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Matt Haughey, Metafilter

Our heuristic usability reviews provide you with expert analysis, detailed recommendations, and solutions you can implement today.

Sample pages from past usability reviews

Sample: Issue Flowchart
Issue Flowchart

This page shows particular issues we encountered during testing. Problems highlighted in red would be examined in more detail on subsequent pages.

Sample: Issue Detail
Issue Detail

This page highlights a specific contingency design error, how it happened, why it's bad, and a simple solution.


Heuristic analysis plus actionable recommendations

You know everything that's right with your site, but your customers know everything that's wrong. The trapdoors and quirks you've learned to overlook quickly become their headaches and frustrations.

After our Usability Review, you'll know exactly how your site's usability and customer experience stacks up, you'll have recommendations on short-term fixes you can implement right now, and you'll get a roadmap for longer-term fixes that will require a more in-depth redesign.

The process

Time-tested, thorough, and results-oriented

Our Usability Review consists of two distinct phases and one optional, third phase:

1. Scenario/Task-Based Analysis

First, we'll work together to determine common tasks and scenarios your visitors have in mind when visiting your site. Then we'll use these tasks and scenarios to review your existing site or web-based application and document every usability and customer experience issue we encounter. Next we'll group, prioritize, and explain the issues, provide visual examples of each issue, and present them in a single, easy-to-read document.

2. Recommendations

Next, we'll deliver a recommendations document detailing short-term fixes that can be implemented now within the context of your site's current design. Additionally, we'll highlight longer-term issues that can be remedied with a more significant redesign (which we can help you with as well).

3. Implementation (optional)

If you'd like, we'll work with you to implement the short-term fixes we recommend. Plus we'll develop a proposal for a future redesign to address the deeper usability and customer experience issues. The cost of this phase will vary depending on the length of the engagement.

How much and how long?

Cost and time will vary depending on the depth and complexity of your site or web-based application, but engagements typically run in this range:

2-6+ weeks

Let's get started

Sign-up for a Usability Review

Get in touch with us and we'll deliver a proposal in seven days or less. We look forward to working with you to improve your site's usability and customer experience.

Usability Q&A

What makes your Usability Reviews different?

We feel no usability analysis is complete without detailed recommendations you can use to improve your site right away. That's why we don't just point out your site's weaknesses — we deliver concrete solutions and then work with your team to implement them.

Can't we just do this ourselves? What's the value of having an external review?

It's often difficult for a team to objectively analyze its own web site. In addition to our extensive expertise, 37signals brings a fresh set of eyes and the kind of unbiased viewpoint you just can't get from your internal team.

How are your reports delivered? Can you present the findings?

All documents are delivered as a digital PDF document. We can present and review the documents with you in-person (at your place or ours) for an additional fee.

Can I see a complete sample review?

Sorry, client reviews are confidential. But you can see a sample of a few pages above or get in touch and we'll answer any questions you might have.

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