Ditch the book – Come to a virtual seminar on “usability testing in the wild”

I’m excited about getting to do a virtual seminar with the folks at User Interface Engineering (www.uie.com) on Wednesday, October 22 at 1 pm Eastern Time. I’ll be talking about doing “minimalist” usability tests — boiling usability testing down to its essence and doing just what is necessary to gather data to inform design decisions.

If you use my promo code when you sign up for the session — DCWILD — you can get in for the low, low price of $99 ($30 off the regular price of $129). Listen and watch in a conference room with all your team mates and get the best deal ever.

For more about the virtual seminar, see the full description.

Usability testing and democracy: evaluating ballot designs makes the headlines

Today the Brennan Center for Justice at the law school at NYU released a major report about the impact of poor ballot designs and unclear instructions on voters and the importance of usability testing.
Among the highlights is an overview of the Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) usability testing kit for local election officials (the LEO Usability Testing Kit). Members of the UPA Usability in Civic Life Project are working with Brennan Center to provide direct training for election officials.
The report is titled Better Ballots, and can be found on the Brennan Center site:

The report released today, and 3 articles in USA Today and the New York Times highlight it.
Study: Poor ballot designs still affect U.S. elections

Ballot designs are ‘literacy test for voters’

Influx of Voters Expected to Test New Technology