Quick and dirty usability testing

This is an edited excerpt from Chapter 8 of The User Experience Team of One - A Research and Design Survival Guide, published by Rosenfeld Media. Use the discount code NETMAGUXT to get 20 per cent off your purchase

Can people use this product as intended? The essence of the quick-and-dirty usability test is that you do it quickly—like the name says. With this method, you’ll forego rigor and perfectionism to make it possible to get rapid feedback on designs. You’ll let go of recruiting and scheduling time with real users and just test the designs with anyone who’s available. Think of it as putting the design in front of the first person you find (who is unfamiliar with the product) and seeing if they can make sense of it.

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