Virtual reality is one of the most talked about emerging technologies in the recent years. While the idea isn’t novel, recent progress in computer graphic, haptic feedback and motion tracking technology have enabled VR with nearly infinite number of applications that present many challenges and opportunities for UX professionals. In my blog post, I will take a look at some of the factors that need to be considered in order to create a successful user experience for virtual reality.… Continue Reading »
Lookback.io is a somewhat new tool designed specifically for usability testing. Once you have an account, setup is a simple matter of downloading and installing Lookback, then launching the app and making a test recording. Audio, video and screen actions are recorded and, upon finishing a session, video files are uploaded to your Lookback account.
Once the recording has begun, the app runs in the background and is unobtrusive for testers.… Continue Reading »
F.g.1 ROLI Blocks with full lighting which democratize music production
ROLI Blocks is a concept device which let people create their music as playing building blocks. Each module of ROLI blocks can be put together by magnetic force. Everyone can make music naturally through intuitive gestures on a touch-sensitive playing surface. The block could satisfy any budget, music technique and genre.… Continue Reading »
The logistics of setting up an effective platform for a diary study can be difficult. You need to provide an easily accessible means for participants to submit their entries, stick to the schedule outlined in your planning stage, and organize your results so you can quickly analyze the data. Dovetail, a free webapp released late last year, is a great option to consider next time you’re running a diary study.… Continue Reading »
Various usability testing methods exist for a variety of different insight- and data-gathering needs. Selecting a method should be tailored to the specific research needs of any particular individual or team, and dependant upon the current stage of their project. I decided to focus specifically on 5-second tests and one tool in particular, from UsabilityHub.com.… Continue Reading »
Usability and the US Government go hand in hand. ADA laws require the government to make all of their outputs accessible, so usability is something that goes right along with that. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs are the ones that manage the content of the site usability.gov site.… Continue Reading »
What is “5-Second Test”?
“5 Second Test” is a usability testing tool that tells you whether the webpage effectively engage users. As the name suggests, you display a webpage to users for 5 second, then remove it, and ask them questions based on purpose of the page. It is a convenient and cost-efficient tool widely adopted by UX professionals.… Continue Reading »
Remote user testing has a reputation for being a quick and dirty evaluation method, but like other methods it has strengths, weaknesses, and best use cases. Remote user testing can be divided into two types: moderated and unmoderated. In unmoderated remote user testing, the evaluator and user are not in the same place, and the user evaluates the interface independently.… Continue Reading »
Data-driven design sounds pretty self-explanatory on the surface: collecting data about activities of users on a website and making key design decisions based on the insights garnered from these numbers. Using this data from web analytics to make design decisions can be a cheaper, automated, and potentially quicker way to know what users want. Or is it?… Continue Reading »
When it comes to online experiences, the technology for creating information experiences is often more advanced than the technology designed to document and capture them. But art collective (kind of?) Rhizome has a new tool for capturing online experiences—particularly social media interactions. The goal here is to create a contextual archive that is more like the original experience.… Continue Reading »