Today the prototypes for the parliamentary websites were being put through their paces (see images).

5 users tested prototype versions of a new homepage design, a News service, an enhanced calendar and a new current issues area for the site.

The sessions were really helpful – it’s amazing how you fail to spot the obvious when you have been working on a design/topic for so long. The user testing has thrown up a whole host of issues that we need to address before we go live with the products

Even before we get the reports from Optimum Web (the company running the test sessions) there are immediate improvements that we can make to the prototypes.

Watch this space for news of new releases.