Usability Tests on Multimedia

Multimedia is fun! It accommodates to my self-diagnosed ADHD. There are a lot of features, but with a lot of features comes a risk for complication or a breach in simplicity and flow of the navigation on the page.

To observe a Usability Test, I examined the site “Powering a Nation”. The site was fun to navigate! I loved the effects. It was a creative way to convey the facts about bringing awareness to American’s water consumption.

The site had it’s drawbacks. The biggest problem I had with the presentation of the site is that I had no idea what it was promoting about water. I definitely got the point that it was about water with the video, but all I can conclude from looking at the entire page is that it was promoting awareness. There was a display box, and on the bottom there were little bubbles that you could click on to change the content of the box. The media in the box rarely had a title, but if you hovered over the bubble, you could see the title. It would have been easier to understand if the titles were more obvious. I clicked on the bubbles because I am weak in curiosity and I had to know what they were!

The navigation was definitely simple. The navigation buttons were very small. I think someone who isn’t aware of this type of media wouldn’t be looking for the small buttons. On the plus side, the navigation was logical.

Finding the contact information about Powering a Nation was easy! I looked for a clue on the page that would lead me somewhere promising and BAM! I saw a link labeled “about” and there was contact information and profiles of everyone involved.

I conducted a usability test on someone else and someone who may not be aware of the details in multimedia. While observing my roommate using the site for 10 minutes, I noticed her asking what the site was about, or what they were promoting. She didn’t understand what to do next because she didn’t know why she was on the site, or what the point was. She watched the video, and then slowly figured out that there is more information given by pressing the “bubbles” on the bottom of the display box. Our responses were very similar, which is the case with most things because we are roommates. As we both got familiar with the functions of the site, we found the content interesting and appealing.

The three things that should not change about the website are

  1. The content. It was great and very informative in a creative way that can keep the audience plugged in.
  2. The graphics were exciting and grabbed your attention.
  3. The simplicity was key. You don’t have to scroll down the page to find anything, everything is right there in front of you.

The three things that should change about the website are

  1. The graphs and charts were a little unclear because the graphics were so strong.
  2. The small buttons were hard to notice and something so small could be seen as a design element rather than a method of navigation.
  3. The headings could have been more clear and the mission of the website and movement should have been made more clear up front.
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