A lot of time and effort goes into every design you produce. Why not take away some of the stress and make it easier to seek out testers, keep on top of their progress, manage your test pool, and gather pattern feedback?
For the cost of a frothy coffee, Yarnpond can streamline your whole testing process from start to finish. Read more about the features below:
If you currently maintain an email list for testers, you can import all their email addresses into Yarnpond and manage it there. You can keep notes against each tester, view the ratings they've received from other designers, and even block testers from your pool if you've had a bad experience with them.
You can choose to have an "open" pool that anyone can join, or a "closed" pool
where you must approve each applicant.
Coming soon: the ability to have multiple pools per designer account, so you can have different levels of privacy or specific pools for specific types of projects!
When you open up a test call you can choose to have it visible publicly, or to members only, or to those in your test pool only. You can also browse a list of available testers and invite specific ones to your test.
By default, test applicants have the ability to specify the size they'd like to knit, what yarn they intend to use, and any other notes they'd like to let you know. In addition you can specify up to three custom questions that are specific to the test. These can be used to gauge each tester's skill levels in a particular technique, or to seek out additional sizing information, or just to get to know your testers!
For each applicant you can see:
This gives you all the information you need to pick the testers who you think will work best for you!
For each test you can create up to five optional milestones. These are checkpoints in the pattern where you'd like to get a progress update from your testers, and can be helpful to keep track of what's happening within the testing team.
Each pattern test gets its own chat room that is accessible only to you and the testers who are working on the pattern. You can use it to post announcements and respond to questions. Testers can also upload in-progress images here.
Whenever you log a correction to a pattern you're testing in Yarnpond, your testers will be notified by email. When logged in, testers see a list of all logged corrections for each test.
You can use our default feedback form, or re-use a form from a previous test, or create
your own feedback form from scratch. Tester responses are displayed on your test dashboard,
and you can download all the responses as CSV or XLSX files.
Coming soon: more customisable question types such as multi-choice questions and a 1-5 scale.
At the end of each test, you can give each tester a 1-5 star rating and leave a review comment about them. This is useful information for other designers when they come to select testers for their patterns. It's also useful information for you when deciding who you would prefer to work with again.