Week 6: Initial User Tests

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Here we are at week number 7 of our project and the assignment for this week was to perform a preliminary user testing using our paper prototype from last week to receive first rough feedback from our potential users. The purpose of the preliminary user testing is to react and incorporate major changes of the initial design of our project due to feedback of our users.

Last week our group created a low-fidelity prototype which has shown the three main user actions task of our application:

  • User gender & Clothes category selection
  • Trying on the clothes
  • Buying the chosen clothes

This week our task was to ask some potential users of our application to perform the three tasks listed above using our created paper prototype and to carefully observe how the user would interact with our application and which problems she/he might have using our application. According to observation, we made some improvements to our prototype that we want to show you next.

User gender & Clothes category selection

During the selection of the gender and the clothes category, we observed that our users most of the time did not have major problems. However a couple of them mentioned that they would never buy hats or underwear using our application. Therefore we removed the mentioned categories and replaced them with categories the user proposed. These were T-shirts (Male + Female) and Skirts (Female):

Trying on the clothes

During this task, most of the users were confused about how they select clothing. For them it was not clear how to “scroll” through the shown clothing. Therefore we improved our paper prototype using a movable holder for the clothes which we would move if the user waves her/his arm upwards or downwards accordingly.  Furthermore it was not clear for all users, how they would go back to category and gender selection. To solve this, we created a “Back”-Button which brings them back to the first view of the application:

Buying the chosen clothes

In this last task, several users were confused about the buying process. Therefore we made it more clearly by using Post It Notes as pricing values, which we would place on the screen at the same time they selected the clothing. That way, it was clearer to the users that the prices only of clothing the currently selected are shown and that only the information about the current outfit would be sent to the ofthe store they are shopping at:

Task Breakdown:

Getting User Feedback: Simon, Kevin, Alex
Modifying the Prototype: Sean, Oliver, Alex, Oleg
Publishing: Oleg

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