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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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 windows instead of closing it. Does this kind of behavior should ...
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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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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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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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A good MSc in HCI..? [on hold]

I noticed you had asked a question about finding a good MSc in HCI a while back. I'm just curious to know if you took the UCL course? If so how you found it? I've applied to UCL and CUL but I'm open ...
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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 ...
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Product bundling on product page examples and best practices

I'm revisiting the product bundling feature (aka complete the look) on the product pages of our company fashion commerce website. At the moment it's at the bottom of the product page and not really ...
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Dynamic picklist Vs. All options with active/inactive selections

In a tool that has filters that allow the User to drill down to the data that is most useful to them. Would it be better to dynamically populate a Delivery Time pick list with only the available ...
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Synchronizing game with Google Drive [on hold]

I build an android game and I am working with google drive to synchronize the progress of the user. Rite now I build a mechanism to sync file to drive. This file may include game progress-information ...
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Any studies on how styling standard UI elements affect the experience?

I´m interested in understanding how a customized form affect usability and the learning curve on operating an interface. Sure, we have some guesses that users are used to standard UI,and native ...
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Pagination for responsive e-commerce website

I'm working on the pagination topic for a responsive project. I'd like to have some feedbacks from you regarding this solution. Scenario: pagination for the search results page; pagination for ...
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User choosing frequency-based thresholds

As part of a site's advanced filters, I want to give people the ability to filter based on the frequency of results. i.e. "show only results that occur at least once per month" or "show only results ...
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Show contextual FAQ's prior to contacting support?

Does providing contextual FAQ's prior to allowing users to contact a support specialist increase ROI? It seems that there is at least a perceived benefit (as many companies do it). Are they basing ...
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Faceted search: Show more/show less filters vs Summary + Edit

Consider the case of hotel search, where you have a few filters that everyone uses but in total you may want people to have ~20 or so available. On the results screen, I don't want to show all 20, ...
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Whats the best way someone can arrange a UI for a mobile app which pulls Facebook information? [on hold]

For example how a breakdown of the info pulled, and allowing users to add/edit it, like adding other bands they like or TV shows that didn't pull from FB Login with Facebook, analyze profile for the ...
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Best way to have volume buttons on phone?

I've been curious about how the volume buttons for phones could be improved and how they currently work. There are a couple different things that can be changed: Ringer volume Playback volume ...
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Very Long Form in modal box?

I have long form around 25 form fields in web application and it covers 2 whole page. currently it is showing in the same page and cancelling the form goes back to main page. How much lengthy a form ...
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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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iOS picker usability

I ran a usability test where I discovered that some users failed to initially notice the iOS picker. I’ve included a link below to a short clip where a tester didn’t notice the picker and instead ...
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What's a good way to show people that they can swipe on an app [duplicate]

I'm trying to give people a visual clue that they're able to scroll left and right inside of an app for the iPhone. I tried to show that you're able to scroll left and right by having a tiny part of ...
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Should I use Collapsible Panels on Landing Page or something else?

I am looking to build a landing page for new users from advertising. On my site, there are several ways to get what you want -- all of them equal weight from my perspective -- but with different ways ...
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Best practice for quick file searching

So I want to start my question with an example: In pretty well known extension for Visual Studio called Visual Assist there's a functionality for quick file searching. Which basically just creates ...
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Displaying results in actionable form while they are still loading and rearranging

I'm working on an web-app which extracts information from user generated tips and reviews about places. Analysing is quite time consuming so extracted data has to be loaded/appended dynamically ...
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How do I make a photo look like a checkbox?

I am working on a web application where I am using a picture as a substitute for both the text (label) and the checkbox. For example, this is what normally displays, and is universally recognized as a ...
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Using radio buttons or drop down list when the number of options can vary greatly

I am designing a web application which consists of several modules, and for some of these modules the user must be able to select how many/which sources of data to display in the module. I had ...
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Gather - Capture User centered data

I have made a web application for educational purposed which is used by people living in rural parts of the country, who are not able to get access to proper education. I have centers in those ...
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Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead?

This Twitter post sparked me to ask the question: totally! RT @damienguard: Dear UI designers everywhere. Stop using floppy disk icons for save. Too many people have no idea what it is now. ...
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Using a Mixture of Record-Editing UI Strategies

I’m working on an application that will keep various types of records that vary from adding or editing two entities (name and uploaded document) to a user added either by searching through the ...
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Should primary navigation items always link to a page?

I'm always a bit thrown when a primary navigation item doesn't link to a page. However I do sometimes see primary navigation items used as category headings for a drop down menus. Should primary ...
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How to show that items in a “Filtered” List will contain only a portion of what would be in the unfiltered item?

OK, I'm showing brain injured users (we may software for therapy software for folks with head injuries) a list of Tasks. Each Task has several Lessons. I want to filter those Tasks so that we show ...
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Why does everybody use Yes/No/Cancel buttons?

Is there any reason with respect to Interface Design or Usability that someone (I guess Microsoft in the early days of windows?) started using this 3 buttons twenty years ago? Has anybody any sources ...
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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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Is there a common practice for cases of very delayed responses?

I'm wondering what the behavior should be for an interaction in which the user sends a query but the data reply takes several minutes (more time than in probable for the user to look at a loader or ...
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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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Content dependent on combobox

I have just tested my solution and can conclude that the users overlook the combobox that decide what type of filter that will be shown underneath - interval (Take a look at the picture) I have ...
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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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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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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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Save/cancel or automatically save on long settings page. Especially on email notifications settings.

Sometimes on long list one might miss the buttons after clicking edit or opening an accordion to see more details and then make changes. There's a dilemma what to do on long profile settings. The ...
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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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Lowering opacity on hover. Isn't it totally wrong?

It's a common practice to highlight an element on hover state. By highlighting it, I obviously mean making it more visible than other elements. But lately, I've witnessed the opposite trend on a ...
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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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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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Make clear the relationship between dynamic checkbox and other components

I have a dialog,as a below. In a dialog you can choose a state, mark it as "like / not like", and write a comment. In dropdown box for states you can also choose an option "All states". Then comment ...
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How to add dependencies between tasks in a list

I have a list of tasks that can be dependent on each other, e.g. task #2 cannot be begun until task #1 has completed. In schematics, it might look like this Id | Dependency ----+----------- #1 | ...
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Differentiating quick-contact and full-contact in a website design

I am designing a commercial website which is very elegant, thinking about adding a quick "sliding" contact form with the essential fields, to be available in all pages of the site, in addition to my ...
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Too many calls of action on product page

On my products page, I have a large image, then next to it I have add to cart. Below the add to cart section, I then have an Enquire Now button. And below that I have click for Live Chat, and below ...