The extent to which a product can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use.

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online game landing page

In designing an online, in-browser game, I found in my research that many other games have "priority" in registration over login on their home page. They usually show a big form for registration, ...
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3-level tab design alternatives

I have this new requirement for an application UI design. There is one instance of the app wherein the user needs to input a lot of info, the recommended wireframe was to put a 3 level tab design ...
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Lowering opacity on hover. Isn't it totally wrong?

It's a common practice to highlight an element on hover state. By highlighting it, I obviously mean making it more visible than other elements. But lately, I've witnessed the opposite trend on a ...
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How would you classify UI/UX issues as show stoppers for product release?

The question of which UI/UX issues should be considered as showstoppers when releasing a product to the market has always been of interest to me. I am curious to get some thoughts as to how would you ...
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Removing Admin rights from an Admin user

I am building a system where the users have roles that can change over time. One user can have one or more roles. The roles define access to pages and features. Some of the users will have an Admin ...
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Why does the Xbox controller have non-symmetrical analog sticks?

The image below shows the controllers of the three eighth-generation consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U). As you can see, both the PS4 and Wii U controllers have symmetrical analog sticks, which seems ...
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How to display the relevant data on the UI

I was going through a book, which said that the data should be organised in such a way that primary and secondary levels are accessed within 3-5 clicks and remaining data should be at ternary level ...
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What are the good techniques to create a great onboarding process?

I'm looking for websites with good onboarding process. I like for instance Weebly because it explains me quite well on to build my first site step by step. Can you recommend any, telling briefly why ...
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Should certain functions be “hard to find” for powerusers to discover?

This is more of a fundamental question about access to the "poweruser" features for an application. One side thinks that power features should be more or less, "tough to find" and leaves the curious ...
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What are good questions to ask when interviewing intranet users for persona development? [duplicate]

I'm part of an external team hired to improve a software engineering company's intranet. I have been tasked with developing a usable set of personas out of a pool of around 300 employees. The ...
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how to make compact UI for lists

I'm making an app with 2 lists in the main screen, and the space allocated for the 2 lists are equal. So there will be only 5 items visible for each list. I'm thinking of an improvement on making ...
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Does a loading animation on a websites initial load improve usability?

I'm working on a site where I am being asked to implement a loading animation on page loads. Essentially, the site will display a loading animation as soon as possible, which will go away once all of ...
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Usability of nested accordions

I have seen some interface designs that nest accordions that show/hide information at more than one level of hierarchy. The example show also uses both vertical and horizontal hierarchies to add ...
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Input mask on credit card number & SSN

Our company is discussing the use of an input mask (asterisk) on credit card numbers and social security numbers. I'm completely against masking the CCN, from a UX perspective, especially since our ...
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Fusing words for website name: confusing or doable?

Arguably UX starts with the domainname. Well perhaps a bit far-fetched, so please feel free to suggest what might be a bitter fit than UX.SE for this question, but here it is anyhow. I'm looking at ...
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To preselect or not preselect checkboxes

Lets say you want to customize and buy a new car online. You get to choose from a list of options for the interior. (Radio, Nav System, Leather or Cloth seats, powered windows, doors, locks, etc..) ...
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How can I encourage users to select the 'correct' reason on a contact form instead of just the one which actually sends a message?

On one of my sites I have a contact form. And on that form the user is first asked to select from a short list of common reasons for why they wish to contact me. The actual form itself will either be ...
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Best possible way to test a Web app or Website?

I am assigned to test a new web app that my company has to release in few weeks. Though through continuous testing and forking I indeed found some bugs. But I want to make my testing more foolproof. ...
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Do pull down buttons confuse users about the actions they perform?

Pull down buttons (if that's their official name) are starting to pop up here and there. For example, if you look at Eclipse it seems that almost everything is a pull down button. Personally I find ...
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Is there any attempt to standardize a “cancel” action in elevator buttons?

I live in a country where only a few (I've heard of 2 or 3) elevators has the option to toggle back a pressed button in order to cancel the request. Of course, I'm waiting for all elevator buttons ...
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Single-character convention for weekdays?

In the ever challenging pursuit of simplifying visuals for Users, an issue came up while web developing. It is a relative simple issue: I want to offer Users a selection for weekdays using only one ...
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Is UX design subject to disruptive innovations?

Do you think that UX design in computers is subject to disruptive innovations in similar ways that computer programming and hardware engineering are? I am specifically focusing on the core way we ...
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Arrow-border vs open-border for currently selected item in a vertical menu

Arrow border: Open border: Which gives a better user experience, and why?
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Is it okay to have a login requiring users to first select from multiple services?

