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So, yes, usability studies can be really good for fine-tuning the UI, but they can also consume a crapload of time and effort and produce little more than selection bias. They're not easy to do well.
Also, they can't actually do any design: start with a crap idea, end with a crap idea, no matter how many users you run it past.
SCALE: Understanding Unity
Posted Mar 4, 2011 17:17 UTC (Fri) by Simetrical (guest, #53439)
Realistically, though, it's hard to make *more* of a UI trainwreck than a typical application does (open-source or not). Usability studies are no guarantee of anything, but they're a step in the right direction. I remain optimistic.
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