How to Recruit Users for Usability Studies
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7 Great, Tried and Tested UX Research Techniques
Thinking about conducting some user research? Wondering which techniques are most likely to provide useful results? Then look no further. We’ve compiled a list of 7 excellent techniques which are tried and tested and have been proven to deliver real value in UX projects. Let’s take a look at each technique and see what it is and why it works: T...
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How to Conduct User Observations
Observing users interacting with a product can be a great way to understand the usability of a product and to some extent the overall user experience. Conducting observations is relatively easy as it doesn’t require a huge amount of training and it can be relatively fast – depending on the sample size of users you intend to observe.Author/Copyri...
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How to Conduct a Cognitive Walkthrough
Cognitive walkthroughs are used to examine the usability of a product. They are designed to see whether or not a new user can easily carry out tasks within a given system. It is a task-specific approach to usability (in contrast to heuristic evaluation which is a more holistic usability inspection). The idea is that if given a choice – most user...
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Mobile Usability Research – The Important Differences from the Desktop
It’s important to remember that while we may use the same methods for mobile usability research as we use for other types of usability research; the mobile environment is different to the environment at the desktop. This means being aware of the context and adapting research to take advantage of that context. It’s not so much learning new resear...
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It Ain’t What You Do, It’s the Way That You Do It – Mobile App Usability Best Practices
There are best practices for mobile usability as there are best practices for usability on other platforms. These best practices are not a substitute for user research and usability testing; they are intended as a “quick start” guide to get your designs moving in the right direction. There are no absolute rules in usability design and your users...
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Porter’s 5 Forces Model - Design in Context, Understand the Market
Before you start to implement Porter’s 5 Forces Model, it is important to understand the context in which it is used. It is most valuable when applied to an entire market (either national or global) rather than to a sub-section of a market (e.g. you and a handful of direct competitors). It is very much a high-level strategic tool to understand y...
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Four Assumptions for Usability Evaluations
Usability is a vital part of the user experience as a whole. It’s vital for UX design teams to be able to assess whether a system they’ve developed is “usable”. When we say “usable” what we normally mean is the “extent to which a system is simple and enjoyable to use”. Yet, as with all simple concepts the reality of conducting usability evaluati...
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Unmoderated Remote Usability Testing (URUT) - Every Step You Take, We Won’t Be Watching You
Unmoderated Remote Usability Testing (URUT) is a technique designed to help you overcome the downsides of moderated usability testing. While moderated usability testing is undeniably useful it suffers from the fact that it’s time consuming, it takes a lot of effort to recruit participants, the costs (due to all that time input) are usually too h...
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Making Use of the Crowd – Social Proof and the User Experience
Social proof (sometimes referred to as informational social influence) is a psychological concept. It refers to the tendency of human beings to follow the actions of others when making decisions and placing weight on those actions to assume “the correct decision”. It’s a concept that can be used in product design for the Internet and mobile web ...
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4 Steps for Performing Effective Market Research for Start-ups
Market research is a huge field of endeavour, and many overlaps exist between market research and User Experience research. However, if you’re running a start-up business and don’t have the time to learn the entire field of research, four simple steps can help you conduct market research to understand your clients better without spending a fortu...
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- 9 months ago
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