Usability Lab in LA recommendations?

29 Mar 2007 - 3:23pm
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Tania Schlatter
2007

Hi

I am looking for a facility in Los Angeles where we can run paper
prototype tests. Does anyone have a facility to recommend?

Thanks and regards,

Tania

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Tania Schlatter, Principal
Nimble Partners, LLC
tania at nimblepartners.com
www.nimblepartners.com

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29 Mar 2007 - 4:10pm
Johansen, Kristen
2006

Tania -

I used Adept Consumer Testing (www.adeptconsumer.com)
because they had the best prices, facility and project
managers. I mostly used them for more formal testing
because we needed the one-way glass, recording, etc. but
they also will do your recruiting and send participants
wherever in the LA area you need them if you want to use
a less expensive location like a rented office.

k

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recommendations?

Hi

I am looking for a facility in Los Angeles where we can
run paper prototype tests. Does anyone have a facility to
recommend?

Thanks and regards,

Tania

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tania Schlatter, Principal
Nimble Partners, LLC
tania at nimblepartners.com
www.nimblepartners.com

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30 Mar 2007 - 1:03am
Mitchell Gass
2004

At 01:23 PM 3/29/2007, Tania Schlatter wrote:
>I am looking for a facility in Los Angeles where we can run paper
>prototype tests. Does anyone have a facility to recommend?

If you need a facility, I second Kristen's recommendation of Adept
Consumer Testing. I've used their Beverly Hills facility several
times for usability tests and have been pleased with their service.
But are you sure you need a facility? I've used a relatively simple
video setup - illustrated on page 202 of Carolyn Snyder's excellent
book Paper Prototyping

http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Prototyping-Interfaces-Interactive-Technologies/dp/1558608702/
http://www.paperprototyping.com/

that lets observers view paper prototyping sessions from an adjoining
room. The main components are a small camcorder with a wide-angle
lens, a light stand with a boom arm (which you can rent or buy), and
cables for connecting the camcorder to a large video monitor in the
adjoining room. If you're interested, I'd be happy to provide details.

Best,

Mitchell Gass
uLab | PDA: Learning from Users | Designing with Users
Berkeley, CA 94707 USA
+1 510 525-6864 office
+1 415 637-6552 mobile
+1 510 525-4246 fax
http://www.participatorydesign.com/

30 Mar 2007 - 8:06am
Tania Schlatter
2007

Thanks for bringing this example up. It is an option we are familiar
with and are considering. Since we are coming in from out of town for
a very limited time, we thought a formal facility would simplify the
set up, but the approach that Snyder outlines and a rental office
situation is a possibility. Any office rental recommendations? ;)

Best,

Tania

On Mar 30, 2007, at 2:03 AM, Mitchell Gass wrote:

> At 01:23 PM 3/29/2007, Tania Schlatter wrote:
>> I am looking for a facility in Los Angeles where we can run paper
>> prototype tests. Does anyone have a facility to recommend?
>
> If you need a facility, I second Kristen's recommendation of Adept
> Consumer Testing. I've used their Beverly Hills facility several
> times for usability tests and have been pleased with their service.
> But are you sure you need a facility? I've used a relatively simple
> video setup - illustrated on page 202 of Carolyn Snyder's excellent
> book Paper Prototyping
>
> http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Prototyping-Interfaces-Interactive-
> Technologies/dp/1558608702/
> http://www.paperprototyping.com/
>
> that lets observers view paper prototyping sessions from an
> adjoining room. The main components are a small camcorder with a
> wide-angle lens, a light stand with a boom arm (which you can rent
> or buy), and cables for connecting the camcorder to a large video
> monitor in the adjoining room. If you're interested, I'd be happy
> to provide details.

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