Is your lab just for holding 1-2-1 user sessions?
Do you need to do mobile testing? (highly likely)
Is your lab going to run participatory design and or focus group work?
Do stakeholders need to see recorded sessions, or participate in “live” testing ?
Is the lab part of a shift from a ‘bricks and mortar” approach to a digital transformation ?
What capacity does your lab need to deal with? (participants & stakeholders)
Is it purely a lab your are building or a UX/Design space?
Option 1 - Using Roo
Be able to conduct 1-2-1 usability
evaluations, on desktop, mobile devices,
and smart surfaces.
Typically we mirror the screen that the
user is using so the researcher can see
what they are doing without having to
hover over the user.
For mobile testing we would ideally like
the user to sit back/relax as they use the
Be able to conduct evaluations
whereby a user might use a device
whilst watching a TV screen.
Be able to hold user groups - 8-12
users, where we can show early
designs/concepts and work through
these with users.
We often split the large group down into
sub teams and then insert a member of
the Guardian team.
Sometimes this might be an electronic
design or a paper design which we
would work through on the floor.
Be able to write electronically (on the
smartboard) or on a surface and pin
design ideas to the walls (magnetic
would be great).
Be able to conduct 1-2-1 eye-tracking
evaluations on desktop and mobile
devices. Eye-tracking requires
adjustable then fixed stats in terms of
Be able to conduct card sorting
exercises with 1 or more users,
where users categorise cards as
part of a navigation task.
THIS ROOM PROVIDES FLEXIBILITY
WITHOUT HAVING TO CHANGE THE
SHAPE/FURNITURE IN THE ROOM.
LAYOUT FOR FOOD
1 Joyn bench table
2 8-person sofa
3 70'' movable smart scre
4 Writable magnetic wall
5 Comms rack
6 Coats cupboard with fri
7 Smart screen relocated
8 Lockable glass doors h
9 Reception sofas with si
10 New solid wall
11 1-way glazed apeture
12 Viewing monitor
13 Soft viewing chairs
14 Re-used smart screen
15 Joyn work bench
16 Mac editing station
17 Overhead camera
Be able to conduct semi-automated
user evaluations on desktop and
mobile devices, whereby a user
comes into the lab, sits down,
listens to instructions, and then
completes tasks on their devices.
SUSPENDED LIGHTING JOYN
Plan the scenarios your lab will fulﬁl , down to the detail (plug sockets, chair placements)
You may need to help stakeholders visualise the end result
Getting what’s right for your organisation
There is nothing wrong with just a simple PC in a room with screen capture technology (Morae)
There is nothing wrong with guerrilla techniques (used appropriately)
But for some organisations they will require more, and need a professional lab setup
Lets look at a lab set up . . .
Wireless mobile screen capture (Android, iOS, Windows)
Full pan/tilt cameras with unto 20 x Zoom
“Picture in Picture” capabilities with all inputs
Full HD (720p, up to 1080p) viewing and recording
Lab fully controllable through customised iPad app
HD recording and storage
Wireless microphones for flexible sound capture
TV Wall so stakeholders can see everything clearly
Capabilities (picture in picture capabilities)
Digital Matrix (they come in many different sizes)
Deals with all the “tricky” issues - HDCP
Pro AV components deliver stability and reliability
Inputs > > Outputs
Screen captures, camera,
HD feeds for the recorders
and TV screens & balanced