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Archive: edUi 2014

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1

Richmond, Virginia

Your PDFs need some love too

From reports to policy documents to forms to user guides, PDFs are ubiquitous on higher-ed websites. When designing websites, we spend time on details like colors, typography, navigation, branding and accessibility, but usually ignore these details within PDF documents. Gaurav Gupta says we need to craft the same high quality user experience into our PDFs as we do our web sites. Continue reading »

The Connection Between User Interface and Brand Experience

It’s not often that we see “user interface” and “brand” in the same sentence, but these two concepts are more intertwined than you may believe. When people think about brand they usually envision a logo or slogan. In reality, brand is a person’s gut feeling about a service, product or … Continue reading »

3 Everyday Usability Fails

Inspired by Don Norman's fantastic book The Design of Everyday Things, I set out to identify usability issues in the things I encounter every day. 1 - The lock on my car door 2 - My Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3 - The toilet down the hall from my office Continue reading »

Blue Beanie Day – Support Web Standards

November 30th is the sixth international “Blue Beanie Day“, a day when Jeffrey Zeldman encourages web professionals all over the world to don the iconic blue beanie to show their support for web standards. I keep a copy of Zeldman’s “Designing With Web Standards” book on my book shelf and … Continue reading »

Writing Content for Usability

In honor of World Usability Day we’re happy to share this presentation from Stephanie Hay at edUi 2012. Writing Content for Usability Slide Deck (pdf) About Stephanie Stephanie Hay is a writer, project manager, and information architect with an uncanny ability to seamlessly guide users from point A to point … Continue reading »

Mobile Performance for a Great User Experience

Jeff Parks talks with Eric Phetteplace, Emerging Technologies Librarian at Chesapeake College. Eric argues that performance cannot be an afterthought but should be a distinct development concern in every project. He describes the most important improvements to make, shares tools that can automate performance improvements, as well as the specific problems libraries and educational institutions typically encounter. Continue reading »
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