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Building an attractive, useful and usable website is difficult, and can take much time, thought and creativity. Even so, the quality of a site’s user interface can be the most important part of a site’s success. This is especially true as websites and web ‘apps’ become more complex, feature rich, and mobile responsive.
This course begins with a detailed presentation of over 250 usability software tools. I have spent over a year researching and categorizing these tools, and have made this research available to you on my website. Many of the tools have no cost associated with them. Much of the course content will be referring to a lot of the better software tools and discussing when and where these tools can be best applied in the context of User Experience Design.
It is important to point out that I am not endorsing, promoting or encouraging anyone to buy or sign up for any of the software tools, books or resources that are presented on the site. The purpose of presenting the research and rankings of the software tools, books and resources, is to make you aware of the existence of such tools and to help you to make a decision on what types of tools will benefit you in the field of User Experience Design.
The topics presented in this course are not necessarily required to be viewed in a linear fashion. Feel free to choose topics that are of interest to you and view those lectures about which you would most like to learn.
This course not only provides a discussion of the best tools, books and research, but also ranks them to help you better understand which are most popular with your colleagues, including thousands of website designers and user experience (usability) professionals.
What makes this an advanced ‘user experience’ course?
Keep in mind that it is the most professional, state-of-the-art user interfaces that lead to excellent user experiences. So prepare yourself to dive deep into an exciting, new training experience. Just click the blue ‘Take This Course’ button (upper right on this page), and let’s get started. Your view of ‘user experience’ will never be the same!
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|Section 1: Purpose of the Course and Intended Audience|
Introduction to the Course
My Qualifications and BackgroundPreview
Attractive Sites are Not Necessarily Useful Sites
|Section 2: The Webusability.com Website|
An Introduction to the Site
An Overview of Webusability.com
Selecting and Sorting Criteria
Testing and Evaluation ExamplePreview
More on the Prototyping and Mockups Tools
|Section 3: Usability and User Experience Books|
Other Information on the Website
The 7 Categories of Books
The 6 Criteria within Each Category
|Section 4: Research and Guidelines|
Refereed vs. Non-Refereed Research Articles
Research Journals and Conferences
The User Interface Update
|Section 5: User-Computer Issues|
Operating Systems and Browsers
|Section 6: Prototyping|
Types of Prototypes
Selecting a Prototyping Tool
Most Prototypes Do Not Create Usable Code
|Section 7: Card Sorting and Navigation|
Types of Card Sorting
An Open Card Sorting Demo
Closed Card Sorting Example
|Section 8: Navigation Testing|
Common Navigation Issues
Steps in Conducting a Navigation Test
Navigation Test Video
Findability Testing Tests
|Section 9: Content Design|
The ‘InboundWriter’ Tool
Dealing with Keywords
Writing and Readability
Spelling and Grammar
|Section 10: Display (Screen) Design: Accessibility|
The W3C Validator Suite
Checking Color Contrasts
Non-visual User Interfaces
|Section 11: Display Design: Color|
Color Schemes Tools
Capturing Potential Screen Colors Tools
Color Variations and Names Tools
|Section 12: User Interface Elements and Dummy Text|
User Interface Elements Introduction
User Interface Elements ToolsPreview
Dummy (Filler) Text and Images Introduction
Dummy (Filler) Text and Images Tools
|Section 13: Display Design: Forms and Infographics|
Input Forms Introduction
Input Forms Tools
|Section 14: Display Design: Layout and Resolution|
Unusual Tools Introduction
The ‘Wirify’ Tool
The ‘No Click Interactions’ Tool
The ‘Spur’ Tool
The ‘Where’s the Fold?’ Tool
The Screen Resolution Introduction
Screen Resolution ‘StatCounter’ Data
Screen Resolution Simulator Tools
|Section 15: Display Design: Images and Video|
Image Editors Introduction
Image Editors Tools
Video Editors Introduction
Video Editors Tools
Screenshot and Video Recording Tools Introduction
The ‘Snagit’ Tool
Reducing Image and Video Sizes Introduction
PNG vs. JPG Reduction Strategies
Image Resizing Tools
|Section 16: User Performance Testing|
Testing and Evaluation Introduction
User Performance Testing Introduction
The User Performance Testing Process
Dr. Bailey is an excellent teacher, and has conducted seminars and training for computer professionals and web designers throughout the world in classrooms and in online media. He has been on the faculties of several schools, including Columbia University and Stevens Institute of Technology, is a web designer, consultant and is the author of many research articles, technical reports, and several books. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Rice University in ‘human performance psychology’, and has an international reputation as an author, consultant, researcher and lecturer.
Dr. Bailey is the president of Computer Psychology, Inc., an education, research and consulting company based in the United States. Before starting his own company, he worked for many years as a usability professional in the prestigious ‘Human Performance Technology Center’ at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey.