we just had another round of user testing. dhruv wrote about a previous round; head to his blog for in-depth explanation and analysis.
here’s my (briefer) take:
- some users thought both smells were good
- some users thought both smells were bad
- most users wanted more feedback and/or visual feedback
- most users wanted instant feedback
in general, i think users found our device frustrating.
i attribute this to a few things:
- the subjectivity of good and bad smells
- how the framing of the device as a “teaching tool” sets user’s expectations around type and frequency of feedback
our team has some design decisions to make.
we also discussed framing our device to users not as a teaching tool, but as a singing practice accompaniment. it’s a thing that should make you want to practice more because you like the things it does: it smells good and it looks beautiful when you take it out of the closet/cabinet/desk. a thing that encourages you to practice more is, of course, a teaching tool in the end, but i don’t think it’s helpful to discuss it in those terms anymore.