In light of today’s lab exercises (or should I say, “trips to Home Depot ”;), I thought you might be interested in learning more about the think aloud protocol and card sorting, two easy — and generally cost-effective — methods for testing a product’s design.
First, check out this video demonstration for a think aloud testing session:
Note: In the Vimeo demonstration, the testing session is done remotely. This means that with just a 30-minute Google+ Hangout or Skype videoconference, your remote test users can offer you a wealth of new insights about the usability of your product.
Second, a quick tutorial on card sorting: