Articles by Laura L. Downey

Laura Downey is a senior research engineer at the University of New Mexico. She is working on an ecoinformatics project where she helps make technology work for scientists. Her background includes experience in government, academia, and industry where she has always been an evangelist of usability. Laura is formally trained as a computer scientist, but has 14 years of experience in usability and human factors engineering. Her current research interests are in testing and evaluation methods, and user interfaces for semantic annotation.

Group Usability Testing: Evolution in Usability Techniques

Abstract Usability testing has a long history. In its early form, it was conducted with many individual participants much like traditional research experiments. With the advent of discount usability engineering techniques, fewer participants were required (5-7 versus 30-50) and protocols were simplified. The evolution from “many to few” in usability testing has become the standard […] [Read More]