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Leah Buley has recently summarized two quick usability tests that need to be frequently used during your project to validate precision of your design.

Here we are introducing the amended extract from Chapter 8 of The User Experience Team of One – A Research and Design Survival Guide, issued by Rosenfeld Media. By using a discounted code NETMAGUXT, you will get 20 percent off on your purchase.

This quick-and-dirty usability test performs quite well and quickly that you will even decline consistency to obtain quick reaction on designs. With this technique, you may avoid recruiting and setting up time with actual users just to test the design with anyone available over there. Just imagine as you put your design in front of a person who is not even aware about the product and see whether he can make sense of it.

Ideally, you need to test designs with those who are completely aware about the product and signify the proposed end-user. On the contrary, if you are just looking for the unbiased feedback on design, then you can simply test your design with anyone you feel like. This will provide you a unique outlook and also help you to resolve uncertain queries.

Estimated Time: Make it 10- 15 minutes per person when required.

Usage: You can do it to perform a quality check during the design process. Also, you can use it frequently to validate your work.

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Get anyone : During the design process, if you feel to check the accuracy of your work, just grab a printout of your design and show it to anyone your find first to confirm whether it is making sense or not. This person can be anyone who may sits next to your desk or someone encountered in the cafeteria zone or any random person.

Seek their comment and ask what they think about it

You need to have a clear idea about the purpose of the page or any section of the design that you are working on. What is the basic purpose of designing it? What is the prime use of it? These are some of the key question that needs to be clearly defined in your mind before finalizing your design and do take feedback from your volunteer. Simply ask him to respond on how he could interact with this particular design to complete his task. If you are designing multiple screens, just ask the volunteer to describe what it shows and how he would be able to move to the next step. This testing process should hardly take 5 minutes, or it might get longer.

Get a few more volunteers: After showing your design to one person, grab some more volunteers for same testing process. They can be your friends or colleagues and hopefully they might want to get involved in this after knowing that you consider their outlook as important as yours.

Revise the designs: If you find that anything that confuses others or is interpreted in different manner than you envisioned, then it is recommended to revise your design and make required changes to avoid such confusion.

Suggested tips and actions for quick-and-dirty usability tests

A quick and dirty usability tests are preferably for products with less technical purpose or users. If you have a technical product on which you are trying to use a quick-and-dirty usability test, then your need to find a person who is a worthy stand-in for a typical user. For this, you need a few more minutes to clarify the concept and other terminology.

Prepare yourself to fix required changes as desired. If you find anything confusing in your design after few conversations, do not hesitate to stop and fix such issues to get a perfect design.

In case you are working remotely, prepare a list of friends, family members or others to procure their help. In addition, there are many online tools that will help you to create test scenarios and also record users that are going through these scenarios.

TryMyUI, OpenHallway and Chalkmark are some of the useful tools that provide you great assistance to perform such testing process. In fact, TryMyUI also provide you participants to go through this process.

Five-Second Test

A five second test is also considered as an intuitive method to effectively assess the information ordered in a product. This test helps you to have a clear view about the memorable given moment in the product or services for the users. For more information visit www.uie.com/articles/five_second_test/

A five-second test effectively demonstrates a design to a user for five second and then removes it to know what exactly a user recalls about this design.

Alike a quick-and-dirty usability test, this five-second test needs to be done on a regular basis to verify the progress of your design process. Also, you can merge a quick-and-dirty usability test with a five-second test for a quick and great round of authentication.

In this five-second test, a screen or a moment in a product will be exposed to a user and simply ask him to view it for only five seconds. After this, just remove it and ask user what he/she remembers and thinks about the screen or page. You can consider the fact that users often use your product in a multi-tasking state therefore, a five-second test can act as a great indicator to know about the users experience regarding your product.

Estimated time: This testing process may take 5-10 minutes per screen.

Usage: You can use this five-second testing process to test the information and accuracy of a page or screen. It is recommended to perform this check often during your design process.

Suggested Tips and actions for five-second tests

For a successful testing, use a variety of screens as, it is a great way to authenticate significant parts of your product, including home page. However, many users also prefer back door to enter the product. They may poke online to save bookmarks and also follow suggested links in the mailing account.

To verify your product design, consider this five-second test on randomly visited lower-level pages too to check whether a design is robust on all stages.

The above mentioned points are few recommended testing tips and tricks to successfully validate the design and its development process. Feel free to post your feedback on this.

 


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