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How Usable Is Your Website? 20 Tools for Testing Website Usability

How Usable Is Your Website? 20 Tools for Testing Website Usability | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it

If your website usability is poor and your site is hard to use, customers are more likely to bounce off the site, reducing your chances for success. Here are 20 Tools for Testing Website Usability.

 

And if you have no clue what "usability" means, I'd recommend you learn, because your Website probably sucks.


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Some really cool and useful tools for testing usability on a website

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GA13's curator insight, March 20, 2014 1:25 AM

Collection of actual websites for testing various facets of usability for later on. Great resource for beyond the proposal.

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25-point Website Usability Checklist

AUse this simple, 25-point checklist to assess critical website usability issues. Includes free download (1-page PDF).

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A useful, simple checklist of usability considerations

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15 Excellent Logo Design Tutorials Using Illustrator - Six Revisions

15 Excellent Logo Design Tutorials Using Illustrator - Six Revisions | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
In this collection, you will find 15 hand-picked tutorials from a variety of talented graphic designers and illustrators that discuss the logo creation process using Illustrator.
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Some fantastic tutorials on how to actually create logos.  In this case using Illustrator.

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What programs can I use to create an animation for web?

What programs can I use to create an animation for web? | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
I have never created animations, but I want to make one for my website's home page. Basically what I have is an image where each chakra of human body is shown with its name. I want to show how the ...
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I've always found stackexchange very good for solving weird problems and for answering technical questions. This post may come in handy regarding ways of creating animations.

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35 Single-Page Website Layouts using Brilliant Animation Effects - SpyreStudios

35 Single-Page Website Layouts using Brilliant Animation Effects - SpyreStudios | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
JavaScript libraries such as jQuery have grown immensely popular over the past few years. Animation within single-page websites has become normal, especially within parallax designs. I love these features because animation is one key piece to drawing in a user’s attention. Plus you can animate page elements in so many different ways, from sliding to …
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A bunch of sites that might provide inspiration

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Fracking OutpacesScience on Its Impact | EnvY : The Journal of the Yale School of Foresty and Environmental Studies

Fracking OutpacesScience on Its Impact | EnvY : The Journal of the Yale School of Foresty and Environmental Studies | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
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Potential Health and Environmental Effects of Hydrofracking in the Williston Basin, Montana

Potential Health and Environmental Effects of Hydrofracking in the Williston Basin, Montana | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
Hydrofracking is a controversial oil and gas extraction technique developed in the late 1940s to gain access to fossil energy deposits previously inaccessible to drilling operations. The process, "hydraulic fracturing", literally involves the smashing of rock with millions of gallons of water--along with sand and a undisclosed assortment of chemicals in order to bring gas to the surface.
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10 Logo Design Tips for a Timeless and Creative Logo

10 Logo Design Tips for a Timeless and Creative Logo | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it

SIf you think logo design is an easy process, trust me, that’s a misconception. Here are 10 logo tips that will surely help you create a timeless logo.

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Some quick but very useful guidelines on creating good logos

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10 Common Mistakes In Logo Design | Smashing Magazine

10 Common Mistakes In Logo Design | Smashing Magazine | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
With the power of the Web, and more eyes watching than ever, it's important for a business to communicate its unique message clearly. The easiest way to recognize a company and distinguish it from others is by its logo. Below, we go through 10 common logo design mistakes that you should avoid if you want to create a successful and professional logo. A professional business should look professional. New business owners often invest a lot of time and money in property and equipment, but do not often match it by investing suitably in their logo. The most common reasons why many logos look amateurish: the business owner wanted to save money by designing the logo quickly themselves, a friend or relative who claims to know a little about graphic design does it as a favor or the wrong people are commissioned or the business outsourced the job via one of several design competition websites, which are mostly populated by amateur designers.
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Some more really good tips on common mistakes made when creating logos

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Thanks to Mark for this article - some good tips on effective and useable logo design

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Very nice proposal on developing a website

From The Web Design Business Kit by Brendon Sinclair© 2003 SitePoint Pty. Ltd. All rights reserved.No part of this material may be reproduced, in any form or...
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Some interesting pointers that could be useful in assignment 2.

