CIRCA:User Testing


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While it is tempting to think you know what users want when developing a web site or application, you may be the worst person to define needs. For this reason it is important to both design for anticipated users (other than yourself) and to test with users. Here are some methods for doing that:

  • Developing Personas and Scenarios is one way to design an interface in a structured fashion.
  • The Thinking Aloud method is a way to get feedback from users.
  • Journaling is a way of keeping track of the your (the developer/researcher) ideas about what is happening.
  • Card testing is a way of testing vocabulary choices.
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