Hyperkitty usability testing at SpinachCon (LibrePlanet 2014)
One of the events affiliated with LibrePlanet this past weekend was an event called 'SpinachCon' (so named because letting projects know about usability bugs is helpful, like pointing out spinach in a friend's teeth. :) ) My colleague Ryan Lerch and I hosted a Hyperkitty table at SpinachCon to get some Hyperkitty testing done - we had 8 test participants who worked through 6 tasks in the interface and then filled out a questionnaire about their experience.
Hyperkitty did really well in testing. It scored high marks on look and feel, and users had very positive things to say in the freeform fields on the questionnaire. The most prominent issue throughout the tests and across users was search; Aurélien has already been looking into search improvements, so I think we already knew this too :)
I've written a high-level blog post summary of the results (which also talks about the mechanics of the testing as well) here:
I also transcribed and collated the raw test data here, which includes tester demographics/background as well as the content of their questionnaires and the per-task notes they took as they completed the test:
Our Hyperkitty OPW intern Karen Tang was able to come out too, and she caught the last couple of hours of SpinachCon. She's been working on making Hyperkitty's UI responsive & mobile-friendly, and is interested in working on the same for Postorious now that her internship is over, so you might be hearing from her soon regarding that.
Deb Nicholson, who organized SpinachCon, mentioned that she's looking at doing another one in Boston in May, so I am planning to bring Hyperkitty (and potentially Postorious?) to that one as well!