Did you know that your tax dollars are being used to teach web design? Why? A Google Search for “how to design a highly usable Web site” results in over a million hits. Surely one of them teaches web design. For free.
But wait – maybe it’s not a complete waste of money – they offer some web design classes!
Class Title: An Advanced Course on Writing for the Web — A Day of Guided Practice
Instructor: Ginny Redish, PhD, Redish & Associates, Inc.
Date/Time: June 27, 2007 9 am – 4 pm (EDT)
Place: Department of Labor Directions to DOL
Fee: $200 (federal, state and local government); $300 (non-government)
Wow! $200 if you are being PAID by the taxpayers and $300 if you ARE one of the taxpayers.
Perhaps they aren’t wasting our money after all – maybe they pay for the web site with the profits from the class. Somehow I doubt it though.
But look at the amazing things you’ll “practice” during this class:
- rethinking the content (what should be kept and what should be dropped);
- reorganizing content;
- writing useful headings;
- turning paragraphs of text into instructional steps and tables where appropriate;
- writing short, clear sentences;
- including relevant graphics
Certainly it’s worth $300 for all of that! Better hurry and sign up though – the class is next week.
What is the purpose of this site?
Usability.gov is the primary government source for information on usability and user-centered design. It provides guidance and tools on how to make Web sites and other communication systems more usable and useful. Topics include:
- a step-by-step guide on how to plan, analyze, design, and usability test a highly usable Web site;
- quick access to the latest usability methods;
- an introduction to usability, how to get started, and what it costs;
- the latest research-based Web design guidelines;
- templates and examples for assessing audience needs, writing a usability test report;
- and much more.