Earlier this year, I worked with other Canonical designers on a poster for Ubuntu contributors about how to solve design problems. This poster was shared with participants at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in California.
It’s any situation where
Whether you’re designing something new, or redesigning something, even following just one of these steps will help. The more steps you follow, the better the results.
Try writing a one-paragraph persona, giving the name, age, occupation, experience, values etc of a target user.
Ideally, personas are based on interviews or surveys. Find out more about personas on usability.gov.
If you have an existing implementation, what’s good and bad about it?
Is a similar problem addressed in other applications, or on other platforms? You might even do usability testing of the competition.
Think of as many alternative solutions as you can. Things to try:
Then, compare your alternative solutions on the scales that are important to your target users. These might include:
Testing a static design, you can sketch a paper prototype, or use a printed screenshot or mockup to show people.
With something more complex, implement a prototype and get people to try it.
Be clear that you’re testing the software, not the people. And don’t give hints unless someone says they’re completely stuck. 24 Ways has a good guide to fast and simple usability testing.
Interested in running Ubuntu Desktop in your organisation?
Over the past year, we’ve been working hard to bring you the next release of Vanilla framework: version 2.0, our most stable release to date. Since our last significant release, v1.8.0 back in July last year, we’ve been working hard to…
This was a fairly busy two weeks for the Web & design team at Canonical. Here are some of the highlights of our completed work. Web Web is the squad that develop and maintain most of the brochure websites across the Canonical.…
It was another busy iteration for the web and design team, trying to get a lot of work wrapped up before we head off to Lyon, France for our 19.10 Roadmap cycle kick-off.