You Are Not Your User: How to Test (and Improve) the Usability of Your Website (With Zero Budget)

Usability Testing allows designers and webmasters not only to observe how users engage websites, but also understand their thought patterns and needs. This feedback gives focused direction on how to make websites easier to use and it doesn’t have to cost a dime.

In this  presentation you will learn why testing is important, how to prepare and conduct testing sessions and how to use test results to inform crucial website design and content decisions  – all without a budget.

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Unified Student Experience (USE) Website

  • Client: Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD)
  • Target audiences:
    • Students, prospective
  • Goals:
    • Integrate nine higher education websites  (with different designs, navigation and platforms) into one cohesive portal
    • Design navigation and web elements to intuitively aid the user in finding the information they seek
    • Allow the different colleges to retain some sort of branding elements on their sites
  • My roles/responsibilities in this project:
    • UX researcher
    • Interface designer
    • Visual designer

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