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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Usability of map clusters?

Have there been any studies around the usability of map clusters? I am talking about the practice of grouping together map markers into one object on a map when there is a high density of individual ...
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How to cluster map markers with different statuses

We're designing an application that displays a large number of markers on a map. We need to do some clustering on these markers, but the problem is that each marker has four possible options for ...
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Creating a Chat Room and Adding Users who are Not Registered Users

Background Note: This isn't the actual type of app, it's just a similar situation. If I have a mobile chat app in which a user creates an account, creates a new conversation and is allowed to add ...
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Help with chat feature

I'm building the chat feature for a web project. We have a couple of specifications: Support for general messages that will be broadcasted to all users subscribed to the room chat, and for that I ...
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Saving space on sort-function in table-head

I'm working on the sort-interface of a table. So far I've come up with two versions with space saving in mind. Also I try to bear in mind the difficulties that come with toggle-buttons. (see in this ...
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Focus the user on save screen, or still show preview?

In my 3 screens below, I've shown the edit, review and save screens. These screens are part of a 4 stage process. On the final screen (save), instead of the interface having a new screen, a sidebar ...
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How should form input fields on a landscape tablet be positioned? Stacked or side by side?

I designed the login form input fields stacked on an landscape tablet app, because that's the usability recommendation I know for forms. It's easier on the user's eyes. But the client is asking to ...
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Validating a Preferences/Configuration “app”

I have a system configuration / preferences "app" I'm designing as part of a larger browser-based application. Our overall application has "apps" (like a development app, a user management app, a ...
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Chat sidebar: Allowing users to chat & see who is online with just a follow?

Looking for input on the best approach to having a chat sidebar similar to Facebook's web app. I'd like to display a list of online users so users can chat with each other. However, I was looking to ...
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All Caps in International Design [on hold]

I have my own opinions on this but need some arguments when talking with designers. What are the advantages/disadvantages of using caps for all words in mobile application design?
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Should I make an effort to prevent trivia questions from being repeated too quickly?

I'm coding up a fairly simple trivia game. Right now, I have about 350 different pairs of questions and answers. Each question is chosen at random from the 350 before it is displayed. While it's ...
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Is my needfining observation plan methodologically sound?

I was wondering if you could help me conduct a proper needfinding observation. Mostly, do you see any methodological errors in my observation plan or survey questions? Does my plan maximize the ...
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Is it ok to use arrows to indicate money movement in & out of an account?

I have seen numerous examples of banking applications that use arrows to indicate money in and out of an account. However the direction of the arrow is a bit problematic, specifically in which ...
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Scheduler Design with Slots

I am trying to create a UI design for recurring events. Example: John, cuts hair on week days monday-friday, from 02 Feb 2014 to 04 Apr 2014, only between 10 A.M to 1 P.M. Also he will do it ...
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How to create a good filtering and sorting system when there are 30+ options to choose from

I have +30 categories grouped into 3 groups. Each group contains about 10-15 categories. Group A - Category 1 - Category 2 ... Group B - Category 11 - Category 12 ... Group B - Category 21 - ...
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Research Study App - Could use some tips!

Really new to the UX field as well for designing for mobile. Currently working on a behavioral research study with the use case being for 500 incoming freshmen college students. 250 will be the ...
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Opening website external links in new window — published usability tests

In usability discussions about opening website external links in new windows, with regard to the argument of "keeping users on the site" there are occasionally references to usability studies which ...
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What makes a form field mandatory?

In a Web form I have a question to which an answer needs to exist, so that a result can be shown to the user. It's about the users family status (single, family). Because there is a majority of users ...
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Mobile post page - next post fly out vs. static next post

I am working on a heavy content site. On desktop post page i have sticky sidebar that displays the next posts. On mobile at the bottom of the page when the post is over, the read next stories are ...
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Can a website have two different search paths, one dedicated and one global?

I am building a moderation portal - basically users can report dubious behaviour, which gets flagged. The moderator needs to audit each flagged item on the moderation portal. My question comes ...
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The Keikendo Maturity Model for developing an organization's UX capabilities

I saw the Keikendo Maturity Model of an organization's UX maturity and immediately thought of the paper by Jonathan Earthy that talks about the Usability Maturity Model. Comparing the two ...
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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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Providing grid summary

We have a grid listing some data and then there is summary, which is also a grid. What is the UX pattern/ideas/designs to display both? If there is an operation like clear (which should clear both ...
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I need a suggestion to separate two forms on user details

I'm working on a tutor website and after the user sign up, I send the user to edit his profile. Here is the screen: As you can see I have two forms, one for the user information and the other one ...
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Price ranges vs concrete price for 3rd party vendors

I'm building a website for a consulting firm that creates websites for its customers. In the website there is a small section that mentions a few hosting services as well as their prices (just for the ...
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Checkboxes - Is better to check exceptions or to uncheck exceptions?

