Foolproof Labs – Usability & UX Mentoring for Start-ups (Session 1)

Last saturday our friends at Curiosity invited us to give a workshop on usability to 2 local startups, ivolunteer and Dmap.  It was a pleasure to present and work with such passionate people who are working for 2 very worthy causes.

Ivolunteer aims to gather volunteers from all over the Philippines to help out others who are in need. Volunteers can choose the activities they want to participate in then sign up online.

Dmap is still in beta phase.  The concept is a web app where users can input locations of diagnosed dengue cases with the vision of being able to map outbreaks in areas.  This project really resonates with me as i have a young family, and have recently just recovered from dengue.

Initially the plan was to have a one day event where we would do live usability testing on their sites and then analyse the findings, but after several discussions we decided it would be more productive if we turned the 1 day workshop into a 4 session spanning over a 3 month period.  Here is the schedule we decided on:

  • Session 1 – Usability basics & Live Expert Review
  • Session 2 – Usability test of your products (1)
  • Session 3 – Usability test of your products (2)
  • Session 4 – Usability test of your products (3)

I started off the workshop by discussing basic usability topics so the teams had an appreciation and understand of what its all about, then workshop ended with a live expert review, performed by Christine Balatbat from Movent.

Many thanks to Curiosity for inviting Foolproof Labs to present, and to ivolunteer and dmap for attending. We’re looking forward to the next session where we will be testing the sites in the Foolproof Labs office!

presentation of the schedule for the workshop


About Russell Morgan

Throughout his career in digital advertising, he has seamlessly transitioned into various disciplines ranging from web design, HTML integration, production, and even PPC management – making him a well-rounded practitioner. While doing the rounds of different digital disciplines, he saw the potential and importance of UX design and took it upon himself, with a partner, to set up a UX rooted digital development agency – where UX culture is instilled in every employee and process from start to finish. Russell, who originally hails from Scotland in the UK, is the Co-Founder, business development director and UX Lead of Foolproof Labs. He was previously the Experience director at Movent, a GroupM Company. He remains a strong advocate of design thinking, rapid prototyping and early stage user testing and validation, with no signs of stopping just yet. He is on a continuous search for all things UX – studying, developing and adapting new discoveries into his craft.

One thought on “Foolproof Labs – Usability & UX Mentoring for Start-ups (Session 1)

  1. Alun Morgan says:

    Good work Russ!

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