Usability Inspection methods: Heuristic Analysis, Cognitive Walkthrough and Usability Testing
Heuristic analysis is an extremely useful usability inspection method. It is a technique used in the UX Design process to test usability. Typically, in heuristic analysis, 3–5 usability experts will review the product and compare it against pre-defined principles — the heuristics. From this, they can highlight any usability issues before the product goes into user testing. This is great, as it cuts down on obvious usability errors and improves the testing process.
In order to create work that better serves the needs of our users, it’s important to understand some basic psychological principles. Which is why we want to share with you Gestalt theory. With this toolkit under our belt, we can consciously design user experiences that truly fit the users.
Introduction to Gestalt psychology
Gestalt theory was founded by Max Wertheimer at early 20th century. This psychological philosophy addresses with perception, perceptual experiences, and related patterns of stimulation. The motto of the gestalt philosophy is:
“The whole is other than the sum of the parts.” — Kurt Koffka
When human perception meets with complex elements, we recognize the whole before we see the individual parts. As a designe...