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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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 ...
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Where to place icons in a checklist? Before or after?

I want to display a list of permissions, with tick icons to indicate what permissions a user has. Where should I place the tick icons - before (on the left) or after (on the right) each item?
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Removing Admin rights from an Admin user

I am building a system where the users have roles that can change over time. One user can have one or more roles. The roles define access to pages and features. Some of the users will have an Admin ...
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Usage of an arrow to symbolize ordering: is this a universal symbol? Should something else be used?

When displaying tabular data, is the usage of an arrow, an universal symbol? (To symbolize if we're ordering in ascendant or descending order.) I'm trying to figure out, if my developer tool, should ...
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Does the iOS 7 UX benefits from its flat design? [closed]

The iOS 7 redesign Apple yesterday released as a beta is a contentious issue. But aside of the subjective discussions about icon design and blurred backgrounds in rainbow colors, is the new flat UI in ...
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Mixing rounded corners and square corners

The question of the usability of rounded corners versus square corners has already be answered here. My question revolves more about the consequence of having them intermingled. I've heard some ...
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How to distribute selected listitem through a table (days of week)

What 's the best way to do the following : I want to distribute my employees among the specific periods in the week My current UI is like that on The right side : The list box of employees and ...
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Dialog Button Orientation

I'm sorry if this has been discussed before, I spent about 5 minutes searching to find a topic on this, but was unable to. I've been trying to come up with a standard for my application dialog ...
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Where to put element controls?

I have the following: I think it's less than ideal because the edit/delete buttons are requiring me to waste a bunch of vertical whitespace within the element. Options that I can think of: ...
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Should I use javascript cookies in lieu of autofill where autofill is unreliable?

Autofill is a good option for users who don't have an account. But it seems that how browsers determine how they'll implement autofill information varies. I'm not surprised of course. In Chrome, it's ...
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Usability vs performance vs Look and feel - 2D vs 3D Interfaces

I read an article about 3D capabilities increasing but UIs getting flatter. Also something similar is suggested here. I am not talking in terms of any particular company , OS or platform, but in ...
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Confirm message or separate vote buttons?

There is a website similar to reddit where users can write messages, and vote them. Due technical reasons, when a user votes a message, their vote cannot be undone. The problem is that in mobile ...
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Arrow-border vs open-border for currently selected item in a vertical menu

Arrow border: Open border: Which gives a better user experience, and why?
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Display big numbers in a small area

I am developing an accounting app where I display several orders. Every order has a price. I have a box where I would like to display the price as shown below: This works pretty well for fairly ...
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How important is it to eliminate clicks?

Does anyone know of research that shows users rate applications as more responsive or easier to use when paths within the application require fewer clicks? Is it more important to eliminate ...
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Why does the mouse cursor switch direction over line numbers in programming IDEs?

When you mouse over line numbers in IDEs, such as Visual Studio or Notepad++, the mouse cursor is flipped horizontally. I can't think of a reason this would be a ubiquitous user interface decision. ...
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Choosing which mobile devices to use for usability testing

When performing usability tests on mobile devices the results are influenced by the devices tested on. For example different sizes, OS-versions, resolution etc. To conduct a thorough test it is ...
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Best way to handle code wrapping on a narrow viewport [duplicate]

Note that this is not a duplicate of this question. I reviewed it before asking the question and the accepted answer is stated as unacceptable in the "Solutions that won't work" section below. My ...
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Why is tree representation of data becoming unpopular?

I'm asking not about professional software like IDE's, but about OS GUI and web interfaces. A few years ago there was File manager in Windows, Gopher and other interfaces and data models like this. ...
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How to recruit participants for usability study of a mobile app?

I'm currently designing an Android app and would like to do a usability study to test how the app works with the target audience. I have a question regarding recruiting participants. Since there are ...
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How do you handle panning a map embedded on a scrollable web page for touch devices?

I'm currently developing a dashboard-style web interface with an embedded Bing V7 map and it's working great. On a tablet, usually the map will be shown half above 'the fold' and half below. This ...
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Better method of displaying recipes [closed]

I'm working on a recipes-saving application and trying to figure out which method of presenting recipes is better. Each recipe that is displayed on the page has a name, but not necessarily a photo. I ...
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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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Is it a bad idea to have two progress bars in one dialog?

Discussing with my team-mates this morning but we're not sure which one is the best way. Scenario: When users select a single document to process, they will see a progress bar and text displaying its ...
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select from predefined list if exist ,else insert a new item to the list?

What's the best experience to do the following: The user will insert a new subject(text) only if it isn't in the existing list. So, it will be added to the existing list for all users. I have ...
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Unlock Account for Highly Secure Website

I am working on project for a very secure sensitive website in which the objective is to make the "unlock account" workflow easy and intuitive. Currently, if user enters wrong username and password ...