Useful links

This collection of links represents some of the web sites User Vision advocates as good resources of information related to Internet Technology and the User Experience.

We will be adding to this resource over time. Contact us if you would like to place a reciprocal link.

British HCI Group Link opens in a new window

The HCI Group works to break down barriers and to promote communication between people who use computers, people who implement them, and people who investigate HCI issues. The group works with professional societies to support practitioners and to promote standards of HCI within the information and communications technology industries.

E-consultancy Link opens in a new window

E-consultancy is the UK’s leading online publisher of best practice internet marketing reports, research and how-to guides. They also provide a wide variety of training courses run by industry leaders, including User Vision.

The Ergonomics Society Link opens in a new window

The Ergonomics Society is the only professional society in the UK dedicated to Ergonomists and those interested in ergonomics. It is an international organisation for professionals using knowledge of human abilities and limitations to design and build for comfort, efficiency, productivity and safety.

The Guild of Accessible Web Designers Link opens in a new window

The Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS) is a worldwide association of professional organisations, web designers and developers working together to promote the use and preservation of accessible design standards.

Internet Crystal Mark for Plain English Link opens in a new window

Plain English Campaign offers the Crystal Mark logo for printed documents and website that pass their rigorous testing on the public. 

Market Research Society Link opens in a new window

With members in more than 70 countries, the Market Research Society is the world’s largest association representing providers and users of market, social, and opinion research, and business intelligence.

MRS serves both individuals and organisations who identify with its core values of professionalism, excellence, and effectiveness.

It has a diverse membership of individual researchers within agencies, independent consultancies, client-side organisations, the public sector and the academic community – at all levels of seniority and in all job functions.

Royal National Institute of the Blind Link opens in a new window

Royal National Institute of the Blind is the leading UK charity offering practical support and advice to anyone with a sight problem, offering over 60 different services for around 2 million people with serious sight problems throughout the country.

The Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) Link opens in a new window

The UPA is an international body that supports those who promote and advance the development of usable products. In the UK there are events run across the country. User Vision set up the Scottish branch of the UPA in 2004 and a central UK branch has been established for much longer. For UK related information and events see:

W3C Link opens in a new window

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.

W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Link opens in a new window

 The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), in coordination with organisations around the world, pursues accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development.

The starting point for any web project should be a task analysis of the information and features that users need. The second step is to construct information architecture for this content.

Jakob Nielsen.