At the core of every great product and software design are established and tested usability requirements. Charlotte Usability Company, Digital Saber creates concrete objectives and testable product criteria that catapult their clients to success. A basic requirement for any effective product or software is a user interface that is both intuitive and easy-to-navigate.
Besides creating a product that’s easy-to-use, usability requirements assist in the improvement of the product’s overall design. Both designers and developers in the building process utilize usability requirements to create a product that meets the wants and needs of their users.
When discussing usability requirements for any given project the user’s skill level is an important consideration. Having a product that supports users of every skill level opens the door to a wider range of clients. Interface elements should be easy-to-understand and also provide shortcuts to more experienced users.
Digital Saber works with companies both in and around Charlotte to make sure their products have the greatest potential for success. More examples of Digital Saber’s usability requirements include:
- Presentation – Branding, logos and font styles play an important role in the overall design and usability in any software and product. Besides the general aesthetics of the screen’s layout and color choices, the screen layout should also be presented in an order that makes sense for business use.
- Error Prevention – Interface actions that are consistent improve overall operability. This includes providing error messages to explain how to recover from an error and the ability to undo, redo or cancel operations. Irreversible actions, such as overwriting or deleting data, must require the user’s confirmation.
- Mental Workload and Human Memory Reduction – Portions of the screen that are out of view are often easily forgotten by the user. Thus, horizontal scrolling and column headers that do not remain in view with up and down scrolling are eliminated. Avoiding proliferating windows and allowing users to manage multiple views without opening multiple windows also reduces the user’s mental workload.
Additional Usability Consideration from Digital Saber
Simple Navigation for mouse and keyboard users, an easy to use shortcut tool bar and easy to find search query at the top of every screen are just a few of the usability requirements of Charlotte Usability Company, Digital Saber. By creating measurable criteria in the early stages of development, Digital Saber clients have a unique advantage in a user-centered design world.