Emily Smith is an information architect and usability consultant for the web and Apple devices. She co-works with other web professionals in Greenville, SC and can be found online at emilysmith.cc.
User Interviews and Tests with Site Visitors
Ditch mom’s advice and start talking to strangers! Follow this method to ask people who are using your web site right now to participate in a usability test or user interview. Improve your site and have fun doing it!
3 Usability Testing Habits to Make
For people who spend all day running tests with other people, sometimes it’s important to turn the lens on ourselves!
Planning an iPhone App: Where to Start
Don’t know where to begin? Consider these questions and tools and get traction on your iPhone app today!
Web Persuasion — Power and Responsibility
Celebrities, grotesque images, rational arguments, and beautiful people: what methods of persuasion is your web site using? Emily explores avenues of persuasion, from the rational to emotional on DesignFestival.com.
An Introduction to Card Sorting
Have you heard of card sorting but haven’t been sure what it’s all about? Check out the details in this primer and see if it might be a good fit for your next web endeavor!
Web Forms that Don’t Make People Angry
Are you making web forms that are inadvertently driving people to frustration? Create form zen with these three considerations.
Preventing a Bloated Homepage
After all these years, home page real estate is still a hot commodity. Instead of handing out plots to everybody in your company who wants one, learn to keep things in check with these three considerations.
Creating Comfortable Usability Tests
We’ve heard that usability tests are meant to test the product and not the person, but let’s not stop there. Consider these four basic ways to treat your participants right and run the best tests possible!
The Sophistication of Simplicity
A beautiful web site isn’t always elegant and a complex web site isn’t necessarily complicated. Learn how to tell the difference with four simple examples.
Over-Designing the Web
A building with an innovative but ill-planned design can be a huge headache! Spot the warning signs of an overly designed web site early before you’re stuck with it.