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Usability lab on a shoestring budget

Usability testing should be an important part of the development of any user interface. Ensuring that the interface is intuitive and easy to use is critical for its success. However, running usability sessions with real users often strikes fear into … Continue reading

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Version 3 User Testing

This round of testing concentrates on Version 3 of the New Data Downloader User Interface. The two previous interfaces have undergone an “expert review” and testing with EDINA staff.  Many issues have been identified and solutions have been implemented.  This version … Continue reading

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Downloader Version 2

Working on the recommendations from the first round of user testing (expert review by the usability expert), Version 2 of the Data Downloader has been developed. The main improvements that have been implimented include: isolate the search and pan/zoom function add select … Continue reading

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Recommendations from UI Testing 1

Based on the first round of UI testing and the report prepared by our usability expert, a number of suggested improvements were put forward for the data downloader.  Actually, the report prepared by David was very useful.  The report did … Continue reading

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New Digimap Data Downloader – Version 1

After a considerable amount of deliberation and discussion the version 1 of the new digimap downloader is ready to be tested.  Figure 1 shows the initial screen of the data downloader.  This is dominated by a large map window surrounded … Continue reading

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User Requirements

The development of Personas through conducting user interviews has revealed a set of core tasks that users of the Data Download service seem to perform.  In addition it has produced a number of things that the users would like the … Continue reading

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User Personas

Part of the process of designing a new interface for the Digimap Data Downloader was to interview users and create personas.  The persona’s would then be used to steer the redesign of the interface. Getting hold of actual users is … Continue reading

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Timeline and Project Plan

This post will provide a detailed plan of how we plan to meet the objectives of USeD project as set out in the Aims and Objectives post.  To find out exactly what the USeD project is, please read this previous … Continue reading

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Aims and Objectives: USeD

This post will look at the aims and objectives of the USeD project. You can read more about the background to the USeD project in this previous blog post. Aim The aim of the USeD project is to improve the … Continue reading

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Meet the USeD project team

The USeD project got underway on the 1st of July, although it felt as though it had been running for a couple of weeks already.  Given the quite tight time scales that the project is set to run on, there … Continue reading

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