Hi Folks,Just a quick reminder that we'll be discussing and performing usability testing at the Gig Harbor Web Design Meetup tomorrow.
Please feel free to bring a site that you'd like to have tested along with how you'd like it tested.
I'm all for low-budget testing with three people testing each site. Steve Krug and Jakob Nielsen both recommend small groups of three people and have shown that testing more can lead to learning less. "Better to test early and often."According to Mr. Krug, there are two basic types of testing:
- "Get it" testing - you show the user the site and see if they 'get it.' Do they understand the purpose, value proposition, organization, operation, etc.
- Task testing - you lay out a handful of tasks and watch the users try to accomplish the tasks.
Since we've a limited time at the meetup, if you're bringing a site to test, please come prepared with a list of 5 or 6 things to test using one or both of the above methods (we'll all help).
In the meantime, here are a few usability links you might enjoy:
There's also a really handy sample usability test script on Mr. Krug's site at:http://www.sensible.com/Downloads/script.doc
Cheers and hope to see you tomorrow at the Meetup.