Sunday, August 9, 2015

Gina's usability test results (part 1)

I wanted to point everyone to Gina's usability test results (part 1), as part of her internship with Outreachy. Gina has been working on a usability test of GNOME, and in this part of her analysis, Gina provides an overview of the usability test results: what went well, and where testers encountered difficulty.

Reading through the results, it seems Gina's testers complained most about lack of obviousness, and lack of feedback. They did very well with familiarity to other platforms.

I find it interesting that testers were confused about the application menu, and the use of right-click instead. I think more work is needed in the application menu. In my previous usability tests, menus were an important part of usability. In GNOME, some actions are in a “gear” menu, while other “top level” or “global” actions are in the application menu.
image: Outreachy

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