Dr. David Travis is the Managing Director of Userfocus, an independent consultancy specialising in user experience. He has worked in the fields of human factors, usability and user experience since 1989. David helps both large firms and start ups connect with their customers and bring business ideas to market.
David holds a BSc and a PhD in Psychology and he is a Chartered Psychologist. His professional affiliations include membership of the British Psychological Society, the Experimental Psychology Society, the Information Architecture Institute and the User Experience Professionals Association. He has published two books on usability and over 30 scientific papers and has led seminars and tutorials at international symposia.
Between 1983 and 1988, David carried out research in psychology at the universities of Cambridge, London, York and New York. Since 1988 he has worked as a user experience consultant, first as an internal consultant at BT Laboratories and later (since 1995) as an external consultant.
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As we go through the course, you’ll download worksheets, try out sample exercises, take quizzes and view demonstrations of UX methods that you can then apply to your design problem. Since we cover the full design lifecycle, this means that at the end of the course you’ll understand your users and their goals, design great looking pages, create sites that are easy to navigate, prototype your web site and usability test your design.
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- On completion of the training, you will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for free, e-mail-based, refresher training.
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Imagine you work for a company developing a new user interface for a home entertainment system.
You’re going to visit a customer to see how the existing system is used.
After you’ve watched the video, list 10 things you learnt from observing Ozzie in context.
Note: The video includes bad language -- best not to play it loudly in your office.
Great field researchers demonstrate 5 key behaviours. Let's review each of those behaviours in turn.
A common design mistake is to assume the design should always be made as flexible as possible. Flexibility has costs in terms of decreased efficiency, added complexity, increased time, and money for development. A focus on users tasks can help us enormously.
How does your company measure the success of its products and services? Are product teams judged on how easy their products are to use or on how fast the products are completed? You might not think that user experience can be measured, but it can. Here's how.
This lecture shows a screencast of an online card sort in progress, so you can see how it works.
Note: these links were only added in July 2013 so it will be a while before there is a lot of data to compare.
Paper prototyping is one of the best methods we have of rapidly mocking up and testing our design idea with users. In this lecture, I explain what paper prototyping is (and what it isn't).
In collaboration with Rolf Molich, Jakob Nielsen created 10 principles or "heuristics" you can use to evaluate your interface. Here we review the first five heuristics.
How can we get away with just 5 users in a usability test? The answer is because we focus on behaviour rather than opinion but this has important consequences for how we run a usability test.
In this lecture, we review the three main phases in a usability test and show you how to moderate your own usability test.
Testing a paper prototype is different to testing a live web site. How can you make the test interactive when using paper? This lecture explains how.
This is a recording of the Q&A webinar held on 26th June 2013.
Websites I mentioned during the broadcast:
- For all things related to analysing UX data: http://measuringusability.com
- For a list of conferences on UX: http://lanyrd.com/topics/user-experience/
- UX forums: http://ux.stackexchange.com/questions and http://www.quora.com/User-Experience
Some of the tools I mentioned during the broadcast:
- OptimalSort and Treejack: http://www.optimalworkshop.com/
- Verify: http://verifyapp.com
- Loop11: http://www.loop11.com/
- And for a longer list of similar tools, see: http://remoteresear.ch/tools/
Questions covered on this Q&A
Careers in UX
I am studying human computer interaction, interface design and usability. I don't have experience in computer field as I am changing profession. I am very passionate about what I study and I use all my free time to study among with school and work. How can I approach an employer and convince them with my CV without having experience?
Having completed your course and some other study I feel ready to dive into UX and User Testing work, so what's the next step? The usual problem arises I get a job with out experience, can't get experience without a job. Any suggestions on who to approach this.
Is the HFI-CUA exam worth it, meaning is it credible enough to consider paying for? Are there alternatives to this certificate? Credibility as a UX professional - how do I best boost it?
I'm in a small company, and we are a very small UX team (2 people) with limited capacity. Sometimes I feel like we are working on the wrong things — like discussions with developers, where we have to fight for our solutions because developers say the ideas are too complex to implement. At the same time, we are not always 100% sure if our solution is the best solution because we can only roughly test our solution in advance, due to budget and timeline. If for any reason our solution needs to be changed afterwards, the discussions with development sometimes get nasty because we're proven wrong. I'm always saying that usability design is an agile discipline, too. Just like our development is agile (SCRUM). But I feel like I'm talking to a wall. Developers tend to protect their area from outside influence like UX designers.
So here are some questions to that:
Which of your methods apply best to designers who have to work within the confines of existing software templates and standards of a large enterprise system? The company I work for has software that is so vast that radical design changes are difficult.
I'm in a small software company with a small UX team (2 people). I'm also member of an innovation project team where we are exploring new ideas and new concepts all around our business sector. The team has members from different disciplines like sales, development, support, marketing, product management, UX & Design, board members, etc. My part in the team is the UX discipline. I'd like to do a quick briefing from time to time where I introduce the core principles of UX to all team members. What would be your key topics or most valuable lessons on UX to an innovation project team?
The line that define UX and strategy in the online world is getting blurred leaving the two professional roles collaborate close to each other in different projects. How a UX designer can close the gap and learn more about strategy to be recognise as trustable figure in the business?
How do I…?
Could you explain how to go from a group of tasks to creating a task flow through task analysis? I have trouble understanding and isolating the user objects and actions, etc.
How do you elicit user goals during interviews / contextual inquiries? Are there specific types of questions we can ask, or are they inferred from understanding their tasks?
I'd like to know a bit more about how to prepare Card Sorting with the client/boss, a few project owners are interested in helping with it however they don't understand how it works. So, should we do a test run while creating tasks/cards or just "play" with the ones I prepare?
PS: I think it's not on the scope of the course but I'd like to know more about how to charge/assess quotes.
What do you think about Social Product Development as a new way working with users? How should we change the workflow for making user research?
It would be useful to get more information about IA, card sorting, red routes and UX & Agile:
This is a great class to get a basic understanding of UX Design and how it all works. Coming from a print background, I didn't know much about this area of design and now I have a decent understanding and I now know some of the terminology. Granted I can't throw myself headfirst into the UX world, but now I will understand it better when I am working with it.
Very thorough, informative and easy to understand quickly. Dr David Travis is a brilliant lecturer and the materials provided are even more useful.
This course is a true accelerator to all who want to learn the best practices of user experience design and testing. The course is very well structured, and there is an excellent Q&A session and forum where you can find answers to almost all of your questions. I highly recommend this course!
Very informative and in-depth. Gives a good foundation to apply principles in practice.
I am impressed with how much you care, thank you for this.