Session: DIY mobile design & usability testing

Presenter: Belén Barros Pena
Location: 344B
Time: 18:00 – 19:00, sale Firday 10 September

We all now how important usability testing is… We do, right? But applying it to the study of mobile applications and websites brings considerable challenges. Which device should we use for testing? Can we use an emulator? How do we prototype for mobile? Can we just recycle the tasks we use for desktop software tests? Do we test in the lab or in the wild? How do we record screen, fingers and facial expressions?

This last question is the one Belén will try to answer. Follow her and her team in their quest to set up a mobile usability testing environment on a tight budget. Belén will show you how others do it: from Nielsen to Google to Little Springs Design. She will roam around London electronics and professional video stores searching for brackets and webcams. They will put their DIY skills to the test to build our mobile recording device. They will scour the Internet for free software. And they’ll finish it off by running a usability test in front of your eyes. If they can do it, so can you! You’ll come out of this session knowing exactly what you need to do to record mobile usability tests.

Belén is a senior interaction designer with LBi UK, and she is nuts about 1) Mobile and 2) Prototyping in that order. Before landing in London, she was the “mobile person” in iQ Content. She advised clients about mobile strategy and mobile web design, gave training on mobile user experience, and drove iQ Content’s forays into the mobile space. She writes about mobile at http://belenpena.posterous.com, and tries hard not to take anything too seriously.