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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How can you change a poor design without alienating experienced users?

I work for a company that produces a large, 13-year-old web application. Lately, I've taken on the task of trying to get some kind of User Experience guidelines going for the system - something that ...
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Why do light switch buttons have up/down direction when it's really a toggle function?

If you do a quick image search on your favorite search engine on "light switch" you get a large number of images. Most of them have up and down direction, to represent state. Up for on in the US, and ...
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Is swiping up/down better than swiping left/right for changing months on a calendar?

I have created a custom View to display a Calendar in Android. The display is always 1 month. I'm using a swipe to the sides to switch months. Now I have seen some other Apps (including the installed ...
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Why doesn't the Mac OSX finder have a Cut option? [closed]

I observed that MacOSX finder does not have a Cut option (or shortcut Command+X) to move the contents. Is there a reason for removing this option? Does it improve usability in any way?
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What's the optimal seat arrangement for a self-driving car?

Take your average mid-sized sedan layout (though this is the view of an SUV, it should illustrate the idea for anyone who has never been in a car before.): You have a driver's seat and a ...
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Is social register enough or should you always add regular register method?

I'm building a web application, primarily aimed at students and young people. I'm guessing everyone has at least one social account(Facebook/Twitter/Google etc.) Is it enough only to offer register/...
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Can we expect users to close popovers by just clicking away?

We use popovers quite a lot and, when you click away from them, they close. Do you think it's reasonable to expect that the majority of web users will know how to close it this way instead of adding a ...
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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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Show/Hide Password Icon - Eye/ Closed Eye? Is the “Eye” icon offensive to any cultures?

I am on a project where we are implementing show/hide password functionality, and after significant research I discovered the 'Open Eye'/ 'Closed Eye' to be fairly standard. Once this was implemented ...
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Can a page rating with feedback be more effective than a longer usability survey for identifying problem areas?

Our government website has thousands of informational pages, many online self-service task flows and 20+ content editors / stakeholder groups. In the past, periodic usability surveys have been ...
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What are some best practices to follow when designing for users completely unfamiliar with computers?

In User Testing in the Wild: Joe’s First Computer Encounter, a researcher for Mozilla encounters a 60 year old man who has never used a computer and describes what it was like to have him use a ...
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Do input box highlights improve user experience?

Modern operating systems and web browsers lightly highlight text input fields on mouseover: The highlight is so minimal it's easy to overlook. Other form elements (such as dropdowns) highlight more ...
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The design and implementation of the purely theoretical “self destruct” button

I had an Adobe Flash instructor in college who told me a story about getting bored at work. He had some downtime and was looking for a way to pass the time. While looking at some Flash code, he ...
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Is labelling a checkbox as mandatory redundant?

I've recently seen a system where an on/off checkbox is labelled as a mandatory field with an asterisk. To me, this seems redundant as it isn't mandatory to check the box, merely to have it either on ...
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Good UX for a form

I am working on a UI design. I have good CSS/HTML knowledge. But not good in UX. Attached image is the UI I created for one page. I tried alter it nearly 10 ways, still my customer says it looks ...
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Is it best to be exclusively a UX designer or Do development, products or UI as well?

I was wondering if it's good to be a UX enthusiast and also do other things such as development as noted in this article or is it best to work only on UX design?
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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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Is it acceptable to make a text field look like a write in line?

My designer would like to implement a text field that drops down on hover against a white background, and only have a bottom border to define the field. Also, the designer would like to see a flashing ...
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Are Visual Programming Interfaces effective for non-tech users?

I am currently designing a solution about IVR's (Interactive Voice Solution) system that should enable user design their own flows according to their needs. In this solution, user should need to ...
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Building logical criteria (with AND , OR, etc)

I am looking for inspiration on this. We have a Dot.Net web application, where we are building pretty complicated criteria. It works, but I would like to change this, re-shape this, possibly from the ...
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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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Best way to show users that they can change colour

Just for a project I am making a note taking web app. I thought it would be a nice idea to let users add a colour to the note to 'categorise' it. The most logical space to put it would be in the input ...
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How to detect bad UI design [closed]

I am a software developer who also does UI design. My question is, is it for me possible to detect UI issues during development. The big problem I know from other developers, they don't see bad UI ...
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Tracing on a touch screen: achieving fat finger friendliness

What could be done to improve the ability to trace the outline of items on a touch screen, without requiring the user to use a stylus or other additional physical tool? The 'fatness' of fingers ...
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What is the most user-friendly way to show position of a user on a long leaderboard?

I am designing a gamefication app and I need to show an overall leaderboard, displaying all users with points and positions... The problem is that the leaderboard requires pagination and the logged-...
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Why are sinks always rounded?

