On Wed, May 8, 2019 at 5:01 PM Jehan wrote: > Anyway thanks for this report. It is interesting, though in the end I'm > not so sure what to conclude of it. Also the more it goes, the less I > believe that GIMP is a good candidate for user testing of the form "just > drop someone who knows nothing about image manipulation and expect this > person to do magic". GIMP is a complicated software, that's also because > it does very powerful things. I don't expect a complete beginner who > never read any documentation to be an expert in 1 hour. It just makes no > sense. This is the same for any software of the same category by the > way. So for instance in your user testing, I'd be more interested into > what A and B (the only 2 experienced people) would have to say. > > Maybe a more interesting user testing with beginners should be done like > this: they first follow a short introduction/lesson to common and > limited set of features with examples of usage. Then they are asked to > do a given task with what they have learned and the tools they were just > explained. This would be much more interesting maybe.
I tend to disagree. A common scenario is that a user installs software he/she sees for the first time and tries to do something practical. If terminology is overly complicated/nerdy, defaults are convoluted, and tools don't work as expected (e.g. closing a path in GIMP doesn't work the same way as in pretty much every other software, as was pointed out in the report), chances are -- that user is lost to us. So we do need to know how newbies see GIMP for the first time. Blender did a fantastic job with 2.80 on defaults and accessibility of tools. People who teach Blender say, on average, their students make a lot more progress with 2.80 than with 2.79. That said, I didn't understand most of the Flynn's report, because he used alternative terminology and tried use cases that make no sense to me. So, personally, while I appreciate the efforts, I think we'd get a lot more from the study if we had an early preview of what was going to happen and could provide some input. Alex _______________________________________________ gimp-gui-list mailing list email@example.com https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/gimp-gui-list