Sunday, September 09, 2007

A really simple metric for measuring User Interfaces

Gray-out the what people really care about on a webpage ...

"Here is a simple pre-launch check you should do on all your web applications. It only takes about 5 seconds and one screeshot

Q: “What percentage of your interface contains stuff that your customers want to see?”

1. 10%
2. 25%
3. 100%

If you answer a, or b then you might do well, but you'll probably get blown out of the water once someone decides to enter the market with option c.

Eoghan Mc Cabe recently posted his thoughts on how Google is becoming the web. I agree with Eoghan, however I'd still take Googles web over any of their competitors. Let's assume for a second that someone does trip over a power cord in Mountain View, and as a result we're all desperate for another web service provider. Who else is providing Mail, Calendar, etc? How many other service providers actually provide you with the stuff YOU want to see…

The two most obvious candidates are Yahoo! Mail and HotMail. Lets have a look at the user experience provided by Yahoo! and Microsoft respectively.

Wow, Yahoo! seem to really value your eyeballs and mouseclicks, but thats about it.

Do you Yahoo!

Now lets gray out everything that someone wanting to read their email actually cares about."    (Continued via iQ Blog)    [Usability Resources]

Gray-out Important Information - Usability, User Interface Design

Gray-out Important Information


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