Friday, September 21, 2012

Usability


Remember to test and test often!

There are many methods of testing sites for a variety of things designers want to know about its use. Some tests examine the way in which people use the navigation or how they move from one page to another. Other tests examine how long some one takes to use the site and still others examine the what people get from using the site in terms of information or if their question was answered or if they purchased something they were looking to buy.

Most importantly, when performing a test with users you must have a task to test. If you do not describe what you would like the user to do there is no incentive to do, anything and therefore a worthless study. As a check list of usability testing you must have the following.
1. A task
2. A measure (time, achievement, goal)
3. An expected outcome
4. A way to document the test
5. Something to compare 

U S A B I L I T Y    L A B
The usability lab is located on the 3rd floor of McLaurin Hall. The lab has three rooms the outside rooms are for conducting tests and the central room is to track and collect information for the tests.

If you or you know of someone who is interested in using the lab please contact Prof. Gerry Derksen of the Digital Information Design program for fees, and time schedules.

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