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How many users should be tested with

Traditionally I've always stuck to the number 10. I recall reading some pretty convincing research that said 10 is the point at which 90% of problems will have been discovered and the gain from adding ...
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Show tooltip immediately or only after a click on the “i”

I've got a loan applicant form. All the fields are required and most of them got a describing tooltip. I struggle when it comes to the point how to show the tooltips. Hide them until a user clicks a ...
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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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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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Testing responsive websites for cross browser compatibility

I have to do liferay cms testing for a site / portal. The site will at setup be blank and the client can choose from templates/portlets and upload content as required. It would have a responsive html ...
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Drawbacks to user feedback

User feedback is the information provided by users after using your product or site, usually provided via form, email or in person. It can be solicited or unsolicited, though my question focuses on ...
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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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Is there a way to force pages to load slowly? [closed]

I'm developing a website and want to test the user experience when some of the images load slowly. Obviously I'm doing everything I can to make assets small and load quickly, but there are slow ...
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what is the critical mass for design research

For my project, the first step of designing a service is design research. how many people should I interview to reach the point of synthesizing the interview results? is there any to go place to find ...
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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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Can I test different devices when I'll only have a sample of around 10 participants?

I'm going to be testing a way for students at the University of Leicester to print wirelessly to our printers from their own mobile device (could be smartphone, laptop, tablet etc.) There are two ...
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Should you reveal to the participants where they 'went wrong' during usability tests?

I realise 'went wrong' is not the correct term here. We're not testing the user, we're testing the site. (Hence the quote marks). Anyway: Take this hypothetical scenario: You're running a usability ...
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A standard / benchmark test for user familiarity or proficiency with computer technology in usability testing

When conducting usability testing, a variable that comes up is the competence or familiarity of different users with Internet or software application technology. It seems strange to compare different ...
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Involve the user from the beginning if we want to emphasize usability?

I have questions about usability. Is it necessary to involve the user from the beginning of the software engineering process if we want to emphasize usability? Also, I read this previous question ...
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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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What methods do you use to test the usability of an API?

Testing the usability of a programming interface poses a lot of challenges. It has a very different feel than testing a graphical interaction. The user can do almost anything at any time, as opposed ...
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A/B Testing. How should it be done?

I just stumbled upon Google Website Optimizer. Is this the way to go? How do you normaly do A/B tests with your website?
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How to measure Success rate?

I'm reading this book: Tullis, Thomas, and William Albert. Measuring the user experience: collecting, analyzing, and presenting usability metrics. Morgan Kaufmann, 2010. In this book, 5 usability ...
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Providing context for usability test

I am working on a startup with a small team - we have just produced a prototype of a key user flow that we will be testing with live customers for maximum insight to go back and iterate. My question: ...
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What are the criteria for determining the 'clutter' on a web page?

I came across the clutter test offered by websitecriteria.com while doing some research on guidelines about content readability and presentation of information on a web page. It makes reference to an ...
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What are the pros/cons of performing usability testing with multiple participants simultaneously?

I've performed several usability tests, mainly with one participant at a time. However, I have never tried to perform a usability tests when you have e.g. two persons cooperating on a task. What ...
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A/B testing in user test

I designed 4 versions of a checkout page. I want to make some user test to know which version performs better. Do you think that I have to do the tests with the same person? the big change in the ...
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Formative and Summative Usability Testing

I bumped into this document and it suggests the use of (a) Formative and (b) Summative Usability Testing. To be honest, is the first time that I bumped into this kind of terminology, and I while ...
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How Long Does a Usability Study Take from Start to Finish?

This question will likely have no single correct answer, but I'm looking for personal estimates on how long it takes you to complete a usability study from start to finish, including research, writing ...
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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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Numbering Cards for Card Sorting Excercise

I am going to be conducting various card sorting exercises with a small group soon and I have a question about how to label some of the cards. I have about 6 that will contain words that I would like ...
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Is copy and paste user-friendly in Mac? [closed]

Whenever I use copy and paste files in Mac, my eyes always search for copy and paste text in Mac context menu when compared with windows context menu. Is copy and paste in Mac context menu ...
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Why most software businesses require the users to “request a demo” to see their products?

