Usability testing for your interface in 5 seconds

This is truely a web 2.0 app. It is the website at fivesecondtest.com.

Website and interface designers biggest challenge is to ensure that users understand what they Five Minute Test Website want to communicate through their website or application. For example if you build a website you would want to know if the design of your website actually says or sells what you want it to sell. How would you do that?

This is where the service at fivesecondtest.com comes in handy. Fivesecondtest.com is based on the 5 second test principle which is supported by Usability Interface Engineering. UIE is a leading research, training, and consulting firm specializing in web site and product usability and was founded by Jared M. Spool. The website shows a image (might be a web page or an interface) for 5 seconds and evaluates as to what the user remembered about the image. Five seconds might not seem much but people usually form opinions or make decisions in the those first five seconds specially in case of websites.

HOW IT WORKS

The website provides a simple service which allows you to upload an image of your interface. Once it is uploaded a link is generated which you can share with others whom you might request to take the five second test. When the users (those who take the test) click on the link they are shown the image you uploaded for 5 seconds. They are then taken to another page where they are asked to list five things they remember from the image they saw and submit the information. The results are submitted which are mailed to you. The results help you analyze as to what visitors to your website would remember from your interface. Based on the feedback you can redesign and test the new design again.

I have created a test. I would be grateful if you take the test at http://ping.fm/b94uv

Critics might argue that a service is not needed for this and that what can be accomplished in lesser time is done over a period of time. But then fiveminutetest.com makes the whole testing process fun to do and also helps your in maintaining records of the tests.

Once can also expire or retire a test after some time. The service is being managed by User Interface Engineering who are pioneers in usability testing. The website also gives an example of how the service was used to tweak the look of the Red Cross website so that visitors remembered donation options within 5 seconds of visiting the website.

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Author: palimadra

An earthling who is a perpetual learner as I constantly find new stuff to learn. I make websites and help to improve their visibility for professionals and small businesses to ensure that I put the food on the table. Each time I realize that I have been in the industry for 15 years it seems surreal as it feels as if I started about a year back but then I realize I have a 13 year old daughter! Some of the skills I have acquired are HTML5 & CSS3 development Website Development and Design WordPress Development Tumblr Development Bootstrap Framework node.js Jekyll Mentoring some bright and hardworking people is something I have enjoyed in the past. Blogging allows me to share my thoughts with whoever wants to hear (or read). Training is another area which I have dabbled in training (web development, SEO and online marketing) and I plan to take it further. At times I do practice Taekwondo and if I can find a partner play Lawn Tennis. Should you have the desire, feel free to contact me.

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