How Google Instant Got My Homepage Back

I’ve been using web browsers since Mosaic and Netscape Navigator.  In my entire web browsing history, I think I’ve set my browser home page a total of 3 times.  Google Instant has made me switch again… What do you have as your browser homepage?  What’s the first thing you see when you open your browser…

Avoiding Bias in Agile UX

I enjoyed reading  Sway: The Irresitable Pull of Irrational Behavior (Amazon , nice review).  There are many cognitive biases that affect how we think.  The authors did a nice job of distilling the research on cognitive bias into an accessible popular science book.  The book made me think about how I approach web design and…

Launchd example: Start web server at boot-time

The blog-drought over the last month has been largely due to a big project at work, which has now gone live! * The project was basically an order form, with various smarts to filter questions based on customer type, adhere to company business rules, etc.  In the process of designing and developing the form, and…

Usability Testing and User Expectations

I’m doing some contract work assisting on some usability tests of a commercial recipe/cooking site.  As we lead study participants through various parts of the site and ask them to complete various tasks, one thing we are attempting to capture is their expectations and desires for how the site should behave, the information they feel…