During the development of all Belle & Wissell projects, a critical process step is a period of rigorous usability testing. The name alone reveals its purpose: how intuitive, accessible, and universal will this experience be for its users?

Recently, Belle & Wissell was fortunate enough to conduct usability testing with a friend of the studio, Venerable Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche. He is a resident lama at Sakya Monastery in Seattle. Ven. Tulku Yeshi graciously assisted with a project under development, offering both words of encouragement and insightful observations.

Ven. Tulku Yeshi performing Usability Testing

Studio Producer Sarah Faulkner guiding Venerable Tulku Yeshi through usability testing.


Based on core audience profiles, Belle & Wissell selects a small group to test that best represents each audience segment. The consideration of these future users drives the final design and functionality of each new interface.

Aside from being a highly important component of any project, usability testing allows the design and development teams to pre-visualize their work in action.

Studio Producer Sarah Faulkner guides Venerable Tulku Yeshi through Usability Testing.

Ven. Tulku Yeshi especially enjoyed the project’s color scheme and historical imagery.


We thank Venerable Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche (and all our participants) for your indispensable assistance, comments, and enthusiasm.

Learn more about the Sakya Monastery and Ven. Tulku Yeshi on his Facebook page here.