Posts Tagged ‘usability’

Random web design and development tools of the day

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Don’t want to fire up photoshop?  Web-based hex color picker.

Is that nifty new site design readable? Website luminosity contrast analyzer.

Is your website optimized for speed?  YSlow: Firefox add-on from Yahoo to analyze site efficiency.

Unzipping tar.gz files in linux: tar zxvf <filename.tar.gz>

Web Design Usability Findings

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Here is an interesting article from Smashing Magazine about web design usability that I’ve already read over a few times.

The entire article is interesting, but I think one of the most important points to notice here is that people’s behaviors on the web are changing. The article cites older studies that indicate people rarely scroll to view content on a web page — and then more recent studies that found the opposite. People have become used to scrolling as they become more familiar with the web.

I think this highlights the importance of keeping our web design skills up-to-date, and never assuming that we should continue to use strategies just because that’s the way we’ve always done it.