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I work for an agency that is very parallax happy. Clients seem to love it, so we keep pushing it.

My goal is to build solutions that end-users love, so I've been trying to push more user-centered practices here. It's been an uphill battle.

Does anyone have any information from real user studies or articles that speak about the usability of parallax scrolling? I've been unable to find anything of substance by searching.

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Clients love it...do users? Have you done any tests with users? Not formal usability studies, just some simple questions even. –  Ben Brocka May 18 '12 at 15:42
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That's my struggle. I'm pushing for more open dialog with users. We're still in the mind set of "do whatever makes the client happy" and "don't talk to the public until we're 100% ready". I plan to argue for more of a collaboration with users for our next project, but I was just looking for some good resources before our startup meeting. Thanks! –  Max May 18 '12 at 15:57
    
Your test users can sign NDAs, it's not necessary to involve "the public"...plus you can run usability studies on past projects (with client approval where necessary) or tests projects... –  Ben Brocka May 18 '12 at 16:03
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Agencies often don't do work for users. As you have found out, they often do 'cool' work for a) the person writing the checks and b) awards competitions. –  DA01 May 18 '12 at 16:18
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In what context is parallax scrolling being used? Do you mean some kind of web page where not all elements scroll to the same degree, creating a 3D effect? –  Jimmy Breck-McKye May 18 '12 at 23:47

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The only thing I'm aware of is related to the parallax user studies for interactive touch screens, try searching for "User Model for Predictive Calibration Control on Interactive Screens" but this is user studies related to mechanical touch screen studies. You might have better luck looking for 'Parallax Error' and 'User Viewpoint' if your goal is to disprove that it coincides with user-centered practices.

I'd personally say that the best thing is to create your own study and publish your findings. I think the parallax effect can add to the user interface's 3D depth, thus increase emotional response to using the interface: I think it can be good thing, depending on the audiences' bias, as long as it is keyboard accessible.

Of possible interest related to the topic: http://3.7designs.co/blog/2012/01/parallax-scrolling-effect-12-tutorials-an/

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