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Why you need a Usability Checklist before launching your digital product

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June 3, 2021
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If you’re reading this blog right now, you probably know the complexity of designing or redesigning a digital product. There are just so many moving parts and different considerations to take into account!

Like a web app with page after page of dense, monotonous text content, usability design can be overwhelming. That is why 3Digit Creative is here to help make sure you don’t forget anything when you roll out a brand new website.

Other usability processes like user testing and heuristic evaluations are crucial to producing a high-quality website, but they are also separate endeavors. They can help a designer come up with specific ways to address problems. Still, it is important to preview and manage every significant usability factor with any website changes or updates.  

It can sometimes help to break down usability topics according to page elements, like navigation header, content, media, links, and the footer. In addition, some resources prefer to break down a usability checklist chronologically. For example, a month from website rollout, you should be doing a, b, c, and a week or a couple of days before rollout, you should be doing x, y, z. 

No matter what the checklist organization is, the individual touchpoints contained within it matter the most. Because those touchpoints help a designer recognize whether a website conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), is designed inclusively, considers the needs of users with disabilities, is intuitive and easy to use, and whether it caters to their target audience. 

Don’t leave anything to chance, and don’t let anything fall through the cracks. As a designer, it’s your responsibility to double-check all the little details on your website before launch to ensure it is usable and accessible to the broadest range of users possible.

Stay tuned for 3Digit’s Usability Checklist, coming soon!

3Digit is a small agile product design shop based outside of Baltimore, MD. We focus on designing user-centered digital products for mobile and web applications, as well as physical prototyping for early-stage startups and entrepreneurs. Our approach relies on research and rapid prototyping to help businesses turn their ideas into reality.