A Mandate for Usability: A Mexican manifesto on usability and accessibility for government websites

Discussion of the signing of the “Manifesto on Usability and Accessibility for Mexican Government Websites” at the conclusion of the Usability and Accessibility for the Web International Seminar (UA Web 2007). [Read More]

¿Habla Español?: Testing and Designing for U.S. Latino Users

This article discusses a series of cross-cultural usability studies run with Spanish speaking immigrants to the U.S., looking in particular at their special characteristics and challenges. [Read More]

Visualizing Success: How user-centered design drives real business results

End users build their expectations based on their whole lives, not just when they’re using your site. If you want real business results, you must design accordingly. [Read More]

Taking Aim: The Power of User Experience Goals

A user experience goal is a choice made by your product team about what kind of experience you want your users to have with your product or service. [Read More]

Absent, Undefined, Undervalued: Usability in Technology Research Firm Software Evaluations

Usability practitioners should understand how their management decides upon enterprise software, reading and responding to reports in order to ensure usability is a key factor in the decision-making process. [Read More]

The World’s a Stage: Using Acting to Validate a Wearable Product Concept with Users

Acting, when used to validate a wearable product concept, describes the right target group, identifies use situations, and contextualizes issues to be addressed in product development. [Read More]

What’s News: I Think, Therefore I Can

We’ve known for a long time that brain function involves sending electrical impulses, but it is only in recent years that researchers are finding effective ways to harness that energy without having to implant electrodes into the brain. One of the most exciting developments is a wired cap that lets people who cannot control any […] [Read More]

More than Skin Deep (Book Review)

This book’s focus on accessibility during the entire user-centered design process integrates accessibility throughout product development and provides readers with a readable introduction to incorporating these concerns into daily professional practice. [Read More]

World Usability Day 2007-2008: Healthcare

This year’s World Usability Day emphasizes usability in healthcare. In matters of our health, having products and services work better is essential. [Read More]

Editor’s Note: The Greening of World Usability

This issue of User Experience introduces 2008 with a rich set of articles from a wide range of real-world perspectives. Rick Starbuck, Washington Mutual Bank, USA, shows us how user-centered design achieves bottom-line business success. Jerrod Larson, University of Washington, USA, analyzes why some companies make poor decisions about software usability. Anu Kankainen, Idean, Finland, […] [Read More]

Rubes: Password

Cartoons from the wild and twisted world of Leigh Rubin, syndicated cartoonist. [Read More]