We informed our users about the procedure and what we hope to learn from it. Both of them were suitable to our user profile so we could start right away. Unfortunately the output of this study was not as we expected it to be. But still, here are the results of of the paper prototype study:
One positiv aspect of this study was that both users knew what to do rigth away. We did not had to explain a lot. That is why we concluded that, generally, the interface design is intuitive enough that a regular person is able to navigate through the application.
Another thought we had while watching the users going through our paper prototype was that the application is not made for people with any handycap. But since our user profile does not cover this, we did not worry about it too much.
Both users had the same idea as the people from the user study before: Instead of using a keyboard to type in the name at the high-score page, the application could make a photo of the user… we will definitely do that now!
Furthermore one user noted that the size of the icons in the game is too small. We try to change that in the next paper prototype as well.
We must point out that the both users felt a bit awkward while using this paper prototype. But in the end we did get some information out of it.
Before we were getting started, we had to think about the realization of the paper prototype. We decided to make very simple sketches of the elements of our application since we only want so simulate the interaction sequenze of the user tasks. Therefore we used textmarker and white paper to produce them. As „poster wall“ we used an wall in our appartment and placed the paper elements with sticky tape. In addition we played the electro Track we use in the actual application to make the paper prototype more realistic.
1. Opening Szene
2. Choose your style
3. The Game
As you may recognized the paper prototype is referring to the first version of our storyboard. This experiment will hopefully contribute to the next version.
– design modification
– selection of interview persons
– design modification
– interview protocol
– design modification
Based on the interviews we came up with just one simple design priciple:
MoveTheBeat should be intuitive / easy to use and fun to play
As you can see in the main findings, they are either about the game itself ( finding 1 and 3) or about the user interface and the navigation (finding 2). It is clear that our focus should be here.
Based on what we have learned from our interviews we will make some modifications on our application, respectively on our storyboard. As mentioned under „Interview Findings“ there will be an extra button with a special sound. The user can get some additional points when triggering this button. Since he will be pretty busy playing e.g. the bassdrum and the snare it will be difficult to trigger the special button… that’s the pro stuff ;). Another very useful idea was to replace the keyboard at the high-score page with a photo of the user. We will definitely do that. When we started to brainstorm about MoveTheBeat we thougth it would be great to play with the game with hands and feet. During the interview everbody told us that it would be way too hard to play more than two instruments with all the extremities. Thats why we decided that the user just plays the game with his hands.
While interviewing person A, B and C we received a lot of positiv responses. Nevertheless, we got some great input to improve our application. The main findings were:
1. Adding a special button with a special sound to the game. The user do not have to trigger it in order to complete the game successfully but he can get additional points.
2. Instead of using a keyboard to type in the name at the higth-score page, the application could make a photo of the user.
3. All interviewed users stated that playing with hands and feet could be too hard in order to stay in time of the song.
… thanks again to the person A,B and C for giving us some great ideas!
There were some other ideas we considered as not useful or as not practicable since we have only limeted time for this project:
– the design could be more playful/colorful
– it would be nice to have more music-styles or even real songs
– gesture controlled actions during the game
– earning points for dance movements