Usability Research: How to test your UI with real users!

Usability testing is a technique used in user-centered interaction design to evaluate a product by testing it on users. This can be seen as an irreplaceable usability practice, since it gives direct input on how real users use the system.

Researching the many experience factors of your product or interface is a very important part of the design process. This phase will validate some design decisions, provide you with insights with discoveries that arise during testing or make you realize you need to pivot entirely. 💪

But, how? 🤔

1️⃣Define what you would like to test first. Remember it’s ok to have multiple testing rounds, the important thing is to test and iterate often and quickly. Once you have a specific flow or journey designed make sure to test it afterwards.

2️⃣Recruit participants. Believe it or not this can be the toughest part of usability testing. It requires good planning and communication. Make sure to inform participants properly about the duration and purpose of what they might be signing up for and think of what rewards you can offer them for their time.

3️⃣Make a testing set up document. In this document you should include what you will be testing, how long it would take, and the tasks that your participants would need to complete.

4️⃣Get your tools ready. If you would like to screenrecord, record reactions, track eye movement or interactions or record audio make sure your tools work fine beforehand.

5️⃣ Run your test with a colleague a couple of times . This helps you optimize your set up and avoid time consuming mistakes.

Good luck! 😁

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