This site needs to show off my UX research potential, while being clear and informative. Testing and revising the site can improve it while giving me UX project experience.
* Completed: Remote user testing with friends (n=3)
Consider new template
Consider new font choices for consistency with resume
I've moved Process Gallery version 0.1 to the Making the Shift blog.
Using join.me, I ran user tests with three friends. The results were fairly consistent, and suggested key revisions for navigation, images, and content.
- Check mobile views! I adjusted my font sizes for desktop readability, then went back to have a look on mobile a few days later...and found this!
- Take screenshots before starting revisions! I got halfway through my planned list and realized I didn't have samples of what the site looked like before I started.
- Split issues into categories based on severity and ease of fix. Helped me work through the next revision.
- By severity:
- Critical: issue is a major obstacle to getting information about me or presents a mistaken impression about me
- Moderate: issue is not preventing users from reaching information, but is annoying / distracting / not ideal
- By ease:
- Simple: issue is easily fixed (typo)
- Desirable: not sure how to fix issue, given current setup
- All critical issues needed to be addressed, and all simple issues should be addressed.
- Example: On the "Resume and Bio" page, the template prevents me from removing the whitespace, which hid the resume information below the fold. Until I can fix the template, I moved my bio to under the fold to prioritize the resume.
- By severity:
Content and Design
- Parallelism can be a mistake: I'd put my strongest project (the dissertation) first when listing projects, but that made the pages look repetitive, especially if nobody scrolled down. A quick reorganize helped address that.
- Placeholder images need to be temporary. I found myself getting too attached to them. Not because they're lovely, but because they represented completed work, and finding a new image takes more effort - even when the original is dull. So I'm still thinking about better ways to represent qualitative work.
- Templates have their limits. Using Squarespace's York template made it easy to get started, but it did create issues:
- No room for a textbox on the first page where I could give more description about how I got here.
- No clear way to link specific blog posts, which is becoming an issue as I make progress.
- All generic pages have a general format that's shared. So if I wanted to remove the "banner" space from my resume page (where it's in the way), I ended up removing the banner images from the portfolio pages, where they give nice context and a break from text.