user interface

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Smallest Possible Change

I’ve heard this phrase “smallest possible change” many times working in an agile development environment over the past six years. Most of us could nod our head and look at each other approvingly when planning, executing or reviewing technical or design work. Making the smallest possible change, in theory, helps to keep the system or …

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What is Adequate User Research in an Agile Environment?

What is adequate user research when developing or re-developing user interactions for a web application? Is it necessary to do an exhaustive, quantitative study equivalent to the studies done in the sciences, or is it adequate to do smaller, iterative tests to gain insights into the problematic aspects of user interaction? My preference is for …

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Color Alone Cannot be an Indicator

Communicating something important with color alone is a problem for users with poor color vision. So when you indicate something meaningful in an interface with just color, you are creating a poor user experience for about 8% of the male population and 0.5% of the female population. Color deficiency is complex. The colors that a …

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