HF/Usability Potpourri

  • bing-vs-goog-heatmapStudy Suggests People Prefer Bing’s Design To Google’s
    “The study was an intense focus group in which 12 subjects were monitored with eye-tracking cameras as they conducted searches. Afterward, they were interviewed and completed a survey.” (TechCrunch with usability report)
  • Nielsen recommends abandoning password masking in online forms2658612625_75be65cbfb_o
    “Usability suffers when users type in passwords and the only feedback they get is a row of bullets. Typically, masking passwords doesn’t even increase security, but it does cost you business due to login failures.”  (Useit via Slashdot)