Making Things Usable


Adapting to Different Platforms

07

Aug 2015

Adapting to Different Platforms

Recently I heard about yet another tragic death of someone falling onto a subway track. It amazes me that this still happens and that no sure-fire preventative measures are out there to eliminate these senseless deaths. Not too long afterward, I had cause to use the free train provided from...

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Being Selective with Usability

28

Jul 2015

Being Selective with Usability

As a company we believe that people are the most important part of any system. As a result, we usually strive to make systems easier, safer, and more comfortable for human users. However, it’s not always that straightforward. Sometimes, you may want a system to be easily accessible to one...

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KISS Those Bad Surveys Good-Bye

23

Apr 2015

KISS Those Bad Surveys Good-Bye

Emily-Ana Filardo Developing an effective survey can be a form of art. I know what you’re thinking: how difficult can it be, right? You want to know how people feel about something, so you ask them a bunch of questions. Essentially that is what survey development is. But ensuring that...

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Tops of pill bottles, which say "Push Down & Turn".

03

Dec 2014

Helpings Hands, Literally

Open Sesame! If only getting things to open were as easy as calling out a magical phrase. For many people, it is a daily challenge to open jars and prescription bottles. Even worse are the overly packaged products sealed in hard plastic to make them both easier to display and...

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Keep the Aging Population Moving

09

Oct 2014

Keep the Aging Population Moving

Over the last 30 years, the median age of Canadians has increased by an astounding 13 years to almost 40 years of age. That means half of the Canadian population is over 40. With the number of seniors increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, we expect...

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Don’t Underestimate the Importance  of a Good (Kitchen) Layout

26

Sep 2014

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of a Good (Kitchen) Layout

Workplace layout is of major focus across a multitude of organizations lately. Recent studies report the importance of layout and office design to improve productivity, spark inspiration, and reduce fatigue. For example, a recent article in Harvard Business Review explains that major corporations across the U.S., such as Google, Yahoo,...

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Paint By Numbers

26

Sep 2014

Paint By Numbers

Picking paint colours is difficult.  Very difficult.  You have to think about what it will look like with your furniture, with the amount of light in the room, and at different times of the day.  A wrong selection is an expensive and time-consuming error. Whoever thought of the system to...

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