World Usability Day 2012

So, it’s that time of year again! World Usability Day is coming up! Not heard of it? Check out their global site: World Usability Day

This year’s World Usability Day theme is the Usability of Financial Systems. This should be a huge theme for St Louis. We will celebrate the day at the St Louis Science Center on November 3rd from 10-2. Come check it out! Or, better yet, contact me and volunteer! All volunteers get a T-Shirt and free parking for the Science Center. I hope to see you there!

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St. Louis Innovation Camp

Innovation Camp LogoFor those of you in St. Louis working for a small business and wanting to know more about design, drop by the upcoming St. Louis Innovation Camp. While you’re there, drop by and say hi!

Want to learn more? Check out the list of design speakers or learn more about the event.

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EHR Usability

Dilber Usability Comic

As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, usability is even more important in the development of EHR systems. Dr. Halamka gives an insider view of why usability is so important for the development of EHRs. Its a good read for anyone interested in healthcare and the implementation of EHR systems.

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The Fable of the User Centered Designer

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I heard about this on Twitter the other day (sorry, I forgot who posted it!). It’s a wonderful little story to help explain some key usability points to teams who have a little time and want to learn more about what we do.

http://www.userfocus.co.uk/fable/index.html

Enjoy!

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Issues with Skype’s Firefox add-on, slows down Firefox (and, thus, Protoshare)

Just as a quick heads up to all of you out there, I was working in Protoshare and it was running painfully slow. It turns out that Skype’s Firefox add-on can slow down Firefox tremendously. By uninstalling the add-on, everything came back up to regular speed and Protoshare was working beautifully again!

So, if any of you are having Protoshare speed issues ( or Firefox browser issues) and also have Skype installed, check out your versions and try uninstalling (or, at least, disabling) the add-on.

Some other people were having the same issue:

http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=390751

The versions I’m using…

Firefox: 3.5.3

Skype: 4.1.0.141

Good luck and happy prototyping!

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World Usability Day – St. Louis, Activities

 

For those of you in the St. Louis area, come to the Science Center on November 7th to see our World Usability Day (WUD) exhibits. This year’s topic is Sustainability. Our confirmed activities include:

Interacting with the Metrolink Touchscreen System
Toilet Designs РComparison of dual flush and other, more complex functionality
Thermostats – How easy are they to program?
Sustainability Websites – User Testing
Recycle Rally – How fast can a pile of recycling be sorted? What would make it easier to sort?
Mobile Devices – How do websites look on different mobile devices?
Animal Rescue/Recycling/Reuse – “Recycling”¬†dogs into new homes
I hope to see you there!!

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Dilbert’s company needs some user research!

I wanted to share today’s Dilbert comic. It cracked me up. The first thing I thought was, “They need a UCD person to get the user’s requirements right!”

Dilbert.com

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