Usability Issues in Product Design

After a month hiatus, the Frontend Usability InfoCentre is back with Frank Long's Usability Issues in Product Design.

In order to create an effective solution, both the product design and the interface design need to be evaluated and adjusted in sympathy with each other. This convergence of interface and product design has two significant effects on usability practice:

  • The need to design, evaluate and test the interaction device in conjunction with the interface
  • The need for more detailed and thorough research into the environmental factors that affect the normal operation or use of the product