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Competitive usability evaluations: What if I've already done the work?

As a freelance UX designer/consultant with a particular primary industry, I'm thinking of offering a service for usability evaluations of a prospect's site and their competitor's site. Has anyone ...
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Social Widget Engagement Stats

I'm working on a redesign for an e-commerce company's blog. From the competitive audit I did, most prominent blogs and e-mags have social widgets rolling alongside the actual article, or share buttons ...
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Is there any research with respect to how font-weight affects readability?

Is there any research with respect to how font-weight affects readability? Obviously, there is some relation there, but I'm struggling to make a decision based on any facts. I created a jsFiddle ...
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Research on impact of display ads on UX?

Is there any research on how the kind and amount of display advertisement affects UX and or usability of the site?
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Research on the Usability of Grid Views

I have been trying to persuade my colleagues that viewing, sorting, and searching large lists of data in a grid are less usable than performing those actions on that data in the context where it is ...
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Apart from safety, has there been any research conducted, hopefully current, with respect to user-experience and right- vs left-hand traffic?

Background The terms right-hand traffic and left-hand traffic refer to regulations requiring all bidirectional traffic, unless otherwise directed, to keep either to the right or the left side of ...
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Responsive website or not given this statistics?

Background I am about to redevelop a health-related website which has the following user statistics: 80% users from hospitals and counties (90% of these use IE8 on Desktop PCs) 20% public users such ...
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Is there any academical research that pertains to CTA importance and efficiency?

I want to find some very respectable research that unveils the importance and efficiency of calls to action.
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How to do you elaborate the usability testing goal for a simple task?

I'm helping one of our designers to test a simple task on one single page. When I ask him what's your goal for this testing, he said it is to see whether users can find the item or not. It sounds too ...
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What happens when gamification is poorly done?

Gamification originally sought to take advantage of the fact that intrinsic, embedded rewards are more effective motivators than external ones. It has also become exceedingly common, but the ...
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Post-Wiki area: How to navigate a repository?

Currently I'm building the housing for a repository of WordPress code. It will be an open source project where the foundation will be housed on GitHub and participation on building the "curated ...
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Any research about “few markets” that expect external links to be opened in new windows/tabs?

Google AdSense, an advertisement service, documents in "Opening the ads in a new window": Generally, it is our policy to not allow Google ads to open in a new window. However, in a few markets, ...
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Best practice: title, given name, surname form fields in one row?

Is there any conclusive research about having multiple form fields in one row in specific cases? Research about filling in speed (or preferably on conversion rate). I am specifically thinking of the ...
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How do you create real data backed personas for a simple marketing / lead generation website?

An effective website must meet both user and business requirements, right? In the case where a business simply needs to gather qualified leads and the user is simply trying to learn more about the ...
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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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How to understand what to prototype - why prototype at all?

I recently read a book about prototyping. While it was an interesting read, I am still unable to somehow really understand what the sense of a prototype is or what to prototype for. For example I ...
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User Research: What would be an appropriate way to observe users' true behavior in a very personal environment?

The question is about qualitative research (not tracking or usability testing). Contextual inquiry (for example) is mostly described in the context of "work". Users are being observed while ...
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Where can I find broad White Papers on Usability Experiments

For example studies on what makes for the most effective shopping cart, how people prefer to view photos in their browsers and on their phone, what people appreciate in a search engine, whether left ...
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Quantitative and qualitative data used in UX research

I am trying to find examples of user behaviour research that combines both quantitative and qualitative data. It seems to me that most of the research leans heavily or exclusively towards one approach ...
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Have there been any usability studies for finger signing on mobile apps

Ever tried to sign your credit card receipt on a tablet? It takes a bit of getting used to, but since so many coffee shops etc... now use those apps, users are 'getting used to it'. However, what ...
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What is the impact of the 'neglect' phase of the UX design process

During a discussion with another UX designer, an interesting point about the 'neglect' phase of UX design was brought up. This deals with companies that have implemented UX processes and methods, and ...
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Getting Started with UX Research [closed]

I would like to study photographers' digital workflows. What are some good tools and methods for collecting digital workflow data?
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Where does UX fit into captology, if at all?

I only recently came across the field of research known as captology, where the psychological principles of persuasion is combined with computer technology. Assuming that user experience design ...
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How to recommend improving usability of something that doesn't exist yet?

If a website is in an early requirements gathering phase, to what extent can the usability of this site be advised at this stage? I understand that achieving better usability comes from further ...
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Research regarding Cyclomatic Complexity

Does anyone know of any research papers or applied forms of Cyclomatic Complexity in UX research? Especially in terms of the resulting complexity score being used as a metric for KPI input on UX ...
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Best way to organize data gathered during research?

