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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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6answers
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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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5answers
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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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4answers
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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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3answers
128 views

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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1answer
250 views

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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5answers
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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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1answer
180 views

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 ...
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Is there any research on when we should provide search for website (Desktop and Mobile) and when not?

Is there any research on when we should provide search for website and when not? As I know. If pages are few then search don't require, but I'm not sure how many pages should consider as few. and ...
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2answers
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Identifying a fair and representative set of users for interviews and persona development

How do you make sure you have a statistically representative and accurate sample of users from a population and what criteria would you base that sample on? I want to make sure that the people we ...
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3answers
353 views

What's wrong with C-style syntax from a usability perspective?

Precursor: this a question about ux, not technical implementation. Context. I'm looking at designing a small language with a textual syntax. It will be used by Business Analysts to define system ...
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2answers
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Express mode in lift

In some lifts, if we press and hold the close door button, it acts like pass button and doesn't opens the doors in intermediate floors if some one gives lift request from intermediate floors. Does it ...
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What is the user centric business development model?

I've been asked to describe a user centric business development model to a lay person. I say it is: Research user behaviours > model users and workflows > define requirements and business needs > ...
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2answers
600 views

Use of 'she' in scientific literature

While reading through plenty of scientific papers for my thesis relating to Human Computer Interaction (HCI), I am under the impression almost everybody refers to users/subjects/persons/... as 'she'. ...
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1answer
362 views

Is there any research on whether users understand ellipses (…)?

This GUI design pattern goes right back to the Apple Lisa in the early 80s: Is there any research covering: Whether people actually notice the three dots (...) at the end of a menu item or ...
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3answers
523 views

Is Serious Games the same concept as Gamification?

When looking at this question, I was asking myself: Where are conceptual differences? Except that Gamification is a Game added to a serious topic, while a serious game approaches it from the opposite ...
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8answers
485 views

What motivates people to keep on sharing ideas, develop new concepts and innovate on online innovation communities? [closed]

I'm very interested in crowd-sourcing and online innovation communities. Currently, I'm conducting research on what motivates users to continue sharing ideas, developing concepts, funding projects and ...
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3answers
300 views

How to minimise the biasing influence of stakeholders

I'm working on a large project where I am a UX consultant. The company I am contracted with also consult a domain expert (DE) but she is not UX. More than a few times now I have noticed her insisting ...
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3answers
265 views

Should we call our achievement system something else?

The company I work for has two public sites; one is just our main WWW site and the other is a site dedicated to our members. I'm a developer there and I'm working on an achievement system for our ...
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2answers
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Ratio of search vs. browse on consumer web sites

Where can one find referenceable stats or industry research which highlights the percentage of users who search vs. browse on consumer web sites. Are there any known studies in this area?
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3answers
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Mental model vs Conceptual model — what's the difference?

I'm reading Apple's Human Interface Guidelines about Mental models and I can't understand what is the difference between Mental and Conceptual models. I prefer a short answer if possible :)
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3answers
369 views

How exactly does good usability cut development time?

I've been reading Return on Investment for Usable UserInterface Design: Examples and Statistics; it quotes: "...usability techniques helped cut development time by 33-50%” (Bosert, 1991) ...
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Isn't all user testing essentially a way of gathering how people think things should work?

When user testing is performed, users are often presented with a serious of variations of a product and observed to see where they excelled and where they had trouble. People will often click in areas ...
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How do you source your persona photographs?

Like many of you I'm sure, I consider the creation of user personas to be a crucial part of the UCD process, particularly when starting a new project. While we all have our own techniques and styles ...
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5answers
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Why Not Use a Real Person as a Persona?

My understanding of UX Personas is that they're descriptions of fictitious people designed to represent the common traits and attributes of a broader audience demographic. If that's the case, in what ...
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1answer
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What are your favorite usability research mailing lists? [closed]

I'm a researcher at university and my focus is mainly on usability issues of certain software solutions, for example in the field of IT-security, user authentication, and privacy enhancing ...
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8answers
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Should we provide “back” button for mobile website?