I have noticed that on the large majority of software businesses, their products will not be shown to you unless you request a demo from their site, usually from a form by providing your personal ...
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Think aloud test with participants familiar with the interface?

Today I conducted four Think Aloud tests of a website used in a lot of schools here in Denmark. Unfortunately I did not prepare properly as I didn't think to check weather the test participants ...
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User Testing and other best/most effective ways to implement UX in webpage

I am interested to know what some effective ways to determine and implement user experience would be. I think that user testing is a very effective one, i.e. getting people who are completely ...
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Should usability testing of a competitor's website be a part of your usability testing routine?

I was reading up on best practices on usability testing for websites and a recommendation was that get your participants to do usability testing on your competitors website as well as that would help ...
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What are the best ways to capture/organize usability test data for interpretation?

I'm in the process of doing some usability testing this week for one our iOS apps. We're having them attempt a few targeted tasks to test goals like New users should be able to signup with their ...
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Do you ask testers to talk about themselves at the start of a usability test?

When performing a one-on-one usability test, do you ask your testers to introduce themselves and give a brief background about themselves? Or do you just introduce yourself, give background about the ...
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Setting time limit for a task question when a tester can't find what they're looking for?

We are testing our website navigation and content arrangement before we begin the redesign on our informational website. We want to know if users can easily find what they are looking for and see ...
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Where can I find more information on foveal and binocular vision, and its impact on UX?

I have recently started looking into foveal vision and how it relates to screen space / UX. I dig up a lot of interesting information but I can't seem to find any information how foveal vision works ...
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What are the best ways to get SUS score on mockups?

Can we just showcase static mockups to users and as them to respond to SUS questionnaire? Or, is it good to provide a clickable mockups so that they can get a feel of the workflow? Do we have any ...
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Are there turnkey services for simple usability testing of mobile apps, especially iOS?

For websites, usertesting and trymyui and others are setup to do quick user testing. Are there similar services for mobile applications?
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How to present reply chains on a mobile/condensed interface? [duplicate]

Take a website such as reddit where users can reply to a post, and then users can reply to that reply, etc. I'm building a mobile application that deals with a similar situation with nested ...
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“people don’t know what they want until you show it to them”

One of the most successful products ever produced is the iPhone. It’s loved for its excellent User Experience worldwide. It came from an idea by the late Steve Jobs who is among other things famous ...
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How many Task Questions in Usability Testing [closed]

I am about to conduct remote usability test on some e-commerce sites. Can anyone tell me how many task questions are acceptable to be asked. Am working on my PhD Thesis now.
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2 Line Calendar Module | Alternative Calenders

I'm exploring a new format for a calendar module. It only uses two lines for the dates causing it to be more of a landscape format than square. The only problem is for users deciphering how the ...
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Benchmark for usability test

I'm working on a usability test of a e-commerce website. The test is a validation test (the kind of test performed close to service's release). I read that, for these kind of tests, I have to use ...
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How to prompt users to give feedback on widget design without biasing their answers?

We have a set of matching widgets we use as a homepage for an app. The user can interact with those widgets causing various notification dialogs. I think these dialogs should match the look and feel ...
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Measuring/Quantifying Usability & User Experience

This morning i was looking online for articles that could lead me to a method that can be used to measure/quantify usability & user experience. The method i was interested in finding more ...
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Typical usability tests when evaluating an ebook

I am attempting to do a usability test on an ebook. The current book is in the epub format but my usability test should be reusable in other formats as well. What are some of the areas I should focus ...
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How can I get useful usability data from a focus group?

After my company has recently been acquired, we have been allotted an hour of "usability testing" at an upcoming conference. The catch is, if we follow the template that has been put forth to us, ...
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How to measure ux for animation effects on mobile

My question is if there is a framework or some other way to measure user satisfaction and experience for an touch interaction followed by an animation effect on mobile features. Take as an example ...
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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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How to review usability of a developer tool?

I'm about to try to test the usability of our developer tools, how can this be done? Articles I've read so far on UX testing seem to target website testing. I'm interested in reviewing the user ...