Tuesday UX Trainer: User testing your designs + usability

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How do you know if your design works? This week’s links are all about usability and testing your designs

1. When presenting your UX work in an interview, sophisticated design teams know to ask you this question: how do you know that’s the right design? They’ll be wondering if you tested your designs on actual users.

Freaking out? Start with this in-depth guide to usability testing. It’s targeted towards entrepreneurs, so it’s written in a practical, actionable format:

// Read here: conversionxl.com/blog/scrappy-entrepreneurs-guide-usability-testing/

2. UserTesting.com is the 800 lb gorilla in the room when it comes to user testing software. UT has a library of mini user-testing case studies, which make for good examples of the benefits of testing across both “business to consumer” and “business to business” companies.

// Browse the library here: usertesting.com/resources/case-studies

3. “I’m afraid you’ve timed out…” What if offline interactions were just like online experiences? This is part of a humorous series from Google that challenges us to design experiences that feel natural and human.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that user testing can reveal user frustrations – and the brands that anticipate this can make a LOT more money.

// Watch the vid here: youtube.com/watch?v=3Sk7cOqB9Dk

4. Most people know Steve Krug by his book Don’t Make Me Think, but Rocket Surgery Made Easy is his follow up guide that teaches you the “do it yourself way” finding and fixing usability issues.

It’s not only a practical book, but has a fun writing style with great illustrations.

// Preview the book here: Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug

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You just read an issue of Tuesday UX Trainer, a series that teaches you something new about UX design every week.

Stay hungry,

Oz, curator dude @ UXBeginner.com

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