Welcome to the July edition of the Userfocus usability newsletter.
Feature Article: The A-Z of Usability
One of the games we play on our usability testing training course is to give delegates various definitions of usability with some of the keywords blanked out. Delegates need to guess the missing words. It's a great ice breaker but it also makes the serious point that there are several different definitions of usability and many of these conflict with each other. So rather than create yet another definition of usability, we decided to take a different approach and work through the alphabet, picking one word for each letter to capture the flavour of the field. So we proudly present the A-Z of usability — or usability in 26 words. Read the article in full: The A-Z of Usability
Usability Training: Now Booking
Practical usability testing, Sept 4 2007, London
For people in design teams who want to gain confidence in usability testing, "A practical guide to usability testing" is a 1-day workshop that shows delegates how to obtain customer feedback on prototypes and finished products. Unlike lecture-based courses, delegates get practical, hands-on experience moderating and logging usability tests. More information about this training course: Usability Testing training.
Web Usability Training, Oct 2-3 2007, 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. Unlike shorter introductory courses, this in-depth workshop covers the entire design and development lifecycle. More information about this training course: Web Usability training.
How to carry out a usability expert review, December 10, 2007, London
For people in design teams who need to spot usability problems in prototypes and finished products, "How to carry out a usability expert review" is a 1-day seminar that teaches delegates cost-effective methods to evaluate designs. Unlike courses in usability testing, this seminar teaches delegates how to find and fix usability problems without involving end users. More information about this training course: Expert review training.