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Can UX without research really be called UX?

However bold the question may seem it is still valid since how many UX Pros we are out there do we really know things before we test on real users? UX teams are responsible for creating desirable ...
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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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Dealing with street for a perfect CRM software [closed]

We are planning to build a CRM software for SMBs. CRM will be on cloud and intended to publish as SaaS. I am responsible from analyzing task. And I do not want to make a sedentary analyzing for our ...
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Can I test different devices when I'll only have a sample of around 10 participants?

I'm going to be testing a way for students at the University of Leicester to print wirelessly to our printers from their own mobile device (could be smartphone, laptop, tablet etc.) There are two ...
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End user impact by frequency and timing of updates and enhancements

As an organization, we strive to remain competitive and current. With that, we often discuss UI changes and the impacts they have to our user base. A concern we have is the frequency and extent to ...
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Guidelines for identifying “power users”?

Are there any guidelines for determining whether an audience type are "power users" and if their usage warrants more powerful features? For instance, could a user who orders products from a b2b ...
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How can I submit a user research survey to a large crowd without spamming?

I often feel the need to perform very simple surveys that would help me understand more about people in order to better orient my product towards their needs. Setting up the survey is not a very ...
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Loading time on mobile apps - user's experience and expectations

Every mobile app that loads data from the internet (and others too) has some time when the app is, well, loading data, and the user has to wait for the operation to finish. My questions are: Is ...
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Who are we designing for? The majority of our users or the users who bring in the majority of our revenue?

Just had one of my attitudes challenged: My attitude: We should be designing for our users. Yes, we need to have a good understanding of what else is going on in the market, understand what the ...
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Canceling a User Interview

I made a recruitment error by scheduling an interview with a participant who isn't fit for my study. What is the appropriate protocol for canceling an interview?
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UX without user research: How do I implement good UX principles when my resources are limited?

In UX, it should all start with the user. Everything from visual design to information architecture flows from the needs of the user. If I don't have the resources to be conducting field research or ...
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Best placement for filtering and sorting options?

filtering & sorting options are generally placed top right corner of search results page. My understanding is that this frees vital page space need for results tagline ( describing what search ...
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On the difference beween UX and Product design - does it matter?

I've been in the process of gathering up my clients, my portfolio, and my wits as I consider a move from consulting back to an agency type environment. As a result, for the first time in half a ...
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Metrics to gauge website design visual appeal

I originally asked this question at Graphic Design StackExchange about evaluating the aesthetics of a visual design, but since then found a really interesting study that I thought I should share with ...
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What are the pros/cons of performing usability testing with multiple participants simultaneously?

I've performed several usability tests, mainly with one participant at a time. However, I have never tried to perform a usability tests when you have e.g. two persons cooperating on a task. What ...
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Is the state of 'flow' equivalent to user engagement?

From Wikipedia Flow (psychology): Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and ...
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Gender neutral photos for users who don't yet have a profile picture

I am administering a web application that has male and female users. Currently, the default user photo is: I don't like this because it seems rather masculine and gives me the impression that the ...
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Vertical Inverse scrolling

I have visited the site http://www.rleonardi.com/interactive-resume/ . There you can see horizontal scrolling and in level 4, you can see the Inverse vertical scrolling. When I scroll back, it makes ...
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Best User friendly button label for “canceling the getting information request”

I have a form which populates automatically by getting information from server, and by the time its polling the information. I am showing a loader. But a user can anytime Cancel the polling request. ...
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How to prevent users using your app while driving?

I'm working on an app project for professional drivers. Besides all the features we need to offer them, we need to prevent as much as we can our users to use the app while driving. Can you think of ...
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Is copy and paste user-friendly in Mac? [closed]

Whenever I use copy and paste files in Mac, my eyes always search for copy and paste text in Mac context menu when compared with windows context menu. Is copy and paste in Mac context menu ...
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Think aloud test with participants familiar with the interface?

Today I conducted four Think Aloud tests of a website used in a lot of schools here in Denmark. Unfortunately I did not prepare properly as I didn't think to check weather the test participants ...
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Dark on Light or Light on Dark? [duplicate]

For a very technical site documenting code, sharing code snippets, and documentation, I have been told that using dark fonts on light backgrounds is recommended for people being able to read the ...
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Why the screen resolution is 1024x768? [duplicate]

Worldwide 1024x768 is still the most common screen resolution. Why they had chosen the width as 1024 and not a user remembrance number like 1020 or 1030?
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How to make ecomerce website with no product categories work?

