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Mobile Application Usability Testing

Amit Saxena

We are increasingly using smartphones, tablets, and music players in our work and lives, and there are hundreds of thousands of applications currently available for download. At Blink, we regularly conduct mobile application usability testing for different clients who are optimizing their websites for mobile use or designing new apps.

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Usability Testing of Fruit

Kelly Franznick

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you did a usability test of fruit? We did. Blink created this fun look at something near and dear to our hearts – usability testing. We hope you enjoy it!

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Lessons from Usability Testing-Designing for the Real World

Jen Amsterlaw, PH.D

When designing a new system (or redesigning an existing one), it’s important to keep the user’s real-world context in mind. A lot of thought and effort will hopefully go into making sure the product delivers the right set of features, has the right look and feel, and abides by standard UI conventions. But designs that seem solid conceptually can still fail if they do not take into account how real users will interact with them in the real world.

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Trade-Offs In Moderated & Unmoderated Usability Testing

Siri Mehus, Ph.D.

At Blink we practice evidence-driven design. That means that the design recommendations and decisions we make are grounded in solid data and sound reasoning. But what counts as good evidence? What are the data and reasoning that stand behind a well-motivated design decision?

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Turning Usability Findings into Design Changes

John Dirks

You’re coming up for air after an intense usability study. Your usability consultant has delivered actionable findings and recommendations to your team that you know would really improve the user experience. Now what?

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When Remote Research is the Best Choice (and How to Do it Right)

Mira Rao

What do we mean by remote research? When is remote research the right choice? What are some tips for dealing with the challenges that come along with this approach?

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Eye Tracking Usability Studies

John Dirks

To determine what usability study participants look at and take in while viewing online media, we used to watch their mouse cursors, interactions with links and controls, and body language. We also listened carefully to their think-aloud narratives and comments. These traditional testing techniques, however, could never tell us definitively what users notice and what they don’t. Eye tracking usability studies open up a new frontier.

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Mobile Text Entry Methods Usability Study

Nika Smith

The mobile device and application market has grown rapidly over the last few years, allowing users to stay in touch and work with data more effectively on the go. Text entry methods vary significantly across devices, raising an important question: Which input methods actually work well for entering text?

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Beyond Scope & Severity: A Better Way to Prioritize Usability Issues

Tom Satwicz, Ph.D.

A list of usability findings can be difficult to parse: they are long, highlight negative aspects of your design, and no matter how diligently your team works, they never seem to disappear completely. Despite these facts, there is hope.

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Aesthetics and Usability

Kelly Franznick

A common question Interface Designers face is, how does one present a lot of information without making the interface seem too busy or overwhelming?

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The UX of Stitch Fix: A Perfect Fit

Ankitha Bharadwaj

Stitch Fix is a personal shopping service for women that has been gaining popularity lately. I couldn’t help but compare my Stitch Fix experience to other services that also attempt to serve me recommended content – i.e., Netflix, Spotify, Amazon.

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Why We Rebuilt Our Usability Lab Technology for Better UX

Mark Gsellman

We take pride in helping our clients design and build exceptional user experiences. So it comes as no surprise that we would want to do the same thing with our usability labs – ensure the user experience for our clients is seamless, innovative, and effective by keeping “technology” out of their way.

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