Ultimately, we will reach a stopping point of sorts during our online designing adventures. It is inevitable; ergo, what you should always seek amidst the sea of change is the realm of improvement. Sure, your website is usable. But is it superbly functional? Does is supersede expectations of the greatest websites on the market?


All Great Beginnings

We’ve spent the vast majority of the last week or so discussing usability in terms of its applicative use, but we haven’t exactly provided a specific definition of what usability is. Fun fact—there is no definite way to define usability because it is comprised of the following features:

  • an intuitive design
  • an easily navigable interface
  • an efficient design
  • an relatively memorable layout
  • a schematic device that mitigates improper navigation

Tweak It Till Perfection

In case you haven’t already heard, the optimum approach to take when designing online websites is keeping your content and visual layout up-to-date. It is a key element that is usually forgotten due to the rapid evolving rate of technology, but it is one that we shan’t forget. Once we perform our usability tests, we are much better off than before, because we are precisely told what works and what doesn’t work.


Sources

Go ahead and explore these useful links that were referenced throughout the post:

http://www.usability.gov/what-and-why/usability-evaluation.html

http://www.usability.gov/how-to-and-tools/resources/ucd-map.html

http://www.usability.gov/how-to-and-tools/methods/index.html

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