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How we do usability testing - all in moderation

Posted by admin on Sep 20, 2018 10:55:45 AM

There are many ways to skin a cat, as the saying goes. There are also many ways to conduct usability testing (see ‘Why do usability testing’ to sample some of the different flavours).
For us, the best method is moderated usability testing in the lab or remote. Why? It allows you to find out why problems happen on websites and apps by watching behaviours in real time and probing around testers' responses.

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Personas: what are they and how can you use them

Posted by Peter on Sep 18, 2018 12:43:54 PM
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Topics: ux consultancy, usability, Blog, User Insights, Info Architecture, Usability Testing

What are the benefits of usability testing early?

Posted by admin on Sep 17, 2018 12:11:49 PM

Usability testing early in the web development process saves you time and money and will result in a better outcome overall.

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Why do usability testing

Posted by admin on Sep 14, 2018 1:42:42 PM

There are now lots of ways to gain insight into the user experience:

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Topics: usability, Usability Testing

Usability testing on a budget

Posted by admin on Jul 18, 2018 1:59:45 PM

We know budgets can be tight and often stretching to a fully-fledged usability project is just not achievable. For anyone in that boat, here are our top tips for running your own usability session on the cheap...

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Topics: usability, Usability Testing

UX for change

Posted by admin on Jul 18, 2018 9:46:16 AM

Organisational change is like steering a big ship – hard work and slow to turn.

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Topics: ux consultancy, Views and News, Usability Testing

Chatbot - user research and testing would make them better

Posted by admin on Feb 1, 2018 2:36:37 PM

Most current chatbots are not very good. This makes it very easy for people to be sceptical about them and ignore the whole approach. However, this is often because the user’s needs were not fully understood or because they have not been adequately tested with users.

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Topics: ux consultancy, usability, Blog, Chatbots, Machine Learning, User Insights, Views and News, Usability Testing

University web sites - can they be usable?

Posted by admin on Sep 4, 2017 10:21:12 AM

Over the years we have undertaken usability testing on several University websites. I have blogged before about why so many University sites are so unusable, and concluded that the problems are primarily organisational not technical. Our recent experience seems to confirm that this is still the case.

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Topics: usability, Blog, User Insights, Usability Testing

Gov.uk doesn’t work for some users

Posted by admin on Jul 10, 2017 3:09:20 PM

I have always been a bit of a fan of Gov.uk. From a citizen’s point of view, it has transformed many aspects of transacting with Government. Whether it is re-taxing the car, applying for a passport or applying for a patent it is now quick and straightforward. Gov.uk clearly deserves many of the plaudits it has received. The principle that users don’t care about which government body a service is being delivered by - they just want the service - is both sensible and user focused.

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Topics: ux consultancy, usability, Blog, Usability Expert Advice, User Insights, Usability Testing

You see what you expect to see…

Posted by admin on Jun 26, 2017 12:42:50 PM

I have a confession to make – one that is a bit embarrassing. As a researcher, I know you must not trust your own opinions but should look at the evidence, because often our instinctive view of world - or of people’s behaviour – is wrong!

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Topics: usability, Blog, Usability Expert Advice, User Insights, Usability Testing

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