A Guide to Trainings

As a recent addition to the Design Science team, I know that there is a steep learning curve when it comes to the specific tools and skills needed for usability testing. There’s a lot to learn, from the nuances of interview styles and follow-up questioning to the requirements of study documentation and reporting. Thankfully, an effective training program can make all the difference when navigating this curve.

What makes a good training program? How do you prepare for one? Are all trainings created equal? Read more

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Design Science Attends Eyeo Festival 2016

How can experiencing information be poetic? What tools are at the forefront of data visualization? Should (ro)bots be designed more like C3PO or Iron Man? Read more

Design Science attends NAB Show’s Post Production World Conference

Video is at the core of Design Science’s work. It documents our studies, drives our analysis, and forms a crucial part of our deliverables. For our videographers, staying on the cutting edge of industry trends keeps our footage off the cutting room floor. Read more

Innovation for all – European Innovation Workshops in Inclusive Design

Innovation for all – European Innovation Workshops in Inclusive Design

On May 12th and 13th, 2016, Principal Steve Wilcox attended the fifth Innovation for all – European Innovation Workshops in Inclusive Design, held at the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA) in Oslo, Norway. Read more

Design Science Attends 2016 HFES Symposium: Shaping the Future

The recent HFES Symposium in San Diego brought together human factors’ professionals from across the globe to discuss the future of the field. In line with the theme of this year’s conference—Shaping the Future—attendees presented on new lines of research, applications of technology, and opportunities to enhance the safety of medical devices and health care practices. Read more

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Testing Abroad: Lessons from the Field

Conducting usability studies abroad is an exciting opportunity for researchers. For those who get to travel to new places, you get to see another part of the world, eat new foods, and learn new customs. There are many resources available with tips and suggestions on how to plan an international trip—but planning a vacation abroad and planning a usability study abroad are two different things. Read more

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare: Shaping the Future

HFES Presentation: Improving IFUs with Eye Tracking, Human Factors, and Design

Are you attending the 2016 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Shaping the Future? If so, be sure to check out our presentation on how to improve your Instructions for Use (IFUs). Peter Sneeringer, Director of Human Factors, and Lindsay Carrabine, Design Director, will provide their first-hand perspectives on how to optimize the IFU creation process. Read more

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MDO Article: The Value Of Eye-Tracking Software In Medical Device Usability Testing

When conducting usability testing, moderators rely heavily upon observations and interviews in order to evaluate medical devices. However, as Data & Systems Analyst Mahajabin Rahman points out in Design Science’s most recent article for MedDeviceOnline, the use of eye-tracking software can support these methods with objective, real-time data. Read more

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Listen: Podcast on Human Factors & Usability Testing for TechnologyAdvice

Check out Design Science founder Steve Wilcox’s thoughts on ethnography, prototyping, the FDA, and more through TechnologyAdvice’s TA Expert Interview Series.  Read more

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MDO Article: Staying Dry: How To Limit Wet Injections In Auto-Injector Design

In Design Science’s most recent guest column for MedDeviceOnline, Analyst Bryon Calawa examines the challenges that researchers face when evaluating auto-injectors in usability studies. Read more