Monthly Archives: May 2011

What is Information Architecture and why is it important in software application design?

Can your users find the information and functions they’re looking for?  Can your users understand the concepts and terminology used in your application? Information Architecture is concerned with organizing information – concepts, entities, relationships, functionality, events, content – into a … Continue reading

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Overcoming objections to involving users in your software project

According to the User-Centered Design (UCD) philosophy, actual users should be involved throughout all stages of a software or product development project. Firstly, users are indispensable while the project team learns about the users and their work (requirements gathering), and … Continue reading

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What is User Experience (UX)?

When users or customers use your product, application, or website, how do they feel? What are their impressions?  Is the product satisfying and fun to use, or is it tedious, annoying, or frustrating?  Would they recommend it to others?  If … Continue reading

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What is User-Centered Design?

User-Centered Design is an approach to software design that encourages the active involvement of real users during all stages of the project. It helps ensure that we really understand the users’ needs, and it helps ensure that the product we … Continue reading

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What does “easy-to-use” mean?

Software vendors’ marketing materials brag that their products are “intuitive” and “easy to use” so frequently that we tend to ignore the claims as meaningless hype. As designers, we all want our products to be easy to use, but it’s … Continue reading

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Welcome to Architecting Usability

Welcome to Architecting Usability!  This is a new blog that will be devoted to exploring topics in User Experience design, User Interface design, and usability.  If you’re involved in designing and building software applications, whether as a developer, visual designer, … Continue reading

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