Crowdsourced Usability III: Skype

The new Skype client for Mac has received some very loud complaints about the redesign mostly centered on usability.  Skype has heard the cries:

We want you to create the chat style for an upcoming version of Skype for Mac that will be enjoyed by millions of people around the world. We’ve put a template together containing everything that you’ll need to get started and build something wonderful.

The competition will run over three stages, each lasting three weeks. Two winners will be selected at the end of each stage: a judges’ choice winner that will be selected by our panel and a people’s choice winner, as voted for by Skype users. These six winners will go forward as finalists for the grand prize.

To make it easier, Skype is providing the template files (html, css) and a simulator that you can use:

Why not flex your human factors and usability muscles and give it a try?  They are offering some great prizes to the winners too!

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12 Responses to Crowdsourced Usability III: Skype

  1. Usability Freund April 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Crowdsourced Usability II: Skype | the Human Factors Blog http://bit.ly/dRKgCZ #Usability

  2. Cesar Gon April 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Skype 5 for Mac was a big frustration (http://t.co/rrjhjBx) but there is some hope (http://t.co/mKriZFK) #fail

  3. Vikas Vadlapatla April 6, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    RT @hfblog: Crowdsourced Usability III: Skype http://bit.ly/h0kjzQ

  4. Ergoss events April 11, 2011 at 9:09 am #

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  5. Microtask April 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    #Skype tired of complaints: the next Mac UI is #crowdsourced, templates and all http://bit.ly/hPpy1D #ui #usability

  6. Joonas Mäkinen April 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    RT @microtask: #Skype tired of complaints: the next Mac UI is #crowdsourced, templates and all http://bit.ly/hPpy1D #ui #usability

  7. Juuso Vermasheinä April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Woohoo! RT: @microtask #Skype tired of complaints: the next Mac UI is #crowdsourced, templates and all http://bit.ly/hPpy1D #ui #usability

  8. Paul Salvage April 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    RT @microtask: #Skype tired of complaints: the next Mac UI is #crowdsourced, templates and all http://bit.ly/hPpy1D #ui #usability

  9. Yannig Roth April 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    RT @microtask: #Skype tired of complaints: the next Mac UI is #crowdsourced, templates and all http://bit.ly/hPpy1D #ui #usability

  10. mikkojarvenpaa April 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    RT @microtask: #Skype tired of complaints: the next Mac UI is #crowdsourced, templates and all http://bit.ly/hPpy1D #ui #usability

  11. José González Gómez April 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    RT @microtask: #Skype tired of complaints: the next Mac UI is #crowdsourced, templates and all http://bit.ly/hPpy1D #ui #usability

  12. microtask fr April 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    #Skype lassé des plaintes : la prochaine interface Mac est #crowdsourced, modèles et autres http://bit.ly/hPpy1D #ui #usability

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