Wikimedia Research/Design Research/Sandbox

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What We Do[edit]

Design Research collaborates with Design, Analytics, Engineering, Product and the Wikipedia Community in order to help define what, at a high level teams should build and why (Generative Research). Also, Design Research supports iteration of concepts and functionality toward a usable and intuitive experience for users (Evaluative Research). Design Research, including both generative and evaluative research rely on a toolkit of research methodologies to provide findings informing decision making, concept development and concept iteration. Though the design team has been performing evaluative research to support iteration, design research is a new department at Wikimedia Foundation, and is growing and evolving to support the movement, the community and the foundation.

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The team:[edit]

Supported Teams and Projects[edit]

Core Features [edit]



Visual Editor: desktop and laptop
Mobile Editing
Mobile Web
The wikitext editor


Acquisition of new users:
  • Guided tours
  • Task suggestions


Mobile Web


Media Viewer

User Experience / Beta Features[edit]


Project Queuing[edit]

Archives of Broader Wikimedia Research Team[edit]

Wikimedia Research Portal

Methodologies for Design Research[edit]

Heuristic Evaluation / Cognitive Walkthrough

Guerrilla Research / Cafe Research

Unmoderated remote usability testing

Moderated remote usability testing

Contextual Inquiry

Design Ethnography

Unmoderated and moderated task benchmarking

Tools for Design Research[edit]

Google Hang Outs OnAir - "Usability lab" for moderated, remote generative and evaluative research. — Unmoderated remote scripted usability testing (only 15 minutes per session)

Optimal Sort - Unmoderated card sorting tool — Surveys with some analysis tools and simple logic.

Qualtrics - Surveys with more analysis tools and more complex logic capabilities.