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Has user testing ever revealed that you have to change your app's UI colour?

Dark-themed UI colours have been popular for a while on certain desktop applications (Adobe Lightroom as an example), and seem to be popping up on mobile applications as well. I'm referring to the ...
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What skills (if any) differentiate UX from Design?

I recently came across a poster on UX careers, where the bottom of the poster lists some specific skills and their prevalence in UX jobs. I found it somewhat disturbing that usability testing was ...
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What metric should I use for A/B testing of a blog homepage?

We are launching a blog about web design. The goal of our blog is of an ordinary content site - to get visitors to read as many articles as possible (NOT to get ad impressions). Our designer has ...
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Would doing freelance usability testing help me learn more about UX?

I am looking into joining the following services: UserFeel - (http://www.userfeel.com/) Analysia - (http://www.analysia.com/Index.asp) I want to make some income on the side while looking for more ...
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Best practices or resources about online assessment

I have a project to deliver an online assessment of a large number of users. The assessment is for a psychological research project, so the content is mostly self-description asked in a variety of ...
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What is a good tool for mouse tracking? [closed]

I would like to be able to track user activity on an HTML page. What I want to achieve is the following, a breakdown of user activity per page, and a total time spent on the entire flow. The ...
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screen video capturing (usability test) on mobile

I'm trying to figure out how to conduct a usability test upon a handset device (smartphone). it seems there aren't many methods for screen video capturing of a user making use of an app. Do you know ...
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Is there any vaild free or paid tool that help measuring the effectiveness and usability of products? [closed]

A university professor is seeking a tool that help measuring the effectiveness and usability of a certain product, mostly this product is targeting students and academical fields.
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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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How to use paper prototyping on an existing product

Paper prototyping is a very powerful tool early on in a new product build as it helps you to iron out ux and rapidly iterate. However if you're working on an existing product and want to test small ...
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How do you determine the order of tasks in a usability test?

How do you determine the order of tasks in a usability test? Do you for example avoid putting tasks with similar paths one after another?
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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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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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Best way to add data in empty fields

I want to add data in empty fields and below are the attached solutions i come up with. Solution1: Refer to first two images: I have added one "+" button on the top of the page> When user clicks>All ...
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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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Where is the best way to approach hallway usability testing?

I found UserTesting.com but it costs $40 per person which is super expensive. I want to test if I am communicating the correct message to users on our site. Where is a good place to do some hallway ...
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Finding out how users respond to look and feel

If you wanted to put designs in front of users and test how they feel about the visual designs look and feel. What questions could you ask to explore how users feel without being leading?
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I have a few significantly different layouts I want to test, is A/B or MVT testing the best approach?

I've read that A/B testing and MVT are best for testing smaller scale changes (i.e. button color, headline copy, etc), but are they also suitable for testing two (or more) very different designs? ...
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Who should be responsible for A/B testing and conversion optimization?

Currently, I'm wearing many hats, but looking to expand our team and eventually dedicate someone to running A/B, MVT and conversion optimizations for us. With companies where even minor % ...
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Interesting ways you can provide a client with feedback from user testing?

User testing reports are often pages long, lets face it how often do clients actually read this. What interesting ways can you share the results of user testing?
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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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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 are the main pros and cons using “usability testing as a service” solutions?

I came across a few articles (e.g. here and here) with a list of "usability testing as a service" providers, and was wondering if it's so great, why doesn't everyone use it? Is there a clear list of ...
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How to test whether UI is usable with touch-screen on desktop

We are developing application for mobile platforms. But it can be tested on (windows) desktop and it's obviously easier than uploading to device. However mouse is quite a bit more precise than the ...
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Benefits of testing at a wireframe prototype stage rather than design stage?

Trying to convince internally that testing at an interactive prototype stage will be more effective at ridding usability issues than at a design stage. What are the benefits of testing early other ...
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Is there a service where I can upload product screen shots and get feedback from users?

