Usability And You. By Jonah Fulmer & Robin Riddle. What is Usability?.
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The focus of usability testing is to observe the users experience with a product or process. There are aspects that you would probably conclude are necessary to perform such tests. Here are some examples:
The answer to these questions is quite simple.
Usability is very influential on the Web. Page designers want your experience at their site to something that you remember. Not something that turns you stomach in frustration. So what are some of the factors that they consider when designing a web page?
Industry has aspects that where made much easier thanks to usability research. Take manufacturing for example. In olden days when companies produced goods the product was created at a workstation by one person. This was a tedious, long processes. Today we have Henry ford to thank for the concept of manufacturing lines that are able to produce products at a much higher rate, because of the amount of people that could work on different aspects of a product.
Business commerce is definitely a forerunner in the field of Usability. More businesses today are discovering new ways to employee usability than ever before. E-commerce has also kept step with the changing tides of usability. Some excellent examples of businesses that have kept usability as driving factor in their strive to please the customers are as follows:
All of these companies incorporate usability into their business.
How is usability applied to the home you might ask? As I have said before, usability standards can be applied to anything. Even to the environment that we call home. Some examples of usability in the home are:
Finally we come to a branch of business whose sole purpose is to improve usability standards. In every area of life ergonomics is used, and continuing to improve. Even today Companies such as ESRI (http://www.lboro.ac.uk) are striving to make the world a much more usable place. Some current projects that are being worked on are as follows.
Now that we have given you examples and explanations about usability we would like you to give us an example of usability and how it applies to this concept.