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WordPress vs. Hand-Coding

When building a website, there are three approaches to choose from: A Content Management System(CMS), HTML Editors, and Hand-Coding. Which option should you choose? Well, it all depends on your experience with web development and your desired outcome. Let’s look at the options. 1. Content Management Systems (CMS) A Content Management System is a web…

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What Goes Into Web Design?

Does your website need a renovation? Do you need to make a website from scratch? Web designers follow a 6 step process to ensure their designs are successful. As I re-design The Marina Restaurant website, I’ll inform you on the “how to’s” of web design. From project goals to delivery, here’s what you need to…

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5 Ways to Improve Your Website

It’s easy to get hung up on aesthetics when making a website, or any design. You might ask yourself, “What colors should I use? Where should I put my logo?” But good web design is more than that. Whats the key to a good website then? The short answer is UX. User Experience According to…

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Is Blogging Dead?

Is Blogging Dead? “Blogs are so 2001!”, replied my boss when I told her that I’ve been writing them. “Yeah, she’s right”, I thought. But the more I’ve read and written them, I realized, they’re far from dead! Got a wilting houseplant? What do you do? I’ll bet you’d Google “how to save my plant”…

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UX Research Report

Over the past 7 weeks I have learned all about Usability Studies in my “Understanding Your Audience” class at Quinnipiac University. I read Understanding Your Users and UX Methods: A Quick Guide to User Experience Research Methods. This was the ultimate crash course and introduction to UX for me, and I had no idea what…

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Usability Testing

In recent posts I’ve talked about user research methods. Today’s method is about usability testing. Usability testing is an observation of users attempting to complete a set of tasks with your product based on scenarios. Participants interact with the product as they think aloud, and user performance is evaluated. This evaluation is based on task…

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AS-IS and TO-BE Analysis

In web design, or any other product development process, User Research methods are performed to analyze and test usability, function, and performance of your product. There are several methods that can be deployed depending on your desired goal or outcome. The book, UX Methods: A Quick Guide to User Experience Research Methods is very handy…

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Semantic Differential Analysis

When performing UX research methods, there are several choices and paths you can go down. In my last blog I talked about a method called the System Usability Scale. In short, that method is a great way to measure functionality and usability within a system. The method I’ll be going over today is called the…

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System Usability Scale

As I begin my research into User Experience (UX) methods, I’ve had to narrow down which methods I’ll be using. A super handy book for reviewing these is UX Methods: A Quick Guide to User Experience Research Methods. In one of my last blogs, Website Overhaul, I talk about Olallie Daylily Gardens, the lucky website…

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Product Development Life Cycle

Every product developed has its own life cycle. The idea product life cycle has four stages: concept, design, develop, and release. After reading about product lifecycles in Understanding Your Users, I was immediately reminded of a video I created for MIT Sloan. In this video, students were separated into two groups and tasked with creating…

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