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Usability

First look at Primo’s new user interface

Impressions of some key innovations of Primo’s new UI as well as challenges involved making customizations.

February 28, 2017 by Ron Gilmour Ron Gilmour

Critical Librarianship in the Design of Libraries

There is an opportunity for institutions that are positioned — either actively or by reputation — as intellectual and moral community cores (libraries) to exert greater if not just more obvious influence on the filters through which patrons access content.

January 10, 2017 by Michael Schofield Michael Schofield

User Testing with Lookback.io

“While GoToMeeting has its positive attributes as a teleconferencing tool, we’ve always felt significantly hamstrung when utilizing it for user testing. It takes a full page of instructions for our set up, and that’s just one of the issues we face.”

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Libraries need to redesign web services for mobile users

Ditch the informative sidebars. Ditch the giant menu. Ditch the tabs. Ditch the bento box.

December 10, 2016 by Michael Schofield Michael Schofield

How to Write a User Experience Audit

UX Audits can and should be incorporated as a non-bias and essential part of any redesign project. This article discusses its importance and what all should be included in the deliverable.

August 29, 2016 by Tim Broadwater Tim Broadwater

You shiver with antici – pation! So here’s the video of my talk about “Anticipatory Design”

February 11, 2016 | Michael Schofield

With our user’s context and behavior available to us, can we – should we – use it to craft experiences unique to each individual?

Design Efficacy

Figuring out whether certain design decisions work toward the purpose of the application or site is the key challenge to its success. It is the question of design efficacy with which we must concern ourselves first, resisting the compulsion to gawp at the groovy layout and remember that design is not art – design is function.

September 21, 2015 by Michael Schofield Michael Schofield

LibGuides — How Usable is the Three Column Layout?

There is a cost to the columns-and-tabs default that is probably greater than the side-menu template bundled with LibGuides. It is a choice libraries make without too much thought, but one of the few high-impact library web decisions many without dedicated web folk are logistically capable of making.

June 5, 2015 by Michael Schofield Michael Schofield

Designing for User Experience

Amanda and Michael talk for an hour about the fundamentals of user experience design and how to convince decision makers to focus on the users’ needs first.

April 22, 2015 by Michael Schofield Michael Schofield

Designing a Library Website with Zurb Triggers

A design trigger is a pattern meant to appeal to behavior and cognitive biases observed in users. Big data and the user experience boom has provided a lot of information about how people actually use the web, which designs work, and–although creepy–how it is possible to cobble together an effective site designed to social engineer users. I thought I’d take a crack at prototyping a the front page of a library website.

October 6, 2014 by Michael Schofield Michael Schofield

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