Welcome to the June edition of the Userfocus usability newsletter.
Feature Article: Measuring the usability of everyday products
ISO have released a new standard for measuring the usability of every day products, like ticket machines, mobile phones and digital cameras. This standard, ISO 20282, includes test methods for quantifying the usability of consumer products to ensure they meet a pre-defined quality level. This development is exciting because the standard's focus on usability measurement reflects a sea change in the evolving practice of usability. In the old world, usability specialists just found usability problems with a design. In the new world, usability specialists also answer the question: "How usable is this design?" Read the article in full: Measuring the usability of everyday products
Usability Training: Now Booking
Morae Essentials, July 1 2008, London.
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 analyse a usability test with Morae. Unlike training from software vendors, this workshop shows delegates real-life examples of how Morae is used in practice by usability experts. More information about this training course: Morae training.
How to carry out an expert review, September 2 2008, 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. More information about this training course: Expert Review training.
Web Usability Training, October 7-8 2008, London
For web designers who want hands-on experience with usability tools and techniques, "Web Usability" is a 2-day immersion seminar that shows delegates how to boost sales and conversion rates, increase usage and improve customer satisfaction. Unlike shorter introductory courses, this in-depth workshop covers the entire design and development lifecycle. More information about this training course: Web Usability training.