We’re excited to announce the Areedi Usability Lab, which will be opening in 2018.
The Areedi team has devoted a lot of time in 2017 to advocating for improving usability and designing better products & services. Most recently, Uyai has spoken about running successful design sprints (which require testing prototypes with users) at the monthly Usable meetup and the triple threat of designing, testing and iterating at World Usability Day.
We’ve fielded a lot of questions about how to find users. Some of which include:
Can I just randomly walk up to people and ask for their opinion?
Isn’t it really awkward to do usability testing?
How many users do I actually need?
We’ve usually suggested a mix of the following: asking friends and family (with a caveat for the tester to rememer that they’re not without bias), asking people in a shopping center or restaurant, or recruiting from social media. However, for some people, this is not enough guidance. Even if they can recruit users, they are not sure of the right questions to ask.
This is where the Areedi Usability Lab will come in useful. We can guide you through usability tests for your products and services – including websites, apps, and prototypes.
How does the Lab work?
- A team develops a product or service, and would like some feedback on whether it is usable
- The team reaches out to us to facilitate a usability test for them
- We review what the team is trying to achieve, and we suggest the right type of test based on our experience (click tests, task completion, one-on-one interviews with videos etc.)
- Testers are recruited from our database (we usually recommend 5 – 8 testers per usability cycle, as they will unearth 85-90% of your usability problems)
- We facilitate the scheduling and logistics
- Tests are recorded carefully, along with any feedback, and are sent to the client
- The client may choose to run another set of usability tests after feedback has been incorporated into the product or service
If you’re a team that would like to request usability testing, please bookmark this page or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll notify you when we launch in January.
Can I still join the tester database?
Yes! We thought you’d never ask. Here’s the fine print:
- If you are younger than 18 years old, you’ll need parental permission to attend an in person test.
- You should have a good internet connection for online tests
- You should have a decent grasp of the English language, as most tests will be in English
- Certain tests may have additional client requirements – these will be clearly stated during recruitment
- You will be rewarded with a small token of airtime or gift cards for each test that you participate in.
- This is not a full time job, and it is not supposed to be a replacement for what earns you a living.
How do I sign up?
- You don’t have to pay to join the database – it’s completely FREE!
- We will email or call you when there are opportunities available.
- Please fill out the Areedi Usability Lab Registration Form below, and a confirmation email will be sent to you shortly afterward
Thank you for helping us make things more usable in 2018!