In mobile website for all smartphones (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows phone 7), should I provide a "Back" button inside the webpage even when the browser has functionality to go to back? ...
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1answer
180 views

Quoting time and effort for UX research

Edit : I've added a little more detail to the main question here. There are many techniques and practices at our disposal to gain an understanding of the target audiences motivations and needs when ...
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2answers
666 views

Best practices for applying user achievements to business applications

I've read over a few papers projects and related to the use of video game style achievements being put into regular applications as a means to encourage users to explore the tools and create a desire ...
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10answers
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How does Gamification change User Behavior?

On Location Based Applications the use of Gamification is essential. As you move along and check in you earn badges and points. Users also find themselves in a leader board, which most certainly ...
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5answers
195 views

Citation for the proposition “flashing boxes on the screen are annoying”

It seems self-evident that one should not put a large box on the screen and then change its dominant color frequently (i.e. make it flash) because it's very hard to ignore and will irritate people, ...
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5answers
387 views

Any value to gathering qualitative data from card sorts?

One of the best tools I've found for card sort experiments seems to be websort, mainly because you can just send out a link for participants to go through the exercise at their own convenience. ...
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3answers
570 views

Relationship between Front-End Dev and Interaction Design [closed]

[I am not changing the original question as there are valuable answers here. but the research I was conducting is now finished and results are published here and http://hci.me.uk/jqueryperformance/ ...
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7answers
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To use or not to use “Zebra Stripes”, or Alternating Row Colors for Tables

Is there any research out there showing whether or not alternating the row colors for a table increases/impedes the time it takes to parse information? An example can be found at the following ...
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7answers
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Academic Papers about UI [closed]

Are there any academic papers (thesis, dissertations, etc.) that discusses topics about User Interfaces? Best if you post links. I am just curious if such topics are accepted for research...
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3answers
411 views

How to visualize a calendar with a vast amount of recurring events?

Many of the events are recurring daily or weekly but are only interesting to the user once.
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3answers
454 views

Gender considerations in web usage

Are there particular gender differences in web usage/preferences? I'm about to start designing an information-based site with a predominantly female audience. I was wondering what research already ...
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3answers
412 views

How to collect and then extract user's behavior patterns

I have some SDI windows forms application. This application has main form, a huge of module forms. At the same time I can view one module form and many it's sub modal forms. So, every module form is ...
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4answers
402 views

Usability testing for open-source projects?

I'm working (slowly) on an open-source project, and I was hoping to do some usability testing once it's a bit further along. Also, hopefully the GIMP devs will notice this question ;-). I'm not sure ...
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4answers
207 views

How do you track new feature/product adoption?

Huzzah! You just launched your brand new feature/product X. You've been working on it for months, usability tested the crap out of it, and feel really good about how it all came together. After a few ...
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7answers
290 views

What's the biggest surprise you've had in a usability test? [closed]

Usability tests often present some real surprises where the participant's mental model does not match what they're presented with. What are the biggest or most interesting surprises you've come ...
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4answers
190 views

Keyboard navigation versus mouse navigation

The project: We're designing software that users will use all day long to perform 12 repetitive tasks. Each task has many steps and takes place in a different pane in the GUI. Some of the GUI is ...
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6answers
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How do you find the balance between what the users' want and what the clients want?

You all know that project... After months of research, wireframing, prototyping, testing and workshops, there is that one client (normally the MD) that comes in at the end and knows everything better ...
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3answers
364 views

Tips for ethnography

I'm doing my first ethnographic study next week and I was wondering if anyone had any tips, specifically for studying how people use things in their homes. Are there any common pitfalls? Any good ...
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8answers
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Participant recruitment agencies - recommendations [closed]

Can anyone recommend a good recruitment agency for sourcing participants for UT? I've used Saros, Criteria and Qualtel recently (London / South East England), they've all been OK, but I thought it'd ...
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1answer
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What successful/well known companies have a VP UX? [closed]

I want to research companies who value UX so much that they have their own executive arm within the company. I've found these companies so far: Wells Fargo Yahoo Intuit Google TiVo Palm Ebay SAP ...