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Testing Web Page Design Concepts for Usability

Dey Alexander, Usability Specialist, Information Technology Services, Building 3A, Monash University, 3800. Email: dey.alexander@its.monash.edu.au

Derek Brown, Project Officer, Information Technology Services, Building 3A, Monash University, 3800. Email: derek.brown@adm.monash.edu.au


Keywords

user-centred design, UCD, usability testing, paper prototypes, visual design


Abstract

In order to identify the extent to which visual designs assist users to locate particular elements that might be contained on a web page (such as search, site-wide navigation, and local navigation), we used a usability testing method described by Tullis (1998) to test a set of five web page design concepts. All text elements on each of the designs were "greeked", or turned into nonsense text. This meant that users had to rely on the communicative aspects of each design in order to perform their tasks. The results matched our initial predictions about design elements that might lead to usability problems.


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