Perception is the way users attain understanding about what is happening by interpreting visual and other UX clues.

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Are 3D icons better than 2D?

I've seen an increase of 3D icons in the recent past. I am not convinced they are better. Instead they may actually be worse because space is taken up by the projection. Is there any evidence as to ...
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LED flashing parameters to best let a human count flashes?

I need to indicate an error code with an LED. This is in case we have a really bad error in our embedded system where we can't reliably use higher-level GUIs to indicate a problem -- I have to fall ...
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Best practice for indicating a live connection

I'm working on a project where we, amongst other views, have a grid displaying a list of units around the world and their last given status. Each unit can also have a live connection between itself, a ...
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Is it possible to imitate sunset and -rise? [closed]

I reformulated my question entirely. So here we go again ;-) Lets say my goal is to imitate (parts of) the "sunset/sunrise happening" with or within a digital device. I want to transport that feeling ...
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What are user's views on services from third parties?

I wasn't entirely sure how to word this one. What I'm getting at though is when websites/apps and so on use features such as Google Translate for translation or facebook integration for signup forms. ...
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User acceptance of suggestions from decision-support system

I am looking for research into user acceptance of suggestions that they might receive from a decision support engine (spam filter, for example). Are users more inclined to take the suggestion if it ...
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Does site structure affects sales?

I work at an e-commerce company which sells replacement parts, we carry thousands of products which fall into several categories & subcategories and at the same time, fit different brand, model ...
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“Millions of colors” vs “24-bit”: should technical concepts be simplified to ease understanding at the cost of precision?

Macs indicate 24-bit color depth by using the term "millions of colors", while Windows calls it "24-bit" or "32-bit". (I'm aware that Windows "32-bit" color simply adds an alpha channel that doesn't ...
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Studies showing positive user reaction when viewing on that the product is made in a country that they consider to have high manufacturing standards?

Is it favorable, if so how, for a manufacturer to mention that the product is made in a country that is considered to have high standards of manufacturing? For example, Volkswagen commercials makes ...
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Does SSL on a company's website make the company appear more credible?

I recently had a thought about the way many modern browsers display information about a site's security certificates. At least Firefox shows a very noticeable blue box in the address bar on sites that ...
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how can you improve the appearance of security

What are the different ways to make users (especially paranoid one's like me) feel safe about the security aspect of the site?
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Different experience in simulation and real system

I couldn't find a better match of SE site to ask than UX. My question is what is the technical term when a user have difficulty (cognitively speaking) of using a real system because the user was ...
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Is there a widely-understood visual metaphor for privacy?

On our profile page, we're giving users choices among three privacy settings for each field. The checkbox choices will not appear until a user highlights a particular field, but we do want to convey ...
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Do shapes connote differing degrees of hazard?

I'm working on designing an icon set and experimenting with a few different styles. One style would involve every icon being the same color. However, color is really good at differentiating things ...
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red checkmark vs. a red “X”

I am currently designing a panel in my business application that shows a table of data to a user. The data in the table is the company's percentage (this is equated by many different values), whether ...
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How do users use spatial memory?

I have some questions about how spatial memory works and the effects on user interfaces: Do users seek items by spatial memory? What do they actually "link" to a position - a particular object ...
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Metro Box Style Navigation

Train and Subway Information Design Metro style refers to boxing information so that it's easy to digest. Windows 8 uses this, although they failed to make it usable. Metro Style on the Web I ...
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How to differentiate icons for *client* from *server* IT services (mail, web, filesharing and so on)

I need to design a UI that includes widgets to control a server computer, and a client computer. This means I'll be doing similar pairs of icons for mail (mail program vs mail server), web (browser ...
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Positive connotation Icon for number of errors

We have a game where we need to count number of errors as performance criteria. We are looking for a way to positively note the scores. One idea was to make an association to golfing by naming it ...
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OpenID login takes a second, how do I make it feel quicker?

Users on my site log in via OpenID. This is what loggin in looks like: Click the login link in the header Click one of 6 OpenID providers (wait one second) If they're there for the first time: Log ...
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Easiest to read fonts

Has there been studies to determine what fonts make it easiest to read? I'm interested in the font type, but also size and color. For example, is dark gray better than pitch black? Also of interest ...
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How do interstitial ads impact site UX?

(Spawned by How should Ad splash pages be handled for those with ads disabled?) Has any data been published on the impact of interstitial (whole page ads between content) on the user's experience? Is ...
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What are the best practices for site-wide maintenance notices?

I manage a set of websites with a largely non-technical user base. We want to occasionally provide site-wide notices for forthcoming planned maintenance. We've tried using a messages with red ...
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Usage of Golden Ratio [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it? How is that to use the Golden Ratio for the design of graphical interfaces. when I use it or should I? and on designing ...
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Why is it that all caps text looks like SHOUTING, but all caps handwriting is easier to read?

