Thoughts on creating better digital experiences

Dana Chisnell at B|P User Research Friday – Research in a Social Context

Usability Testing in a Social Context Dana Chisnell gave a great talk today at Bolt Peters User Research Friday. Her observation was that almost all activities on the web occur in a social context that spills out far beyond the particular product being tested. Studies that don’t account for the social context are broken Dana put together a study for a financial company that was providing retirement planning for users… Read More

Jared Spool Keynote at B|P User Research Friday

Jared Spool is acting as master of ceremonies this morning at Bolt Peter’s User Research Friday. Here is a summary of the talk… Four Stories about Five Studies Jared’s talk was in the form of 4 real stories of user research for customers. 1) Abandonment This case was about a company that had a problem at the last step of the purchase process. OBSERVATION: 65% abandonment after entering credit card.. Read More

Great interview with Jeff Atwood of StackOverflow on building community.

I came across an old but very good interview by Scott Hanselman with Jeff Atwood of StackOverflow. StackOverflow is trying to replicate its tremendously successful curated Q&A model into topics other than programming. They raised venture funding and created StackExchange which is essentially a birthing ground for StackOverflows for various topics. Scott gave an example of his father who likes to make and hunt with hand made bows. He asked.. Read More