Tag: usability

Halo Industries Salmonella Test Kit Review

Halo Industries Salmonella Test Kit Review

We buy a lot of our food from Costco, and the majority of what we buy is Costco’s in-house “Kirkland” brand. The Kirkland products offer a very good value, especially for pecans, walnuts, dog food (before we switched to a raw diet) and peanut butter. Unfortunately, we received a recall notice from Costco about the […]

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Everyday Usability: Door Knob Choice and Orientation

Everyday Usability: Door Knob Choice and Orientation

No, this post is not about Phil Hinkle. It’s about how door knob design plays a big part in everyday usability, and how some door knob choices make for confusing experiences. Tags: doors, usability, work

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IKEA.com’s Nifty Product Stock Level Prognosis Feature
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IKEA.com’s Nifty Product Stock Level Prognosis Feature

The IKEA Web site is considered one of the worst ecommerce sites put out by a major company. It’s so bad that it was used as the focus point for a usability certification seminar from Human Factors International. Think about it: HFI trains people all over the world to be better usability advocates and information […]

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Everyday Usability: Downy Liquid Fabric Softener

Everyday Usability: Downy Liquid Fabric Softener

Most of my everyday job is making things easier for people to use. Often this takes the form of computer software, but we often forget that we encounter usability every day. I’ve written about various usability snafus on Gibberish before, from the annoying door handles to confusing toilet knobs to an easy way to accidentally […]

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Fuelly.com: online way to track your vehicle’s fuel efficiency

Fuelly.com: online way to track your vehicle’s fuel efficiency

I review Fuelly.com, a Web site that helps you track your car’s fuel economy. There are some really neat features and the Web site is easy to use, but there is always room for improvement.

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Random Motorcycling Tip #12: See Everything By Looking At Nothing

Random Motorcycling Tip #12: See Everything By Looking At Nothing

“When I ride, I keep my head on a swivel,” my Motorcycle Safety Foundation course instructor told me over four years ago. He went on to describe how his eyes were always darting around, and he was constantly looking behind him and to the sides. It sounded super vigilant, and super safe. I wanted to […]

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