Pre Design Process
Pre Design is important! Before cranking up your editor to build a site, take time to consider just a few things. Clearly defining these things will ensure not only a more polished site but also a more successful one.
Why User Testing Is Good
The Sid and Marty Krofft TV show Far Out Space Nuts begins the same way every time...
User Testing the Wired WayAt this point you're probably thinking, "If he's talking so much about asking people what they want, why is HotBot that nasty green? And what's up with that flippy frame on the HotWired frontdoor?" ...
How-to - the Quick and Dirty VersionOK, after that big sales pitch about why user testing is good, here's the short version of how you can do it yourself: Sit people down in front of a Web site and make them use it. Ask them questions. Make them do sample tasks
Whom to Invite Invite the kinds of people who are going to be using the product ...
What to Look forThis is the hard one. Once you've had five people play with your product and you've asked them what they think about it, what does it all mean?
Happily Ever After User testing is not the be-all and end-all of the design process.