User Experience, Usability and Design links for April 19th

I bookmark a lot of pages and sites which I find interesting, inspirational and informative every day! I’d like to share some of them with you here. In general they are about user experience, usability, UCD, accessbility and design. In general, but not always!!

  • Visualising Usability Test Results
    How can users quickly create a timed transcript of any video on the web? That’s Mozilla’s latest design challenge, in collaboration with the Participatory Culture Foundation, challenges teams to design an intuitive interface for creating and improving subtitles for any video on the web. In this article I’ll share some ideas on how to interpret usability testing results like those presented by the Mozilla Labs team.
  • User-Generated Content: Embracing Social Networking to Deliver More Engaging Technical Documentation
  • Growing the UX Management Community
    As User Experience matures as a discipline and grows in influence in the business community, UX leaders need to support one another by sharing their insights with their counterparts in other organizations…
  • Planning your UX Strategy
    A strategy is a set of coordinated, orchestrated, planned actions, or tactics, which will take you along a journey to reach a desired future state, over an established period of time. Design objectives are conditions or outcomes that a project must meet, often of tactical nature. User experience (UX) strategy shouldn’t therefore be confused with design objectives. This article is about how to plan and coordinate actions to organisationally achieve good UX.
  • Strong, Weak, & Temporary Ties
    Paul Adams, UX researcher at Google, is studying what sorts of relationships people have online. His latest piece, Designing for Social Interaction: Strong, Weak, & Temporary Ties shows how people mostly use social networks to map their life, not create a whole new online one:
  • Perception of Fonts: Perceived Personality Traits and Uses
    This study sought to determine if certain personalities and uses are associated with various fonts. Using an online survey, participants rated the personality of 20 fonts using 15 adjective pairs. In addition, participants viewed the same 20 fonts and selected which uses were most appropriate. Results suggested that personality traits are indeed attributed to fonts based on their design family (Serif, Sans-Serif, Modern, Monospace, Script/Funny) and are associated with appropriate uses. Implications of these results to the design of online materials and websites are discussed.
  • The Holistic Web " Taxonomy vs Folksonomy
    A folksonomy makes a heap of sense on the internet where there is no central governing body, and even if there was, it would probably be widely ignored. However, internally to a company, it’s a different story. Does a folksonomy make sense, or is a taxonomy a better way to go?

Please do feel free to suggest other related (and unrelated ones)!

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An experienced, commercial and creative user experience professional with a proven record in UX leadership, strategy, people management, branding and innovation. Responsible for the design and delivery of several high profile, big brand web sites and enterprise software applications. All opinions here are my own.

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