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How does Nebula incorporate usability research?

Insights are used to link usability research to Nebula. They show scannable, relevant information from studies and research which inform the use and development of Nebula.

Insights are a really important part of Nebula, here are a few of the reasons why;

  • Nebula patterns are intended for use across all products, we want to make sure that these have been validated by research so that we know they are the best solution for our users.
  • Adding insights to the documentation allows everyone to see why a pattern has been designed and built a certain way. By making this as transparent as possible we hope that designers and developers will be able to make informed choices about how to use Nebula patterns, and when it's appropriate to modify them,
  • Helps make the case for teams to use Nebula, saving them time repeating research.

We felt that it was really important that the usability insights were co-located with the Nebula patterns. This makes them easier to understand by giving them context and divides research into bite-sized chunks. Including research insights into the design system gets us closer to our goal of becoming the first port of call for advice on all elements of building a user interface.

How to Contribute a Research Insight

In order to make sure Insights are useful and that they are added to the right place in Nebula there are a few pieces of information we need;

  1. Evidence - the quantitative or qualitative insight we want to show in Nebula. Examples of this may be a quote, a statistic or a summary. For example: ‘Quote from user - “it’s really clear what step I am on”
  2. A Brief Summary - a brief summary of the evidence. For example: “In moderated usability testing with 8 participants, users found the date picker simple and easy to use”
  3. Location - where on the Nebula documentation site should this be displayed? For Example “CTA Page”
  4. Name of study - a short name or description of the study. For example “Usability testing on the move out journey”
  5. Source - where can someone go for more information about this study. For example a link to a confluence page or Miro board.

Use this (opens in new window)  form to submit an insight.