Heuristics

Our methodical heuristic analysis process sets out to analyze a product against a known set of evaluation criteria, which characterize how the product behaves and what it communicates to its user. We do this to evaluate how well a product is designed from a human-centered perspective.
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Blood Glucose Meters

M3 approached creating the Blood Glucose Meter Heuristic Analysis a bit differently than we normally do. Instead of our normal single-product review, we decided to perform a comparison between three different product types. And after we completed our comparative analysis, …

Coleman 4-Person Evanston Domed Tent

Ah, summertime; when our thoughts turn to enjoying the great outdoors. What better way to live the dream than a tent-camping trip with your family and friends. Choosing the right tent can make or break your experience, so in honor of the season, the M3 Heuristics team evaluates a Coleman Evanston 4-person tent for you…

Breville Sous Chef Food Processor

Every cook loves cool kitchen gadgets that help them cook easier, cook faster, and cook smarter. A food processor is the perfect example – a highly versatile kitchen helper that chops, slices, shreds, grinds, and purees almost any food. Let’s see how the Breville Sous Chef fares vs. the M3 Heuristic criteria.

Biolite Campstove – Kettle

We live in a busy connected world; always in need of charging our smart devices to ensure we never miss a tweet. Whether commuting, at work or home, we are fortunately never too far from a power outlet. However, what gets interesting is what happens to our connected devices when we decide to escape from our urban habitat.

Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid

Wacom recently released a series of portable tablets that share the same technology as their larger tablet-displays, but offer up a more truly portable experience. M3 set out to see if we can finally leave our pen and paper behind, …

Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine

M3 is a well-known hotbed of caffeine addicts, so it was just a matter of time before we performed a heuristic evaluation on a device that feeds that need. If you are as serious about your coffee as we are, …

Tivoli Audio Model One AM/FM Table Radio

There are so many audio products on the market today that are jam packed with bells and whistles, it’s refreshing to see an example of ‘less is more’ in a design aesthetic. The M3 team takes a closer look at …

HP Designjet 130 Color Printer

HP is known for making top-notch industry standard ink-jet technology for businesses and consumers alike. But how does their user-centered design stand up against M3’s heuristic criteria? Find out what the M3 team discovers as they evaluate this wide-format HP …

KENMORE 2621 CANISTER VACUUM CLEANER

There’s no getting around it, vacuuming is a dirty job but someones gotta do it. Find out what dirt the M3 team digs up as they evaluate this mid-range canister vacuum cleaner. Download the pdf>