Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Functionality and usability emerging as site essentials

Blending functionality with usability ...

"I remember when I was just getting into web design, when I was in 8th grade or so, I read a lot of articles stating that content was 90 percent of web design. I was definitely a believer, often I would sit there and say, "I should make a Web site," and the little voice in my head would respond, "About what?"

While this is certainly still true, that last 10 percent seems to be getting more and more important. I was amazed by an article I read about a study done by researchers at Carleton University in Canada that suggests web designers have as little as 50 milliseconds to make an impression on consumers. The general rule thumb had been about five to 10 seconds. Considering that some believe it takes 50 milliseconds to read a word, first glances are becoming first impressions.

This means the nitty gritty details of design - fonts, colors, and layout are becoming increasingly important."   continued ...   (Via Sci-Tech)

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