Category Archives: Basic Usability Principles

Quick Hit: Phone Number Field Awry

Recently, I decided to upgrade my server for The Usability Review and my other sites. I have been using www.1and1.com for a long time and have been quite satisfied with them. So, I ended up choosing a dynamic cloud server … Continue reading

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Usability Tip #3: Avoid Banners and Big, Bright, Bold

One of the most basic usability principals on the web is that users quickly learn to avoid banner ads. I like to think of banner ads as page spam. The typical rate at which people open spam email message is … Continue reading

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Usability Tip #2: When in Doubt, Don’t Assume the User Knows

I recently encountered one of the most entertaining articles/videos I have seen in a long time. And it can be applied to a couple typical usability questions that come up on every client project: 1) can we assume the user … Continue reading

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Usability Tip #1: Don’t Break Conventions Unless You Have a Very Good Reason

CBSSports.com has a great feature. It is called Rapid Reports and provides users with numerous brief news snippets about every team in the NFL every day. However, one element of their design breaks a convention that leads me (and many … Continue reading

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