Have you ever noticed that in most cinemas, the steps going up and down to the seats have lights around them? Have you ever stopped to realise that in some theaters the lights around the last step before you reach the floor are another colour?
When considering usability, it’s these subtleties we sometimes miss or take for granted, but actually they can have a dramatic impact and influence on the end result.
As the name suggests 'usability' is the study of how easy or not, something is to use. Most of the time we take usability for granted - when things work well, we don't notice it. It is only when things don't work in the way we expect - when they frustrate and annoy us - that we notice it. Like needing scissors to get into the packaging for some scissors.
Websites are no different; they also need to work in the way people expect. But as websites become bigger and have the capacity to do more, this becomes more difficult to achieve. However, with good planning and careful structuring, a complex, sophisticated website needn't be difficult to use.
Now, at the risk of sounding geeky, at Efoundation IT we actually find usability interesting. After all, understanding how people use the web makes our job easier, and ultimately leads us to create websites people enjoy using. That is why we employ usability specialists, who will work directly with you and your school to make sure your new website is a pleasure for everyone to use.