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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Best Practices: Save and Exit in Software UI

This has been discussed a few times on here for web implementations but never for a desktop application. Being we have a title bar/file menu/toolbar etc. what is the best practice for closing a window ...
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Native users sharing/posting on third party sites workflow

Initially my application had just the native log in form, but I recently added a Facebook log-in as well as sharing/invitation ability for those authenticated via Facebook. I would like to add other ...
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UX best practices for enabling a full-feature set download for a 30-day trial?

We offer a trial of our company's software and currently the path to usage is 1) Create an account with us 2) Download the software and 3) Download a feature library separately Our goal is not to ...
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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 manage rolling out of a feature activated by options

I have an internal search in my web app for text with filtering by some type of order and/or by multiple topics (like tags). If the tags are not present in the system there is no sense in filtering by ...
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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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What are the implications of different button sizes?

What are the implications of different button sizes in terms of what the designer is trying to convey to the user and what the user is implying as to the function of the button? For example, does a ...
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Bigger vs Smaller block headings

I've been looking at a few good looking websites and it seems larger headings are becoming more prevalent (why ?) and I'm currently working on redesigning this page: ...
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Necessity for presenting user's signed-in state on online service's marketing homepage

Many web sites include a dark bar at the top of the screen that will show the user's signed in state. This is commonly dynamic and will change depending on whether the user is signed in. This is the ...
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Different UX for multi-edit vs. single record edit

I have a user datagrid with inline editing capability. In some cases there is additional information that appears in a bottom pane (permissions details etc). The user also has the ability to bulk ...
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Using different checkbox style for different checkbox behavior

I'm not sure on which control to use on this case. Is it confusing to have two different checkbox styles that behave in different ways? (note: this is just a small part of a whole bunch of filters ...
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Why has the touch area size of iPhone app icons not been maximized?

One can touch in between the app icons on an iPhone without launching an app. Given Fitts's law, that "the time required to rapidly move to a target area is a function of the distance to the target ...
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What is behind entering email twice for registration?

What do you think to ask the email twice for registration? The context is this: In the e-commerce checkout/registration process where the email is mandatory to save cart or to proceed to the ...
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How are alternating illustrations experienced?

In our website redesign we are considering using alternating illustrations at the top of each landing page. This was a suggestion from Marketing to make the pages a little more interesting for each ...
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How make language option easy to find for people speaking another language than the one shown?

As suggested in another question I decided to show the language names in native language itself in the language selector on my page, instead of using country flags. The dropdown box shows the current ...
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Usability Principles for Mobile App Design [closed]

Have there been any principles developed for Mobile App designs? Any 'dos' vs. 'dont'? Any templates anyone can send me in the direction of?
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How can I design an effective GUI for labels and values for an Android Tablet?

I'm trying to create a simple GUI for an android application that will primarily be used on tablets. I have portrait and landscape screenshots of my current GUI. Note that this is literally the only ...
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What are the best options to show huge number of errors on multiple paginated list

We have a business application where users edit participants' payroll information across multiple income sources in a single list. A list would have - around 200 participants - each participant ...
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What is the psychology behind laying out slabs at different angles for cyclists and pedestrians?

In the UK, we have many paths that are shared by pedestrians and cyclists, with a dividing line down the center to show who should be on which side of the path. I noticed that at the end of such ...
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Is the term second degree customer/user/client acceptable or easy to understand? What is a better alternative?

I am trying to describe a situation in which you design a product for a company, and they use it to engage with their customers. So from my own perspective, the company would be the primary (or first ...
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What, as a rule of thumb, is the maximum tolerable time the UI thread is blocked for?

The title basically says it all. The question is not too easy to google: What is the maximum time I can block the UI thread without creating a noticeable 'lag' in the UI from the user's perspective?
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Personal information in messages

Is it good to add some personal information (name, username or other) in success or error messages?
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Sliders and Accessibility: Usability of sliders for users with disabilities

I was wondering if the use of sliders would make it harder for people with disabilities to select values. How hard is it to drag and drop for them? How easy is it for them to see values changing while ...
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How to write info email on my website (Plain text or Image)?

