David Hamill’s usability testing tips

David Hamill
1 min readFeb 27, 2020

I’ve kinda stumbled into doing a series of usability testing tips on LinkedIn. I did two and they were quite popular, so now I’m compelled to keep going. I’m going to use this post to collate them all by linking to each of the posts on LinkedIn.

  1. “What is this screen telling you?”
  2. “What’s going to happen if you click this?”
  3. Humanising your observers
  4. Hypotheses about other users
  5. Learning your introduction by heart
  6. The tale of two prototypes
  7. Observation room rules
  8. Screener questions for unmoderated tests
  9. Distance yourself from the design
  10. Prototypes should be consistent and realistic
  11. Clear out ‘dead would’
  12. Test tasks over interactions
  13. How to handle the T word
  14. Relax and make mistakes
  15. Avoid Hansel & Grettel tasks
  16. Bin your homepage exploration task
  17. Give participants permission to be careless
  18. Echoing the participant
  19. Don’t conflate participants with users
  20. Play yourself down
  21. Ignore participants’ views on aesthetics (mostly)

About the author

I’m David Hamill. I help organisations take better decisions through lean but meaningful UX research. If you liked this post, you can read some more below.

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