Exploring a full range of scenarios on the iPad
We ran lab based user testing with 12 participants over 2 days. Sessions were ran using the prototype iPad app over 60 minutes, where users were asked to explore a full range of scenarios, from simple browsing to ordering a sofa for home delivery. Following this, users were asked to complete a survey to produce some quantitative data regarding their opinions.
For recruitment, we were tasked with finding a wide range of users who could give a good cross section of the Argos customer base. In collaboration with Argos we produced profiles that covered the majority of their users to ensure the app would be developed to suit a variety of users needs.
During sessions we used our mobile testing kit, which recorded both the actions of the user together with their reactions with a video in video screen capture. These videos assisted the design team by showing insights into user behaviour which could then be used to modify the design in their iterative design process.
Using video clips to support recommendations
Our results were presented to Argos through a thorough report that identified high to low priority issues, with video clips to support our observations. We identified areas of the user interface where users’ were finding it difficult to operate the app. One such recommendation was to provide product categories from the home page for users to easily narrow down their search. Through the use of one-on-one interviews we found differences between what users expected an Argos app to be able to do and what it was being designed to do, particularly surrounding transactional capabilities such as reserving vs. paying online.