What is the best and most scientific way to organize all the qualtative data gathered during research? I think this is important because with easy to understand research and data, it will be difficult ...
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Application startup time [duplicate]

Is there some science going on that tells us lousy developers what users expect from an enterprise desktop-application in terms of application startup time? My application uses a splashscreen that ...
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Is pop up always bad?

I am involved in a redesign project (web app) where existing system throws quite frequent, random pop ups. These pop ups are used to gather information and also to display information and ...
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Any Research on User Experience Perceptions of Native Apps vs Web or Hybrid Apps

My organization is looking at developing mobile applications, we have a wealth of web development resources. There are many factors to consider in making the decision of how to develop this ...
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Phrasing of diary study prompts to get more user insight

I am in the process of designing a diary study to investigate the interaction between a current software application and its users. I am seeking open-ended data and insights from users that I might ...
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Display comments order - best practice

I wonder what is the best comments order on the website. I assume there are two major methods to display comments: from newest to oldest, from oldest to newest. Facebook uses method one and ...
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studies on passcode/keypad versus password/keyboard?

When designing a tablet-based app that needs it's own extra security, there seems to be a couple of common choices: add a password screen with a keyboard, or use a passcode screen that has a keypad. ...
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Research on the effectiveness of subtle animation to draw attention?

Is there any research reporting on the effectiveness of subtle animations (sliding, fading in/out, etc) as a means to draw attention to the key part of a website? A partner company is critiquing a ...
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Cultural Probe applied to business environment

At my workplace I am planning a research effort studying some in-house software. I would like to use Gaver's Cultural Probe technique because the exploratory nature of the methodology appeals to my ...
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What's the best way to conduct user research at a trade show?

I've tried a couple of times to perform usability studies at an industry-specific trade show, and it's been largely awkward. In my experience, people are milling around and love to chat, but don't ...
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How to communicate use cases to stakeholders

I'm working on a dedicated CMS system for my client. I have already prepared some use cases and wondering how to communicate it to client's salesmen. I need their feedback but I am afraid they won't ...
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What are some good questions to pose to stakeholders before redesign?

I've just started work with a big travel company that is working on redoing their 'self service' page. What would be some intelligent questions to ask the stake holders? How do I understand what ...
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How useful is carrying out a heuristic evaluation in this circumstance?

Working on a website redesign. We have documentation from workshops that give us insight into the pain points of the existing site from the clients and their business requirements. How useful would ...
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Studies showing what prompts users to view the privacy policy of a website that does not have user accounts?

As opposed to websites where A user signs up and can be concerned about their privacy (i.e. Instagram, etc). What have case studies shown to motivate a user to look through a website's privacy policy? ...
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Standards, guidelines or usability research for touch laptops?

From what I've read about CES it seems like a big upcoming trend in hardware is touch enabled laptops. And of course Microsoft's Surface device is sort of a touch enabled laptop. This is a whole new ...
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Research on more effective search systems based on Human–computer information retrieval?

Within the field of User Experience, a lot of interdisciplinary boundaries intersect and co-exist finding new knowledge from different views. One part where results have yet to come (?) is the field ...
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Studies showing the impact of response time variability on user experience

Have there been any studies, or results, focusing on the impact of variability in latency of response times on the overall user experience? I'm aware of the research on the "generally accepted" ...
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Are there any recent studies of the “Keyboard vs Mouse”-issue?

Back in the late 80's, Apple Human Interface concluded that the mouse is faster than the keyboard, objectively. But also that every test person subjectively thought that the keyboard was faster. ...
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Best practices or resources about online assessment

I have a project to deliver an online assessment of a large number of users. The assessment is for a psychological research project, so the content is mostly self-description asked in a variety of ...
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How would you create and validate personas for something that is not a person

There are a few questions here about personas, and research methods that you might use in order to create them, (some of which I've answered at length). Examples include: What research methods can I ...
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Ethnography and Qualitative Research Staying Relevant [closed]

How must ethnography be re-calibrated for a moment driven by the study of complex phenomena like globalization or mass mediation, things ethnography was decidedly not concocted to study?
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Common screen resolution? (In a business environment)

Inspired by "Common screen resolution?" and a debate at work where I defended the teachings of this site... In the debate we argued about how the business environment differ from home environment in ...
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Can SUS scores be used for comparison between different systems?

The System Usability Scale (SUS) resulted score seem to me as somewhat subjective. What ever score yields from a questionnaire for System A may just solely be just for System A, and is difficult to ...
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Should Focus Group interviews include people of different stakeholder categories?

I was told by a friend that when conducting focus groups to gather information for needfinding for a design, I should avoid grouping different stakeholders together into a single group. This got me ...
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Is there research that shows that users don't like typing on virtual keyboards?

A widespread assumption among UX professionals says that users are not keen to use the virtual keyboard. Guidelines for mobile UX recommend to minimise text entry, suggest that typing holds back the ...