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Refining the Usability Engineering Toolbox: Lessons Learned from a User Study on a Visualization Tool

  • Homa Javahery
  • Ahmed Seffah
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4799)

Abstract

This paper details a usability study on a bioinformatics visualization tool. The tool was redesigned based on a usability engineering framework called UX-P (User Experiences to Patterns) that leverages personas and patterns as primary design directives, and encourages on-going usability testing throughout the design lifecycle. The goals were to carry out a design project using the UX-P framework, to assess the usability of the resulting prototype, and to mitigate the test results into useful recommendations.

Keywords

Usability Engineering Framework Usability Testing User Experiences Conceptual Design Personas Patterns 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Homa Javahery
    • 1
  • Ahmed Seffah
    • 1
  1. 1.Human-Centered Software Engineering Group, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University 

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