Posts Tagged ‘NetLife Research’
It looks like I skipped posting the Bad Usability Calendar last year. I’m not sure how I missed it, it’s one of the most interesting ways to demonstrate easy ways to avoid bad usability. Developed by Netlife Research, a user experience consultancy firm based in Oslo, Norway, the calendar is in the 6th year of publication and available in 16 languages. The 2010 calendar included a blog post each month that focused on the usability issue of that month. They included:
- January: You only know 10 percent of your website. Take control.
- February: Users are seldom as loyal as you think. Check your statistics!
- March: Go through the top 100 searches in your log. Make sure they all give good results.
- April: Add calls-to-action to all relevant pages. Start with the 5 top important pages.
- May: Do you need all the menus? Put more navigation in the content field.
- June: Link names should be meaningful. Remove “Read more”-links.
- July: Don’t let news get in the way of what the users want. Cut news.
- August: The most important first. Use the reverse pyramid and rewrite your texts.
- September: Put your website on a diet. You can cut 50–90%.
- October: The job starts once you have launched. Iterate to increase the quality.
- November: Test your website on at least 5 users. They will find errors you have overlooked.
- December: If you’ve done it all right you can add a little extra to you website.