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Defining and Informing the Complex Field of User Experience (UX)
Article No. 458 December 28, 2009

Anyone Can Do Usability

Jakob Nielsen posted an interesting article on expanding the reach of good usability:

Summary: Usability is like cooking: everybody needs the results, anybody can do it reasonably well with a bit of training, and yet it takes a master to produce a gourmet outcome.
One of the discount usability movement's basic tenets is that we need a drastic expansion in the amount of usability work done in the world, and to make this happen we need more people to take on usability assignments.

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Jonathan (@first_day) is a tech-focused jack of all trades and the editor-in-chief of UX Magazine. He is also the author of Effective UI: The Art of Building Great User Experience in Software, published by O'Reilly Media. Through its partnership with UX Magazine, Jonathan is also a senior advisor to Didus, a recruiting and career development company focused on user-centered professionals. As well, Jonathan is Managing Director, Product Strategy & Design for Dapperly, a fashion-oriented software product startup, and he is the Principal of First Day, a small private equity and consulting company. From 2005 to 2009, Jonathan helped found EffectiveUI, a leading UX strategy, design, and development agency focused on web, desktop, and mobile systems.

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User Experience, Human Computer Interacion, User Interface are all concepts that interest me. I feel like I'm always filled with ideas to make businesses, people, and applications better. I don't have a programming background but I do have experience and passions that would contribute to the UI/UX/HCI skillset. You say we need more people to take on usability assignments. How do I get involved? Do you need a masters to do this stuff?

http://www.linkedin.com/in/KimWolfson
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http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/

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Great article. I'd love to share a post I wrote that talks a bit about the tools that anyone can use to do usability testing:

http://www.dtelepathy.com/blog/telepathy/5-ux-tips-for-usability-look-before-you-leap/

UX testing really is at everyones fingertips