[ux] UX team summary for July 2017

Linda Naeun Lee linda at torproject.org
Mon Jul 31 21:28:05 UTC 2017

Hi all!

July was another good month for UX. :)

I gave a talk to PETS 2017 about my paper (
https://petsymposium.org/2017/papers/issue3/paper2-2017-3-source.pdf) which
evaluated the usability of Tor Launcher. I got a great reaction from the
audience, most of which seemed to buy the "usability is important!"
message. Some OTF people were in the audience, and they seemed to
understand how critical usability work is! We were encouraged to apply for
a grant to get some funding for UX work, so Isa and Tommy are following
through on that in August.

Isa and I worked in person while at PETS to information architect what will
go on the home portal for torproject.org. We know it's taking a while, and
people are wary of attempts to improve the site. But we're quite serious
and persistent! It's just not funded at the moment and getting our spare

We finished redesigning Tor launcher (https://marvelapp.com/3f6102d/) to
better guide users through configuring their network settings. Some of the
changes made were: 1) combining all the configuration options into a single
screen, as inspired by the in-browser network settings menu 2) clarifying
which countries will need to configure bridges on the first screen 3)
incorporating the bridgeDB service into the interface.

In addition we started other work, such as:
- potential changes to the tor browser toolbar to give easier access to
security controls
- messages and indicators for different states when visiting a .onion site
(http + .onion, for instance)
- user testing for onionbrowser to validate recent changes to their
onboarding sequence


  Linda N. Lee
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