We had a couple issues with the sound in our lab's research studio - the space in which we research with users - which we’ve dramatically improved. In this post, I’ll share what was causing those problems and how we fixed them.
User research infrastructure
We originally published this blog post about 4 months ago on a makeshift Tumblr, which we used to journal the building of our lab.
This is the viewing room in our new user research lab, filled to the brim with people from across a project team - developers, designers and service managers. In short, everyone involved in making a service for government.
The smartest labs we’ve seen have their viewing room walls painted dark grey. In choosing wall paints for our own viewing room, we were inspired to do some research. Here’s what we found.
One-way glass is transparent on one side but opaque on the other. It's often used in research labs and allows observers to watch participants without being seen.