Usually, info email will be provided in modern websites, either in contact page or on top of all pages, the issue here is spammer that can get the email (extract by regex or any other method), now, if ...
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Should I leave a delay to allow people to read my loading messages?

I've built a program to install an application. For people with slow PCs, it could take a couple of minutes to run fully. However for people with faster PCs, it whizzes through and runs the whole ...
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Selecting root in 'save as'-style folder tree

I've got a tree structure equivalent to folders and files: you can save items and arrange them into folders. The current design is: Folder - Item - Item Folder - Folder - Item When the ...
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Elegant way to handle multiple columns of checkboxes

I am designing a map using Google Maps API that allows a potential company to check off boxes based on skill set (currently active), interest areas, and languages. Each column will have around 15-30 ...
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Improving design for item review site

I am currently working on a site in which the main goal is to provide a very easy and fast workflow to review an item, make some notes, and submit it. All the fields included in the below image are ...
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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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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 ...
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Username vs “My Library” for media collection menu bar link

My application has two libraries: a user's private library and the application's public library. The user has no user profile, just a settings page and their library, listing the content they've ...
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Submenu or second nav bar?

I find myself in a bit of a pickle with a website I designed and coded myself. Basically, I've gotten to a point where I need some sort of secondary menus on certain pages for example user profiles ...
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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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Is it acceptable practice to use checkboxes as radio buttons?

Can someone point me in the direction to articles regarding checkboxes and radio buttons? I'm in a discussion with an Art Director and he is convinced it makes more sense to use checkboxes because ...
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How to simplify six cascading dropdowns

Please suggest me how I would able to simplify selection of vehicle by six parameters: Manufacturer, Year, Model, Transmission, Engine, Drive. Currently we are using six cascading dropdowns aligned ...
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Android - ExpandableListView and Context Actions

Context: My app has a list of entries. It uses an ExpandableListView to display the entry date and type as a group, and when you short-press it, it expands to show detailed data on that entry. It also ...
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Need opinion for an interface [closed]

I need an opinion on for my app checkux: Should I use green background on checked state of the checkbox or not? Where should I place the Progress bar which is on top(currently).
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Presenting categories management to the user

I'm creating a page in my webapp which should be for displaying and managing the categories. As you can probably tell I don't have much experience about user experience so I came here to ask. I have ...
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Is the usage of text embedded in an image a bad practice, for very controlled uses?

What are your thoughts on writing your text in images? I'm not saying throughout the whole website... But in certain key locations like image carousels. And I'm not talking about the special cases ...
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condition expression editor

I have very amount of complex interdependent data, such as products, documents, orders. I need to make expression-builder for selecting and filtering(!) data. I have some ways to do this 1) I can ...
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What default font to choose for desktop applications? [duplicate]

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Should web mega-menus that open OnClick close OnClick or Mouseout?

I have been doing some research on this site regarding whether a mega menu on a web site should activate/deactivate via hover or click. I found a question with good answers regarding actuating the ...
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Why is the “Record” icon always round and usually red?

I've been wondering why the symbol for 'record' is universally (AFAIK - has anyone seen exceptions?) a circle and usually red. Cameras, VCRs, voice recorders, smartphones, web apps... I've seen cases ...
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On login forms, should user's email be remembered?

I'm having this discussion with a customer of mine, he wants me to pre-populate the user's email address on the login form, to make it easier to login, he does not want me to add a checkbox to have ...
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Looking for arguments and studies to rebut “No one complains, so it ain't broke.”

I'm of the opinion that the absence of complaints is not a strong indicator of good usability. I'd like to learn more about this idea, whether it's true or not, and how to argue the point if true. My ...
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Is automatic content delivery a design choice?

I noticed that facebook.com, twitter.com, and pinterest.com populate their respective feeds automatically. youtube.com has a button. If you scroll down...the feed ( or the page have you ) just keeps ...
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Content grouping based on time and theme

I have some articles which need to be arranged on a new website based on time and theme. For example on a blog site the content is usually arranged by date (descending latest first) - see first figure ...
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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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CLI: How should I order sub-commands in usage messages?

I'm developing a tool with a command line interface. I am seeking the clearest, most obvious/user-friendly way of ordering the sub-commands in the usage/error messages. The nature of the tool is that ...
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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 ...