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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Which way should the indicator arrow be facing for this interaction?

I'm designing an interaction for email sign up for a client website, and I need to replace the red ? next to "Email Sign Up" with some kind of arrow to indicate that the site will slide down to ...
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Using numerical scores for ratings?

We are trying to build the 'Yelp of Personal Finances' at SuperMoney. It's basically a community driven reviews site in the personal finance niche. One of the things we are doing differently is ...
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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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Log add to top or bottom

In my WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) application I have a log that display important events in the application. I'm unsure where to add new events? Or in other words, how should I sort the ...
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In a high precision meter do I display battery voltage as a fractional number of volts or as a whole number of millivolts?

There's an Android battery meter application for enthusiasts (control freaks actually) that displays the remaining charge percentage and the current voltage. A typical phone will use a Li-Ion battery ...
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How can end users training be integrated to the UX plans?

For many systems, performance can be significantly improved by educating the end users. It might even be argued that training is required to achieve optimal system performance: IIRC, Robert N. ...
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usability training sessions

I have been asked to run a 0.5 day training course into 'usability' for a client and I am trying to distil all my years of experience into something non-rambling and simple; something that captures ...
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Is it ok to use drop-down menus in Mobile Website?

Is it ok to use drop-down menus in a Mobile Website which opens on clicking? Like http://ux.stackexchange.com
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Inputs for difficult form

we have difficult form in our application. There are inputs for start date, end date, full name, phone and e-mail adress and section for count of persons on rooms (adult/child...). The basic ...
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What practical steps can I take to reduce bias in usability testing?

I'm acutely sensitive to bias in usability testing. For example, I'm aware that task-selection bias is an issue, so I try to keep the tests more open/loose and let participants explore. I know that ...
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Measuring “point and click” accuracy/speed of mouse vs trackpad

Are there any quantitative experiments that have studied (or that can be used to study) the usability of the trackpad vs the mouse, for the task of point and click? vs Say, for example, that we ...
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When to use cancel, done and back text buttons?

All the buttons mentioned in the title above have similar actions. They move the user back to the previous screen in mobile apps. What option is best to use consistently?
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Is it a bad idea to have all credit card fields on one horizontal line?

My checkout form is a bit long and I don't like it, so I placed credit card fields on one line. Is it a bad idea to have all the fields on one line horizontally like the image below?
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What UI elements would improve my booking page? [closed]

I'm in the process of redeveloping a "request seat" page for a taxi sharing application that I am working on. Users can request a seat on a booking made by another user - this page allows them to view ...
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Long Form, What to Place First: Required or Optional Fields?

We have a very long form, 40 fields. Q1: Where we should place the required fields, at the top or at the bottom? Q2: Based on the first question, where we should place the submit button? Top, bottom ...
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Tree manage in ribbon UI

I'm implementing ribbon UI in one of my application. It manages some trees so I move all the options to the ribbon (contextual tabs) but it just doesn't look fluent. Is placing tree options ...
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How do you show that a feature can be selected individually or combined with another feature?

The user has 3 options/features to choose from, but here is the problem: Each feature can be selected separately/on its own. Feature A can be selected/combined with feature B. Feature B can be ...
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Conditioning users

Playing around with my heat in my new vw gti ;), I noticed when you press the heated seats button once, it's starts you off with maximum greatness (3 / 3) press it again it goes down ( 2 / 3) (1 / 3) ...
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Is using an entire banner as a link bad usability?

I am working on a eCommerce site which has a large hero banner space which scrolls through a number of 865 X 450 px banners. Each of these banners is linked to a specific offer in the site. When I ...
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Would it be better to show a calendar picker by default instead of an input field with pop-up date picker?

On a travel site which is for Desktop, iPhone, iPad too, would it be better for UX and Accessibility to show the calendar itself on page by default Like this Or the most popular way, a input box ...
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Another word for a group of people

I am creating a facility to allow people to create groups to put people in that they like to keep in touch. I need a name for these groups and the obvious answer is 'group'. However, groups are ...
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Field Highlighting

How to represent a data that is good/acceptable, and data that is not acceptable? Currently I am using green for good data and red for bad data with bold font. Please suggest. Let me tell you the ...
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What is the best way for a user to select an item by unique identifier?

My team and I are building a mobile app where the user will need to input a human-readable unique identifier (the serial number) of a single unit of inventory. Our system tracks the serial numbers ...
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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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Interested in why the “Sign In” options are sometimes so trivially designed compared to the “Sign Up” option?

