Posts in Usability
The first step to building an accessible website is understanding who needs an accessible site. Knowing who you are creating this for and asking yourself questions helps you see potential problems from another point of view and potential ways to solve them.
According to the CDC, 53 million adults in the United States live with some form of a disability today – roughly 22% of the adult population, or 1 out of every 5 of your users. Keep in mind, I said adult population. This statistic doesn’t even include all the children living with disabilities.
In order to create an effective user-centered experience, we create personas for key audience groups. Although a persona is a fictitious representative and may not be exactly like your real end users, the process of creating a persona helps to build empathy for the real people that are going to use the final product.
We should treat personal electronic data with the same care and respect as weapons-grade plutonium - it is dangerous, long-lasting and once it has leaked there's no getting it back. -- Cory Doctorow
Images play an important role in communicating with your audience. When used effectively, they can work toward achieving your organizational goals. For this reason, it’s important to understand your available resources and create a strategic plan for imagery on your website. Here are some questions you can ask to make sure your images will be employed effectively.
You've been doing Drupal permissions wrong for years (probably). And the fix is pretty simple. The Problem: Drupal permissions are an administrator's nightmare. The settings page is a daunting wall of nondescript checkboxes with overlapping meaning and lots of duplication. This makes bugs hard to find and permissions hard to manage. Worst of all, this user experience poses a security risk. It's just too tempting to scroll and check box after box without thinking too deeply about the consequences.
To create the best user experience, we recommend conducting iterative user testing early and often. Conduct a test. Analyze your results. Make updates to improve usability. Repeat.
Whitespace is an invaluable asset to design. It can have a huge influence on overall site usability, which ultimately impacts the success of organizational goals.