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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Method for usability testing of physical products

I am looking for a methodology for interaction testing of a physical product / interface. I am thinking something like expert testing (Heuristics) but just not for digital interfaces. Are there any ...
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Best practice for messaging system (microblog) using a “n-tier” model

I currently have a UX problem that I have seldom seen done well (or at all)... I am developing a messaging feature for a site (a messaging system for business, think Yammer), and I am in the ...
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What is the best way to handle multiple To and From ranges?

Our users need to specify multiple ranges of quantities and specify a price for each range. I can't post an image or I would show this concept mocked-up. My question is: Imagine the user is able ...
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Android contextual menu

I'm developing an Android app and one screen (Favourites) is a ListView of items (bus stops); so, if the user select one stop he can do two things: Send the arrival time for that stop Eliminate the ...
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Is a middle dot (·) the best way to signify a space?

In our web application we try to give explicit instructions of what to do or to type if the user desires so. One of our tips looks like Click or type /r to respond. If /r followed by a space is typed ...
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Dynamic Form Inputs - Hidden? Hidsb

I'm working on a responsive site where the lead gen form that needs users to select a store location (this is required by internal system), first name, last name, phone, email, and how they heard ...
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Best suitable multiple select with optgroup UI element

My website has a drop-down list that displays all countries, grouped by continent. A user has to select all the countries he needs, as shown in the following figure: The main issue here is the user ...
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Should I remove the site header and footer from a sign-up page?

I've been reading this usability book and it says that the sign up page must be as free of noise as possible and some websites seem to be doing similar things (Last.fm for example). Here's how it ...
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What is the best way to bring your old users to your new site?

A project I'm working on involves the creation of a new site that will host around 80% of the content of an old one. The content will disappear from the old site, and become solely available on the ...
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Horizontal Scrolling Emails (B2C) Best Practices

A client recently asked me to look into developing a horizontal email for one of their campaigns. I've been coding their emails for a year or so now but am unfamiliar with the best practices from a ...
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Selected and processed states in one workflow

I have just noticed (on vacation with iPad only) that the interface that allows you to import photos from camera to iPad has very similar representation of photos selected for import (checkmark on ...
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How much value does Human factor's CUA certification hold for a Senior web developer? [duplicate]

I am working as Senior web developer with 5 years of experience. I also create wireframe mockups and have good experience in photoshop. I am looking to pursue HFI's CUA certification. Is this ...
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Long press (press & hold) gesture in iOS app

I was wondering if this gesture is as commonly found in iPhone and iPad as in Android apps, or if it is more used in iPad than in iPhone or vice versa. I personally don't use this gesture very ...
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Displaying large category menu on a mobile device?

I've looked into this question, and this one as well; I didn't get an accurate answer. I have a fairly large category menu that I want to display for touch mobile devices with relatively small ...
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How to add a number of items in to a “new category” or an “existent category”

I have a list where the user can choose multiple items, and than he can press a button that will "add the selected items to a category". But I want the user to be able to add the items to: a) A new ...
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Best way to ask user for large amount of data input on iPhone?

I have a question about designing the UX that requires a large amount of data to be entered by the user upon signing up for an app - needed as the app cannot function without this data - how can this ...
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1-column vs n-column timelines / news feeds

Facebook's news feed employs a 1-column layout, whereas Google+ employs multi-columns, depending on the width of the browser. (It appears it's between 1-3 columns). Pinterest have many. Are there ...
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Is password confirmation necessary on a Change Password dialog?

On one hand there is no need to ask for password confirmation because it is annoying. If I made a mistake when confirming my password I'll need retype my very complex password again. There is also a ...
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Web App Sidebar - Under Page Header vs Next to Page Header

My current sidebar setup looks like this: The sidebar is present on multiple pages and can include: section ('employees' is a section) specific information (lists that section pages have in ...
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Do all links on a page have to be all underlined or all colored?

I am redesigning a website and currently working on the homepage. I have several links or points of entry via the homepage. I was wondering if I need to follow one convention for styling the links, ...
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Graphic representation of various data types

I have a project where a lot of data look alike but however they represent different things. For example I have data that contain 0 or 1 but this could represent a text value or a boolean. A good ...
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Best way to present a modal with two ways of searching?

I have a modal used to add a responsibility profile to an element. The responsibility profile is one item from a potentially huge hierarchical list with possibly thousands of items not listed ...
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Using text from Google translate

This is regarding android application. As per my analysis, the translation from Google translate is not perfect. Will it be ok show non-english users a dialog with the following content: This ...
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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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My boss has a different idea of a website's UX

Let me explain the situation. I started transforming an "old (.Net 2.0)" Application into a webapplication. Problem here is, that no-one here is really acquainted with the UX of a website (simple, ...
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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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Rearranging icons by most recently used

I am looking for some studies that examine how users perceive controls (e.g. navigational icons) that are rearranged based on most recently used. Also it would be interesting to see how rearranging ...
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Should a username be truncated?

Is it ever OK to truncate a username? Is there any good solution / trade-off? Site shows username as: Username: Shrinivasuk View: Shrinivasu... Username: Ritesh View: Rite Username: Poonam ...
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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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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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Will a Paste button increase usability?

There comes cases where it's quite obvious that users are most likely to copy and paste a value into a given text-box. One of those cases is a URL fields. This made me thinking of adding a paste ...
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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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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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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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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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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 is the most user-friendly way of displaying data?

I am working on a Password Manages program which allow to add and remove entries from database file. The problem is that my display as showing below. I get impression that if a new user to a program ...
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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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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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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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Is it better to put Facebook Connect on homepage or on Login/Registration pages and why?

I want to know if facebook connect button should be glaring at users straight from the homepage, or only at the login and register pages when users actually need to login or signup? What does each of ...