One of the few email subscriptions I participate in is The Nielsen Norman Group’s feed on interface usability, website design, and UX research. This week’s post was an interesting read, but further down the page I really like their suggestions on The Best Antidotes to the F-Shaped Pattern. Some I already knew and the article just confirmed my ideas, while others were new to me.
I have always liked lists over paragraphs of text in web design, but I have always struggled with capitalization, punctuation and detail level which should be included in the list and when to use an ordered list and an unordered list. Someone from my past recommended something like “only use a ordered list when the person should do things in a particular order” which made perfect sense and I remember it to this day, but I like this article that I noticed recently because goes into much more detail about all of the aspects of lists and gives many examples of what to do and what not to do.
Getting web site owners to look at their content from other people’s perspective is probably the most difficult part of web design, but most important to having an effective web site. The Neilson Normal Group is a big proponent of this idea and offers many suggestions on how to do this. They have defined a process which, in my opinion, is a bit esoteric and a tool, a Customer Journey Map which may help.
I was working with someone who wanted to export some wordpress articles from a site I was working on. One of the developers found a wordpress plugin which did just that. But after following up with the requester I found that the creator of the plugin also offers that service from an external web page. Check out PrintFriendly.com if you want to print just the content of a web page.
With my new position as an IT Manager I have gotten more involved in psychology and how people behave in person as well as online. So this article on Priming and User Interfaces caught my attention because it exposed several concepts which I never thought of, how images and text can influence people.
It also makes me think how important is to get an un-involved user to review your work, someone who can look at things in an analytic way for these types of things.