Flash usability studies already underway?

Credit to <a href=”http://www.mediadiva.net”>her majesty</a> for sending me this story.

<a href=”http://news.com.com/2100-1040-976586.html”>http://news.com.com/2100-1040-976586.html</a>

Macromedia <a href=”http://news.com.com/2100-1040-930301.html”>hired</a> Jakob Nielsen awhile ago to help with usabiliy in Flash. However, nothing that I ever heard came of those studies. Today, though, I read this article.

I think this point from the article is very important:
“I think we’re seeing that because it’s easier to do these Web applications, you’re getting people who haven’t done a lot of applications before and may not know much about user interfaces and other elements,” said Nielsen.

It’s fantastic that Macromedia truly has made things easier for people to make the web what they want it to be. And, just like the articles comparison, there is a lot of responsibility in taking a web app project on. By having that ease of creation, it’s important that you understand the usability issues involved in design.

All the more reason to step up efforts educating and helping people like going to speak at more conferences and replying to more emails on the lists.

I just wish that <a href=”http://www.nngroup.com/”>goob and his cronies</a> would hurry up their studies and get <a href=”http://www.macromedia.com”>MM</a> to publish their findings!