Tech Critique: Lookback.io

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 »

ROLI: Create Music as Playing LEGO

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 »

Dovetail – A Diary Study Tool

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 »

DIY Web Archiving

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 »

UX and Usability for Reference & Public Services

How could the methods, values, and attitudes of UX and usability research be applied in thinking about library public services—experiences which may or may not involve interacting with a digital interface?

Many point out that librarians already test user experience. Assessment of library use, and even experience in particular, is an established feature of reference and instruction.… Continue Reading »