Results from mobile usability testing

Last week I conducted some guerrilla usability testing on a mobile device in the University’s Library. The main purpose of the test was to find out whether the new digital prospectus pages can be used on mobile devices. This post …

Monday 3 April 2017 | Usability


Guerilla testing on mobile devices

A couple of weeks ago The University of Dundee’s external relations team released data from some guerrilla usability testing they had conducted during their freshers’ week. It was an incredible data sample, and fresh off the back of our most …

Tuesday 28 February 2017 | Usability


Standardising the use of Google Maps

Look through the University’s website and you’ll find that there’s a wide variety of map styles being used. With things like map size, marker colour, how marker information is displayed (information window) and many other features varying throughout the site. …

Friday 12 August 2016 | Design


8 tips on recording professional video with a smartphone

It has never been easier for anyone with a smartphone or a digital camera to record their own video footage and broadcast it to anyone. Simply pull the smartphone from your pocket, click record, and you have footage you can …

Wednesday 23 March 2016 | Design


How the web is used in China

On China’s bleeding edge: Web design trends 2015 We, along with our colleagues in Admissions and IT Services, have been doing a lot of thinking recently about how we can best reach users in China. Web culture in China is …

Thursday 19 March 2015 | Design


Test your website is mobile-friendly

Google mobile-friendly test We have previously mentioned the steps Google is beginning to take to encourage mobile-friendly web development. Now Google has developed a tool that allows you to check whether a webpage is mobile-friendly. Test some of your favourite …

Tuesday 9 December 2014 | Design


Google signals on mobile-friendly webpages

Helping users find mobile-friendly pages Google is beginning to crack down on websites that do not display properly on mobile devices. A ‘mobile-friendly’ tag will be added to search engine results on mobile devices in the coming weeks. Websites will …

Friday 21 November 2014 | SEO


Assumptions about mobile users

UX myth: Mobile users are distracted The rise of mobile has also given rise to myths about how people use it. The idea that mobile users are more distracted than users of any other devices does not hold water. For …

Monday 10 November 2014 | Usability


The perils of hiding navigation

Side drawer navigation could be costing you half your user engagement The side drawer navigation menu is similar in function to the hamburger menu, as used on the Study at St Andrews website. The side drawer / hamburger menu has …

Wednesday 28 May 2014 | Design


Touch screen usability

How to adjust controls for touch This interesting video is a great explanation of some of the challenges we face when designing for touch screens. Over 75% of all mobile users use one digit to select options, and not all …

Wednesday 5 February 2014 | Usability