Userfocus Usability Newsletter, June 2009

Welcome to the June edition of the Userfocus usability newsletter.

Message from the Editor

We've been using comics increasingly in our user experience work. We find them a great way to communicate scenarios and future usage patterns to design teams. This month, we've put together a comic to describe the basics of moderating a usability test. We're offering this guide to newsletter subscribers only, so you won't find any links to this on our web site. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it!

Usability Test Moderation: The Comic

If you've been tasked with running a usability test, then you'll love this instructional guide. Aimed at people about to moderate their first usability test, this free graphic instruction guide covers the essential techniques you'll need to moderate a usability test. Read the article in full: Usability Test Moderation: The Comic.

Updated eBook: Morae 3.1 for Usability Practitioners

By the end of the week we expect to release an updated version of our popular eBook, 'Morae for Usability Practitioners'. Targeted at both new and experienced users of Morae, Morae for Usability Practitioners is a step-by-step guide to using the new features in Morae 3.1 to plan, execute and analyse usability tests. Packed with insider tips and expert advice, this guide will help you use Morae to its full potential. As with all of our eBooks, if you buy it now you'll get all future updates free of charge. Morae for Usability Practitioners.

Usability Training: Now Booking

Our usability training courses in London and Chicago are filling up fast. We have just 2 places left on the London courses so if you're interested you should book quickly.

Morae Essentials, June 10, Chicago

For new users of Techsmith's Morae who want to run a usability test, "Morae Essentials" is a 1-day seminar that shows delegates how to set up, observe, log and analyze a usability test with Morae. More information about this training course (via Blueprint Usability): Morae Essentials.

A Practical Guide to Usability Testing, June 25, London

For people in design teams who want to gain confidence in usability testing, "A practical guide to usability testing" is a 1-day workshop that shows delegates how to obtain customer feedback on prototypes and finished products. Unlike lecture-based courses, delegates get practical, hands-on experience moderating and logging usability tests. 2 places remaining. More information about this training course: A Practical Guide to Usability Testing.

How to carry out an expert review, August 6, London

For people in design teams who need to spot usability problems in prototypes and finished products, “How to carry out a usability expert review” is a 1-day seminar that teaches delegates cost-effective methods to evaluate designs. Unlike courses in usability testing, this seminar teaches delegates how to find and fix usability problems without involving end users. 2 places remaining. More information about this training course: How to carry out an expert review.

User Experience quotation of the month

"Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it." — George Bernard Shaw.

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