Free and Open User Research Resources

A collection of free-as-in-freedom resources for user research.
Each resource has a brief description, a source and the license. However, to be sure you should look up the license on the source (this is what matters).

User Research Templates and Examples

Questionnaires

General Resources with section(s) on User Research

User Need Research/Ethnography

  • The Challenges of Small Business Owners
    A visual summary of  an ethnographic research, showing participants, their statements and observations. Nice example of what an ethnographic research can deal with and which data matters.
    Duration: 9min
    License: Creative Commons BY 3.0
    Source: https://vimeo.com/66064252

  •  Nookie tour - Commonwealth July 2013
    An interview/observation of a man walking us through a shell construction which is going to be his house while describing how he wants it to be like when its finished. This too is a nice example of what an ethnographic research can deal with and which data matters.
    Duration: 9min
    License: Creative Commons BY 3.0
    Source: https://vimeo.com/70890195

 

 If you know of further resources, please share them in the comments. I’d be happy about any open resources, however, this list is specifically concerned with user research (not interaction design, wireframes or design theory) so links on that topic would be particularly great 🙂

Changes: 26.4.2015 – added Usability in Free Software