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Photoshop Logo Tutorial: Clean Professional Logo Design

In this lesson I teach you how to create a simple yet professional and elegant logo in Adobe Photoshop. I hope you all enjoy it, let us know by commenting be...
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A tutorial for creating logos in Photoshop

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Logo Design - Serif

Logo Design - Serif | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it

SGreat examples of Logo Design - Serif


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Some really cool examples of nice looking logos

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Web accessibility: The basics

Learn the basics of web accessibility in this informative article. Making your website function for all browsers, accessible forms, the separation of structure and presentation and user control over pages are all covered.
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A series of usability issues that need to be considered when developing a website.

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7 Best Practices for Improving Your Website's Usability

7 Best Practices for Improving Your Website's Usability | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
The Web Design Usability Series is supported by join.me, an easy way to instantly share your screen with anyone. join.me lets you collaborate on-the-fly, put your heads together...
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Some simple but practical usability guidelines

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What Goes In & Out of Hydraulic Fracking

What Goes In & Out of Hydraulic Fracking | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
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Really cool animated website on fracking. This would be great for assignment 3 I think...
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Why Ban Fracking? | Food & Water Watch

Why Ban Fracking? | Food & Water Watch | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
What is fracking? "Fracking" is the hydraulic fracturing technology that the energy industry hopes to use to expand natural gas production in the United States. Why should fracking be banned? Fracking poses a great threat to our drinking water. How is our drinking water at risk? The process of fracking means injecting millions of gallons of water, chemicals and sand into shale rock formations at high pressures to break open the rock and release the gas. There are numerous cases of water contamination near fracking sites. Fracking also produces a toxic wastewater that cannot be treated by standard treatment plants. It is especially dangerous because drillers are rushing to use the technique in new areas of the country without fully evaluating the effects on human health and the environment, and without adequate government oversight.
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Could be useful content for my 'fracking awareness' site

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5 Great Examples of Simple Web Animations

5 Great Examples of Simple Web Animations | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
Some web designers manage to go overboard when adding animation to a website. But here are 5 great websites with animation that flat-out works.
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Some great examples of simple but effective animations on websites

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The next generation of website animation

The next generation of website animation | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
Have you noticed the cool website animation effects used by Apple? Now there is an app that puts this kind of coolness within the reach of us mere mortals.
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Potentially useful application for quickly creating animations that could be as cool as the ones Apple use

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A Beginner's Guide on How to Become a Better Graphic Designer

A Beginner's Guide on How to Become a Better Graphic Designer | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
As a beginner who wants to become a better graphic designer or web designer we all start learning on our own by reading tutorials around the web.
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Some good tips on creating websites plus loads of links to tutorials and practical examples of how to do various things regarding design and web development

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10 Tips for Designing Logos That Don’t Suck | Design Shack

10 Tips for Designing Logos That Don’t Suck | Design Shack | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
Reading an article entitled 10 Tips for Designing Logos That Don’t Suck on Design Shack.
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More logo tips. Many agree with the previous site I posted but adds a few new ones too.

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The definitive guide to logo design: 55 pro tips | Logo design | Creative Bloq

The definitive guide to logo design: 55 pro tips | Logo design | Creative Bloq | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
Logo design is all around us. To the general public, logos serve as an instant reminder of a company or a product; to the client they’re the point of recognition on which their branding hangs; and to us designers they represent the challenge of incorporating our clients' ideologies into one single graphic.
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What to Include in a Website Proposal - How to Write a Website Proposal

What to Include in a Website Proposal - How to Write a Website Proposal | Multimedia Systems | Scoop.it
A website proposal contains many aspects different from other graphic design proposals, in that technical elements must be addressed along with creative ones. While print proposals do address items such as printing procedures, website proposals must specify web hosting, systems for maintaining content, programs or programming languages to be used and other technical specifications.
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Some simple tips on creating a website proposal. Fairly high level stuff but could be useful to consider for assignment 2.

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GA13's curator insight, March 19, 2014 7:47 AM

While this article isn't as in-depth as I'd like and takes more of a stand on the practical aspects we don't necessarily need because we won't be working for an actual client - I still think it will be helpful to keep my proposal on track and to remember what requirements it should be considering as if it is a proposal outside of an assessment.

Mat Fitzsimmons's curator insight, March 20, 2014 9:07 PM

Thanks again to Mark for this article on website design proposals.  Some good tips.

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Graphic Design Tutorial: Typography and Design

Follow me on Twitter, https://twitter.com/ShawnCBarry Check out my other videos for more, at http://youtube.com/UltramanToronto In this video, I talk about t...
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Typography is consistently mentioned as an important aspect of web design. This video makes some interesting points on how to use typography to communicate different messages.

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