Blog articles

How we are using front-end toolkits

Published
16th December 2014
by 
Emily Coward
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How we are using front-end toolkits

Creating a toolkit is our recommended approach for the majority of our front-end work. However the introduction of this process has presented several challenges not only for our front-end team but for our agency as well. This article covers these challenges and how to overcome them.

Nomensa Christmas playlist

Published
4th December 2014
by 
Lauren Lennard
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Nomensa Christmas playlist

The Christmas tree is up at Nomensa Towers and we're starting to feel a little Christmassy! To celebrate, we've put together our favourite Christmas songs that make us feel all jolly!

The active role of participants and facilitators

Published
1st December 2014
by 
Vicky Brown
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The active role of participants and facilitators

The roles and experiences of both the user and facilitator within the usability testing process need to be considered as an active, contributory factor in the outcomes of traditional usability testing. When a user comes into our test lab to volunteer for a usability testing session, we need to acknowledge that they are a not simply a unanimous voice of our audience but a person entering a novel environment, with all of the concerns and behaviours that entails.

World IA Day 2015 - call for speakers

Published
11th November 2014
by 
Nomensa
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World IA Day 2015 - call for speakers

Nomensa are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the opportunity to run the UK edition of World Information Architecture Day (WIAD) for the third year running.

We are seeking high-quality session proposals from experienced speakers on IA and depending on the type of talk you'd like to give, generally speaking, slots are 30 minutes long with Q&A.

The enterprise experience

Published
31st October 2014
by 
Martha Aldridge
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The enterprise experience

Lack of investment, bolted on features, an unmanaged backlog, out-dated or un-scalable architecture are common culprits as to why enterprise software misses the mark when it comes to a good user experience.

The elements of Search – Part 2

Published
30th October 2014
by 
Robin Nash
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The elements of Search – Part 2

In the previous article on the Elements of Search (Elements of search- Part 1) I discussed the presentation of search, and the basics of search engine results pages (SERPs). In this article I will continue to discuss SERPs, with particular focus on filtering and sorting.

How to improve accessibility of overlay windows – part 2

Published
21st October 2014
by 
Gosia Mlynarczyk
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How to improve accessibility of overlay windows – part 2

In the first part of this article, I've discussed keyboard accessibility issues which are often found in overlay windows, and which affect both sighted keyboard users and screen reader users. Apart from keyboard accessibility issues, dialogs can be tricky to use for screen reader users for few other reasons.

How to improve the accessibility of overlay windows – part 1

Published
30th September 2014
by 
Gosia Mlynarczyk
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How to improve the accessibility of overlay windows – part 1

Lightbox, modal window, dialog, overlay… There are many names used to describe a component with the same (or very similar) functionality. For the purpose of this article, I will use these terms interchangeably to refer to a window which is triggered by the user, appears on top of the viewed page overlaying other content, and which must be acknowledged by the user before they can come back to the main page area.