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February 2011 Blog Posts (13)

Secrets to Setting the Context for Usability

Have you ever come into a room where an intense conversation commanded the air? Imagine it ending with these phrases:


A.B.: "I'll never believe in that person again."

L.M.: "The facts are clear, it's all over. Nobody can deny it."


What just happened? Were you witness to the end / take-over / bankruptcy of your organization? The untimely demise of a project? YOUR project? (Of course, we always take the worst case,…


Added by John Sorflaten on February 26, 2011 at 10:09am — No Comments

9 women x 9 hours = 9 usability insights by Raul Rouke

Published in Econsultancy February 23, 2011


No matter how many times I am involved in user testing sessions, I never stop learning about people's browsing habits and the different aspects of a company’s proposition that affect how people respond to a given website.

Recently we have carried out two days of user testing for a high street retailer, and although these aren’t groundbreaking, what follows are nine key online shopping insights that all nine…


Added by Human Factors International on February 26, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Site Psychology - Can I eat it? Will it kill me? How visceral reactions to visual cues figure into site design.

By Dr. Susan Weinschenk, published in Internet Retailer, February 2011


What makes a consumer decide to browse and buy on one web site and click off another's home page? Psychological cues play a big role. These are the same cues that drive basic human behaviors that helped us survive as our species evolved: the urge to eat, reproduce, fight, run, and be social. By understanding how the human mind reacts to visual and verbal images Internet marketers can increase conversion…


Added by Human Factors International on February 26, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Research-Based Information Architecture

I'm a big believer in using research to guide and shape information architecture decisions. However, considering the broad relevance of this field, research is quite fragmented, and it can be a challenge to find the good stuff. Given that context, I was really excited to find an article covering the role of research in design practices, written by Peter Morville, a well-respected thought leader in the…


Added by Caroleigh Deneen on February 25, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

“Know Thy User, For They Are Not You” – Dodge/Mandel 2000

“Know Thy User, For They Are Not You” – Dodge/Mandel 2000

An aged, clever, maxim yet so often neglected. Whether it be budget constraint, timing, or both, there’s always the inevitable opposition which sways away the very ingredients that deliver high-yielding, performance-packed, user experiences. Engineering user-centered interfaces begins with, quite simply, the User. And albeit a very obvious notion, it’s frequently reported to be a peripheral, less leveraged, driver in many…


Added by Michael Labate on February 23, 2011 at 4:50pm — No Comments

UX for sale

I'm not talking first class vs coach, but taking an electronic product and making the price dependent on the quality of your user experience.

There was a fantastic article in the Business Section of yesterday's International Herald Tribute (p15, Jenna Wortham), which…


Added by TwitterFeed @hfjm - Jimmy Morgan on February 3, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

News from HFI India

In December I got a call from our client, ICICIdirect.com, India’s leading trading and investing platform, thanking us for helping them with their website design. ICICIdirect.com is now live. They have implemented 95% of our design and have been getting very good reviews from their users.



Added by Hitesh Agrawal on February 3, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

To all our members in the 'white bit'

Stay warm!

Added by TwitterFeed @hfjm - Jimmy Morgan on February 3, 2011 at 7:16am — 1 Comment

The Coming Surge in Emerging Markets by Dr. John Sorflaten

You don't need to read many newspapers or listen to many State of the Union speeches to predict the future of economic growth.

Even back in October of 2009, the Los Angeles Times could easily say in a Consumers Section headline: "U.S. firms look to sell wares in emerging markets. As sales wither at home, manufacturers see China, India and Brazil as a customer base of new…


Added by John Sorflaten on February 2, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Survey finds Americans satisfied with federal websites by BY Juliana Gruenwald, National Journal 01/26/2011

A group that measures the public's satisfaction with the federal government found that while public satisfaction with the services provided by federal agencies has "plunged," Americans remain satisfied with government websites.


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Added by Human Factors International on February 1, 2011 at 7:48pm — No Comments

More companies are using mobile for customer engagement by Graham Charlton Econsultancy


73% of  companies are planning an investment in mobile channels in 2011, with almost half planning to move into mobile commerce. 

Econsultancy's Customer Engagement Report, which we produced in association with cScape, has some interesting findings on companies' use of mobile. 

It seems that,…


Added by Human Factors International on February 1, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

What do users want from mobile commerce sites? By Graham Charlton at Econsultancy

Web users prefer a mobile optimised site for shopping and browsing, but expect the same brand experience they would find online or through other channels, according to a new study. 

The mCommerce Benchmark study by eDigital Research finds that satisfaction levels with retailers' site on mobile are improving, with M&S the top-rated mobile site. 

It contains some useful insight into what users expect from …


Added by Human Factors International on February 1, 2011 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Bloomberg Businessweek - Meet the Microworkers

Bloomberg Businessweek - Meet the Microworkers

When Julia Lee first heard of Tongal, she thought it was a scam. Tongal pays people—anyone with a good idea, really—to create online videos for companies such as Mattel.


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Added by TwitterFeed @hfjm - Jimmy Morgan on February 1, 2011 at 3:07pm — No Comments

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