Usability Testing with Morae

In my career I have been part of all sort of usability testing activities, from the use of Usability Labs with multiple cameras and two-way mirrors, to Hallway Observations. From all the tools I’ve been exposed to, there is one that stands out for its versatility and affordability. Morae is a software that allows you […]

User Centric Design delivers results to the Nokia Asha Full-Touch Devices

Just 3 months after its launch, the Nokia Asha 305 is the best selling device in India. I recently worked as the UX Design Lead for the Nokia App Store in the new Asha Full-Touch devices. It is very rewarding to see that the User Centric Design approach used by the design groups involved in […]

UX Design for the Nokia Store on S40 Full-touch “Asha” devices

In my current role at Nokia, I had the pleasure to work as the UX Design Lead for the Nokia Store on the recently launched Series40 Full-Touch Devices (Asha 305, 306 and 311); a price-conscious full touch alternative designed for young users in emerging markets. My UX Design effort also included the EA Games Gift, […]

Provide the Option of Visiting the Standard Site from a Mobile Version – Notes on User Experience

We all know that mobile versions of web sites should be minimalistic, efficient, action driven; in many cases a lighter version of a standard website. But sometimes, users may want to access the standard site from their mobile devices if they are looking for specific information or if they are familiar with the standard website. […]

Status Lights, Usability and Accessibility – Notes on User Experience

Not long ago I was reviewing the usability of a client’s application, including a “status list”; the first thing that caught my attention was the amount of status available and the illegibility of the ‘lights’ identifying the status. Having researched colour vision deficiency in the past, it was very obvious to me that these status […]

Expected format and client side scripting – Notes on User Experience

Users, including ourselves, have to deal with web forms almost every day. The task can be tedious and even frustrating, especially when a simple task comes with an instruction booklet. It is common to find a simple Telephone Number field with a set of instructions attached to it: “Please don’t use spaces, dashes or brackets”… […]

“You Are Here” Indicators – Notes on User Experience

I was recently presented with a web application for evaluation and I was surprised to see that what we think as a “Usability Basic Principle” was poorly executed. The use of “You Are Here” indicators. It is important to let the users know at all times where they are. A user may lose track while […]