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Are there any studies of users getting jaded of dialog requests?

There are permission request boxes such as this one, or requests from other users as per online social networking sites. Are there any studies that show people becoming jaded of dialogue boxes of any ...
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What is the purpose behind mouse acceleration?

Windows XP enables it by default, I don't know about vista or 7, in Mac OS X you have to buy a shareware to remove both mouse acceleration AND accelerated scrolling. Why are those things always ...
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What scholarly UX publications do you know of? [closed]

There's a difference between anecdote/experience-derived UX ideas and UX ideas based on scientific studies. Anyone know where I can get more of the latter? I'm aware of "Ergonomics in Design: The ...
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Managing a list of tasks for students

I'm working on a project that involves assignment management for students. The basic functionality is that once the student completes an assignment, they check it off of the list. I'm wondering how to ...
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Nielsen's Model of Usability vs Eason's Model of Usability: Which is more relevant and the most widely used? [closed]

I'm working for my final project. In the analysis, i have to choose one model to be used as a reference implementation. So, which is more relevant to be implemented, Nielsen's Model of Usability or ...
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Has Fitts' Law been adapted to Touch screens?

The question Is there any difference in element minimal sizes on 10 and 24 inch touch screens? made me wonder; has Fitts' Law been successfully converted to Touch related events? There's 3D movement ...
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UX of background advertising (or other options)

My company's users use a website that features advertising from specific sponsors. The ads are all directly related to the content of the page and the situation in which the user is viewing the page ...
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Any data available on using Skeuomorphic Design in apps?

I've recently come across an article about Skeuomorphism that peaked my curiosity. Skeuomorphism: ..."an element of design or structure that serves little or no purpose in the artifact fashioned ...
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What research methods can I use to create personas?

My experience with personas has been from creating personas with data that already exists usually provided by the marketing team based on their research. How do you go about conducting research to ...
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Usability research on sticky headers?

Sticky (or fixed) headers are not so uncommon nowadays, and for a large website that relies heavily on catalog and search functionality it may be a good choice to aid the user. As I am currently ...
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Is viewport size a useful design constraint, and how are viewport sizes distributed?

I'm trying to support or falsify the hypothesis that desktop browser viewport size is distributed multimodally (that is, with "peaks" in the distribution that might make for useful website design ...
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Is there any research or data on horizontal vs. vertical navigational menus?

I've seen many sites using both horizontal (top) navigation, vertical (left) navigation, and both across web sites for a long time. My understanding is that they're both conventions, but I would ...
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Color in Scientific Visualization

I am interested in any academic research or guidelines that suggests the most effective use of color in scientific visualisations. Particularly I am interested in the merits of black on white or white ...
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Do people use `jump to top of page` links?

I'm talking about links or buttons at the bottom of the page or screen simply linking to the top of the website. Is there any data on that? Are they used more frequently on long pages? What about ...
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1answer
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Organizing Competitive Site Research

One type of research in UX is competitive analysis. The way I define this is visiting related web sites (competitors), visiting unrelated sites that are inspiring or solve a problem differently... and ...
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Are there any recent studies about tablet users behaviours and trends? [closed]

I am looking at studies about iPad and Android tablet behaviours and habits. Are there any difference between iPad and Android tablet users?
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Opening website external links in new window — published usability tests

In usability discussions about opening website external links in new windows, with regard to the argument of "keeping users on the site" there are occasionally references to usability studies which ...
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Have usability studies been conducted on the use of alphanumeric characters as labels for controller buttons?

Controller Question Over the years there have been a wide variety of home consoles each with their own (mostly) unique controller designs1. One thing that most consoles have in common is their use of ...
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Should you make your design personas public?

I have used personas a lot in the design of various products, including IBM Sametime and Lotus Notes. I publicly blogged the draft personas and asked for feedback from the users themselves. The users ...
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Do we have a taxonomy of UX requirements for software products?

I am a researcher on UX. My research aim is to help software engineering practitioners in early stages, i.e. requirements engineering, to deal with UX requirements even if their knowledge on UX and ID ...
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UX and UI copy / knockoffs - looking for stories [closed]

I'm researching the concept of copying experiences and design for a lecture I'm about to give. Why are we copying, what are the right and wrong considerations we take, and how does it effect the user ...
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Based on what usability research did Microsoft omit the save button on OneNote Web App?

I've started to use the OneNote Web App, and I think Microsoft have made a very good job developing it. I use it on the computer and on the phone with ease. I use the keyboard shortcut ctrl + S to ...
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1answer
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What are the design guidelines to make interfaces friendly to dyslexics?

I've come across this question on Quora where it's likely to be forgotten. Unlike other disabilities that are often considered in design, dyslexia has many forms. As a result, the guidelines can't be ...
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What features to scale when zooming?

Suppose I have a resizable graphic - users can zoom in and out. However, zooming does not scale the whole image the same way: some parts get zoomed in in a traditional way, but some may resize only in ...
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Is autotabbing in forms helpful or harmful?

I work in an environment that makes heavy use of mainframe systems. These systems are costly to maintain, so a decision was made years ago to replace the mainframe with web based systems. As more ...
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Where can I find research on readability of web sites?

