Usability Heuristics Checklist
-never label inside fields
-clearly indicate mandatory fields
-adequate field width and height
Concise, Easily Navigable Content
-using bullets with essential text is smart
-headings at tops of sections to help with navigability
Make Content Readable/Easily Understandable
-sufficient spacing between text
-hyperlinks can help!
-adequate white space
-sidebars, banners are great
Use Visuals Strategically
-selection of images and placement
Easy to Use
-make call-to-action buttons easy identifiable
-be aware of the natural flow of the participant’s thought process/intuitive processes are good
-Make it easy for users to accomplish basic tasks the first time they encounter the design
Below is an analysis of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram that makes use of this checklist in PDF Format:
1. Jacob Gube. “7 Best Practices for Improving Your Website’s Usability,” mashable.com, September 12, 2011. http://mashable.com/2011/09/12/website-usability-tips/.
2. “Collected Web Site Usability Tips,” keyrelevance.com, 2013. http://www.keyrelevance.com/articles/usability-tips.htm
3. Helen Thomas. “5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Website’s Usability,” Usability Geek, October 15, 2012. http://usabilitygeek.com/5-quick-ways-to-improve-your-websites-usability/.
4. Damien Rees. “Improving Your Website Usability Tests,” smashingmagazine.com. January 8, 2013. http://uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com/2013/01/08/improving-your-website-usability-tests/.
5. User Testing.com. “The Form Usability Treasure Trove: 42 Top Resources,” UserTesting.com, April 4, 2013. http://www.usertesting.com/blog/2013/04/04/42-form-usability-resources/.