We acquired our first eye tracker in 2007 and what a beast it was! The size of a large, old PC monitor, heavy and consequently difficult to take out and about. However, it rapidly became an important tool for us in usability testing. Fortunately, the technology has advanced very rapidly and these days our eye tracker is a pocket-sized device you can take anywhere.
Since Web Usability begun way back in 2002, we have conducted thousands of usability testing sessions with hundreds of clients and testers. With these years of experience, here are 4 pieces of advice we would offer anyone embarking on usability testing…
Clients will often come to us with a long list of issues they wish to address during research. These can be wide ranging, determined by underlying internal politics and all in all a bit woolly.
Why can it be a problem?
Topics: Usability Testing
Over the years we have worked for a number of charities, all doing amazing things. Optimising online donation journeys is often a key objective of conducting UX research. Arguably, one of the main reasons for a charity to have a website is to generate donations. However, many make the process long winded and laborious.
As UX Consultants, we spend a lot of time watching testers scan content. Very rarely will a tester knuckle down to read, word for word, the text in front of them. Instead they will pick out words that are relevant to them and skip over everything else. We recommend watching five minutes of eyetracking footage if you don’t believe us.
Topics: ux consultancy
What is the best type of navigation for your website? With our 15 years of UX experience and many hours spent watching thousands of testers on hundreds of websites here are our thoughts.
A solid information architecture (IA) is the bedrock of a good website. IA focuses on the structuring, organisation and labelling of website content to enable users, who arrive at the home page, to meet their goals and complete tasks as quickly and easily as possible.
Topics: Info Architecture
Website accessibility introduction
Website accessibility is an essential part of website development. It is also a complex beast to get your head around. There is a mass of guidance and legislation – some of it seemingly contradictory.
We recently talked about the benefits of testing early – it saves you time, money and headaches. But how do you test early?
Recently, the Nielson Norman Group published an article* reviewing the benefits of individualised personalisation on websites.
Topics: ux consultancy