Introduction to Volume 6, Issue 1

Welcome to the first issue of Volume 6 of the Journal of Usability Studies. With this issue the Journal of Usability Studies reaches an important milestone: it was five years ago this month when we published Volume 1, Issue 1. With the launch of the journal, UPA made a long-term commitment to making a contribution […] [Read More]

From 0 to 365: My First Year as a Design Executive

As I think about my career in User Experience and Design, much of it has unfolded in an organic way rather than following a detailed career plan. I have always kept my eyes open for the next engaging and interesting career opportunity that would offer a challenge and something new, but never had a prescribed […] [Read More]

Rent a Car in Just 0, 60, 240 or 1,217 Seconds? – Comparative Usability Measurement, CUE-8

Abstract This paper reports on the approach and results of CUE-8, the eighth in a series of Comparative Usability Evaluation studies. Fifteen experienced professional usability teams simultaneously and independently measured a baseline for the usability of the car rental website Budget.com. The CUE-8 study documented a wide difference in measurement approaches. Teams that used similar […] [Read More]

Improving the Usability of E-Book Readers

Abstract The use of e-book readers (e-readers or electronic-readers) has become increasingly widespread. An e-reader should meet two important requirements: adequate legibility and good usability. In our study, we investigated these two requirements of e-reader design. Within the framework of a multifunctional approach, we combined eye tracking with other usability testing methods. We tested five […] [Read More]