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Usability Testing for WebVR
My company, Four Kitchens, set out to create WebVR experiences which can be accessed by anyone with access to a smartphone, internet access and a cardboard headset. We realized that as we created them we were relying on existing design patterns that may not translate to a VR world. There were also some new design patterns that were shots in the dark. In both cases, we quickly recognized a need for more research into how to best design for these new dimensions and variables. Usability testing for WebVR is often different from website usability testing, with complicating factors such as - being able to see what the participant is viewing within the headset; - video recording the participant to capture their movements; - audio recording a participant that may be spinning around while having a headset over their eyes; - giving the participant the space to move around to explore while also keeping them safe from injury; - keeping the participant from getting dizzy or nauseous and handling the situation if they do. We established a protocol and technology solution for each of these factors, but discovered that we needed to modify many aspects while conducting the study. In this presentation, I will discuss what worked, what didn’t work and how the study evolved and adapted. I will also present findings in regards to what are minimum needs to conduct a viable WebVR usability study, from participant compensation to transcription services and beyond. Presenter: Donna Habersaat is passionate about solving problems and making people’s lives easier through human-centered design. Donna began her career in web design in 1995, where she worked on one of the largest content-based websites at the time. Over the years she has applied her skills to a number of large websites evolving the design, technology and content structure of the websites. Donna has a Master of Science in Information Science with a concentration in Usability and Information Architecture. Food/Refreshments: Pizza and refreshments are provided by SolarWinds. Parking: Attendees are welcome to park in the P400 parking garage located directly behind the SolarWinds building (please be considerate of Reserved spaces or Oversized Vehicle spaces). If you park in any of the other parking garages on campus, you may receive a ticket from campus security. The garage has an elevator to use to reach ground level, *4; from there, walk to the building back entrance. Do NOT park in front of the building, as these Visitor spaces are only good for an hour max.


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    Austin UXPA is a local chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) ( We are a non-profit, volunteer-run organization with the goal of providing educational and networking events for user experience designers, researchers, information architects and developers.

    We generally meet the first Tuesday of the month in Austin, but the location varies.

    Our 2018 Board and Advisory members include:

    • Donna Habersaat

    • Danielle Mundle

    • Al Youngblood

    • Ellen Lazaretti

    • Reyda Taylor

    • Srikant Chari

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