A guide on usability has been produced by Coast Digital. It’s a good compilation of usability best practice and testing methods. The usability essentials section includes the following:
Do’s – Usability Essentials
- Is your website easy to understand?
- Is your core process stream lined?
- Is the language used understood by users, or is there too much jargon?
Don’t’s – Barriers to Usability
- Poor navigation
- Not including an explicit homepage link – many users are unfamiliar with clicking the logo
- Not writing for the web
There’s loads of good information in a clear no-nonsense presentation. The comment on the lack of an explicit homepage link is timely, as in the usability studies I’ve done over the last few months, I don’t think I’ve seen one student click on our logo (see left – red circle).