I've noticed a trend recently that some sinks have a flat base, but they seem to be few and far between. Are there any reasons related to UX for why sinks have traditionally always been round?
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How to reference (and provide links to) online content in offline media?

Provided that print publications produced in-house and "physical" advertisements have to reference or "link" to online content, what is an accessible (in broader sense) and user-friendly way to do so? ...
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Why do Juice cartons fail on opening?

When I open a simple juice carton I fail on opening. I always seem to waste some of the concentrated juice on the kitchen sink and I wonder – do I do it wrong or is it the package that does not have a ...
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Why left-align a website?

Looking around the web, I've noticed quite a few sites (mainly sites that haven't had a major facelift for a couple of years) that have the entire site sitting to the left of the page. Examples: ...
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Design pattern or best practices for top notification bars?

The top notification bar on SE pops up to show messages like 'badge x earned'. What are the best practices for this type of UI? Specific details: On showing - Displace content downward (like on SE) ...
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Usability Concerns with Parallax Scrolling

I work for an agency that is very parallax happy. Clients seem to love it, so we keep pushing it. My goal is to build solutions that end-users love, so I've been trying to push more user-centered ...
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Optimum number of choices for menus/navigation

Anyone know any usability or cognitive psychology research done on the optimum number of choices for menus/navigation? I need some evidence to argue a case against a top level category menu of ...
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Pick a unique activity for each day of the week

I am making an app that creates custom marathon training schedules and I want the user to be able to pick one of 7 activities for each day of the week without picking the same one twice. I made a ...
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Is UX the same as Usability?

The two terms have seemingly become synonymous, but is "user experience" really the same thing as "usability?" It would seem that some sites, apps or products provide the user with an experience ...
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Date wheel picker - better or worse than a drop down date grid?

I have always been really dissatisfied with picking a date using the typical dropdown date grid. They force me to squint and concentrate. The purpose of the date picker I have currently is to pick a ...
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Encouraging the user to enter a value in an optional field?

This is a follow-up question from the previous question Case-study for hiding the optional fields? I have taken all the responses from my previous question and I have come up with this mockup, here'...
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Is high contrast mode really useful?

In most operating systems and on some websites there is a high contrast mode, intended for use by visually impaired people. I have doubts, however, whether using such mode makes any sense - from what ...
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Does it make sense to place 4 “Apply” buttons on a form?

I am design a "Setting" form for a Windows application (Winforms). I'm doubting if I should place an "Apply" button 4 times on the same form. On the first hand, each button refers to a separate ...
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Dashed underline on required fields

I am working on a massive user registration form for a web application for my company. We have been discussing different ways of alerting the user that a field is required for registration. As of ...
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Web app keyboard shorcuts

Is it a good practice to give keyboard shortcuts to web apps that allows a user to do tasks that are repeated often. In my personal experience, I've rarely used keyboard shortcuts offered by GMail to ...
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Text vs Icon (Opens in a New Window)

Over the past months I have been turning small websites responsive and encountered PDF links that spell out Opens in a New Window instead of using an icon. I spoke to the client about using an icon ...
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Why do so many websites have the restriction of user names starting with a letter?

Skype Yahoo What is the reasoning behind allowing only letters as the first characters of a username?
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Multi or Single colored rating stars

I'm developing a web application which is basically using 2(3) colors: Magenta White Grey-scales The app is a register for local artists and therofre, the users can rate them. Currently I'm only ...
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Would it be bad design (and unsafe) to put password guidelines next to a login box?

Different websites have different password requirements Some are content with a combination of just lower case words Some require a combination of lower case and upper case words Some require ...
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Responsive web design Vs Separate website for Mobile

Responsive Web design is buzzword these days. which means to create a same website and optimized for all devices. There are also some website which convert the desktop websites into Mobile website ...
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How to explain to a client that User Experience and web/graphic design is different?

My client is absolutely sure that there is no difference between these topics. How do you explain that making a UX adjustment plan is not the same as a web design task? You have to write a contract ...
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Should usability testing of a competitor's website be a part of your usability testing routine?

I was reading up on best practices on usability testing for websites and a recommendation was that get your participants to do usability testing on your competitors website as well as that would help ...
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A single, long load - or multiple short loads, which would provide a better experience?

I have a very large, modular web application. When it starts I can do things one of three ways: A moderately long load time (about 60 seconds) to fetch all of the modules from the server (presented ...
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Any data available on using Skeuomorphic Design in apps?

I've recently come across an article about Skeuomorphism that peaked my curiosity. Skeuomorphism: ..."an element of design or structure that serves little or no purpose in the artifact fashioned ...
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Making space for the “drop cue” in a drag-n-drop design

I'm developing a drag-and-drop reordering interface for books on shelves. (You can try it live if you're on the latest WebKit.) When you drag a book over a shelf, it accommodates space for it by ...