Usability Testing Post

The Think Aloud recordings were challenging to do during the task. I found myself doing the vast majority of the recording as a review of the task I had just done. It was hard to leave the device recording throughout an entire project.

The usability forms took a while to complete. I found there were several overlapping questions. Overall, it was hard to have information for each question on the usability form. It was much easier to record in the voice recording changes that one should make.

The biggest thing I learned is that the more concise the better. The instructions weren’t a persuasive essay on why one would want to do the project. I found this to be the case on some of the usability testing done. If one is going to do the particular assignment, then there is no need to try and convince the user why the project is great.

The hardest part was deciding whether it was necessary to change certain things or if those were just my preference. For example, it isn’t crucial for one to bold “Ingredients,” but in my personal opinion I think it is aesthetically better bolded. The easiest part was just doing to the project.

I would tell someone to do the Think Aloud recording immediately after while going back through the steps.


Instructables Postmortem #1

I began this assignment by going to the grocery store and making the cupcakes on Sunday evening. I also photographed the assignment at this time – step by step. Monday I looked over the Instructables website and uploaded the photos I had taken to my computer. I edited the photos and chose which photos I would need to use for the assignment. Tuesday afternoon I went to the library and completed the vast majority of the instructions in under two hours. I then edited the instructions that evening and gathered the supplies for the three bags. 

I had trouble formatting the Instructables instructions the way that I wanted. The structure of the website was nice in some case, but did not allow for detailed formatting. If I had more than one picture for a given step, I could not choose where that picture would be located in the step. I also was never sure if the document was saving step by step. 

While I was baking, I photographed each step of the process. I then made sure all the photos were in order. I wrote the text for each picture as I made my instructions. 

I read over my instructions, and I had my roommate read over my instructions. I found it challenging to format the mobile design of my instructions. 

I can not think of anything I would do differently. I enjoyed the assignment. It made it easy working with something I was more familiar with. I would give the advice of photographing the assignment step-by-step before creating the instructions. This helped me remember steps and have them in order. 

Usability Analysis of Origami Swan/Crane Folding Instructions

Analysis over:

Document Overview

The document seeks to provide an analysis of the usability of  instructions on how to fold an origami swan for those who write or may write instructions on how to do a given task. In addition to those writing instructions, this document may also be of interest to blog readers, English majors, and others.


The very first instructions given by the site were to “fold the paper in half.” With a square piece of paper there are two possible ways to going about this. The author assumed that all would have visual access to the video. Although the video included pictures with each step, the pictures were only shown from one angle. Showing additional angles would have been helpful to the participant. The background for the folding area was plain, which made the task stand out. It would not at all be possible for an individual to fold an origami crane by merely listening to the instructions given.


The ending, which states to “fold out the swan,” leaves a huge gap in how to fold out the finished swan. There are three major folds that need to be made in order to make the swan look like the finished swan in the video, but the instructions do not describe any of the final three folds.


It was helpful that the individual giving instructions used a paper that had two different patterns on each side of the paper. This made it clear to the user when the paper was facing a different way.

Major Writing Assignment #2 Postmortem

This writing assignment seemed more targeted than the first major writing assignment. It was nice to be able to focus on one website for the entirety of the paper.

I started this assignment when it was assigned, took some time off in-between, and then finished it the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd because I mistakenly thought the paper was due November 4th. However, it was extremely nice to be able to have the assignment done and reread the paper during throughout the next week to further editing and revision. Because of having the paper done a week early, my process for final editing was the rereading and revision that took place the week following its completion.

It was nice to have visuals – screenshots and flowcharts – to help the reader understand and see the specific areas that were being discussed about the website. The sitemap also made was a way of making sure that I had looked at all parts of the website.

Looking ahead to the final major writing assignment, I would take several notes on the given topic. The main thing that was better about the second major writing assignment was how much more familiar I was with the website than the documents from the first major writing assignment. From having to include screen shots to having to make a sitemap I really felt as if I knew the website extremely well. For the next major writing assignment, I would just be sure that I am very familiar with what is being discussed.

Critique #3 Postmortem

The instructions of critique three being the same as the previous critiques made the guidelines for this critique clear. The type of article differed most from the first critique done. The article being research-based made it more credible than the first two assignments.

I would, again, begin similar assignments in the future much sooner than I began this assignment. Spacing the reading out from the writing was helpful in collecting overall thoughts on the article. Annotating the article after reading it in its entirety once before was helpful, as well.

The primary difference in the two articles was the amount of opinion-based information present in the first two critiques versus the later critique.