Specifically for UI -- handwritten mockups, comics, etc are always better all-caps, but the same is never true for printed text. Why is that? Visual Studio 2012's all-caps menus are generally ...
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Norton Safe Web Verification — Impact on User

I have a client who insists on getting their website validated by Norton Security Verification and displaying the seal. However, I am skeptic and do not trust Norton products. I recall an impression ...
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Speech Bubbles meaning

I am developing a toon story to illustrate my company's offerings. May be I'll use a landing page, or just create it on the home page. I have 3 actors in it, a cab driver, a bpo company owner and ...
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content for information message

Is it better to display a positive informative message "You can only view and share links of icons. for additional options please login" or negative informative message "Downloading, Uploading or ...
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What are best icons to identify/distinguish TCP and UDP connections [closed]

I have a desktop application that serves as a smart, software-based router. Each of multiple nodes in the GUI can be either a UDP or TCP connection. We have the following status icons for the node: ...
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rectangles Vs rounded corners of text fields on mobile

Do you think there is a difference in perceiving text fields which have round\rectangle corners ? My goal is to establish a convention that round corners are fields which the user can enter input and ...
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What to do when a page's content doesn't fill up enough of a fixed area?

An application has a fixed size, i.e 800x600 px. However, a problem I often run in to is that the page's content isn't enough. It's simply too little content on a big area. Consider the mockup below, ...
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Show/Hide Password Icon - Eye/ Closed Eye? Is the “Eye” icon offensive to any cultures?

I am on a project where we are implementing show/hide password functionality, and after significant research I discovered the 'Open Eye'/ 'Closed Eye' to be fairly standard. Once this was implemented ...
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Are downvotes/dislikes useful if not highlighted?

I was watching a video on youtube and noticed their like/dislike bar. They have had this new design for quite some time now. In the earlier youtube, the dislike bar would be red and distinctly ...
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“Activate” / “Enable” + “noun verbing” or simply “Verb noun”?

A popular chatting application has the global option "Enable buddy icon animation". Would this be better phrased as "Animate buddy icon" or not? And if so, is this a general rule? For example, ...
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Battery - what percentage range to use for each color?

I need to display battery with 3 colors: green, orange (or yellow?) and red. This device's battery (like iPad, iPhone etc..) with a battery life of up to two days. What percentage range to use for ...
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How to discover what users NEED and not what they WANT?

I have been thinking a lot about my favorite quote from Henry Ford: If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said 'Faster Horses'. -Henry Ford The trouble I have been having is that ...
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Is there a nice way to deal with geo-restricted access?

In a site which, by law (or otherwise?), cannot display certain content in a particular geographic region, what's a good way to deal with this? Hulu is pretty terrible (click here, seriously?): ...
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Is it better to represent simple labeled information as table or just text with subheadings?

I'm redesigning a website that has some simple information presented as a table like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I read yet the again the Label ...
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Formatting “days” in a timespan

When formatting timespans in short form for something like a stopwatch, I know the standard in most places is to use hh:mm:ss.ff (where "f" is "fractional second"). Some places will use mm' ss" ff, ...
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Will users understand the concept of “version zero”?

I've written a piece of software, and am trying to decide whether to call it version 0.0.0.0 or version 0.0.0.1. Logically speaking, it is version 0.0.0.0, and the system tool I am using allows this ...
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Is it still effective and appropriate to use psychological pricing for IT people?

I need to build pricing plan for service that will be used mainly by developers and designers. I can't decide what price to use, e.g. $20 or $19. I'm afraid that well-educated and smart people ...
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How to show progress towards goal?

On our intranet we display some numbers for our employees so they can keep track of their performance goals. Currently it's just a table. We'd like something more visual, and this was the first ...
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How to present weighted values

I have a formula which is used to calculate certain scores. The formula has some parameters (shown in the image below) including a Weight parameter that is changed dynamically (the rest of the inputs ...
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How slow can an app be to keep feeling responsive?

I'm creating an editor to write requirements and I want to give suggestions to the user about what to write. How fast do I've to present the suggestion so that it feels responsive to the user. ...
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Intuitive vs. Efficient: Which is more important?

When faced with a design decision in which one option is more intuitive, and the other is more efficient, what guideline should be used to prioritize one desideratum over the other?
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What is the best email username to use for a myname.com domain?

Not sure if this is an UX question, well somehow it is, but I didn't know a better place to ask anyway. So I will just throw it in here. Let's say I have the domain johnsmith.com and I want people to ...
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The psychology of everyday shapes

We know a lot about colours and how they affect people, but what do we know about shapes? When choosing icons or logos, how do the shapes in them affect their perception? Does anyone know of any ...
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Why do my / sent text messages appear on the right of the dialogue?

When I read another thread why text messages on the iphone aren't displayed at the full width the following question came to my mind: Why do my text messages appear on the right and not on the left ...
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Displaying information in one dimension vs two dimensions (list vs graph)

A lot of work has been done in visual working memory and spatial memory but I am looking for resources that show displaying information in the form of a list is better than a graph. Shneiderman has ...
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How does the perception of website data being insecure affect usability?

If the user perceives that data entered into a website is insecure (if it is perceived that it can be hacked, stolen or tampered with), how is the usability of the site affected? This question is in ...