Posts Tagged ‘usability’

Steve Krug on usability

Tuesday 16 December 2008

One my favorite software development books is “Don’t make me think” by Steve Krug. It is a book that everybody even remotely involved in creating applications or websites for users should read. Practical and down to earth advice in how to approach the difficult subject usability. 

Steve gave a presentation  on the Business of Software conference this year. His presentation is now available as a video on blip.tv. A bit dry on tone, but great on content. Besides it nice to hear him speak and explain about some great and not so great examples of web design. If you have never seen eyetracking software at work watch around minute 14:00 and onwards, gives you a feel how people actually look at pages. In fact more scanning than looking.

More information and links on usability in webdesign at the usability first site.

Under the fold: using the scrollbar to navigate

Friday 3 October 2008

My girlfriend is swedish and she regularly visits www.aftonbladet.se, the most visited news site in Sweden. Apart from looking like an 80’s pinball machine, the aftonbladet homepage has an interesting site concept: you can scroll down and scroll down: it seems to go on forever. Latest news is on the top, and the rest below it. 

Retailers know every story extra above or down entry level costs you 25% of the revenue. I thought the same was true for websites: things under the fold get less attention. And the further down you get the less attention. There must be a cultural element here, casue the Swedes love it. No need to click back and forth, everything on one page. Some sites in Holland exhibit the same behavior for example z24.nl. Not by accident this is a co production with the same swedish publisher from e24.se.

Some more research on debunking the myths of the fold: Unfolding the fold.