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At UXCamp London 2011, I ran a discussion on "Recruiting participants from the cradle to the grave & beyond" as I wanted suggestions on where to recruit particular kinds of participants for usability testing. These are the suggestions people came up with:

Where to recruit children:
Schools
Youth clubs
Playgroups
Personal network
Community newsletters
Online games

Where to recruit adults:
Gumtree
Word of mouth
Special interest communities
Special clinics
Sign language classes

Where to recruit elderly people:
Age Concern
Charities
Social/community events
Hospitals
Care homes
Word of mouth
Supermarkets
In the street

Where to recruit vampires/zombies/etc:
Special communities
Event in Reading - LARPers
Graveyards at night
Games

Other things to consider:
"It will take twice to three times as long as you expect"
"Be flexible"
"Short periods of time"
"Cool product incentive"
"Combine with marketing"

Thanks for the suggestions all!
jodi: (Default)
I recently heard about Irlen Syndrome, which apparently 12-15% of the population are affected by, according to Irlen UK. "The brain is unable to process full spectral light. This results in: a range of distortions in the environment, a range of distortions on the printed page, physical and behavioural symptoms."

At Glynd┼Ár University, hand-outs for students are often printed with black text on light blue or light peach coloured paper, so that it is easier for people with Irlen Syndrome to read. Black text on a white background can be more difficult to read.

This makes me wonder about the design of websites and software applications. People with Irlen Syndrome may have tinted glasses that help with looking at them anyway. Web browsers allow you to choose what colour you want the text and background of web pages to be. The Irlen UK website has a bar at the top which allows you to choose a different colour to be used on the website.

The software application I'm currently working on has the main box of text as black text on a light blue background, but users are not able to change the colours. The users are not likely to be concentrating on reading the screen for a long period of time and there isn't much text, so I think that it is okay as it is.

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