Userability with Jared Spool & Robert Hoekman, Jr.

It’s a show title, not a typo! Userability was a short-run, free-wheeling call-in podcast where UXers from around the world phoned in to ask Jared Spool and Robert Hoekman, Jr. questions on the spot a wide range of user experience topics. One caller, one question, a handful of useful takeaways, and hopefully some fun throughout.

Episode #1 Exploring More Design Alternatives

January 30, 2009  ·  13 minutes

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Our newest creation: The Userability Podcast. Our listeners call into to ask Jared Spool and Robert Hoekman, Jr. their most vexing design questions. This week: Rob Fay asks about exploring design alternatives.

Show Notes

Friends, I'd like to introduce you to our newest creation, the Userability Podcast. No, I didn't mistype that. As we've mentioned previously, each week I'll pick a caller to ask a UX question of experts Jared Spool and Robert Hoekman, Jr., who will do their best to find a good answer. The catch is, I'm not telling Robert and Jared what to expect… they have to answer you on the spot.

Today we're releasing our pilot episode, with guest Rob Fay, who called in from Washington, D.C. with a great question. Rob asked,

I work for an e-learning company. We have a grading feature in our product that gives teachers the ability to grade an assignment by applying a grade to a gradebook. When we designed this, because of time constraints, we only focused on a few "grading" use cases and we only came up with a few design ideas. I wish we had brainstormed more. How can I influence my team's culture to value design exploration, even within our current constraints?

Tune in to see if Robert and Jared can answer coherently! That's the format of our little show: one caller, one question, a handful of useful takeaways, and hopefully some fun through out.