Usability Consultants. Optimise your site structure using tree testing. Information Architecture Validation Software Take the guesswork out of information architecture with Treejack – the usability testing tool you can use to test your IA without visual distractions.
Treejack helps you prove your site structure will work before you get into interface design. Tree testing is a usability technique for evaluating the findability of topics in a website. It’s also known as ‘reverse card sorting’ or ‘card-based classification’. Tree testing is done on a simplified text version of your site structure – without the influence of navigation aids and visual design. Easy as 1,2,3 “It is so fast and easy to set up that it's really crazy not to use it.” – Jason Holmes, American Greetings Proving an Information Architecture 1. Your “tree” is the site structure, your information architecture. 2. We're here to find out if people can achieve what they came for on your website or intranet. 3. All systems are Go “Oh yes. User Centered Information Design Beautifully Insightful Results. Johnny Holland – It's all about interaction.
» Debunking the Myths of Online Usability Testing Johnny Holland. I love the TV show Myth Busters because it challenges what I think is true.
In the show, popularly held myths are tested in an entertaining and somewhat scientific way. My favorite part of the show, other than the explosions of course, is when my beliefs turn out not to be true. This always keeps me open minded, and focused on reality. I also enjoy being on the other end – exposing myths as unfounded. This is the perspective I am taking for this article.
The motivation for this article is to help UX researchers keep an open mind about online usability testing. 1. Perhaps the most common myth about online usability testing is that the data are not very reliable. There are some very useful techniques to clean up the data. Bottom line, the data from an online usability test can be just as reliable as a traditional lab test. 2. Verbatim comments are not only easy to collect, but they are becoming much easier to analyze. 3. 4. 5. Try it for yourself Top image: Brad Montgomery / cc. Alertbox: Jakob Nielsen's Newsletter on Web Usability. February 16, 2015 When based on user research, personas support user-centered design throughout a project’s lifecycle by making characteristics of key user segments more salient.
February 8, 2015 Before you throw out the old and bring in the new, make sure you have solid evidence that doing so is necessary to achieve user-centered goals. February 1, 2015 What appears at the top of the page vs. what’s hidden will always influence the user experience—regardless of screen size. January 25, 2015 Good FAQ pages use legible typography, chunking, appropriate spacing, easy navigation to individual questions, and reflect the current questions of the site users. The PenPoint tablet was ahead of its time and too expensive and heavy, but had gestural syntax and personal-productivity benefits that we can still learn from. January 18, 2015 Restricting search to a specific area of a website can provide better results, faster. January 11, 2015 January 4, 2015 January 2, 2015.