After reading this article, I am definitely relieved when it comes to financial ability to do usability testing. What I have been mainly wondering is how do small companies afford successful usability tests? This reading definitely answered that question. I really focused on the tips for setting up usability testing and why focusing on some details can be really unnecessary, Time consuming, and inevitably hinder you more than help you. I appreciated the small tips as well like not recording the interviews or sitting down right after and discussing it with your team of designers. Those things put the process a little more into perspective for me.
The small company that I work with now, Gradient Productions, is going through the first testing phase of an app that we are designing right now. The project is still young and it was a relief to read the part about starting testing early. I know there will be several other testing phases as we expand on the interface, and I will definitely take some of the knowledge I gained from this and apply it. I want the interface to be something that is really simple to use. This reminds of what the article said about simplicity, even people that have a higher level of intelligence aren’t going to be offended by a simple interface.
Over all, I think this was the most interesting and helpful material for this class. Not that the other readings weren’t useful, I just felt that this one answered many questions for me. I had actually never heard of usability testing within the graphic design field before this and I’m sure that my designs will be better because of these readings and this class.