Usability Professionals Association – next Auckland event

The Usability Professionals Association of New Zealand (UPANZ) is having it’s Auckland meeting on March 27th. There will be a live demonstration of user testing and there will be the usual social time and fun. If you are interested in usability then join the mailing list to find out about future events. UPANZ also holds meetings in Wellington. – Miriam Walker (President of UPANZ)

March 15, 2007 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

What is Usability?

Usability is common sense made common. The most frequently-asked questions we get about usability are: What is it? Why is it important? And how much does it cost? These are our answers. (more…)

March 14, 2007 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

Information scent: helping people find the content they want

An information scent is enabling people to find the specific information they require amongst the hundreds and thousands of other pieces of content available on a site that can be to users, a difficult task. (more…)

March 14, 2007 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

User Control : Putting users first, not in charge.

I realize that part of the Web 2.0 “sensibility” is that users are in charge, but I’m pretty sure even Tim O’Reilly doesn’t mean that Web 2.0 means the inmates should be running the asylum. There’s an ocean of difference between user contribution and user control. (more…)

March 14, 2007 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

Creative Convergence

“When a client wants your creative thinking—not just execution—they get
great work.”
— Michael Lebowitz, CEO, Big Spaceship 

Creative Convergence

“The thing that excites me most about this site is that it’s truly convergent,” says Lebowitz. “We used all our skills.” (more…)

March 14, 2007 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

PC with a high speed internet connection in a wall

An Indian physicist puts a PC with a high speed internet connection in a wall in the slums and watches what happens. Based on the results, he talks about issues of digital divide, computer education and kids, the dynamics of the third world getting online. (more…)

March 14, 2007 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

Faceted classification – What the?

A faceted classification system allows the assignment of multiple classifications to an object, enabling the classifications to be ordered in multiple ways, rather than in a single, pre-determined, taxonomic order.The most prominent use of faceted classification is in faceted navigation systems that enable a user to navigate information hierarchically, going from a category to its sub-categories, but choosing the order in which the categories are presented. This contrasts with traditional taxonomies in which the hierarchy of categories is fixed and unchanging. (more…)

March 14, 2007 at 11:02 pm Leave a comment

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