Within the archives there are many stories of events on the Home Front during the First World War. In considering the best way to tell these stories, and to showcase related documents, the idea of â€˜Great Whartonâ€™ emerged.
Great Wharton is an online, graphic representation of a fictionalised village. People can explore it, and read little known stories uncovered in our documents by our Modern Domestic Records team.
Weâ€™ve not created anything like Great Wharton before, so we were keen to find out how what people thought of a prototype we had developedÂ â€“ this is called user testing.
User testing is important in all the work we do: finding out peopleâ€™s thoughts and seeing their reactions ensures that we develop designs in ways that are user-focused. Throughout the design process, we get feedback on different aspects of a design (such as functionality, look and feel) as well as the way in which information is structured and understood. The method of user testing will depend on the stage of the design and what the user research goals are. Continue reading »