User testing has proven to me a few things – ask questions in post, and and listen what a user has to say in the present.
Users have a tendency to show you the easiest and best way of how they want something in particular by doing things automatically and in the fastest way possible. If they want to click on something to take them to a particular place on the site or app, they will click it, and if it doesn’t work, they’ll either not and continue or bring up the point that whatever they clicked should have done whatever they wanted it to.
Additionally, my users in particular emphasized ease of access. They wanted the ability to go everywhere all at once, even if they weren’t planning on going through pages in an order that demanded it. In fact, the most common piece of advice that I was given during the testing of my site was to add a toolbar that would allow a quick link to every page on the site.
Thus far, user testing has allowed for efficiency to be emphasized to a bleeding edge, but not just through reduction. Despite the fact that the content of my page is fixed due to it being a portfolio site, the fundamentals – navigation, quality-of-life, visibility and functionality – are all crucial points for me to improve upon.