UI Testing With Real Users{2}

by Daniel S
One key aspect to user-interface design is how to run a user test. A user test is to show the developer how user friendly your design is. A user test should always involve users with no software skills whatsoever. This way the feedback that is given to the developer will be much more valuable, and also it will be unbiased. The test users that you’ve selected should also click around on various menus and the developer should log how the users use your system. As a developer, you have to be aware that since you’re using testers with no software skills, patience is the key. Some users might feel overwhelmed, stressed, and/or emotionally distressed.

Source: Nielsen, Jakob. (1996). Putting the user in user-interface testing. Software, IEEE , 13(3), 89-90.

This article compliments with what we learned this past week when we discussed on the topic of user interface. The creation of a unique, easy to remember, site logo was discussed so that visitors can easily remember the logo. Also, when designing a website, the website should be user friendly, and easy to use. Having added features such as a site map can help users navigate with ease. When you launch a website, you’re reaching out to a wide range of peers, some with technical knowledge, and some with no technical knowledge.

This article grabbed my attention because it was a journal article that was describing the challenges that you might face during the user-interface design. I personally have never created my own website before, however, I do have a better understanding of some of the difficulties one might be faced when designing one. User-friendliness for example is extremely important in my opinion, especially since you’re dealing with a wide range audience.