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Changes are Afoot!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 31st, 2014

Screen Space is about to be revived. Stay tuned for new features, posts, new podcast episodes (including a special series), and a focus on usability and user experience. This blog was put on hold as I transitioned from academic to industry. Then life happened (including a baby). Now I have a firm foot in industry […]

Exciting news after this short break!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 1st, 2011

Screen Space is taking a few days of vacation. Come back next week for exciting news, Screen Space 22: The Rhetorical Situation Part 1—Purpose and Context, new Tips of the Day, the Typeface of the Week, and more!

In order to celebrate the last episode of the Usability and Usability Testing 101 series, this week’s tips focus on usability testing. After you have selected your users and tasks, there are seven more steps to complete to prepare for your usability testing: Choose order of tasks Create written test materials Recruit participants & determine […]

Screen Space 18: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 4—Preparing the Testing

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 8th, 2011

Welcome to Screen Space, your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and digital media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer. This is episode 18 of Screen Space “Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 4—Preparing the Testing.” In this episode, I discuss the third step of usability testing—preparing the testing. There will be two more parts to this series, where I will discuss conducting the testing and then analyzing and utilizing the results from the testing.

If you have not listened to the previous parts of this series, you may want to go back and listen. In the first part, Screen Space 11: Usability & Usability Testing 101, I discuss usability, provide a definition of usability testing, and outline the steps to conduct a usability test. In Part 2, Screen Space 12: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 2—Selecting Users, you can find information on selecting your users for usability testing. In Part 3, Screen Space 17: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 3—Deciding what to Test, I discuss the steps to setting objectives and selecting tasks to test. You may also find Screen Space 10 on User-Centered Design helpful.

I am your host, Dr. Jennifer L. Bowie. I conduct research and have taught in areas related to digital media, web, and blog design. Previously I mentioned being an assistant professor at GSU. However, this is no longer the case and I am currently looking for a job in usability, user-centered design, and/or social media. Stay tuned and I’ll provide details at the end of this podcast.

A warm welcome this week to my new listeners from Liverpool, London, and Manchester in the UK. Welcome to Screen Space and design well! Another warm welcome to my loyal listeners. Welcome to another episodes and thanks for listening!

In this episode, I will present the next step in usability testing: preparing for the testing. This includes choosing the order of tasks, creating written test materials, recruiting participants, defining team members’ roles, creating a written test plan, practicing the testing, and preparing the test environment. I will use the same example I used in episodes 11, 12, and 17—testing a photography blog. We’ll imagine we have a photography blog with a decent sized audience. We want to get more users and see how useable the blog is for your current users.

 
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Tip of the Day: Make each page of your site clear as to site and purpose

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 20th, 2011

This week’s theme: Best of Screen Space Podcasts With increasing search engine use and the passing of links through email and social media, you cannot guarantee the homepage of your site will be the first page your users see. Or, if they will ever even see it. So, make sure each page of the site […]

Usability of Shortened URLs

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 20th, 2010

Even usability specialists can make usability mistakes, but shortened URLS? Really? As a usability researcher and subscriber to several usability and related issues blogs, podcasts, and email newsletters, I recently received one newsletter email that used a shortened URL (like TinyURL and other services that provide a shorter URL instead of the full URL) to […]