Welcome to the February edition of the Userfocus usability newsletter.
- Message from the Editor
- Feature article: 5 kinds of 'alt' text
- What we're reading
- Upcoming training courses
- User experience quotation of the month
I hope you enjoy the article.
There are five different classes of image used on web pages and each class of image requires a different approach to writing the 'alt' attribute. Read the article in full: 5 kinds of 'alt' text.
Some interesting usability-related articles that got our attention over the last month:
- Sketching: the Visual Thinking Power Tool. Includes a great list of resources.
- Here's an idea for usability expert reviews: ban the designer from talking during the review phase.
- When focus groups fail: a 1960s focus group said ATMs would be used only by "prostitutes & gamblers".
- How little details have a big impact on the user experience. Lots of great examples here.
- Eye tracking (gaze paths) are strongly influenced by the instructions given to participants.
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A Practical Guide to Usability Testing, Feb 17, London
For people in design teams who want to gain confidence in usability testing, this is a 1-day workshop that shows delegates how to obtain customer feedback on prototypes and finished products. Unlike lecture-based courses, delegates moderate a usability test of their own web site and leave with a recording of the session to share with the design team. More information about this training course: A Practical Guide to Usability Testing.
Contextual inquiry: how to plan, execute and analyse a site visit, Mar 8, London
For people in design teams who need to base their designs on reality, not assumptions, this is a 1-day seminar that teaches delegates how to get the most from a field visit to a customer location. Unlike academic courses, delegates on this seminar carry out their own study and so learn the practicalities of contextual inquiry on the job. More information about this training course: Contextual inquiry: how to plan, execute and analyse a site visit.
Web Usability: Designing the user experience, Apr 11-12, London
For web designers who want hands-on experience with usability tools and techniques, "Web Usability" is a 2-day immersion seminar that shows delegates how to boost sales and conversion rates, increase usage and improve customer satisfaction. More information about this training course: Web Usability.
"Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic. The nuance is lost on most." — Clement Mok.