A List Apart Usability

Let the Users Do It

Retrieve user-generated content and embrace user feedback to enhance your designs—just like magic.

Issue No. 293 of A List Apart, for people who make websites. Illustration by Kevin Cornell.

In Issue No. 293 of A List Apart for people who make websites: retrieve user-generated content and embrace user feedback to enhance your designs.

Discovering Magic


Wouldn’t it be a little magical if, when you signed up for a new site, it said something like, “We notice you have a profile photo on Flickr and Twitter, would you like to use one of those or upload a new one?” Glenn Jones created a JavaScript library called Ident Engine that can help you do just that.

Usability Testing Demystified


The value in usability testing comes from the magic of observing and listening as people use a design. The things you see and the things you hear are often surprising, illuminating, and unpredictable. This unpredictability is tough to capture in any other way. Dana Chisnell shows you how.

Illustration by Kevin Cornell.

By L. Jeffrey Zeldman

“King of Web Standards”—Bloomberg Businessweek. Author, Designer, Founder. Employer Brand at Automattic. Publisher, & Ava’s dad. Pete’s brother (RIP). He/him.

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