Hi Kyle,

If you turned your paper prototypes into non-interactive digital images --
just, say, a Google Draw document or even Paint, with boxes where you want
them, menus arranged accordingly, headers footers etc. -- you could put
them up as slides at a gathering and get user feedback that way, both via
direct request, taking notes in a kind of seminar session, as well as (if
you were willing to tweak your designs in response to feedback) a card
sort. Either of these options would keep you from having to have a
fully-functioning development version live prior to getting some kind of

Hope this helps!

Best wishes,

Jennifer Wright, MLIS
Electronic Access Unit
Technical Services
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
University of Michigan
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On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 9:48 AM, Kyle Breneman <[log in to unmask]>

> Apologies for cross-listing...
> I need some advice on user testing methods.  I’ve embarked on a project to
> redo our library website’s information architecture.  I’ve sketched out a
> new IA for the site which I want to test with users.  Initially I thought
> that I would just build out the new IA on our development server, then do
> usability testing with users on the dev site.  Now I’m realizing that will
> be a lot of work, and making any changes once its built will also take
> time.  Is there a middle ground?  Are there good ways to do some user
> testing with paper prototypes?  I want to get feedback on whether my
> categories and labels are intuitive and meaningful.
> Kyle Breneman
> Integrated Digital Services Librarian
> University of Baltimore