Usability pot-pourri

2 articles about usability, a handy tool, a few quotes and a funny movie.

Good reads

  • Best Practices for Designing Faceted Search Filters
    If you have a lot of products, services or events on offer on your website, this is an absolute must-read. Faceted search may sound a bit technical but it really isn’t. eBay and Amazon have already been using it for years, allowing users to filter results via a number of criteria.
     
  • How To Increase Site Performance Through A/B Split Testing
    A really good introduction to A/B testing or split testing, a method in which two random groups of website visitors are served different pages to test the performance of the different page versions.

Handy tool

  • Spoon Browser Sandbox
    Web-based tool that allows you to run any recent browser (IE8/IE7/IE6, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera) without actually having to install it on your PC. The only thing you have to install is a single plug-in.

Quotes

  • “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” Nigel Hawthorne
  • “Effective writing for the web is 80 percent planning/thinking and 20 percent writing.”  Kris Mausser
  • “What the f*ck is user ‘experience’ design anyway? I have hundreds of user experiences every day. Most of them are horrible.” Karl Gilis

Movie


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