We have Morae usability testing software, a Tobii eye tracker, a Noldus face reader and can accommodate one-on-one usability tests, focus groups and observational studies of collaborative work in a variety of settings. A range of computing devices are also available – mobile phones, touch screens, very large monitors, etc.
Morae captures, annotates and analyses a rich set of data quickly and conveniently. Source: Techsmith.
Image: sample heat map from Tobii eyetracker heat maps reveal the focus of visual attention – in this case, viewers are attracted to faces. Source: Tobii.
Image: face reader quantifies the strength of user's response in terms of 6 facial expressions. Look for correlations between expressions and other biometric data. Source: Noldus.
We operate a website for studying live web traffic (real online behaviour in context).
There are machines at the University that provide a way of completing the coursework. However there is no single standard toolbox for user experience. Part of being an independent practitioner is knowing how you like to work, what tools you like to use and knowing how to push these tools to the limits. A good approach to the course is to 'mix and match' your own tools to suit the team/client/problem. There are new tools released every month, so we encourage people to get hold of, and own/borrow their favourite kit and install it on their own machine. See the course director's course blog for suggestions.
A multimedia and graphics studio that houses 39 Pentium 4 PCs all with DVD writers and our full graphics software which includes Maya complete, Adobe Production Studio, Premiere Pro, Photoshop CS2, Illustrator, After Effects, Encore, Audition, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Combustion.
The digital media workshops provide a wide range of software and specialist technical support in the key areas of CAD, 2D and 3D design, digital imaging and processing, high-quality photographic printing, audio and video production, mono and colour printing (up to A3+), and large format plotting (up to B0+). All 132 computers in the digital media workshop are set up as dual boot workstations. This means that both the Windows XP and Macintosh OS X platforms are available on each machine. You are therefore able to choose the platform (PC or Mac) that you want to work with at any given time.
Other technical resources that are available to students on the DMK suite of courses include:
The British Computer Society (BCS) accredits this course which means you may be able to gain exemptions from some BCS professional examinations.