All of us have encountered websites that are painful to use. We know what doesn't work, and we might even have said "This site would work better if..." but how many of us have examined our own websites with these thoughts in mind? Maybe it's time for a fresh look. Eliana Stavrou takes you through the basic issues of design usability.
Being a researcher is a difficult and demanding occupation. You have to spend hundred of hours searching the Web to find the resources you need. Finding information as quickly as possible presents a huge challenge; it must be retrieved from the thousands of Web pages found on the World Wide Web. The biggest problem that interrupts the work of a researcher is the existence of hazardous Web pages that prohibit people from finding the information they are looking for easily and quickly.
These days, anybody can create a website. Many people put a lot of time and effort into the site's content, but then don't spend any time or pay any attention to the design of its interface. Of course, this attitude does not benefit the owner of the website nor its visitors.
Now that I've told you the problems I face every day in my occupation, I will get to the point. This article is all about design usability. I will discuss the principles you should have in mind when designing the interface of your site, and show you a sample questionnaire you could use to assess the design usability of any website.