I'd like to upload some mockups that are not interactive, a jpg for example and be able to ask users questions like What do you think this service is for? or Where would you click to log in? ...
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Has anyone got experience of Feng GUI and been able to test it against real users?

One of my team is looking at using Feng GUI http://www.feng-gui.com/. Does anyone have experience of it and/or been able to test it against results of eye-tracking of real users?
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Testing OK/Cancel buttons

Related: OK/Cancel on left/right? I have been looking in to whether OK/Cancel should be on left or right, and after looking at lots of views on each side it seems there are good reasons for both. I ...
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Unexpected A/B testing results

We've just run an A/B test for one of our landing pages using Visual Website Optimizer. We are an online hotel booking reservation site. The landing page shows information about a particular hotel ...
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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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Collecting testing recruits without using a recruiting firm

I just started at a small design firm that's branching out into doing some UX and one of the things I'd really like to do is start trying to work simple testing into our workflow (maybe starting with ...
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Hiring a User Experience Prototyper

Wanted to ask the community what they would look for in a Prototyper that is specialized in prototyping for User Experience. Here's a couple specific things I am trying to gauge (but feel free to ...
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What are acceptable results in a click test?

I've run a few online click tests to find out where people click on my design screenshot to figure out what type of button for a specific task works best. Turned out about half of the people clicked ...
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How to A/B test a published IOS and Android app on actual users?

I've published several apps on IOS and Android adding flurry to measure the interaction that is happening in those apps, however, I'd love to enhance this interaction and make my apps more useful by ...
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Counting Clicks vs. Path Deviations

We're developing some metrics for upcoming usability testing. Our previous practice has been to count the number of clicks required to complete a task. This works relatively well but users that enjoy ...
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Appropriate level of granularity in a card sort for a web app

When putting together a card sort for a web application, what level of granularity is appropriate for each card? For example, is the function "forward an email to a distribution list" granular ...
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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 ...
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Usability Testing: Can we test a website 1 language (ex.: english) but get feedbacks and ask questions in another (ex.: spanish)?

Can we receive good feedback from bilingual people if we test a prototype in one language but do the usability study in another?
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Why shutdown button is inside the start button [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why would a web site hide the log out button? I did some usability testing for shutdown/log out buttons with the help of 4 year old kid and 70+ year old(basically first ...
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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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Why is embedded help not popular?

I'm wondering why modern help systems are more passive than active? For example, each good guide through something look like this: So why we don't see this directly on website (service provider), ...
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Where can I find existing System Usability Scale (SUS) results to compare against?

I'm looking for a resource of existing System Usability Scale (SUS) study results to compare against. I've read in a few papers/webpages that plenty of such data is available, unfortunately I can't ...
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When conducting guerilla testing, do you ever offer any incentive, or just rely on people's goodwill?

By guerilla testing I mean brief, informal testing performed on random people who happen to be about. Here, I'm specifically talking about testing on strangers in public place, not people within your ...
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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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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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A/B testing VS UX usability enhancement by UX guy?

What us the point behind A/B testing if everything will be decided by the users inputs of websites then Is there any role for UX guy in this case? Should we give preferences the results of A/B ...
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Helping participants in usability tests

I've just completed a round of lab-based, co-present usability tests as part of a usability audit for a web-based map application. I have ten tasks for the participants that require them to perform ...
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How to test search function in usability test but at the same time not force user to use the search

I am doing usability test on a product which I think might have problems with it's search function. I want to test search function with users, but I don't want to restrict user information retrieval ...
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Framework or plugin for tracking user actions on a web application

I've been working for a while on various proof-of-concept applications for social network privacy, which I've evaluated for publication with various user studies. Is there a useful, free, framework ...
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Usability testing a Chorded Keyboard

I'm going to do user tests on a Chorded/Chording Keyboard. I would like to know, if there are any guidelines / tips for testing user-input (example sentences to input)?