Saturday 25th September, 2010
9:15am to 10:00am
Usability testing is an information architect’s bread and butter, but applying it to the study of mobile applications and websites brings considerable challenges. Which device should we use for testing? Can we use an emulator? How do we prototype for mobile? Can we just recycle the tasks we use for desktop software tests? Do we test in the lab or in the wild? How do we record screen, fingers and facial expressions?
We don’t intend to address all the above in just 45 minutes: that would be madness. We’ll focus instead on the last question.
Follow us in our quest to set up a mobile usability testing environment on a tight budget. We’ll show you how others do it: from Nielsen to Google to Little Springs Design. We’ll roam around London electronics and professional video stores searching for brackets and webcams. We’ll put our DIY skills to the test and waste a lot of silicon trying to build our mobile recording device. We’ll scour the Internet for free software. And we’ll finish it off by running a usability test in front of your eyes.
If we can do it, so can you! You’ll come out of this session knowing exactly what you need to do to record mobile usability tests.
Why do we do it? Because we want a mobile usability testing kit at the ready on every information architect’s desk. We’ve been the voice of desktop users for a while now: let’s not forget about the mobile ones.
Independent interaction designer/user researcher. Passionate about mobile. MSc in HCS student @ City University London. Ex-NSNer
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