There’s a usability testing revival going on. I don’t know if you know that.

This new testing is leaner, faster, smarter, more collaborative, and covers more ground in less time. How does that happen? Everyone on the team is empowered to go do usability testing themselves. This isn’t science, it’s sensible design research. At it’s essence, usability testing is a simple thing: something to test, somewhere that makes sense, with someone who would be a real user.

But not everyone has time to get a Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction or cognitive or behavioral psychology. Most of the teams I work with don’t even have time to attend a 2-day workshop or read a 400-page manual. These people are brave and experimental, anyway. Why not give them a tiny, sweet tool to guide them, and just let them have at it? Let us not hold them back.

Introducing the
Usability Testing Pocket Guide

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11 simple steps to ensure users can use your designs

This 32-page, 3.5 x 5-inch book includes steps and tips, along with a quick checklist to help you know whether what you’re doing will work.

The covers are printed on 100% recycled chipboard. The internal pages are vegetable-based inks on 100% recycled papers. The Field Guides are printed by Scout Books and designed by Oxide Design Co.

These lovelies are designed for designers, developers, engineers, product managers, marketers, and executives to learn useful techniques within minutes. The prescriptions within come from masters of the craft, who have been doing and teaching usability testing for as long as the world has known about the method.

Printed copies will be available for sale in January 2013.

Here’s a view inside:

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