Thursday, August 16, 2007

Study Participant Playing Cards

Using participant profile cards ...

"When we’re doing user research, such as usability tests or field studies, we like to keep our users’ real needs in constant consideration. To keep our users on our mind, we create a set of cards with images and information on your users. The cards become useful when you want to talk about something you saw specifically in a test or field visit — you can pick up the card and start discussing the person and what you observed.

Here’s an image of a set I made here at UIE, which I modeled after baseball player cards. These don’t need to be fancy, in fact I made this set in about ten minutes. Here’s how we do it:

1. We start with images of our users. We snap these during our field visits or when people come in for testing. We assure them that the images won’t be used for anything commerical.
2. Second, we use the OmniGroup’s excellent OmniGraffle to layout the cards. If you don’t have OG, you could use something from your Office suite, for instance PowerPoint would be fine. You could simply divide a slide into 6ths to create your cards.
3. We dropped in our images."    (Continued via UIE Brain Sparks)    [Usability Resources]

Participant Playing Cards - Usability, User Interface Design

Participant Playing Cards

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