Earlier in Jan 2019, I made a trip to Taipei to visit the IxDA Taiwan local group which was one of the oldest IxDA local group in Asia, established in 2010. Next year, they’ll be celebrating their 10th year anniversary and it’s awesome to see how they’ve grown over the years.
I did a sharing of my design journey over the last 15 years and gave some insights to the UX landscape here in Singapore. It was heartening to see such a group of passionate and engaging audience that evening asking many thought provoking questions around Startups in Asia, working in Singapore, advice for those who wish to work here etc.
They wrote a Medium article about what I shared and you can view it right here. Heads up, it’s in Traditional Chinese 😬.
If you’ve ever tried recording audio out in a noisy environment, you know it’s pretty challenging to record what the participant is saying.
We recently conducted a user testing with car insurance buyers over at Vicom, a vehicle inspection centre where car owners bring their cars for inspection in order to renew their road tax. We chose the location as majority of our test participants who fit the criteria are going to be there.
Without a proper space for testing and noisy background, participants were given an ear piece with mic that’s plugged into our laptop so we can record what they say.
Here comes the challenge:
Participants were uncomfortable in using / sharing an earphone
When the earphone is put on, they can’t hear our prompts clearly and have to take out one side of the ear piece fo hear what we’re saying
Length of the earphone also restricts the participant from moving freely.
Extract from Rode’s website: “The Wireless GO is the world’s smallest, most versatile wireless microphone system. The transmitter works as both a clip-on mic or as the world’s smallest beltpack for a RØDE lavalier, sending crystal clear broadcast-grade audio via 2.4GHz digital transmission to the ultra-compact on-camera receiver.”
The idea seems feasible:
Participant wears the transmitter on their shirt or clip on near the top half of their body
Receiver connects to either a laptop or phone
Fire up the voice recording app and record away!
But reality is far from simple. The Rode Wireless Go typically works well with a camera with a microphone port but our laptops (Macbook Pro) and phones don’t have a dedicated port. What we have is a port that connects 3.5mm TRRS pins.
For the Wireless Go to work, we need to get an additional adaptor call SC4 to convert TRS pin from Wireless Go to TRSS for our phones/laptops. Of course, we would also need our Apple lightning to 3.5mm jack adaptor.
After a whole bunch of cabling and plugging around, we finally have a working setup that connects to our laptop.
With this setup, we can record what our test participants say super clearly and they are not bounded by any cables or discomfort using someone’s earphones. The only downside is we aren’t able to monitor the sound of the recording until we complete the test so we had to do some test record to make sure all audio is being captured before passing it to the participant.
What do you think? Do you have a field testing setup that you swear by? Leave us a comment!
This post documents a collection of dark UX patterns used by various products and services. Design is a powerful skill that either improves the world we live in or makes us miserable. Dark UX patterns are designs that focus on commercial benefits at the expense of users, using persuasive or, at times, unethical methods to make us do things we don’t want.
I subscribed to UXPin recently to test out the features and see if it was of any good to projects. Turned out I didn’t really need it and I was looking high and low for the cancellation option until I found it hidden as a fine print, in super light grey text that no one can see. I wonder how ethical it is to make it so difficult for people to cancel their subscription. Well, I cancelled anyway.
oBike – Cancellation Refund
Saw this on Linkedin some time back. Once again, hidden refund text no one can see. Compared to UXPin, oBike made it worse by adding a huge call-to-action (CTA) button to “Be an oBike VIP”.
If you managed to spot the first “Continue to refund” link, how about the second “Confirm” button that’s again styled in light grey text?
Seriously, if people want to leave, they will. No matter how hard you try to stop them, they’ll leave. Leveraging on behavioural psychology to cheat users into pressing the wrong button, shame on you.
I’ve been taking buses more frequently now that I’ve sold my car and I can’t help but observe how bus drivers have been using this complex-looking two-piece screen device that’s in front of them.
On closer look, the top screen seems to be “touch screen” enabled where the driver can tap on the various icons such as the microphone to make an announcement and also view information about the trip like what is the next stop.
The bottom screen however looks non-touch screen, where existing buttons on the sides are configured for a particular purpose as shown on the screen. E.g. button “0” is meant for “End Trip”.
I wonder how long bus drivers took to master the usage of this two-piece dashboard and how often mistakes were made when using it.
Which also leads me to wonder, how can we simplify the design to make it user friendly?
As some of you may know, I’m fascinated by lift buttons. Yes, you’ve read it right. Lift buttons are such an interesting component of our daily life but not many people pay attention to them. Here, I’ve collated a list of interesting lift buttons I came across and also from others. If you have an interesting lift button pic to share, send it to me 🙂
Yes, hello world. It’s been awhile since I last wrote anything and this time round, I’ll be putting in effort to share my learning journey as a designer. Where possible I’ll also be sharing work in progress on projects I’m working on. Most projects are confidential at the moment but I’ll see how I can share the on-going learnings without divulging any confidential information. Stay tuned and see you around 🙂