Userability with Jared Spool & Robert Hoekman, Jr.

It’s a show title, not a typo! Userability was a short-run, free-wheeling call-in podcast where UXers from around the world phoned in to ask Jared Spool and Robert Hoekman, Jr. questions on the spot a wide range of user experience topics. One caller, one question, a handful of useful takeaways, and hopefully some fun throughout.

Episode #17 My Stylish Idaho

June 18, 2010  ·  13 minutes

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Hugh Griffith from Boise asks Jared and Robert, what happens when you swap radio buttons and checkboxes with more stylish graphic replacements?

Show Notes

This week, Hugh Griffith from Boise, Idaho calls into the show. He's curious about the pluses and minuses of replacing standard interface elements. What happens when you swap radio buttons and checkboxes with more stylish graphic replacements?

Jared and Robert discuss two major points you should consider before rolling out such changes on your site:

  1. Are stylized, non-standard interface elements appropriate for the tone your site?
  2. If you use graphics, do they obviously convey that they are clickable, and can you determine their current state easily?

Tune in to the podcast to hear Robert and Jared walk you through the decision process.