Usability (as well as accessibility) is a too broad topic to be discussed in one post of course. Besides, I am no professional web designer or usability professional to offer any expert advice on that. Still I’ve come across a couple of fun and useful tools that should be shared at SEJ:
1. Five Second Test – run a quick free page usability poll:
- make a screenshot of a web page you want to test;
- upload it to Five Second Test site and grab the link of your test;
- spread the link (via social media, for example): people will be offered to look at your screenshot for 5 seconds and then write down 5 things they managed to remember;
- receive service email messages with the people’s answers;
- collect the messages and then organize the data to define most outstanding (easier to remember) elements of the web page.
2. Feng-Gui shows you the heat map of any image you submit. I am not sure as to how reliable the results are (as I never ran any “real” eye-tracking heatmap checks with my blog) but according to their FAQ:
Feng-GUI creates heatmaps based on an algorithm that predicts what a real human would be most likely to look at.
This algorithm is based on:
- density, contrast;
3. Usability checklist – just print it out and check the “rating” boxes where you can (or create your own scoring system if you like).
And of course be sure to check regularly the best Usability and Accessibility forum I am aware of!