Happy World Usability Day 2009!

Happy World Usability Day, everyone! May all your design projects have the best usability! 🙂 This year’s theme is “Designing a Sustainable World.” As the world is celebrating today, here are the events from Canada. I’ll be going to the Toronto chapter event and hope to see you there. Ottawa World Usability Day, Ottawa,17:30 Canada/Eastern…


Beautiful Designs with Usage in Mind

Don Norman’s book “Design of Everyday Things” taught me the importance of usability, and his book on “Emotional Design” taught me the critical role that aesthetics play in overall user experience. When I see designs that beautifully unite both usability and aesthetics, I smile and want to share with the world… The Last Drop Bottle…


All About Mobile

As I was doing my daily reading this morning, I came across three presentations related to mobile design. BBC news today also had a article on Mobile Web experience. It seems everyone is excited about the future of mobile devices and what they can do to improve our on-the-go life style. Each of the presentation…

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Line of Business Silverlight Apps that Rock

Silverlight, Microsoft’s plug-in for delivering cross-platform Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and experiences has been out for a while now.  The first, JavaScript-only version was released at Microsoft’s MIX07 conference in May of 2007.  Subsequently, Silverlight 2 (the first .NET-enabled version) was released as a go-live technology shortly following the 2008 Beijing Olympics where the beta…


Guest Post: MIX09 Inspirations: Back to the Drawing Board

From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies, including Silverlight and the Windows…

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Bringing UX to Developers – .NET Users Group Presentation

I had the opportunity to present at the Metro Toronto .NET User Group last Wednesday. Even it was the first snow of the winter in GTA, but there were still more than 40 people showed up to listen to my talk on "Building for People: 5 Practical Tips for Creating Great User Experience." I was…

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Happy World Usability Day!

Happy World Usability Day everyone! This year’s theme is "Transportation." There are tons of webcasts on the World Usability Day website and a message from Bill Gates. We have the following WUD events in Canada. Listen to a webcast or attending an event near you. Let’s celebrate!! Conférence Journée mondiale de l’utilisabilité «Transport» / Montréal-Québec…

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Election Ballots Design

  The above figure is taken from Effective Designs for the Administration of Federal Election As the whole world is waiting for who’s going to be the next US president, I came across this interesting interview on ballet design and usability this morning. I learnt a lot about the history and design thinking went behind…

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Eye-Tracking in Usability Practice

Last Thursday I went to the Waterloo User Experience Group monthly meeting on Eye-Tracking technology used in usability practice. It was my first time observing eye-tracking technology in action – quite interesting! The hardware setup for eye-tracking was non-obtrusive and much more elegant than I imagined: no cameras in your face nor a head mounted…


TorCHI World Usability Day Event

Last Thursday, the World Usability Day (WUD) 2007, I went to TorCHI’s special event celebrating WUD. It was nice to greet people attending the event with “Happy World Usability Day” and got equally warm greetings back. A friend of mine told me that she sent out a WUD greeting email to her colleagues at the…

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