a technique used to evaluate a product by testing it on users. This can be seen as an irreplaceable usability practice, since it gives direct input on how real users use the system.

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is it right way to open social network pages at same tab [duplicate]

As per usability which sounds more user friendly, Imagine a footer of our website have social network icons(like fb,twitter,google plus ,etc) ,what is the best way to show it to end user is it ...
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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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quantifying field study ROI

I have the feeling I'm not the first person on this site to be in the position of advocating for mounting field studies for their company's software and being challenged to produce data ahead of time ...
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Update vs. Save

I'm working on an application that has a lot of CRUD functionality. When creating an element, I have a button labeled with "Save". My original thoughts were to bring this "Save" button across all ...
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Tests on more “human-ish” forms

Is there any usability test about using the following style of forms? It would be displayed after the user clicks on "register". Welcome, [full name]________ To save your progress, you will need to ...
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Why does the space bar do page down in browsers

Why is the space bar doing a page down in some viewer apps, especially browsers and PDF readers? For me this seems to be a bit counter-intuitive, and also this behaviour affects games and other ...
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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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What is the correct currency formatting with zero amounts?

I have couple of questions: I am representing decimal values in dollars in my table as follows $2.30 $0.15 I need to know how should I represent 0 (zero) dollars. Which of the following is ...
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What is the best way to organize the categories in this app?

I'm developing an iPhone app. This app is really simple: a user can search if (for example) an product contains milk (maybe you are allergic to it) and give you a feedback (you can eat, or you can't ...
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How to design for people not willing to learn?

During quite a few usability tests in the past I have noticed the following: A test person gets a simple task to achieve. Lets say "Book a flight from A to C via B". He should then fulfill the task ...
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Is white text on dark background better for usability on smartphone / tablet keyboards than the reverse?

Which is a better and usable Smart Phone or Tablet keyboard? White / light characters on Black / Dark keys on the keyboard layout. Black / Dark Grey text on the white / light grey colour keys ...
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Which legal documents are required in user research?

What kind of legal agreement do we have to solicit from user research participants prior to involving them in a user study? I'm specifically interested in diary studies, but I guess it's pretty much ...
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Rule of thumb for user testers not showing up for testing appointments?

For those of you who administer user tests, what do you do when testers don't keep their appointments? I'm currently in the midst of a round of user testing for one of my projects. The tests needed ...
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Should I pursue career in UX design if I'm not very passionate about development and visual design?

I am very interested in Usability research and testing, but I don't share the developers' and designers' passion for the actual design and product creation. Does it mean that I shouldn't be doing UX ...
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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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Is the use of carousels good? Do users actually know how to use a carousel? [duplicate]

The question is pretty much what is on the title. I keep having the feeling that building a multiscreen (responsive/adaptative) environment with carousels is something that the users don't know how to ...
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Can you make people sign in their accounts for user testing

I am planning to conduct some user testing on popular sites such as facebook/linkedin/twitter. The question is, would they be willing (or should i even ask them) to sign in to these accounts using ...
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Comparison of usability between Office for Windows and Mac

I have been using Microsoft Office on Windows for a long time, from 97 to 2013, and occasionally I use it on a Mac computer as well. There has been previous questions about comparisons between Windows ...
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Studies on the impact of switching operating systems in corporate organizations

Browsing through a previous question on the usability between Windows and Mac OS, I thought an interesting question would be to see if there were any studies done on the impact of changing operation ...
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Grouping Likert Scale responses to positive (agree) and negative (disagree)

We have conducted a survey using Likert Scales with the following options: Strongly Agree Moderately Agree Slightly Agree Slightly Disagree Moderately Disagree Strongly Disagree For ...
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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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Dark screens in cars

I am a designer just preparing an app for the "in car" area. Normally we have a bunch of colors to use and we usually use dark colors on a light background. Now our client came up with some question ...
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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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How to run quick usability tests for a large organization with no process in place

Our company is rolling out a program so the UX team can quickly conduct usabiliy test on easy features, instead of having to farm these quick usabilty test to expensive agencies. we are looking for ...
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what is the reason befind putting questions' stat on left on questions list?

Giving the fact that users read left to right, does SO want users to read question's stats first then question title ? if so why ? wouldn't be more pratical to read first the question's title ?
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Reliable sources about UI/UX best practices in Japan?

Everything I read about usability on western websites is mostly the opposite of what I'm told to do at my workplace in Japan. For example : - make landing pages as crowded as possible - avoid share ...
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How do people react to voice commands in AI?

