Digital convention: your new best friend

Posted by Lucy Collins on May 13, 2014 9:35:27 AM

Recently, we have spent a lot of time watching testers navigate their way around the smartphone apps of a well-known British newspaper. What is becoming increasingly apparent is the importance iconography has to play in a user’s experience of a site. With the growing dominance of smartphones and tablets, and the limited real estate these smaller devices offer, icons are especially important, when words will not fit. At times icons can be misleading or misunderstood but the rise in digital conventions is aiding a smoother UX experience in many mobile sites.

User goals and your app

Posted by Lucy Collins on Aug 1, 2013 11:34:41 AM

Think about user goals and put yourself in their shoes. Provide usable and useful content.

Mobile sites vs. Apps...which to choose?

Posted by Lucy Collins on Aug 16, 2012 3:45:48 PM

Managing expectations of your app

Posted by Lucy Collins on May 21, 2012 11:38:48 AM

Manage expectations. Your app description must clarify what it does and doesn't do. It should be short, bullet pointed and not full of jargon.

Managing expectations when producing an app is vital. Not doing so leaves users disappointed and could potentially damage your brand.
Take the Sainsbury's app for example. Do you expect to be able to buy your food shopping on this app? Most people would answer 'yes' to this question. So the question is, if you can't order shopping on this app, what's it for? It can find your nearest Sainsbury's, tell you about the latest offers and provide you with Sainsbury's news. Whilst these features are nice to have, it is questionable whether this is what users expect. User reviews include Sainsbury's need to launch an iPhone shopping app, I for one have defected to Tesco's. Come on Sainsbury's, keep up with Tesco. This app is useless. We want a Sainsbury's shopping app, not a guided tour to nowhere!. In their defence, however, the app description does outline what it does in reality: a store locator, information about top deals, Sainsbur's news and Nectar points information. Despite this though, this app fails to meet users' expectations.

App testing news

Posted by Peter Collins on May 1, 2012 4:09:49 PM

Over the last month or so Web Usability has been getting to grips with user testing apps. The number of these is growing exponentially and, while many are great, there are even more that aren't very useful or aren't very usable, so there is clearly a need to test these with users to ensure they work properly.

App Testing

Posted by Lucy Collins on Apr 20, 2012 4:57:24 PM

With thousands of apps on the market, users are overwhelmed with choice. To ensure an app is successful users need to be able to find it, think that it's relevant to them and find it easy to use.

Making your app stand out from the crowd

Posted by Lucy Collins on Mar 23, 2012 10:25:24 AM

With over 1 million  apps in the Apps store, it's hard to make your app stand out. Our testers tell us that they sometimes use downtime to browse the app store but most often they are scanning quickly for an app to fulfill a particular need. They are in 'fast flick' mode. So what catches their attention? Names they know and icons which give strong scent about what the app can do for them.

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