Today I was struck by a section from our readings. Overall, our readings this week pertained to the benefits (and negatives) of remote research, but I noted a particular finding described in a remote research session in the textbook. The book is Remote Research by Nate Bolt and Tony Tulathimutte.
This shows how powerful it can be to have the stakeholders observing a session in real-time, yes, but also the power of usability testing to snap a design team out of their self-described “myopia.”
Having dabbled in content creation — in this case, a historical fantasy novel—I have felt the “aha!” moment of having the purpose of my project snapped into sharp focus. It’s immensely clarifying, it saves a ton of what might have been wasted time and effort, and it’s motivating all at once.
With invention, it’s easy to get lost in the weeds.
Note: This blog was written during Usability II week 1.