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Using Turntable.fm

Have you ever wanted to DJ? Are you on the computer a lot? If you answered yes to both those questions, I suggest you check out Turntable.fm, an online DJing website where you can DJ your stuff, other people's stuff, or basically whatever you want....

Facebook for Android

After waiting for almost 3 years, I finally got a new phone. Why did I wait this long? I was up for an upgrade and wanted the Droid Bionic, but then the release date kept moving so I figured I would wait for the HTC Rezound (previously the Vigor) and get that. It was a long wait, but I finally got my phone...

RAA 5: The impact of information architecture (CGT 512)

This study addresses how information architectures affect the ability of individuals to navigate a site. The site they used was the Dalhousie University’s Web Site, and it was selected because it had previously received awards for design and it had a limited number of options for navigating the site...

The Design of Reddit, breifly

Never thought I would be combining social media with usability, oh wait that’s kind of the point huh? Or at least the way things are going these days...

RAA 4: Information Scent as a Driver of Web Behavior Graphs (CGT 512)

The first purpose of this study was to collect data, which can be used to identify the forging methods employed by users on simple tasks. The second purpose of this study was to to develop a methodology for studying the Web and other information...

Dealing with Blackboard

I have been using Blackboard since beginning college at Purdue University in 2007. No, I will not provide the link to this site because you shouldn’t go there if you don’t have to. Purdue’s version of Blackboard is a knock-off of the real Blackboard...

The New Gmail (2011)

Gmail has had the same design for a couple years now, with no major changes released during this time. I was wondering when something was going to change, and then Google announced they were redesigning Gmail over this past summer...

RAA 3: Measuring end-user availability on the Web (CGT 512)

This study aimed to measure the availability, performance, and quality of service for service applications on a network. Traditional hardware and software measures seem to mislead and are inadequate. They propose looking at end-user experience, which will hopefully provide more meaningful benchmark measures of quality of service...

Web Designer Wall

I was looking around the Internet, as usual, and found a site called Web Designer Wall, which aims to provide more information on web design, trends, and it even provides some tutorials. I came to this site for a post on responsive web design...

The New Apple Mail (OS X 10.7 Lion)

I recently upgraded my computer’s operating system to OS X 10.7. Yes, I am a Mac user and for those of you who don’t know what OS X 10.7 is, it is the operating system Lion, Apple’s newest operating system...

Design Requirements to Wireframes: We Actually Did This

The current topic in my Human Factors in Computer Interface Design class focuses on how to go from interviews to an actual interface. This week we focused on the part of going from design requirements to wireframes. After being divided into groups, we were given design requirements and were tasked with creating wireframes...

Oh Outlook How I Hate You (updated)

When I first started my job two years ago, I had the “pleasure” of using Outlook as my email client. Thankfully I got transitioned over to Gmail, which is unbelievably better. Enough about that, I’m here to talk about how much Outlook sucks...

UX Booth

I recently stumbled upon UX Booth while looking for more in-depth UX/UI articles after our class discussion yesterday. It is a great website for all those interested in user interface and user experience...

Apple: The Epitome of Design

I am a Mac user, I love Apple, I think Steve Jobs was a visionary who was taken too soon, and I will always recommend Apple products to anyone I meet. One of the things I like about Apple the most (besides their products) is their website. Windows fanboys try not to troll too much as I use Windows...

52 Weeks of UX

I was recently trying to determine what to do with the rest of my life. Daunting task, I know. I am currently interested in two things, which can cause me to go down two very different life paths; User Experience (UX)/User Interface (UI) and web development (programming, CSS, design, etc.). While I love web development...

Purdue Sinks In the Potter Library

While being sick the past couple days, and not being able to do a lot, lets just say I have been in the bathroom quite a lot lately. I was at one of my classes, and while I was washing my hands I noticed something that didn’t quite make sense...

Requirements to Design: Prototyping (CGT 512)

Last week in our class, we focuses on exactly what this chapter talks about; going from interviews/data collection to actual design. While this chapter highlights all of the things we talked about, I ended up learning a little more which will be useful in our upcoming assignment...

RAA 2: Usability Testing vs. Heuristic Evaluation (CGT 512)

This article focuses on why usability testing is still needed. Recently, many people have been trying to say usability testing is not needed anymore due to the fact that heuristic evaluation (inspection method) can find problems quicker and cheaper when compared together...

CGT 512 – Reading Reflection – Week 9

This week's reading reflection is going to be a little different. I have been just reading the articles and summarizing them, but at the request of my teacher, I will try to reflect more on them. So here it goes. This chapter of Cooper goes very in-depth on modeling users through the use of personas and goals...

Automatic Toiletry (CGT 512)

This just struck me today. I was at Hick Undergraduate Library, at Purdue University, and I was trying to wash my hands (yes in the bathroom). I stood there for about 5 minutes finicking with the stupid sink’s motion sensor, and I finally got it to work to the point where I could wash...

CGT 512 - Reading Reflection - Week 7

Designing Web Sites That Work: Usability for the Web. This article stresses persuasive usability - integrating usability into everything we do. The authors contend, and rightfully so, that usability should not be an add-on, it should be thought out from the beginning...

Bad Usability: Removing Yourself from Facebook Pictures (updated)

Facebook has been changing so many things in the past few months. First, the new news feed. Top stories? Do I care? Second, the music app. Is it cool? Yes, I like to see to what my friends are listening to. And lastly, the new Timeline...

RAA 1 (CGT 512): A study of Web usability for older adults seeking online health resources

The purpose of this study was to report on how older individuals have trouble with the internet as their age increases. The researchers wanted to find what features were hardest for people with failing vision, motor skills, literacy, etc. to use. Their overarching goal was...

Finally Setting Times For My RAA's

Over the semester I have to read and analyze 5 research articles related to this class (UX, UI, Design). I have set the following dates for these to be completed...

CGT 512 - Reading Relection - Week 4

Cooper idenitifies three models in this reading. They include the implementation, mental, and represented models. The represented model is for the designer though. The represented model is where the designer chooses how to represent the working program. This needs to match the mental model the users have. This makes a lot of sense. When would a designer not want to...

CGT 512 - Reading Reflection - Week 3

The warm up readings helped to describe more to me what visual perception is. I liked the first article as it related a lot of it’s ideas to categorization. The second article went into the debate of top-down processing and bottom-up processing...

CGT 512 - All Interesting UX/UI Blogs Combined

Here is a list of all the blogs that our class found when we were tasked with finding an interesting UX/UI blog that we’ve never heard of before....

Interesting UX/UI Blog

After typing “User Interface Blog” on Google looking for a relevant blog to write about, I came across the website by the name of...

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