Usability Testing

Usability testing is a type of qualitative research that collects feedback about the design and functionality of different products (Automobile etc) and websites. Historically, software, Websites, ATM machines, printers and Telephone systems have been evaluated with usability Testing. Usability testing enables the easy-to-use, intuitive design and user experience to be evaluated
Usability tests are performed individually with respondents. Usually 12 members are sufficient for the feedback needed. The test is supervised by a qualified moderator. Depending on the interface tested and client requirements, the duration of the real usability test can vary.

Advantages of usability testing
Can be given user input earliest in the design process so that more work is focused.
Can results be obtained with a small number of respondents.
Engineers and designers can find out where test subjects have issues, allowing for rapid changes helping to prioritize improvements / modifying.

As a caution, the outcomes of a usability test of one project should not be planned for other projects. Each project therefore should be tested on its own because there are distinct audiences or purposes for distinct products and websites.

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