[Ux] User research to compare UX alternatives?

Colin Clark colinbdclark at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 12:28:40 EST 2013

Hi Christophe,

I think this issue came up on the teleconference yesterday, but I just wanted to reiterate that we do various types of user research throughout our design process. We're also leveraging the participatory design and contextual inquiry we've done over the years while designing UI Options. We tend to like to involve users throughout the process, not just by asking them A/B test wireframes late in the process.

I know that Vivien has been also planning to do paper prototype testing of some of the new PMT designs as part of the upcoming pilot evaluation.

If you have suggestions for other kinds of user research activities you think we should try, let us know.



Colin Clark

On 2013-02-19, at 8:46 AM, Christophe Strobbe <strobbe at hdm-stuttgart.de> wrote:

> Hi,
> So far, we've been discussing some designs (wireframes etc) for the PMT
> and the PCP. Rather than discussing a single design (per tool) and
> discussing it among ourselves, wouldn't it be better to develop several
> designs (wireframes, paper prototypes, ...) and undertake user research to
> find out their pros and cons? Part of this project is supposed to be
> research, and getting feedback from users would contribute to that.
> I also think that user research might help solve the problem of combining
> or separating certain tools. If we have a separate PMT, PCP and Matchmaker
> Feedback Panel, how do users deal with the complexity of using three
> tools? How do we communicate which tool to use in what circumstances?
> Would they prefer separate tools or combine some of them? That looks like
> quite a bit of research ;-)
> Best regards,
> Christophe
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