Wednesday, 30 October 2013
The last decade has seen a considerable increase in the amount of user research that is being carried out and in particular in the number of disciplines in which it is being applied.
In technology design and development, while terms like human-computer interaction and human factors research have been in existence for some time, many new terms are emerging, such as user experience design or UX. These terms emphasise the priority of identifying user behaviours, addressing user needs and achieving user acceptance through the design process.
While research with human participants has been carried out for centuries in the medical research field, many new design disciplines have begun to study factors such as human behaviour, attitudes, interactions and movement to inform the development of technology, products, services and buildings. With this shift comes a real need to promote ethics in user research.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
NCBI Centre for Inclusive Technology has started a new project promoting user engagement in Universal Design education and practice in Ireland.
At the heart of Universal Design is the involvement of diverse and extreme users in the design process, from the earliest stages of requirements specification, through the testing of successive prototype designs, all the way to the finished product.
It is crucial that the design students of today who will design the products of tomorrow are able to develop skills in user engagement, so that they can take account of the needs of as many people as possible, including older people and people with disabilities.
Monday, 15 July 2013
The WCAG 2.0 guidelines and success criteria are designed to be broadly applicable to current and future web technologies, including dynamic applications, mobile, digital television, etc. The supporting resources provide specific guidance — including code examples, resources, and tests — and are updated periodically to cover current practices for meeting WCAG.
Wednesday, 06 March 2013
For many web developers today there is a lot of confusion around exactly what is best practice when creating accessible web content.
What we'd like to know is are there too many languages, is there just too much to learn about diverse user needs? On top of becoming proficient with the languages and tools that you use, as a developer are being asked to facilitate the needs and wants of people you may have never met - nor properly understand.