HUMANISING TECHNOLOGY Blog

Thoughts, ideas and solutions on UX, web accessibility and design

All posts by Michael Harris

14th April 2014
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User Experience

In defence of buckets

Scouring through UX blogs on the topic of menus, IA, or navigation you will find the theme of buckets.

A ‘bucket’ is defined as a menu item into which almost anything could fit – they are typically labelled with vague words like ‘Miscellaneous’, ‘Information’, ‘Other’ or ‘Stuff’. These have effectively been crucified as “the ONE thing you must never do”. So at the risk of being virtually crucified, I am here to defend them.

20th June 2012
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User Experience

Forms part two – Pace and Balance

The shockingly high dropout statistics you will undoubtedly find if you probe into an average online form’s analytics begs the question: ‘Why are they so difficult to get through?’ Often they are not actually difficult; they are just boring.

22nd May 2012
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User Experience

Forms part one – the reservoir of goodwill

It seems the only people who enjoy forms in any way are those who get to criticise them for a living.

You may also think there to be masochistic form creators out there who enjoy deliberately creating frustrating experiences; but I believe they are simply failing to grasp how many problems a set of questions and answer fields can run into.

20th October 2011
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User Experience

An introduction to inclusive design

A lot of research goes into understanding how physical disabilities (e.g. blindness) affect users online and how support technologies can help. However many people suffer from psychological disorders or learning difficulties which greatly affect their experiences online, and comparatively little research and development has gone into understanding and designing for these issues.

3rd October 2011
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Nomensa thinks

Yo! Usability

This is a thought piece to help explain what I am calling ‘Yo! Usability’.

To illustrate it, let’s design a restaurant…

21st June 2011
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User Experience

Encouraging Customer Loyalty- Winning Hits and Joined up CRM

One of the biggest challenges facing online businesses today is getting customers to stay loyal to them. It is easy enough to generate numerous first time hits through an ad campaign or promotion, but the cost of doing so often outweighs what users spend on their first visit. Many statistics show that returning and long-time customers are of more value to your business than first time ones, due to both increased sales and reduced costs. Therefore the key to sustainable revenue is to encourage customer loyalty and repeat business.

25th February 2011
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User Experience

Simplicity- It’s complicated

Don Norman ‘the guru of workable technology’ recently posted an article questioning the concept of simplicity in design, proposing that it is not the ‘answer’ to usability after all, and it is highly overrated. His theory is controversial- not only does it go against the traditional principles of design; it contradicts things he has written about himself in his award winning books design of everyday things and emotional design.

8th November 2010
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User Experience

Eight Tips for designing donation web pages – Part II

In part one we talked about the ‘heartstrings’; how to engage the user’s emotions and persuade them to help your cause. This part will focus on the ‘purse strings’; how to persuade people to translate this desire to help into an online donation.

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