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More Representative User Testing – Just Add Beer?

Feb 15, 2010

glass of beer

The $5 Guerilla User Test

A recent blog post from BumbleBee Labs proposed an intriguing method for user testing – bring your laptop into a bar, find someone a little drunk (but not too much so), and offer to buy him/her a beer in exchange for performing a user test.

The argument is that in the real-world setting in which people actually use interfaces, they are distracted with multiple stimuli and trying to perform multiple tasks at the same time. They say, “they’re devoting, at best, 10% of their attention towards your app”.

And “drunk people are a pretty accurate mimic of distracted, indifferent people.” Therefore, why not take your user testing into the bar for a cheaper and possibly more representative test?

Clever thought. For the price of a $5 beer, it may not hurt to give it a try.

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