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Lorem ipsum and the art of prototype testing

Published
30th January 2014
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Dave Ellender
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Lorem ipsum and the art of prototype testing

Printers and typesetters have used lorem ipsum for over 500 years to demonstrate visual design elements. Meaningless chunks of Latin makes sure everyone involved in the visual design process focuses solely on font, typography and layout - rather than the words. But this tradition is under attack in the digital sector: in particular, the rise of agile methods and content strategy are conspiring against it.

When to spend your usability budget?

Published
31st March 2003
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Dave Ellender
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When to spend your usability budget?

Understanding how well something is used is not a new concept, it just seems that way when new technologies appear. In fact, the word ‘usable’ dates back to the 14th century. In today’s world, ensuring usability requires an ever-increasing diversity of techniques. User testing is simply one of the techniques that can be employed: often, this means watching videos of users struggling with an apparently finished design.