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The History of Usability2:49 with Dan Gorgone
If we look back at how usability has evolved over the years along with the web, we can anticipate issues that might arise in the future.
[MUSIC] 0:00 Now that we've defined usability and have a better understanding of it in the world 0:04 around us, we're going to explore how it affects our online experience. 0:09 But first, let's take a look at how usability had a evolved over the years, 0:13 along with the web and the needs of it's users. 0:18 In one sense, 0:22 the process of going online is very much the same as it has been for years. 0:23 Since many people still go to some sort of computer, they open a web browser and 0:27 start clicking. 0:32 But many of the details associated with this process are vastly different 0:33 from the early days of the web. 0:37 Visiting web sites used to mean sitting at home or in an office, 0:40 on a large slow machine, gazing into a giant box like monitor. 0:43 The speed of the connection varied, 0:48 as did the power of the computer and the capabilities of the websites they visited. 0:51 Today, users can access the web from anywhere, 0:56 through an incredible array of devices, large and small. 1:00 They're not tied to desks, or even homes or offices. 1:04 The power of new devices introduced each year 1:07 often blows away the previous version, and the speed at which they access the web 1:10 is many degrees of magnitude faster than the years before. 1:15 At the same time, programming languages and 1:20 web servers have evolved, serving up websites quicker than ever. 1:22 While older sites were dominated by text and low res images, today's sites 1:26 serve up HD quality video and high res graphics, at a much higher speed. 1:31 With these advances in technology, the users of the world now expect and 1:37 demand more than ever. 1:42 So as designers and developers continue to push the envelope, users have become 1:44 accustomed to progress, and they expect things to work, and work well. 1:49 So what does all this mean for the state of useability? 1:55 It's become vital for designers and developers to ensure that their sites and 1:59 apps are efficient, fast, and reliable. 2:04 Content must be accessible at all times, no matter where users are. 2:08 And often across various channels, such as websites and social media. 2:12 Important features and functions must be usable on laptops and mobile devices. 2:17 Therefore, adopting a user-centered approach to the design, 2:21 means anticipating the challenges of the present day users, as well as the future. 2:26 Looking at our past can give us clues on what to expect, 2:31 such as even faster access, even more ways to access everything and 2:35 doing so on devices that we haven't even imagined yet. 2:40 But what wont change, is that we still have users a great first impression. 2:43
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