An Evaluation..

You are asked to:

  1. Pick a website that you frequent
    1. Evaluate it using the heuristics in Box below
    2. Post that link of the website and a summary of your heuristics evaluation.
    3. a short answer to the question: Does being aware of the heuristics influence how you
    4. interact with the website in any way?
  2. Post at least one reply



Extract from the Heuristics Developed by Budd (2007) that Emphasize Web Design Issues


Make the system as clear, concise, and meaningful as possible for the intended audience.

  • Write clear, concise copy
  • Only use technical language for a technical audience
  • Write clear and meaningful labels
  • Use meaningful icons.

Minimize unnecessary complexity and cognitive load

Make the system as simple as possible for users to accomplish their tasks.

  • Remove unnecessary functionality, process steps, and visual clutter
  • Use progressive disclosure to hide advanced features
  • Break down complicated processes into multiple steps
  • Prioritize using size, shape, color, alignment, and proximity.

Provide users with context

Interfaces should provide users with a sense of context in time and space.

  • Provide a clear site name and purpose
  • Highlight the current section in the navigation
  • Provide a breadcrumb trail
  • Use appropriate feedback messages
  • Show number of steps in a process
  • Reduce perception of latency by providing visual cues (e.g. progress indicator) or by allowing users to complete other tasks while waiting.

Promote a pleasurable and positive user experience

The user should be treated with respect and the design should be aesthetically pleasing and promote a pleasurable and rewarding experience.

  • Create a pleasurable and attractive design
  • Provide easily attainable goals
  • Provide rewards for usage and progression.