Drupal's ability to scale and its overall flexibility comes largely through its depth of abstraction. While this abstraction is critical on a technical level it generally makes tasks more difficult for non-technical users. In this video Michael Keara demonstrates a meaningful CMS user interface system that he built with Drupal 7 to make the content management workflow a simple, intuitive process.
My hypothesis: Drupal does not have a systematic way to build an Information Architecture that clients can understand. This can lead to significant communication challenges between client and vendor. in this video I present an Outside-In UX strategy that can potentially resolve this problem.
Membership organizations run by volunteers gain a lot of value from using a powerful commercial website management system. The shared tools bring benefits to all the individual organizations and produce better websites, economically. But where is the boundary between the shared tools and the need to individualize user engagement?
Part 2 of our look at usability issues that arise for our student user as she tries to find her way around a newly launched university website. We look more in depth at the specific obstacles she faced and also at another web site that she can really understand well.
One student's response reveals a key flaw to sweeping changes on a university web site. The search for a new student email inbox proves to be difficult for a surprising reason.
A user wants to buy 2 bus tickets on a bus company's website. Seems simple enough but this one missing feature turns the task into mission impossible.
A community college website user is looking for a course information page that she stumbled across the day before. It seems easy enough but something got left out of the design. I explain what was missed and why.