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The Simple Way to Conduct a UX Audit

Learn to evaluate the quality of UX+ UI design of any kind of app, website or enterprise software system.

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What you will learn

  • How to evaluate the quality, usefulness, usability and value of any app, website or software system by conducting a UX audit.

What are the requirements for taking your course

  • General familiarity with UX, UI Design and Interaction Design principles

Who is this course for

  • UXers, Designers and Developers tasked with improving the UX of any kind of app, website or software system.


Auditing — which just means evaluating and analyzing — the quality of an app, website or enterprise software system's user experience (UX) is the fastest way to figure out what's working, what isn't, and how to improve it. Where the user experience is failing people; where they're stuck or confused or frustrated. Or, in many cases, where they decide to stop using it altogether.

What I’m going give you in this course are my core rules for conducting a UX Audit: where to look, what to look for and what questions to ask to determine what needs to be improved (and why).

I'm going to walk you through the 5 parts of conducting a simple, effective UX audit or evaluation:

  1. Uncover goals and intended outcomes on both sides of the UX value loop, meaning both for the business and for the product’s users. What do people expect to be able to do — and what do they want to happen — as a result of using this site, app or system? What does the business need to happen in order to ensure the product's usefulness, user/customer loyalty and profitability?

  2. Review existing analytics. Organizations track the performance of their sites and apps using Google Analytics. The data collected can be quite valuable to you, because it can tell you some things about who’s interacting with the product and what they’re doing while they’re there.

  3. Review the product’s core interaction states:

    1. The Blank State. This is what people see the very first time they launch it or when they log in.

    2. The Working State. This is what people see and interact with during the normal course of use, with data, content and controls in place.

    3. The Error State. This is what people see when something goes wrong.

  4. Review the product based on UX heuristics across Language, Priority, Universality and Visual Clarity. When I look at the core interaction states above, I’m evaluating what I see and experience across these five categories.

  5. Deliver findings and recommendations for improvement. I'll show you an example of the video deliverable I give to clients to communicate the issues I've found and what I recommend they do to resolve them.

You'll also see concrete examples of each step, taken from one of my UX audits with a client, along with my downloadable UX Audit Workbook. After you’ve gone through the product and considered everything above, you’ll use the workbook to take a second, deeper dive into the 170-plus individual elements and attributes you need to pay attention to during your audit.

Introduction: the UX audit process + rules for success

Before we begin: ground rules for successful UX audits

The 5 parts of conducting a UX audit

Evaluating goals, outcomes and analytics

Step 01: Uncover business goals and intended outcomes

Step 02: Uncover user goals and intended outcomes

Step 03: Review existing analytics

Example: Using Google Analytics to investigate website errors

Evaluating the product's core interaction states

Step 04: Review + evaluate the product’s 3 core interaction states

The Blank State

The Working State: the 4 C's

The Working State: Predictability

The Working State: Consistency

The Working State: Progression

The Working State: Natural Constraints

The Working State: Visibility, Hierarchy + Visual Clarity

The Working State: Flexibility

The Working State: Feedback

The Error State


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