Usability

Do you use a Mobile Payment Service? Or want to try one out?

We are looking for adults (19 and over) to participate in our study of how people use mobile payment services (ex. Google Wallet, Paypal Mobile, Square or apps such as MyStarbucks). The ideal participant would either be a current user of, or want to try out mobile payment services such as Google Wallet, Paypal Mobile, Amazon Payments, or another mobile… Read more →

UX Magazine Publication

My work in mobile commerce trust and social behaviours has been published in Usability Professionals Association’s UX Magazine. The article reviews an empirical diary study published in September of this year. The magazine is published four times a year and this Volume 11, Issue 4 focused on Trust and the User. The publication is view-able here. In this issue featured articles included: Trusting Inaccurate Systems: Both… Read more →

Do Our Websites Need to be More Snackable?

Last Wednesday’s SIAT Research Colloquium was presented by Dr. Drew Davidson, from the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. He reviewed concepts around video games in a world without secrets and snackable gaming; what these theories mean in terms of the design of a game and game-play mechanics. Dr. Davidson explains the term snackability, first coined around the concept… Read more →

Defending the Userverse with a Little Bit-o-Java

Just finished up my newest creation: Usability Defender V.1. The application is built in Processing and is a usability video game with the goal of teaching the user basic web usability (yeah it’s a little tongue-in-cheek). All the concepts are based on Jakob Nielsen’s past research and the game is sort of a Galaga/Centipede mash-up. Read more →