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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Who to involve when making user tasks/scenarios for a usability test?

I am conducting my first usability test in our in-house testlab. I have asked my team (and the rest of the company) for hypotheses and aches regarding the service we are goint to test. Based on these ...
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How do users react to a browser request for geolocation?

Is there a study about a user's reaction to a browser request of a geolocation? What is the percentage of acceptation? In which case? What triggers acceptance and what triggers denial?
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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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Cognitive strain by reading data in tables?

I would like to know if there is a study made about the cognitive strain that there is (or isnt) on reading dataheavy tables. I know there is a lot of help out there for how to make tables easier to ...
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Testing with new vs. experienced users

A bit of backstory first: I'm setting up a usability test involving electronic medical records (EMRs). The test has to follow some draft testing guidelines (long pdf) set up by the National Institute ...
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Show contextual FAQ's prior to contacting support?

Does providing contextual FAQ's prior to allowing users to contact a support specialist increase ROI? It seems that there is at least a perceived benefit (as many companies do it). Are they basing ...
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What are the differences between Usability Attributes and Usability Requirements

I want clarification on the above subject matter. Many authors refer to the two constructs as same. I will also like to to have full discussion on them and other external sources for further details. ...
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How to create a web application with good user experience or usability?

I am a front end developer, new to "user experience" world. I got a web application which has usability issues, which I have to recreate as per usability point of view. I referred many articles ...
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What are the metrics for measuring security and cognitive load as attributes of usability?

I want to know the standard metric one can use to measure security and cognitive load as attributes of usability in Mobile E-Commerce site application. The explanation should be base on users' ...
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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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How to rescue a usability test whose participant is lacking confidence?

Last night, I was conducting a usability test with a participant who was very uncertain of his actions. Before the test, I said all of the usual stuff about it being a test of the software and not ...
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Do I really need a login button?

We've been having a discussion in the office surrounding a login page we're developing for a new web application. The web application is in intranet-based application, and is mainly used by users who ...
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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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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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Mobile Site Usability

What are some of the tools to use for testing the mobile site UI and UX? My company has a desktop site and now we have decided to build a mobile website. We have tested our desktop site with services ...
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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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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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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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Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it?

This is just one example of an article promoting use of the golden ratio in design. Over the past few years I've seen quite a few similar articles, but none of them really seem to go into depth beyond ...
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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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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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How to measure the user experience?

recently I had the joy to be part of a new department in our company, the user experience department. I'm really happy with my new work,but recently my bosses started to do some changes in our ...
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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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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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Which makes for a better UX: using copy that is short and simple or copy that is casual, yet possibly more wordy?

In the context of a web app, which makes for a better User Experience: using copy that states the facts as simply as possible or copy that speaks in casual language, yet could end up being more wordy? ...
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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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What should be maximum and minimum length of persons User Name & Password? [closed]

I am wondering because I am trying to make sure that person have right amount of spaces for their user name. User Name and Password are security measures and should not be easy to guess. I have fixed ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Where can I find broad White Papers on Usability Experiments [closed]

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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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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Is it good to make different website for Desktop and iPad?

Is it good to make different website for Desktop and iPad? or same site is more better?
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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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What is a good method/formula for estimating how much time a usability test will require?

I was setting up a usability test at my office where we have never done much formal usability testing. One of management's first questions was, "How long will this take?" I didn't have a good answer ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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full-color icons vs. greyed-out icons in menus

Icons in menus are often full-color. Even though the page an icon/menu item controls is not active, the icon still appears in its normal hues. To distinguish the icon which is active, a designer will ...