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Usability Tools Podcast: Home Page Design

by Jared Spool
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UIE Usability Tools Podcast: Home Page Design
Recorded: July 20, 2007 from the studios of UIE
Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
Duration: 24 min | File size: 11 MB
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I’m very excited to announce the launch of the first episode of UIE’s Usability Tools Podcast. Each week, I will be sitting down with UIE’s Managing Director, Christine Perfetti to discuss tips and tools for improving your site’s user experience. The goal of our weekly podcast is to share some of the most important findings from UIE’s research on web design and usability.

In our first episode, Christine asks me about UIE’s latest thinking on home page design. We decided to kick-off our podcast series discussing home pages because they can play a critical role in the user’s experience on your site. It’s the first page users interact with and its design determines whether users succeed or fail to complete their objective.

In this podcast, we discuss:

» Why a site’s home page is actually the least important page on your site
» How the most successful designs focus on understanding users’ main goals and tasks
» How “link-rich” home pages can help your users find their content
» How the most successful home page designs focus on driving users to the most important content pages
» Why users spend little time on the best home pages

I hope you enjoy our discussion.

As always, we’re very interested in hearing from you. Do you have questions or comments about this episode? Do you have suggestions for future episodes? We want to know. Please leave a comment below or email us directly at mailbag@uie.com.

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