Usability testing involves putting someone in front of a website (or prototype or sketch) and watching them use it while they "think out loud." For the month of October, UX Champaign-Urbana is going to be leading all kinds of community events to get anyone involved in making websites excited about usability testing. In that spirit, we are going to be revisiting an old favorite for our October's meetup.
Steve Krug wrote the book on usability testing, literally. Rocket Surgery Made Easy presents usability testing as something that can be done quickly, cheaply, and above all....easily. You don't need a fancy laboratory or a team of psychologists to figure out how people are interacting with your site. Just an idea and a willing user (or two). Steve thinks usability testing is an approachable activity that anyone who is doing UX should be doing regularly, and we couldn't agree more.
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Steve Krug is a legend in the world of UX. In addition to writing another popular book in the field, he has produced work for Apple, Bloomberg.com, Lexus.com, NPR, and the International Monetary Fund. He currently runs the consulting firm Advanced Common Sense.
As always, you don't have to read the book to attend and participate in the conversation. Everyone is welcome!
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