Any new ideas about UT lab?

15 Mar 2009 - 2:14am
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guang Yang
2009

Hi guys! I am currently in charge of planning the set up of a new UT
lab within 2009 and run it after the set up, finially develop to a
whole Ixd center.
Anyone have any ideas about arranging and run a Ixd center? Or any
ideas about your current design center?
I would be very much appreciated for your advices! Thanks!

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15 Mar 2009 - 2:57pm
Mitchell Gass
2004

At 05:14 PM 3/14/2009, guang Yang wrote:
>I am currently in charge of planning the set up of a new UT lab
>within 2009 and run it after the set up, finally develop to a whole
>Ixd center...Anyone have any ideas about arranging and run a Ixd center?

Are you sure you need a lab? For usability tests of web sites and
computer-based products, you can use Morae

http://www.techsmith.com/morae.asp

to record tests, log events, let observers view from other rooms, and
compile video highlights for presentations, all for a little more
than $1000 and the cost of a couple of computers.

Jared Spool has long argued for even simpler testing:

http://www.uie.com/articles/streamlining_usability/

If you do decide to build a lab, much of what you need to consider -
apart from recording and editing technologies, which continue to
change rapidly - has stayed the same over the years. An older source
of information about usability labs that is still quite valuable is a
special issue of the journal _Behaviour & Information Technology_
(ISSN 0144-929X, Volume 13, Numbers 1 and 2) edited by Jakob Nielsen.
Large academic libraries are likely to have a copy, and it may still
be possible to purchase it from

Dawson (UK) Ltd, Back Issues Division
Cannon House
Folkestone, Kent CT19 5EE
UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1303 850101
Fax: +44 (0) 1303 850440

There's a summary of the issue at

http://www.useit.com/papers/uselabs.html

For designing a multipurpose lab for both design and evaluation, the
paper in the issue by Dayton, Tudor, and Root, "Bellcore's
User-Centred-Design Support Centre," is especially thought-provoking.

Mitchell Gass
uLab | PDA: Learning from Users | Designing with Users
Berkeley, CA 94707 USA
+1 510 525-6864 office
+1 415 637-6552 mobile
+1 510 525-4246 fax
http://www.participatorydesign.com/

15 Mar 2009 - 11:26pm
Dante Murphy
2006

I would take this question in a different direction...would you only use this space for "UT", or could it also become a hub for ideation, collaborative design, testing and evaluating equipment or software, etc.? That's what we've done with our space; over the course of a month, we might run tests 10% of the time, but otherwise this room is our design lab, with loads of whiteboards, paper and pens, sticky notes, our only Mac (don't laugh, it was hard to get even that!), and all of the various software that we evaluate or have only one copy of. We're also looking to add additional testing capabilities, including eye-tracking (I know many disdain eye-tracking, but that's a subject for a different post).

The key here is to make the most use of the facilities you have; this serves you and your organization well.

Dante

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Hi guys! I am currently in charge of planning the set up of a new UT
lab within 2009 and run it after the set up, finially develop to a
whole Ixd center.
Anyone have any ideas about arranging and run a Ixd center? Or any
ideas about your current design center?
I would be very much appreciated for your advices! Thanks!
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