Over the past few months I've noticed a lot of big name websites that seem to trivialize the "Sign In" design in comparison to the "Sign Up" design, which is much more centrally located, and usually ...
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What is a good name length limit? [duplicate]

Our names are personal things that people attach great value to, so in general we should try to accommodate a person's full name. However at the same time, a persons name (especially in an app) is ...
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Standardization vs uniqueness in web design

It seems to me that standardised interfaces are regarded as a good thing in interface design, since it allows users to reuse their knowledge in different interfaces. This seems very true in desktop ...
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How to layout form navigation for best usability?

Is there any usability study about layout of form buttons? I have a simple registration process. The user is guided with several forms through the process. Each form has a <next> and a ...
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Should mobile navigation be aligned to the left or right?

I apologise if this question is a duplicate. On a quick browse I couldn't see anything referring to this. I've always aligned my navigation icon on mobile to the right. Mainly because I just assumed ...
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Adding new data while filtering current data

I'm working on a table that includes employee data (Name, Age, Position). Above the table I have a live filter that can filter the data by Age Group and Position. I'd also like the possibility of ...
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When do you present a website UX survey?

I'm wanting to build a usability survey on a website that's used by mortgage brokers. It's a website where users will come not to browse, but to find mortgage product information while a client is ...
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Should email verification links expire?

It's a common practice for websites to send email verification links on sign up. Should these verification links expire? I know about a bunch of website where they do and I wonder why?
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Presenting Hierarchical Options

I'm wondering what is considered "best practice" for displaying hierarchical lists that allow selection in a web app. In this case, we're presenting users with the option to select n counties per ...
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Side Navigation Highlighting Current Page Link Items

I've been working on a side navigation reconstruction project that is now entering the design phase. Through research i've noticed many sites using different colored text to highlight/bookmark user ...
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Tagging Projects on a Portfolio

I am wanting to organize my work on my portfolio with tags. I am wondering if I should have tags describe the type of work and systems used AND a description of what the project is. For example: A ...
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Is there a UI precedent for changing permissions?

I want to keep the pages really clean, so I don't want a button for every feature ("Share this", "Upload", "Edit", etc... pretty soon the page will be covered in buttons). However, I can't think of a ...
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How to encourage users to create more content?

Imagine a web service where users post notes grouped by tags. Notes are public and the tags are essential, because other users will see notes based on its tags (they can 'follow'). I want users to ...
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Form design and placement of action buttons

This question involves a data entry form in a web application. The form will be used in a desktop environment only; there's no need to account for mobile. A single user of this web app could be ...
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Should a Tweet button yield a suggested Tweet over 140 characters?

I found the Stack Exchange Tweet Buttons can do exactly this and posted a Meta question about it. The Tweet Button is for instant, easy sharing, but sometimes an article title can be too long to fit ...
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Are there any advantages to matte interfaces over glossy interfaces (or vice versa)?

I'm curious about the usability of such interfaces for complex tasks, repetitive tasks. Are there any studies that focus on this comparison? Note: My question is not just about phone interfaces but ...
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Best way to handle mobile website terms and conditions?

A form I am optimising for mobile has specific references to terms and conditions in numerous times (not just at the end usual checkbox, for example "We need this detail to sometimes contact you, read ...
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Advice on layout/presentation of information to user in web page

I'm developing a website that helps connect nightlife promotion companies with consumers. Each night life company hosts events and various venues and on various nights. I want to give users/consumers ...
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How should a small team begin to address usability/UX for a web application when it hasn't been a focus in the past?

I've recently become product manager for a small team - our product is a business management software (HR, Estimating, Contracts, etc). In a survey of our current user base, Usability improvement is ...
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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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Hit area for items in a grid-page.

I have a landing page with a grid of projects that the user can click into. I'm wondering is it best to: Only make the link/button clickable OR Make the entire box clickable. I'm leaning more ...
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How to design UI to allow user to enter multiple sets of data

I am having some trouble figuring out how to do an interface that has these characteristics: allows user to enter several sets ("cases") of data. Minimum one, and there is no limit but say 12 is ...
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Why don't e-commerce sites use “quick view” on mobile?

I've noticed that e-commerce sites don't use quick view on mobile. Some sites have quick view as a hover treatment, which obviously doesn't work on mobile, but J.Crew has a "quick shop" button always ...
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Should I auto register users behind the scene when using social login button?

I am building a service where I am allowing users to login using social buttons (for example, Facebook connect buttons). When a new user clicks on this social login button, I have two options: Auto ...
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Signal Strength or Connection Speed icon [closed]

We have a stand alone application on our site that uses realtime video/audio. We are in the process of adding a connection speed icon but it seems we have some disagreements on the icon that should be ...
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How to improve anonymous statistics reporting rate?

There are many different organizations starting to collect usage statistics in an attempt to improve the usability or user experience of their software. One of the common frustration when designing an ...