Users for 1st Test: Because of the fact that the users of my product are not only overseas, but access to them is highly restricted, my tests will have to be conducted on a user group that works in similar ways to the actual users. I'm even proposing possible using gardeners because of the fact that gardening often requires many of the same bodily positions such as squatting or getting on the knees.
What criteria will you use to select the individuals who will test your prototype? The individuals that are to be chosen for my user testing will most likely be a controlled group chosen either by myself, or through my NFP. As mentioned before, I would need to choose a group of people that work in similar situations or environments as the actual users of my product. At this point, however, I am looking more to testing the comfort aspect of my design.
What type of environment will you test them in? I think a working environment would best suit my testing because then the user would actually be involved in the working positions and movements that would be able to test out the comfort of the design.
The actual space itself is not yet found, however, I am currently in the process of discussing the user testing phase with my newly found NFP.
As for administering the test, I am hoping that I will be able to be the one administering it so that I can get what I want to know out of it, also, interpret any immediate feedback into my design adjustments as opposed to having it come from a series of people which it could become distorted.
What type of relationship do you need with NFP and users to conduct your test? I think depending on what group of people I work with will indicate what kind of relationship I will need. For example, if I do follow through with the gardeners idea, I don't think it would need to be such a professional relationship. I'm sure I would be able to ask them to fit it on and see how it feels when they work.