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Sound Usability!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on February 26th, 2012

I just got back from the wonderful Symposium on Usability, Information Design, and Information Interaction to Communicate Complex Information. I have some posts planned covering some of the content from the Symposium. I presented at the Symposium, combining my love of usability with my love of podcasts and podcasting: “Sound Usability: Usability heuristics and guidelines […]

Tip of the day: Do not require location-based services, but allow them!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 19th, 2011

Do not require location-based services on your website, blog, or other digital media, but do allow them. According to Pew Internet, “28% of American adults use mobile and social location-based services.”  If you want to include location-based services in your website, blog, or other digital media, do so. But do not require your users to […]

Tip of the Day: Analyze your audience!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 7th, 2011

In the last Tip of the Day, I suggested that writing for one’s audience would lead to a stronger text. To do so, you must analyze your audience. When analyzing your audience, first consider demographics, like: Age Sex Location Language Race Ethnicity and Culture And much more Next consider how the audience is using your […]

In order to celebrate the  last episode of the Usability and Usability Testing 101 series, this week’s tips focus on usability testing. The final steps of usability testing, after you have prepared for testing and conducted the testing, are not only fun, but easy if you follow my steps. First collate the data into findings. […]

Surf the web to be better at your job: Web surfing aids productivity

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 25th, 2011

Do you surf the web at work? Perhaps you sneak in a bit of surfing time between hard tasks or when boredom hits. A recent research study suggests that surfing the web may actually help you be more productive at work! Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G Lim, of the National University of Singapore, presented […]

In order to celebrate the last episode of the Usability and Usability Testing 101 series, this week’s tips focus on usability testing. When creating what the tasks will be for your usability testing, consider purpose, objectives, type of test, and then develop those tasks. Don’t just pull tasks out of the air, develop your tasks […]

[Podcast Transcript] 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 20 of Screen Space “Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 6—Analyzing and Utilizing the Results.” In this episode, I discuss what to do with the […]

 
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Screen Space 19: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 5— Conducting the Testing

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 16th, 2011

 
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[Podcast Transcript] 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 19 of Screen Space “Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 5—Conducting the Testing.” In this episode, I discuss the fourth step of usability testing—what […]

Google+ already has more than 20 million users!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 9th, 2011

Last week I wrote about the number of users on Twitter—about 24.5 to 34.5 million US adults. According to Amir Efrata, Google+ has  20 million unique visitors in the first 3 week (the numbers were reported July 20, 2011). Google+ has an international number of users nearing Twitters US users. The US Google+ population is, […]

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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