usability

Improving contest usability means removing barriers
Posted on March 12, 2014 by

Mini Case Study: Contest Usability

When it comes to contest usability, efforts should focus on removing barriers. Here’s what we did with powersmart.ca. Just the other week, we launched a new contest at powersmart.ca. Until April 15, users can win prize packs of energy-efficient goodies courtesy of The Home Depot. Each pack includes a shiny Nest Learning Thermostat.  To enter to win, users first Read More

illustration of Apple's CarPlay
Posted on March 5, 2014 by

CarPlay and Future Car Interfaces

More horses. More wheels driving. More intuitive car interfaces. Is Apple’s CarPlay the answer? Kid number two is on the way which means I’m in car-buying mode. Commercial breaks are for Consumer Reports (yes, I know that little about cars) and weekends are filled with test drives. A big surprise has been how poorly many ‘infotainment’ interfaces Read More

Posted on December 10, 2013 by

Universal Web Design

Universal Web Design aims to make the web for everyone. By now, all designers have a seat on the responsive design train. There’s no such thing as a mobile web or a desktop web – there’s just one internet that needs to work on as many devices as possible. But being responsive is only half the Read More

Posted on November 14, 2013 by

Natural language processing is just hitting its stride

With natural language processing, our devices, websites, and apps understand conversational phrases. They’ll act based on what we mean, not blindly follow the keywords we type. It’s just getting to the point where natural language input is no longer frustrating. We can start to trust websites that tell us to ‘ask a question’. We can Read More

Posted on September 26, 2013 by

Navigation bar shakeup

Even navigation bar position is up for debate when we make usable, responsive sites. The navigation bar is a wee boring. It’s taken for granted that we need a list of pages somewhere on the site. After all, users need to get around somehow right?