UXD Audits

UXD User Interface / Website Audit Includes:

We use the Nielsen Norman Group’s 10 Usability Heuristics as a foundation for evaluating how usable and easy it is for a person to interact with your website. Our process:

  1. Review Everything Live
    1. Look through all content on the site to assess the scope and categories which will be part of the audit
  2. Evaluate User Interface
    1. Critically scan the site for positive and negative user experiences
  3. Assess User Experience
    1. Qualitative and SEO-based discoveries
  4. Compare Content
    1. Identify consistencies and inconsistencies within the site
  5. Recommend Improvements
    1. Short-term and long-term tactical tasks
We specifically search for: 
  1. Content obstructions
  2. Mousing interactions
  3. Mobile versus desktop changes
  4. View port design breaks
  5. Poor resolution and low visibility
We examine:
  1. Readability / Scannability
  2. Reading level of current content
  3. Linking (internal and external)
  4. SEO inconsistencies
  5. Header, Footer, menu designs
We provide recommendations for:
  1. ADA compliance for accessibility
  2. Hierarchy of information
  3. Resolving code errors
  4. Groupings and relevance
  5. Containers and spacing
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Nielsen Norman Group 10 Usability Heuristics Include:

#1: Visibility of system status: The system should always keep users informed about what is going on, through appropriate feedback within reasonable time.

#2: Match between system and the real world: The system should speak the users’ language, with words, phrases and concepts familiar to the user, rather than system-oriented terms. Follow real-world conventions, making information appear in a natural and logical order.

#3: User control and freedom: Users often choose system functions by mistake and will need a clearly marked “emergency exit” to leave the unwanted state without having to go through an extended dialogue. Support undo and redo.

#4: Consistency and standards: Users should not have to wonder whether different words, situations, or actions mean the same thing.

#5: Error prevention: Even better than good error messages is a careful design which prevents a problem from occurring in the first place. Either eliminate error-prone conditions or check for them and present users with a confirmation option before they commit to the action.

#6: Recognition rather than recall: Minimize the user’s memory load by making objects, actions, and options visible. The user should not have to remember information from one part of the dialogue to another. Instructions for use of the system should be visible or easily retrievable whenever appropriate.

#7: Flexibility and efficiency of use: Accelerators — unseen by the novice user — may often speed up the interaction for the expert user such that the system can cater to both inexperienced and experienced users. Allow users to tailor frequent actions.

#8: Aesthetic and minimalist design: Dialogues should not contain information which is irrelevant or rarely needed. Every extra unit of information in a dialogue competes with the relevant units of information and diminishes their relative visibility.

#9: Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors: Error messages should be expressed in plain language (no codes), precisely indicate the problem, and constructively suggest a solution.

#10: Help and documentation: Even though it is better if the system can be used without documentation, it may be necessary to provide help and documentation. Any such information should be easy to search, focused on the user’s task, list concrete steps to be carried out, and not be too large.

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