I recently recorded a video for Silverlight TV on Quick and Dirty Ux Testing. My goal was to give three techniques that anyone can use to easily, quickly and cheaply test their products.
Silverlight TV Episode
These techniques can be used for any software product, large or small, Mac or PC, Web or Desktop. I used a mobile phone example because it was a small app to demonstrate the points. However, we do all of these techniques to evaluate Visual Studio and other tools, so don't limit yourself.
In the video I discuss three techniques. Here are the tips:
Before you begin, you need to know who you are designing for. Put yourself in that user's shoes to do the evaluation.
TIP: Good to do with a group or
For recruiting participants in your usability assessment: If your app is highly contextual and domain specific, you will need to find people who are in your target audience. If you have a more general app, or general gestures and tasks in your apps, most anyone should do*.
*Put someone in a dark room with a single, small, stationary light source. That person will report that the light source is moving around. It doesn't matter who they are. This is from basic psychology and it's also why lights on the top of towers blink and lighthouses turn around and around.
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