We have two services with logins on a page. Should we consider having a single login box which asks users to select which service they want to log in to before hitting the login button rather than two ...
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Should I use pagination in a forum's thread

I am designing a forum with large discussions, with no specific need to order answers. Do I need to implement pagination or should I maintain one unique page per thread?
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Videos on landing pages

Is it a good ideal to feature videos on landing pages or should their primary purpose be to signpost users to content elsewhere? I am developing a set of pages for an event, it is supported by a ...
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Filter options - Preferable to use an 'all' box or a 'clear' link to restore default settings?

I'm currently working on a search engine, filter options are provided to allow users to refine their searches. Example: TYPE [box] Firm [box] Lawyer [box] Transaction [box] Company When the ...
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Refresh button on a website

Is it useful/sensible to display a 'Refresh' button on a website's page (simple page, not dialog!), like the picture below? First I thought it's a good idea, but know I start to think it's not so ...
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designing for 45+ years old users

What are the things I need to consider when I design for the users that are 45-70 old? I know a little about vision, hearing and dexterity problems, but what are other problems that some of you ...
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How to Find the Best Icon to Represent a Concept?

I am developing a visual programming language, and after reading this paper it looks as if icons are a very good solution to improve the language and increase understanding. But since I am a ...
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Home page with two types of profile signup

I'm working on a site where it offers online service for two types of users ("service providers" and "service seekers"). Users are required to signup with the type of profile they belong to. We are in ...
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Is it ok to have the secondary navigation in the right-hand column?

I've noticed this on thefader.com. my concern is that this is a uncommon place for a subnav and will be mixed-in with ads. further, our site is pretty content-heavy. thoughts?
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Price plan table with multiple payment options

I have a pricing plan table with multiple payment options. I'm not sure whether it is best to place the pricing options in a drop-down (and fire off the submit on the "onchange" event) or simply have ...
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Password and in place editing

I decided to support in place editing for a simple user table. I am not sure what i should do about password... When i create a new user i can have a textbox to type... When viewing i can hide then ...
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Multilevel Navigation - Enterprise Application

I'm offering a design solution for an enterprise level applications navigation system. Currently the user can navigate by drilling through a series of parent and child menus. There are up to 5 levels ...
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HTML vs. PDF — What are the Pros and Cons of PDF?

From 2003: http://www.nngroup.com/articles/pdf-unfit-for-human-consumption/ PDF is good for printing, but that's it. Don't use it for online presentation. Since then more and more devices can ...
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Is there a common practice for cases of very delayed responses?

I'm wondering what the behavior should be for an interaction in which the user sends a query but the data reply takes several minutes (more time than in probable for the user to look at a loader or ...
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Anything I could do to improve my sign up form?

So I think that I'm finally at a point where I can say that my sign up form for desktop users is pretty much done. I've tried to make it user friendly at first sight by keeping it as short as ...
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How should I order arguments to my import/export commands?

I'm developing a distributed project management tool with a command line interface. I have two commands relating to initially copying a project to/from a hub. The export command looks like this: prog ...
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Resorting items after editing on a paginated page

We show a list of users in a paginated fashion (10 rows per page). There is a column to flip the status of an user to activate or disable. Assuming I am in the 3rd page and I am disabling a user. ...
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What is the best mechanism for language and country selection?

I need my users to choose their country to use my site. The French version has a totally different setup to the English version, for example. I'm The trouble is, if I merely ask the user for their ...
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How to present filters graphically?

I'm creating a UI which allows users to specify filters, such as Age > 18. Until now, this has been quite straightforward as all it required was a simple layout as shown below: However, besides ...
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Inputting addresses using autocomplete

I have a web application where the user will need to fill many addresses (a few users entering the addresses of other people). It uses autocomplete to speed things up and to reduce duplication (the ...
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Should user be notified about technically unavailable features?

I'm going to implement a non-essential feature on a website. This feature will not be available for all browsers and, therefore, all users. Should I just hide the button that activates it? Or should ...
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What are the advantages of existing real world patterns in Information Architecture

When explaining real data structures to users, companies often use a parallel to the real world to help explain it. An example is the newsstand on an iPhone. When is it a good idea to do something ...
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Citing the 10 heuristics of Jakob Nielsen

I am writing a research proposal, I expect those who read it might have very little knowledge about usability. I wanted to cite the 10 heuristics of Jakob Nielsen. Is there a paper/book that talks ...
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Where can I find research on readability of web sites?

I am looking specifically for text alignment (e.g. left vs. full justification) and what size/width text sections ideally have.
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Is Markdown fundamentally unfriendly for most users? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Markdown Friendly Enough for Non-Technical Users? I'd love to know if using Markdown for a non-technical user base is fundamentally bad UX. Are there any studies that ...
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Difference between android and ipad application

What are the key factors which makes an app more of android or iPad specific. Would like to hear about usability part of it also.
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Permissions and Roles

I'm attempting to implement an interface for managing user roles. Each role can be allowed access to specific modules. Within those modules the user is also allowed access to specific activities. ...