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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Do people find someone in a list faster by name or a profile picture of the person?

I am looking for research to find out if when looking through a list such as a team list in a project management app people find it easier to find someone by their profile picture or their name? I am ...
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Can user experience be mutually exclusive for two groups of users?

Is it possible for an item to have good usability and a positive user experience for one core group of users and, by virtue of that design, make the experience worse for another core group of users? ...
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How easy should I make it to delete content?

We want to make it easy for people to perform task in an application, but we also want to prevent them from accidentally deleting something. Where is the middle ground between these two opposing ...
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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 ...
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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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Dropdown vs map

Is it a good idea to use map for selecting travel destination? At the moment we are using dropdown menu to select the country the user would like to visit. We are also using dropdown for duration and ...
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Text Field Validation vs Prevention

I've been having a debate (mostly with myself) over the best approach to deal with invalid input in text fields -- validation versus prevention. Taking a numeric text field as an example, is it ...
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Emphasize Label or Value?

I've often wondered what is the recommended item to emphasize -- the item label or the item value -- when you want to draw a user's attention to a specific piece of information. For example, our ...
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How to mark an input field with text longer than its width?

Given a form with many input fields, some have long text which exceeds the input field width. I wish to mark those input fields in some way which indicates they have more text than is visible. I have ...
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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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Does a large UX team tend to spoil a design?

Is there a rule of thumb for how many UX designers should be working together on a project? Factoring in things like the size of the project (e.g. number of functions/screens), timeline of the ...
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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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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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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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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 it okay to use breadcrumb navigation on some pages and not on others?

Breadcrumbs would be redundant for some of my pages and quite pointless, but effective on others which are a bit deeper. Is it bad practice to only implement breadcrumbs on some of the pages?
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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 is the best way to ask for a specific amount?

Consider the following simple scenario: User has 2,352 cookies in his account. Now, he is prompted with a message, "How many cookies would you like to eat?" Given he can enter any number from 1 to ...
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List vs tiles for links

I am designing a drop down panel which houses a collection of quick links / bookmarks to other areas of an intranet. Users access the intranet through a laptop or desktop pc running windows or mac ...
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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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Guidelines on designing audio-only interfaces (eg for blind users)?

There are many resources out there that provide accessibility guidelines - hints on making content easy for a screen-reader to parse, or reminders about content that blind users cannot glean. That's ...
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Good UX for a page

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 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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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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Is ReCaptcha a poor anti-spam mechanism?

As everyone knows, any website that allows users to submit content to be posted without moderation are subject to all kinds of spam. One of the most popular methods of combatting this is using ...
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Should images be given alt text if they contain no information?

Example: a biography page with a picture of the person. The image contains no useful information, yet it adds enough emotional value to the page that simply removing it is not the solution. If you ...
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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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Tackling the shopping cart abandonment rate

I'm trying to tackle the high abandonment rate for a certain step in the checkout procedure. The first step in the checkout procedure of the company I work for is a step where customers have to log ...
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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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Should you optimize mobile experiences based on individual handedness?

In abbood's question "How to implement a stack exchange style voting for mobile?" he answers his own question with the following mock-up: My immediate thought was that the up-vote control was on ...
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Is it good to leave Select dropdown with default style for better UX and Accessibility?

When I design websites. many time I try make the select drop-down more attractive. example By default select drop-down looks slightly different in almost each Desktop and Mobile browser but ...
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Is a Q&A site a reasonable replacement for a forum for a software product?

I'm building a website for an open source piece of software that revolves around backups and cloning. I was originally going to use phpBB for the forums, but then thought about the possibility of ...
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How do you decide when a website or application is “usable enough”?

I did see the related question How do you know when an interface is complete - Though the answers in this question are very interesting,they are more from a product management perspective of what to ...
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Should a date field be pre-filled or left blank for hotel and flight booking forms?

Should a date field be pre-filled or left blank for hotel and flight booking forms? For example should i keep date field un-selected by default like this or with dates of next 3-4 days. and user ...
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What are some examples of well-designed website tutorial/help systems? [closed]

Background My company is starting to do some long overdue work on our online help/tutorial system, and the goal is to make it more lively, integrated, and interactive. We have a large database of ...
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How can I make the purpose of a complex user interface element more obvious?

I am the author of SQL Fiddle, an online environment for testing and sharing database problems. The target audience for my site is for pretty technically-sophisticated users (database programmers, ...
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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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Why do Video Players Use the Space Bar to Pause?

Is there any good reason when creating an online video player to use the space bar as a pause control only when the user is fullscreen? I notice quite a few big video sites follow the space used as ...
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Which is easier to use: List of people sorted by FirstName, LastName or LastName, FirstName?

If you have a list of people, is it better to order them by FirstName, LastName or LastName, FirstName? Telephone books list by last name first: Outlook lists by first name first: Is one way ...
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Accessibility and CAPTCHAs

I want to include a CAPTCHA in my web application, but I also want to make sure that my web application is accessible to individuals with impairments or disabilities. How should I go about doing ...
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Using Dropdowns AND Radio Buttons to avoid confusion

For you reference I wanted to point out that this is a Video project. I am designing a menu in which the user can choose 1 of 4 formats for SD (standard definition) and two options for HD (high ...
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What do you wish you had known before your first ever user evaluation workshop?

What have you learned from the process of testing prototypes / products with users that you wish you had known before you went into your first workshop? Pitfalls, freak-out moments etc?
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What are the “Big Three” Gestures in Mobile Development?

last week, our project manager mentioned that we needed to incorporate more of the "big 3" gestures in our mobile software. unfortunately, she's off on vacation now and none of us know what exactly ...
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Dice and Domino Dot Convention

I noticed dice and dominos both use the same convention for dot placement. Is there a reason for this? Is there any research on how to layout dots so that they are most readable?
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Why would one limit username format?

Many websites when ask you to create a new "username", will limit you in some way, most often like "username should only contain letters and underscores" or something alike. This results in inability ...
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Should general 404 page be shown to the user if he clicks one-time link second time?

There is a Sign up function in a web application. After user signs up, an email message with confirmation link is sent to his email address. This confirmation link is obviously valid only one time. ...
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Allowing every password of 6+ characters. Good practice?

I am developing a file sharing and hosting service, and right now I don't have any requirements set other then that a password has to be at least 6 characters long. I also accept all characters. I'm ...
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Using a back panel image as navigation

I wanted to get some opinions and feedback on using an image of a back panel for navigation. In our current UI we have a setup of a appliance. The appliance has a number of ports and some need to be ...
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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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Is taking the CUA (certified Usability analyst) certification worth it?

I see a lot of people taking this certification nowadays and I wonder if its actually worth it and how is it received by the industry and does it really help in bringing you up to speed with UX and ...