Odeon relaunched its site this week, in partnership with Amaze and Krankikom.
Cinema sites are not renowned for great user experience, so how will this one shape up?
I've listed five positives from the site, and five areas for improvement...
My last blog for Econsultancy aimed to dispel the myth that accessible websites must compromise on aesthetics.
It elicited quite a response with many readers agreeing and a number asking for examples of sites that combine both elements.
Before I point you in the direction of two websites that are both highly accessible and attractively designed, it’s important to remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Furthermore, the aesthetics is the result of the final product. When broken down into its components the beauty is difficult to see. It’s only when those parts all come together that the beauty is evident.
We were alerted to the Gatwick Airport website redesign by Matt Wilkinson, Senior Ecommerce Manager at Gatwick, in the comments on this responsive design round-up.
With responsive design riding a tidal wave of popularity and common sense, I can’t think of a sector better suited than air travel.
We’ve all been travelling to an airport, needing to check flight times, terminals, parking arrangements, delays etc. We know airport websites have this info, but we aren’t confident in navigating an old desktop site from our phones. Well, it seems Gatwick have smashed it out the park on this one.
This post isn’t going to go into too much detail about why the site is great. I’ll just post some annotated pictures of it, and encourage you to try it out for yourself.
‘We need to think about iOS7…’ Heard that phrase recently? For enterprise organisations where mobile is a key channel, deciding what the appropriate strategy is for making OS updates can be challenging.
Here are some key considerations for your organisation.
OK, I have to admit they are not strictly secret like so called Easter Eggs, features hidden in widely used software, which the programmers think are great fun but which some of us think are a waste of our computing resources.
One notorious example was the Flight Simulator built into Excel97. Microsoft apparently banned the practice in later years as part of its trustworthy and openness initiative but they are still quite common.
No, I am talking about very useful features, which many people do not seem to know and which do not appear to be widely publicised.
A few years ago I compiled a list of things that I find abhorrent when using websites. Things that I cannot tolerate for more than a few seconds, and which invariably cause me to press the back button.
What am I referring to? Autosound, for starters. Pagination. Pop-ups. Slow loading speeds. And a whole bunch of other crimes against the user experience. You'll still encounter these things most days, unfortunately.
Now, let's get this out of the way: our own website leaves a lot to be desired, from a user experience perspective. I reckon that at some point or other we have been guilty of about half of the points on my original list. It's very much an area that we're working hard on to improve. In order to do so it's important to know what not to do, and to understand what users hate.
With that in mind, and given that web usage habits have evolved in the past three years, I thought I'd aggregate a few more pet hates, so we can steer ourselves away from bounce rate hell.
By all means add your own reasons for bailing out early in the comments section below. Ok, here goes...
If there’s one constant in any griping discussion about the internet, it will be either the presence of trolls, or rants about trolls and trolling behaviour on just about any website you care to mention.
I should say, for the purposes of this article, that we're not talking about the appalling abuses received by women lately on Twitter - which has moved far beyond trolling and into the space of criminal threats - but about the hijacking of discussions and similar.
Almost half of Australian companies rate the user experience (UX) on their digital properties as just ‘ok’, and 16% rate it as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.
These findings come from a new report by Econsultancy and Macquarie Telecom which sheds light on the challenges organisations are facing in this area.
Fifteen years after the Web Accessibility Initiative was launched, which aimed to improve web usability for those with disabilities, online accessibility is still widely ignored.
Far too often there is a belief that a compromise must be made between accessibility and an attractive design.
As a result, a myriad of misconceptions have emerged, often preventing people from making a determined effort to integrate accessibility into their websites.
Travel websites are very search-orientated, and are understandably keen to encourage visitors to key in their preferences and start their holiday search.
So, a user-friendly search interface is vital for travel sites to maximise searches and therefore bookings.
Here I look at examples from 25 popular travel websites, as well as some best practice tips for travel search.