I'm looking for documentation on how people react to talking to an artificial intelligence system like, say, Siri (especially now that iOS6 has dictation). How 'comfortable' is it to use voice ...
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A/B or multi-variate testing as replacement for UX design?

It seems like in a business-driven organization (i.e. where the sales and marketing team has a bigger say) that offer software products or services, A/B testing is used as a way to improve and measure ...
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How to study competitive/equivalent interfaces efficiently?

Before starting designing a new interface, I usually study equivalent/competitive UIs to come up with some ideas in terms of functionalities and layout. I would like to conduct this kind of study in ...
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Usability results: 5 users fly through UI, 1 user fails. What to do?

Which approach do you usually take when a majority (5 of 6) of users can easily complete a task during usability testing while one user fails? I cannot really describe the task exactly but it would be ...
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Looking for best practice, articles, tests or studies on video placement on websites.

We are a publisher of many special interest (that doesn't mean x-rated! ;) news websites (tech, music, sport etc). The majority of our content is editorial but we obviously have a growing amount of ...
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How do I justify a “friendly view” when a department head is adding “table view” as a requirement?

So in the web app I'm currently working on, I need to display a list of objects. I opted for a "friendly" view, with each object being a div. StackExchange's question list layout is actually a good ...
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Enterprise Social User Interview Questions?

I am in the process of creating a questionnaire for user interviews for a HUGE Enterprise Social Initiative where the end product is going to be an Intranet/ESocial application.I am trying to get some ...
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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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Opens in a new window icon placement

When using an icon to represent a link I believe the standard convention is [icon] [Link]. A colleague has raised the point that for links that open in a new window, the icon should appear after the ...
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How usable are digital whiteboards?

I am building a whiteboard that records what is written to it and that is connected to the internet. One of my primary focus is usability. The whiteboard is not like standard digital whiteboards. It ...
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Conveying that usability problems exist to developers, cheaply!

I'm a developer transitioning towards design/usability. I'm giving a talk to the devs at my workplace on design basics and guidelines with a little sneaky UX teaching on the side. My goal is to work ...
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Usability testing and responsive web design

What are your take on usability testing and responsive web sites? The flow of page objects, hiding and showing different types of menus or the resizing of objects could have a big impact on ...
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Looking for any studies OR anecdotal stories on the usability of lightweight markup languages (like Markdown, MediaWiki or BBCode) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Markdown Friendly Enough for Non-Technical Users? I need to create a simple markup language (none of the ones out there quite fit the bill). However, I'd really like ...
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How should I introduce participants to a usability test?

I've been conducting usability tests for a few years now for a variety of products and interfaces. These have been in-person and remote, high-fidelity and low-fidelity, structured and unstructured. ...
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questions at the end of a user study (an online simple game) to see if they enjoyed the study or not [closed]

I have a question. I am running a user study which is a simple online game. I am looking for a set of standard questions to ask the users at the end of the study to see if they enjoyed the study or ...
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Research on Walk-up-and-use systems

I am interested in research on Walk-up-and-use systems. From what I found so far, Walk-up-and-use systems are described as "system that requires no explicit user training" (hci-hub, FH ...
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Are “view more” links still being used?

Some years ago, it was usual to see a list of articles in the homepage of any website with a link often called "View more". Nowadays it's difficult to find a website using this link, I noticed that ...
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Can web analytic tools track user's behavior across tabs?

I'm curious about logging user actions across multiple tabs; is a user's actions across multiple tabs within a browser trackable? So from user's point of view is there an additional element of privacy ...
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Cultural differences while usability testing

As a Briton, I realise there are cultural differences that I need to consider while testing. For example I have found that citizens from the Indian subcontinent are less likely to directly criticise ...
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What is the best way to approach usability testing an intranet?

In my mind, the biggest difference between testing an intranet and a public website are the users. You know exactly who will be using the intranet, because they have to. The roles and tasks are ...
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What is best practice for designing form error messages?

I've seen quite a lot of research on form design, but so far, I haven't come across any studies on error message design best practices. The only piece of advice seems to be that each error should ...
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Tufte's data density, readability and comparison

I'm intrigued by Tufte's data density. While I love his definition of data / ink ratio which can be easily measured, I have hard time measuring data density. He defines data density in a graphic as a ...
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How can I measure why users never return to a web app?

I'm working on an application that's been in use for the past 3 years. It's a web-based product and we have been tracking its usage using Google analytics for the past 6 months (since the time I ...
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Is a usability study on just a newsletter effective?

I'm doing a usability study in our lab next month to test a newsletter for a client. It will be my first test with only an email (instead of a website). I'll only have 3/4 tasks (open email, choose ...