Impact of Usability Testing on ARTECA

by Shruthy Sreepathy

I work as UX researcher and designer for ARTECA project at ArtSciLab. My primary responsibility is to lead usability testing for the ARTECA website, analyze and report test results, and implement the changes.

What is usability testing and why do we do it? Usability testing is an observational research method. It gives qualitative user inputs, and lets designers converse with and observe users. Observing participant emotion and reaction gives a lot of insight and helps understand user expectation. This tells us about the areas of improvement in the website design and instills ideas for new feature implementation. Continue reading “Impact of Usability Testing on ARTECA”

Lab Welcomes Visiting Researcher

Welcome João!
We are pleased to announce that João Silveira has been appointed as a Visiting ArtScience Researcher in the ArtSciLab. João will be collaborating with other members of the lab to understand and analyze current ArtScience developments internationally.

João Silveira is a Brazilian dancer with experience of over 4000 career performances on tours around the world. Trained as a pharmacist, he explores art and science in his work, is Founder of the ArteCiencia project and author of the book Da Ideia ao Aplauso
Born in southern Brazil in 1980, João started to dance at the age of 10. His professional life as a dancer began when he was 14 years old, performing in shows, creating choreographies and teaching dance classes.
Since then, he has built up a very consistent career participating in both national and international productions, always mixing in boleadoras, folkloric ballet, tap, percussion, traditional music, electronic music and any other style that could improve his performance. The United States, Argentina, France, Japan, Lebanon, Monaco, Paraguay, Uruguay, Germany, and Romania are some of the countries where he has already shown his work as well as more than 300 cities throughout Brazil.
João is also a pharmacist. With his multidisciplinary background in art and science, João is a Harvard Research Fellow – Faculty of Arts & Sciences (SEAS) and is completing a PhD in Science at the Medical Biochemistry Department at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is studying the “Art, artist and artistic interaction with science.” The goal is to investigate how interactions between art and science occur, and what are the results of these two fields having dialogue based on a contemporary investigation of projects in Brazil and the United States.
You can read more about João and his work on Harvard’s website and at