Museum of Science and Technology outsourced development of a website to an IT firm. The purpose of the website was to showcase the items available in the museum and provide information about the facility including operating hours, location, and fees charged.
After completing the previous project phases, we are now at the last stage of the project. This stage involves incorporating feedback provided in the last phases to refine the prototype developed in the previous phase. This report aims at discussing the changes made to the prototype as well as analysing feedback from users and discuss further recommendations pertaining to this prototype.
A range of design principles were considered during the design of the new website prototype. These principles include fast load times, clarity, appropriate typefaces, complementary colours, easy navigation, and being mobile friendly.
The purpose of the website is to enable the public to learn about the items showcased at the museum and find information about the museum opening hours, location, and fees charged. This information is organized in different pages of the website. Each category of items is placed in a specific page where all items within the same category can be viewed. There is also a page providing museum’s copyright statement.
Effective tactics are used in the design to enable the design to communicate clearly. The information is organized using headlines while images are given labels which assist users to identify their purpose.
Typefaces are a key aspect of the website design. Using many different fonts may undermine the effectiveness of the design (Rogers, 2015). Only one font used throughout the website.
Various contrasting colours are used in the design. They include white, dark blue, and black. The text displayed on the website has either a black or white colour. Text in the footer and navigation has a white colour which is visible against the dark blue background. Text in the content section has a black colour which contrasts the white background.
The website incorporates a navigation bar which is placed at the top of all web pages. This enables users to navigate the website and easily find the information they need (Sklar, 2015).
The Museum of Science and Technology website has two main features. The homepage displays an interactive floor layout which users can click to visit a specific section of the museum. The website also has a gallery of items showcased at the museum. Each page displays a specific category of items.
3 User Acceptance Test
User acceptance test was conducted using four subjects. These test subjects were IT professionals with skills in web development and testing. The users assessed the website to determine its functionality, usability, and its ease of use.
3.1 Usability / Walkthroughs
Website usability was assessed by having the users try to navigate the site. The users tried one walkthrough. The walkthrough emphasized on the users finding a specific item available in one section of the museum. The average time of the walkthrough was 15 seconds.
Time spent in navigating the site
3.2 Functionality and Ease of Use
After performing the walkthrough, users were familiar with the website. They were asked to provide feedback on the ease of use of the website interface. Their responses are as shown below.
Ease of Use
3.3 Summary of Testing
After completion of the tests, the findings indicate that users can easily navigate the website quickly and find specific information they seek without any challenges.
After analysing the findings of the user acceptance test, the website was found to easy to use for the target audience. However, it was recommended to make some adjustments to improve usability. The users recommended the design to include animation to enhance interactivity of the website.
In conclusion, Museum of Science and technology have an effective website prototype that allows their target audience view information about the items available as well as information about the facility. The first phase of the website development involved refining the prototype based on previous feedback and conducing usability test. Recommendations have been provided to help improve the website before it is deployed.
Rogers, Y, Sharp, H & Preece, J 2015, Interaction Design, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Sklar, J 2015, Principles of Web Design, Cengage Learning, Boston, USA.