Prep for mobile user testing and demoing

E.J. Zufelt everett at zufelt.ca
Sat Aug 22 04:46:09 UTC 2009


Good evening,

Sep 4-5 work best for me in Toronto, but I am open to earlier dates in  
the week.

Remote did seem to work quite well with Decapod.

Thanks,
Everett

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On 21-Aug-09, at 2:22 PM, James William Yoon wrote:

> This is a fabulous idea. We'll start coordinating on our side to  
> make it happen.
>
> Alison, Armin maybe you could work with Erin on updating the protocols
> next week. Erin and I are at the MMI the first week of September, but
> if Alison and Armin are available, they could run the tests with
> Everett. Otherwise, we'll go with the remote testing route.
>
> James
>
> On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 7:38 PM, E.J. Zufelt<everett at zufelt.ca> wrote:
>> Good afternoon James,
>> I think it might still be useful to do some human-screen-reader  
>> testing on
>> the wire frames (i.e. where a human is the screen-reader).  This  
>> would be
>> easily accomplishable over the phone / skype and may reveal some  
>> things
>> early on to make it easier for developers not to overlook  
>> accessibility
>> related issues.
>> HTH,
>> Everett
>>
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>> On 20-Aug-09, at 5:31 PM, James William Yoon wrote:
>>
>> It'd be awesome if we could do some early accessibility testing on  
>> the
>> mobile app, but this is really dependent on when the developers  
>> have a
>> functional prototype of the app.
>>
>> In the interim, we were going to do a cheap faux-functionality
>> wireframes-in-screen test, where the user wouldn't actually be  
>> looking
>> at text, but rather a mock image of the text (and of the screen
>> overall). It's unfortunate, but it really is a cheap, fast, and
>> effective option, albeit with the drawback that we can't do screen
>> reader testing on it.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> James
>>
>> On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 2:18 PM, Alison
>> Benjamin<alison.benjamin at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> The mobile app looks like a lot of fun to use :o)
>>
>> I think we should take advantage of the iPhone's screen reader and do
>>
>> UX testing with respect to this early on. I'm not deeply familiar  
>> with
>>
>> the design priorities for McCord but I think this will affect how
>>
>> generalizable the app is.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Alison
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 12:03 PM, James William
>>
>> Yoon<james.yoon at utoronto.ca> wrote:
>>
>> Just an update on what we're up to in terms of mobile design. We're
>>
>> still building new screens, revising old ones, creating variations of
>>
>> existing ones, and getting feedback and direction from Hugues
>>
>> (McCord), Nicole (McCord), Nancy (SI American Art), and Titus
>>
>> (Experius). One of our next steps is to start doing some user testing
>>
>> of the wireframes.
>>
>> In preparation for doing some of that user testing and demoing, we
>>
>> have a couple of tasks ahead of us:
>>
>> 1. Write up the user testing protocol: Erin's been working on writing
>>
>> up a testing protocol for our wireframes. They can found here:
>>
>> http://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/fluid/Mobile+user+testing+protocol
>>
>> ; comments, revisions are very welcome as usual!
>>
>> 2. Set up the testing platform: we're planning to use
>>
>> wireframes-in-screen testing to give faux-functionality, a la recent
>>
>> publication by Bolchini (http://interactions.acm.org/content/? 
>> p=1263).
>>
>> In a nutshell, we'll have images of the wireframes on the mobile
>>
>> device, with clickable hot spots which transition the user to the  
>> next
>>
>> appropriate screen (=  image = wireframe). Jacob's helping us  
>> maintain
>>
>> a sense of the mobile experience by using the screen navigator to get
>>
>> that sliding screen transition effect between screens.
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> James
>>
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