Userfocus Usability Newsletter, February 2016

Welcome to the February edition of the Userfocus usability and user experience newsletter!

Message from the Editor

Paganists amongst you will know that today, February 1st, is the Imbolc festival. Marking the beginning of Spring, Imbolc celebrates the 'return of the light' as days begin to lengthen.

I like to see this as a metaphor for user research. Activities like field visits and usability tests 'turn on the light': they help design teams discover the people who will be using their product or service. So this month, I've written an article on improving your skills at moderating usability tests. I hope you find it useful.

David Travis

The 4 mistakes you’ll make as a usability test moderator

What are the most common mistakes that test moderators make? I’ve observed usability tests moderated by consultants, in-house researchers, junior user researchers and experienced practitioners and there are some common mistakes I come across time and again. These mistakes are like a rite of passage on the route to becoming a user researcher, but even experienced practitioners aren't immune from making them. Read the article in full: The 4 mistakes you’ll make as a usability test moderator.

From our archives: Five kinds of 'alt' text

There are five different classes of image used on web pages and each class of image requires a different approach to writing the 'alt' attribute. Read the article in full: From our archives: Five kinds of 'alt' text.

What we’re reading

Some interesting usability-related articles that got our attention over the last month:

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This month's user experience training course

Foundation Certificate in User Experience, Feb 15-17, London.

Be amongst the first cohort of people to gain the BCS Foundation Certificate in User Experience. You'll gain hands-on practice in all the key areas of UX — from interviewing your users through to prototyping and usability testing your designs — while you prepare for and take the exam.

More information about this training course: Foundation Certificate in User Experience.

User Experience quotation of the month

"Creativity is just connecting things." — Steve Jobs.

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