Archive for the 'Usability Testing' topic

Steve Portigal – You’ve Done All This Research… Now What?

Conducting research and gathering data are crucial parts in the process of creating great design. But once you have all of the data, what do you do with it? How do you know you’re extracting the right conclusions and not leaving anything important on the table? Steve Portigal discusses the methods of synthesis and ideation to approach this crucial next step.

UIEtips: Usability Testing – Oh, The Things You Can Learn

Almost 23 years ago, UIE started with the goal of conducting usability tests for clients. For many years, we made quite a good business of this. Now, it feels like we do our best to convince people they should be conducting tests on their own, even those folks who want to pay us. Don’t get […]

Tips for Recruiting Research Participants

Our good friend, Dana Chisnell, wrote a fabulous answer on Quora, sharing her tips on recruiting participants for user research: Do the recruiting yourself. This gives you bonus research data about your people, and you may learn things you hadn’t anticipated that will influence how you conduct the study. It also starts a relationship with […]

UIEtips: 3 Questions You Shouldn’t Ask During User Research

When we prepare for our user research sessions, it’s easy to focus on the questions we should ask. But what about the ones we shouldn’t ask? Our goal, of course, is to learn everything we can. We need to leverage the research time, to ensure we’re filling our brains with the information we’ll need to […]

UIEtips: Pros and Cons of Remote Usability Testing

30 years ago, I conducted my first usability study. The lab we had— the first ever built for this purpose— was the size of a janitor’s closet (because it was a converted janitor’s closet) and was packed with more than $20,000 of video equipment (because that’s what a simple camera and editing system cost then). […]

UIEtips: Are You Really Prepared for Your Usability Study? The Three Steps for Success

Usability testing is a powerful tool. It guides the design of products. It informs us on the behaviors and expectations of users. And it gives teams a way to measure how close they are to achieving their goals. Our clients recognize that usability testing is still the most effective way to ensure their designs meet […]

Userability Podcast #16 – Testing Without Solutions

Our guest Jon Wold from Oslo brings up a really great point about test results: It’s hard to report on problems without providing suggestions for correcting the problems you observe in testing. Tune in to get Jared and Robert’s suggestions on the topic.

UIEtips: Q&A with UX Experts on Usability and Prototyping

The world of user experience design is made up of many disciplines. On the list, there is information architecture, usability testing, visual design, interactive design, copywriting, and prototyping (and this is just a sample of the list). At a minimum you need an understanding of the principles of these disciplines and often you need to […]

SpoolCast: Backstage at 37signals with Jason Fried

Jason Fried brings a unique viewpoint to any design discussion, one informed by years of success with his company, 37signals. Recently, Jared Spool was able to chat with Jason about 37signals’ current work. If you’re joining us at the UIE Web App Masters Tour in Minneapolis or Philadelphia, Jason will go into even more detail

A Practitioners Guide to Prototyping

Our March 31 webinar, A Practitioners Guide to Prototyping, is full of great stuff for you: a critical topic, a rock star presenter, loads of actionable takeaways, a free PDF copy of an acclaimed book, a bonus seminar. What more could you want for your team? Prototyping is an iterative process. You discover what works, […]