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Mac reaches the big Three O

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 25th, 2014

NPR had a great story about the Mac turning 30 in which they talked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook. The story reminded me of why I am in usability and how innovative the Mac and Apple are/is. The Mac brought a user-centered interface to the users—a GUI (Graphical User Interface). When they designed it […]

Have you considered a job in usability?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 12th, 2012

Convinced after all my posts abut UPA last week that usability rocks? Want to make the world a better place? Or at least the web? Have you considered a job in usability? Onward Search has this great resource for jobs in User Experience and Usability. It includes: Salary Information: From $62,000 to $81,000 Job Trends: […]

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: How to figure out what the reading level of your text is

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 30th, 2011

In yesterday’s Tip of the Day, I discussed how the average US adult reads at an 8th grade reading level. So, if you are writing something to be read by the average American, you need to write at an 8th grade reading level. Today’s tip shows you how to figure that out. In Word 2010: […]

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 […]

[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 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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Google Usability Study–Example call for participants (and decent payment!)

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 6th, 2011

In the forthcoming Screen Space 18: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 4— Preparing the Testing, I discuss recruiting and paying participants in usability testing (I’ll post the episode Monday August 6th at 12:01 am). Google, with its huge popularity, doesn’t even need to do their own recruiting. This blog post on a Google usability […]

If you are not using Twitter and your audience is younger, female, urban, minority and/or tech enthusiasts, you are missing out. People in these categories are more likely to use Twitter. So tweet to them! In addition, about 8% of US adults use Twitter, so this is a great way to reach a non-insignificant number […]

Who Uses Twitter?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 3rd, 2011

I’ve been using Twitter for almost four years now. I now have three Twitter accounts. My personal account (Starre), an account for my classes (DrJLBowie), and the new Screen Space (Screen_Space). I’ve incorporated Twitter into a few of my classes, to the students’ mix of horror and excitement. But, as Lauren Dugan discuss in “So, […]