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Helping websites reach their intended user!

Helping websites reach their intended user!

It has been identified (Preece 1993) that website users fall into two categories 'information retrievers' and 'surfers'. Information retrievers are looking for specific information whilst surfers just browse the web. These two areas are important to consider when assessing the target audience of your website for businesses or clubs. Research by Simmons (2010) identified that…

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Areas of website effectiveness

Areas of website effectiveness

In recent research work carried out (Simmons 2010), three areas of website effectiveness were outlined, identifying a broader range of factors in influencing user decision-making. These areas were before, during and after use of websites. The work also supported that of Preece (1993) who had recognised user groups as either information retrievers and surfers, and…

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A shift within information retrieval for designers

A shift within information retrieval for designers

Within Design and Technology education, there has been many approaches to frame designing as an activity. Most notably the APU (Assessment of Performance Unit) paperĀ (Hicks 1982) which describes the act of designing as encompassing knowledge, skills and values. The paper goes on to discuss each entity and the considerations for each knowledge (control, energy, materials),…

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A framework for assessing website effectiveness

A framework for assessing website effectiveness

Research is at the forefront of how we work at 5or6, so that the information and designs we produce for clients is up-to-date. Managing Director Peter Simmons has recently been undertaking his PhD and released several papers on the effectiveness of websites and sustainable design. They are well worth a read... Simmons, P. and Badni,…

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Is there a doctor in the building?

Is there a doctor in the building?

Today 5or6 managing director Peter Simmons has handed in his PhD titled 'An exploration of the effectiveness of sustainable design websites in influencing design decision making'. Peter has been working on his PhD for the last 4 years and has been working at 5or6 for the past year and a half at the same time.…

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