JUL
12
2009

Ongoing Oxygen Icons Usability Survey: k3b

Every two weeks Nuno Pinheiro and the KDE Oxygen Icons team will be publishing a new usability survey online to get feedback from users on the look and feel of icons. In particular, the Oxygen team is looking for feedback from individuals that have had no exposure to KDE, so if you're at home or at work, poke your friends and family and have them complete the survey, or simply take the survey yourself. The current survey is on icons for the KDE 4 port of K3b which is currently underway. So if you have a moment, grab someone and complete the K3b Icons Survey now.

Comments

Such a neat survey...
I was kind of disapointed it ended so quickly :P

Although it kind of misses the situation when no icon that suits the case is found. That is, there should be some option of "not sure" or these 2 could do it and maybe a text to add some comment like "that eraser is too close to the CD and hard to distinguish (or needs some more contrast)"

Anyway, good job and hope to see more of these!
( Maybe there should be a usability-tester program to test current applications for specific situations. Imagine a usability survey you could take when using KDE4 that asked you to do things in some application - like Amarok, etc. - and then would upload the result so the devs could know what is and not working... )


By mootchie at Sun, 2009/07/12 - 8:39pm

I agree, sometime no icon really matches the description.

And the ability to add comments would be great.


By Ikipou at Sun, 2009/07/12 - 9:14pm

if you think absolutely no icon fits the profile move along and click next...
The test actually times how long it takes you to click the icon, and that is part of the quality level the icon gets.
So if you are undecided and take long to chose a icon that gets recorded....
Comments, so far we had about 2300 people taking the test, reading every comment would become an incredible tiresome work.

Apliki People did a awesome job in providing valuable meaningful automatic data out of the simple test.

The test is short because we don't want to be annoying to people taking the test, it should be simple and fun to do.


By pinheiro at Sun, 2009/07/12 - 9:43pm

Great idea to record the time taken to make the choice.

It should be explicit that you can choose "no icon" by pressing next.
You could add a choice "no icon matches the description". It may be the same as clicking directly on next but at least it is explicit.


By Ikipou at Mon, 2009/07/13 - 7:54am

I also think it should be stated more clearly that you can simply press »Next« if you think that no icon fits…


By klickverbot at Wed, 2009/07/15 - 2:48pm

Yep you are right.
I would have liked to comment, too. So I do it here: I think the idea with the eraser is really good, but that thing is so small in that icon. I had not at all recognised it at first. If u would tell me it was a magnet, I had believed it too.


By Daniel at Sun, 2009/07/12 - 11:40pm

... because oxygen window decoration is soooooo bad for usability.... rounded icons... small icons... no colored window bar... it's ugly... so baaaaad!


By Andre Goddard Rosa at Sun, 2009/07/12 - 10:07pm

Its not like there are no other decorations around...


By pinheiro at Sun, 2009/07/12 - 10:19pm

... as most of users do not change it.

Cheers,
Andre


By Andre Goddard Rosa at Tue, 2009/07/14 - 12:02am

Actually, Ozone is the default, and:
1. Allows for different titlebar vs. window colours;
2. Allows users to set the width of the borders;
3. Gives a clean and consistent look with the rest of the Oxygen widget theme;
4. Lets the user see which is the active window in a clear and attractive manner, even if the titlebar colours are blended with the widget colours.

If YOU don't find it an attractive window decoration, I think it's safe to say that you are one of a minority - in fact, many Gnome advocates even state the attractiveness of KDE 4 being it's only true benefit (usually in the means of, "it's all looks and no stability" or some-such rubbish).


By madman at Tue, 2009/07/14 - 1:07am

Did I forget to mention that Gnome, XFCE, Windows, Mac OS and hell, even Fluxbox all feature round corners by default? What exactly IS user-friendly by your standard?


By madman at Tue, 2009/07/14 - 1:09am

It states that the window decoration of Windows XP and Vista (the most used operating systems in the world) are user friendly and passes on "my" usability standard.

As someone already said, I use plastik, even thought it's not that great either nowadays, when comparing with XP/Vista.

Anyway, it's not a matter of if you can change it or not, it's a matter of PROVIDING GOOD DEFAULTS, as Linus would say...


By Andre Goddard Rosa at Wed, 2009/07/15 - 2:40am

Both Windows XP and Windows Vista use round corners. KDE has round corners.

The window decorations of Windows Vista blend into other Microsoft Windows applications. KDE's window decorations blend into KDE (and Qt) applications.

I fail to see how KDE is doing it wrong when it's doing nothing not already done in your two examples.


By madman at Wed, 2009/07/15 - 2:32pm

It would be nice if the results can be made like:
icon xyz_1 (graphically): 55%
icon xyz_2 : 20%
icon xyz_3 : 15%
icon xyz_4 : 10%


By Andre Goddard Rosa at Sun, 2009/07/12 - 10:12pm

For those of you interested in the way the results are being computed and displayed, just take a look here: http://www.usability-methods.com/en/howdoesitwork (The results are Step 3). This is just a small demo-study (not the actual k3b Icon Test), but it should give you an impression about how detailed the information is, that is being generated by the test.

We probably cannot make this link publicly available for the results of the k3b Test, as with that many people looking at the results our servers are most likely to break - because the results are at the moment calculated live. But I guess Nuno will communicate the actual results in some form :)


By Björn Balazs at Mon, 2009/07/13 - 8:52am

Cheers,
Andre


By Andre Goddard Rosa at Tue, 2009/07/14 - 12:01am

I like surveys. As a user, it makes you feel part of the process instead of the "take it or leave it" attitude that is far too common.


By tryfan at Mon, 2009/07/13 - 10:03am