I am looking specifically for text alignment (e.g. left vs. full justification) and what size/width text sections ideally have.
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Conducting a competitive analysis

What are the questions you need to ask or the methods you perform when you're doing a competitive web site analysis from a UX perspective? How do you gather the facts? When in the project process do ...
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Is 10 search results per page the best?

When there are a lot of search results they often are paginated. Most search engines I know show 10 results per page. I guess this was born out of an easy technical solution or habit. But I don't know ...
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How to get stakeholder buy-in for proposed UX research initiatives?

Undertaking usability studies often requires selling them first. What methods have you found effective for getting your plans approved? One example: I've used short project overview plans in the ...
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How can I convey the results of UX research to stakeholders?

How can I go about getting stakeholders to understand and "buy into" the results derived from UX research? For example, I ran across this great UX research plan by a Google UX researcher today.
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Examples of data collection methods about users and context in hospitals? [closed]

Can someone provide examples of field data collection methods about users and context in the health care domain more precisely in hospitals? And if possible what are the results of the research?
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Is there any research available about the speed of working with a mouse vs. working with a trackpad?

I ask this because of a friend who never hooks up a mouse to his laptop because he claims he can work just as fast with a trackpad as with a mouse. My personal experience is the other way around. I ...
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Where to get my own Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)

Is there any (software) framework or company that offers "Customer Experience Improvement Program" (CEIP) like Microsoft uses it? I think this should enable software vendors to do thinks like that: ...
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1answer
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Is there any in-depth data on tappability of touchscreen areas?

I'm looking for statistics or other objective evidence on the tappability of different areas of handset screens. When I say tappability, I'm referring to speed, accuracy, and general ergonomic fit for ...
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Are there any studies on which keyboard keys get pressed the most?

I am surprised about the trend to make arrow keys half-sized and crammed right next to each other in recent laptops: These are the same keys that stand completely isolated on the conventional ...
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Are there any advantages to matte interfaces over glossy interfaces (or vice versa)?

I'm curious about the usability of such interfaces for complex tasks, repetitive tasks. Are there any studies that focus on this comparison? Note: My question is not just about phone interfaces but ...
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Where can I find research about UI Design Across Form-Factors/ Devices (e.g. TVs & entertainment systems)?

Has there been marketable research in new UI design ideas that could work across form-factors (from desktop down to smartphones on the one end and to widescreen HD TV for games on the other)? So that ...
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How reliable are heatmaps generated by cursor positions?

Heatmaps are one of the best tools we have to mesure the impact of a design, not just in UX terms but also in marketing/conversion terms. I've found that most of the free or less-expensive solutions ...
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What original sources have research on how long it takes a visitor to decide whether to stay on the site?

I've seen many statistics referenced along the lines of: Visitors decide where to stay on or leave a website within [7, 2, 11, 0.8 seconds] of seeing it. Typically the statistic is used when ...
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What errors should users never experience?

I have come up with this question for 2 reasons. Not all errors can be avoided. For example login information which might cause program to throw unhanded exception if login information is not ...
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UX impact of standard stock photos

It's pretty clear to me that standard stock images (examples 1 / examples 2) don't help to build a brand or identity. Are there any studies about the impact of stock images? Any other thoughts? In ...
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Should tabs changes in a web app be part of the browser history?

I've implemented a JavaScript plugin that tracks tab changes in through the browser history. Here's a brief overview of how it works: Once tab is clicked, the URL hashtag (the part that looks like ...
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How do approaches for UX differ between intranets and normal websites?

I have been asked to offer advice for the development of an intranet for a large international company. The client will be developing the intranet in Sharepoint and is keen to use a user-centric ...
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What research is there suggesting modal dialogs are disruptive?

It seems "Everyone" knows they're highly disruptive for many situations but often times clients don't. Particularly in desktop applications this form of dialog is often misused, often disrupting a ...
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Ideas and/or research results on the best way to present a lengthy list of chapters

I'm looking for the best way to present a list of chapters on an iPhone. My first stab was to create a vertically scrolling table with a row for each chapter. For example, when showing the chapters of ...
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Are user able to accurately identify their persona? Or should the be able to?

We are currently developing Personas for our website and as part of the validation process we wanted to see if usability participants would be able to identify which persona segment they most closely ...
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How should multiple services be integrated for one user?

The proposed Netflix Split into two separate companies with two separate websites got me thinking about how to distribute a service when multiple functional or legal entities are involved. In ...
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Traffic lights: “yellow” is progress, not state

When thinking about how (real-world) traffic lights work, I wonder if there is a more intuitive way to display the yellow light. The meaning of Green and Red are states: Green: Ok, you can go! Red: ...
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Do you design/develop a site primarily for the laptop/desktop and think about mobile later?

Do you design/develop a site primarily for the laptop/desktop and think about mobile later, or do you design your website to be mobile and unmobile friendly, therefore cutting design/dev time in half? ...
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Where can I find information about the effects of GUIs

I need resources for information on the effects of the creation of GUIs for PCs. When I started looking up information on GUIs, but I mostly found the computers that first started using GUIs, the ...