Episode #4 5-Second Usability Tests
This week, Christine and Jared discuss the genesis and value of five-second usability tests.
This week, Christine Perfetti asked me about one of UIE's most popular usability testing techniques, 5-Second Tests. A couple of years ago, Christine Perfetti wrote an excellent introductory article about 5-Second Tests, and we've been getting questions about the technique ever since.
The 5-Second Test Method shows users a single content page for a quick 5 seconds to gather their initial impressions. Five seconds may not seem like a lot of time, but users make important judgments in the first moments they visit a page. In this podcast, Christine and I discuss:
» Why 5-Second Tests should be used primarily to test a site's content pages » Why 5-Second Tests aren't effective on most Home Pages » How to conduct this test with your users » What some of the common mistakes design teams make when conducting a 5-Second Test » How to recruit users with this technique » How to combine 5-Second Techniques with other types of tasks