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Submission no.
5021
Subject no.
T1


Title of the submission
Design your UIs for worldwide users
Type of submission
workshop
Author of the submission
Pau Giner
Country of origin
Spain
Affiliation
Wikimedia Foundation
E-mail address
pginer@wikimedia.org
Username
Pginer
Personal homepage or blog
http://pauginer.tumblr.com
Abstract

Wikimedia projects are used worldwide. When designing new features, we need to make sure that these features meet the needs of our users regardless their location, cultural background or language.

During last year, we have organized remote usability testing studies with more than 50 users for projects of the Language Engineering and Editor Engagement teams from the the Wikimedia Foundation.

This talk will present the design process we followed, how we involved our global community in the different steps of the process, and the guidelines to consider when designing user interfaces for international products.


Detailed proposal

Designing solutions for an audience as large and broad as the one using Wikimedia projects is full of challenges. We need to make sure that we meet the needs of our users regardless their location, cultural background or language. During last year we have been applying a user-centered design process to different projects in order to explore solutions, prototype them and test these solutions with users. This allowed us to detect and correct problems before effort has been put in developing the tools.

The diversity of our audience has been considered in each step in the process:

  • Definition of scenarios including the needs of different users.
  • Involve local design communities to participate in the process.
  • Make prototypes easily translatable.
  • Provide access to our design documentation.
  • Organise and conduct remote usability testing with participants from different cultural contexts.

During last year, we have organised remote usability testing studies with more than 50 users for projects of the Language Engineering and Editor Engagement teams from the the Wikimedia Foundation. All the feedback received has not been only useful to improve our designs but also allowed us to identify some general guidelines that to consider when designing user interfaces for international products.


Track
Technology and Infrastructure
Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Language of presentation/talk
English
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Yes.
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