An Introduction To Usability

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CRC Press, Jan 20, 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 136 pages
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This work gives a broad introductory overview of the topic of usability. Firstly, usability is defined and a framework for identifying different aspects of usability is given. The main principles for creating usable designs are expounded, followed by practical advice as to how to design usable products. The book then tackles the issue of usability evaluation - a series of evaluation methods are described, followed by practical advice as to how to conduct the evaluation. The book draws on examples from software design and product design generally. This means whilst human-computer interaction HCI is a central issue in the book, other usability issues are also covered.
 

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Contents

What is Usability?
5
Principles of Usable Design
25
Designing for Usability
39
Methods for Usability Evaluation
51
NonEmpirical Methods
73
Conducting a Usability Evaluation
81
Conclusions
105
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DR. PATRICK W. JORDAN is an international design and marketing consultant, author and professional speaker. His theories and methodologies have influenced the design of many of the products that we find in our homes, cities and workplaces. Pat is CEO of the Contemporary Trends Institute (CTI), an international consulting firm specializing in trends and branding.

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