Posts tagged ‘testing’

Why we test

I came across this great quote that pretty much sums up the case for usability testing, in an article that isn’t actually about usability, per se:

‘All character is action’ goes the old Hollywood cliché — that is, we learn far more about people by how they behave than we do from what they tell us about themselves. – Mark Earls [via Conversation Agent]

The article itself is a pretty interesting analysis of the divergent reactions to Michael Jackson’s death and the role of social media in the response – worth a read.


July 6, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Excellent usability test idea

I added some links to my resource page because I read Aaron Schmidt’s post a few weeks ago and got inspired to try some different usability methods. 5-second Tests seem like a great way to test variations of a design. I’ve been looking for quick and easy ways to test small content blocks on our site, and this may be the best option. There’s even a site to help you do it.

The great thing about the fivesecondtest site is that you can participate in tests of other interfaces and you will come away with useful ideas to apply to your own design. NYPL’s Infomaki does the same thing. They’ve created their own usability test site, and I spent a fair amount of time answering questions just to see the types of things that they were asking – it’s sort-of addicting!

May 22, 2009 at 5:38 am

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." - Pearce