Des Traynor spoke to lots of developers from both the Sanger Institute and the EBI about content strategy for application developers. Read on for sketchnotes, slides and a note on “micro copy”.
In the world of publicly-funded scientific research, we don’t often think about commerce and transactions, because we’re not selling anything. However, there is obviously money involved somewhere (ask any PI!).
Someone has paid for those data to be produced, and someone has funded the project to create an interface to make those data available and usable.
I am interested in applying commercial thinking to our situation, even if we never talk about customers, conversions and profit, as some of you might have noticed when I work with you. It is worth considering the ROI, or return on investment, of applying user experience (UX) design practices to scientific projects (where a web app or piece of software is the main, tangible product).
With that in mind, have a look at this short video explaining why it is worth including UX or user-centred design principles in the project development:
Aiming to clearly define project requirements early on, to communicate well, and to sort out and align stakeholder politics can pay dividends for the project as a whole.
If you want to know more about how to apply UX design practices to your project, keep an eye on the articles that appear on this blog, contact me or Jenny Cham, and we will help you out however we can.
When I am involved in face-to-face usability tests, I like to type up my observations during the test session, whenever possible. The most important points end up in a post-it note display; something that can be discussed with developers.
Admittedly, typing up notes is a lot easier if I am an observer, rather than the facilitator. In the latter case, I would aim to only note down issues that seem particularly pertinent.
When I helped Jenny Cham with usability tests she was running in Sweden earlier this year, I was an observer, so had the luxury of being able to type and not have to talk! Continue reading