3.0 Usability Testing
3.1 Usability Testing (Peer critique)
We handed off our design to our peers in the design school to test and give feedback.
Since they are by nature not our direct stakeholders, we asked them to focus on how well we presented our visual information, and if there was enough visual hierarchy. (Since visual information is very important for our deaf users)
Some key feedback:
- Include more shining or eye-catching alerts for notifications and alarms.
- Remove unnecessary features and unclutter the setting, because they don’t need too many setting options.
- Touch gestures are great, include more swiping gestures, since those come more naturally with a touch interface.
3.2 CO-Design and Testing with Stake Holders
We asked four of our users to join us in a CO-Design and testing workshop. This gave our users the opportunity to be more open about their suggestions and more critical of the current design.
For the user testing we focused on prompting simple navigation tasks such as sending your roommate a message or accessing the alarm of appliances. We wanted to see how well they could complete it without assistance.
Some key feedback:
- Showed the cooking timer on the homepage to remind users the status of the home appliances
- Added tracking pet feature in the floor plan feature
- The notification light would change based on the importance of the massage
3.3 Proposed Redesigns
Based on feedback from both our peers and our users, we decided to focus on how we wanted to present notifications and alarms visually. We created a glowing light bar around the mirror that would signal the user of a notification; this could be turned off with a click if they wished to not be disturbed.
However, when emergency alarms take place, we designed a large glowing red that took up the entire screen to differentiate it from normal notifications since our users could not have audio feedback.