I have a grid of ~20 checkboxes which users can utilize to select features. Typically, user might have ~15 features selected ~5 unselected for a co configuration. Deselection of features which a user ...
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Press-and-hold or Long-Press Gestures: Unintuitive?

Often, I find people struggle with the usage of press-and-hold gestures on mobile/web platforms. The mere thought of having a user press on a defined object and hold for an arbitrary amount of time ...
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Splitting page layout

I'm working on a website for searching electronic projects. I'm considering two options: A user goes on my website and he gets redirected on the landing page. On the landing page, it says what he ...
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Do you still mark prefilled input fields as required?

I'm creating a form in which a user downloads an analytics report. There are multiple fields that are technically required for submission, but we prefill certain fields so that it's less work for ...
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Mouse Cursor vs Icon

In an application I have inherited there is an image viewer. The viewer can undertake various different functionalities such as zoom or pan etc. At the moment it has a icon in the top right corner for ...
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Can the battery indicator(status area) of Android changed to something like this?

The previous versions of android had the battery indicator as a dynamic illustration along with a provision to view the battery in percentage in the status area of the phone. Also in lollipop, we ...
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Why do showers have “hot” and “cold” knobs rather than “temperature” and “quantity” knobs?

I do not understand the advantage of the popular "hot" and "cold" controls in showers, as opposed to "temperature" and "quantity" controls. Is it simply because the latter option is harder to ...
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multiple auto-suggest fields on the same screen

I need to design a screen where the user needs to choose 2 types of values before moving to the next screen. one value from one list and the other from a different list. The lists are dynamic, so I ...
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How display multiple date fields inside a form?

I am developing a web application for a soccer Association. One requirement is the possibility to enter and modify registration periods, that is the time ranges (2 per year) where the association can ...
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Using mixed radio and checkbox buttons - is there any efficiency or usability gain in the design?

I have noticed that many online forms and surveys these days are starting to use a mixture of radio and checkbox buttons for the same question, that is, for a question that gives the person a number ...
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How to incrementally do transition from large legacy system with poor UX?

I am sure many of us have faced this problem before. As the only UX designer in a mid-size organization, I am facing a few challenges while executing projects. The organization has a legacy web based ...
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Drop down button or new dialog

I need to give the users the possibly to browse for a template in the program or on the computer. Which of the shown ways do you think is the best way?
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Improving the feel and clarity in the message

I am developing a carpool app. After launch, I am encourage the user of my app to hit the "carpool button". So I do a search closeby to see if there are any users. If I find people closeby, I check in ...
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How to allow users to position newly created items in a sortable item list

Background I have a list of items that a user can create, move around, edit and delete. Each item can be a different type such as a textbox field or a header. To create a new item or edit an ...
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Three select-able lists vs drop down list + 2 lists

I have a scenario where I can complete following 2 ways as below, 1st way 2nd way
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How can we have usability and UX tests around PAN (personal area network) gadgets interfaces?

Our gadgets around us are changing and I think that it will continue for a while. I really wonder if there is a nice example about usability and overall experience testing methods for Personal area ...
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How can we communicate that UX work can't be done by just anyone?

About 2 years ago, I asked about a good usability/UX elevator pitch, so I can quickly explain what UX is whenever I need. But, to this date, I still can't get over one little issue: lots of people ...
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Wayfinding and Orientation on Nonlinear site structure?

I have an interesting quandary. We are building a web application that is structured in a way whereby there are many ways to get to the "destination" pages. Some pages can also be part of multiple ...
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Should the cross (or 'X' ) button do something other than close (e.g. minimize or hide)?

It's common for the user to use the cross button to exit an application. But sometimes software is tricky and the cross minimizes the window instead of closing it. Should this kind of behavior be ...
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Defining usability: Is there a clear terminology structure for different methods?

I am starting a small team project (as part of a placement) which involves the assessment of human machine interfaces through usability testing/assessment. We are currently producing a review of ...
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Hyperlinks replacing buttons for desktop software UI's?

I am a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) manager for a complex geology and geophysics software application. Recently I heard my SQA team complaining about the heavy handedness of the UX teams. They ...
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What is the best way to indicated available features in a price comparison table?

I'm currently working on a pricing table for a product that has 3 separate tiers. Some of them lack certain features etc. We've been debating how to mark the table cells to indicate what is included ...
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How should a small team begin to address usability/UX for a web application when it hasn't been a focus in the past?

I've recently become product manager for a small team - our product is a business management software (HR, Estimating, Contracts, etc). In a survey of our current user base, Usability improvement is ...
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What is the reason behind the upper-case-lower-case behaviour of the Apple iOS keyboard?

On Windows and Android phones/tablets the case of the keypad letters alters when pressing SHIFT: But Apple seems to ignore this presumably useful feature. Does Apple really know it's better NOT to ...
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Does styling the scrollbar affect UX? [duplicate]

What's the standard on styling scrollbars? Do you only apply it on panels within your application and leave the window scroll bars to a default? Does messing with scrollbar styles affect user ...