Christine Perfetti asks Jared Spool about one of UIE’s most valuable usability testing techniques, Inherent Value Tests. Inherent Value Testing gives the team important information about how well a web site communicates the inherent value the…
5-Second Usability Tests
Sep 10, 2007 • 16 min
This week, Christine and Jared discuss the genesis and value of five-second usability tests.
Department and Store Pages
Aug 27, 2007 • 21 min
In last week’s podcast, we talked about Gallery Pages, which are pages with links to the site’s content pages. This week, Christine asked me about two other types of pages: Department pages and Store pages. These pages become crucial when an…
Gallery Pages
Aug 13, 2007 • 21 min
In this week’s episode, Christine Perfetti asks Jared Spool about UIE’s research on Gallery Pages. Gallery Pages, the list of links to content, are a web site’s hardest working page. They are the final page that determine whether users will successfully…
Home Page Design
Aug 6, 2007 • 23 min
In this Usability Tools podcast, Christine Perfetti asks Jared Spool about UIE’s latest thinking on home page design.