Usability != 42

¿What’s the answer to to The Ultimate Question Of Life, the Universe, and Everything? Well, is not Usability for sure. Instead of starting this blog speaking about how important usability is and the thousand ways it will help you improve your site, I will start by saying it is not a magic potion. It will not cure your site of whatever illness you think it suffers.

Usability (a bit modified wikipedia definition): Usability is a term used to denote the ease with which people can employ a particular something. Yes, something. I say that because it isn’t jsut web-related. I remember when I first read one of Jakob Nielsen’s books, I read an example that stuck in my head. If you are walking ina building, and go door through door, opening each door with a door knob on the right and pushing them, you would expect each door in the building to open the same way. If along the 15th door you find one that opens by pulling instead of pushing you might bump your face into it.

Usability is neccesary, it leads, along with other elements (which I’ll discuss later) to a great user experience.

This blog intends to discuss software, web apps, sites, gadgets and so on, on a user experience level. I hope you find it useful.


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