At work we make websites for other companies. One of our client wanted us to make a e-commerce website for them. Nothing out of the ordinary until we realized they had 50 000+ products to sell and ...
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Software to run pairwise comparison testing?

I've been asked to find out how people rank a long list of items. The list is such that about 80% of the population will have pretty strong feelings and make clear ranking among about 20% of the ...
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How to source the initial requirements for an app?

I have an app idea but do not know how to do an initial requirements documentation. Do I do a survey based on what features I think would be good? Do I do a competitive analysis? I have no budget to ...
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How can you compare card-sorting results from users that have a linear process to users that have a hierarchy tree process?

I have conducted a few open cardsorting sessions these past weeks. I saw something happen that I haven't seen happening in a cardsorting before and I would like to know how to best analyse these ...
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Unanswered likert scales

I have done this likert scale questionnaire and some questions are allowed to be skipped. In this case, some likert scale questions remain unanswered. When analyzing data, can I assign a score of 0 to ...
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Why are log in buttons becoming hard to find? [closed]

I certainly agree we should put login links on the front page. And can understand Why are log off buttons becoming hard to find?. But out of curiosity, why do so many sites make the log in button ...
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How to measure a real UX situation

I'm looking something to do for a UX research. At my startup, we want to track the User Experience of our customers, to gather some important insights that can help us provide a better service. What ...
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How to recruit engaged users for mobile apps usability study?

We're looking at redesigning our mobile app and we are also looking at adding new features. To evaluate some of the ideas, I'll need to recruit users that are familiar with the app and/or users who ...
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UI for system model vs. user model, for developers

Background: Product I'm working with caters to developers, and I'm redoing the UI to improve usability. Currently, the UI behaves like the system model, which is fairly complicated because its a ...
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What tools do you use for user testing at the early stages of production? [closed]

I am new to UX, and have been put in charge of organizing my (small) company's attempt at user testing. I have managed to learn a ton over the course of the last month, but I still have some ...
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Is it better to use a Likert scale or Semantic Differential for gathering attitudes towards pages?

For gathering users' emotional reactions to web pages via a survey, a researcher could use either a Likert scale (e.g., Agree Strongly - Agree Somewhat - Indifferent - Disagree Somewhat - Disagree ...
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How can I capture quality data about existing users' goals, outside the context of UI?

We are rebuilding a large web application from the ground up. We have several thousands of technical users currently managing digital products in a web portal with a complex account/user structure. It ...
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Simplifying the ui as a user gets more familiar with your app

Not long ago I read an article (probably on Smashing magazine or A List Apart, but possibly elsewhere) about gradually simplifying and changing the emphasis of a ui over time. e.g on a first visit the ...
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The phone dialler in iOS 7.1 is userfriendly?

we can see the inconsistent in answering or declining incoming calls in iphone. when the phone is locked the green circle is focused towards left side and while unlocked green circle focused towards ...
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How should you use a survey to find out the most useful or important pages on a website?

If a website has 100 pages and you wish to learn from a survey which are the most important or useful to people, what percentage of the 100 pages should you ask people to choose? Should you ...
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Issues with 2 Column Search Results [closed]

Is there anything wrong with having a 2 column search result set? I have a list of Customers and Contacts. Each result has a lot of information: Name, ID, Status, Location, Last Modified, Display ...
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Default Confirm Button [duplicate]

I have a confirmation box that appears when deleting an item. What are is your experience, should the button's default focus be on the "Ok" - delete item, or the "Cancel" - Do not delete. My thought ...
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Filtering Tables/Grids vs Sorting Tables/Grids

What are the advantages and disadvantages with filtering and sorting tables. Are there specific situations where one is preferred over the other?
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Links vs Actions

This question may be a little vague, but thought I would ask anyways. I'm working on application that has alot links and actions visible in my interface. Most of my actions are accompanied by some ...
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Next vs. Continue

Is there any situation in which either Next vs. Continue would be more appropriate to use? I'm working on an application that has many, many different forms (data entry), and have been using the word ...
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Beyond a one-size-fits-many-Westerners approach: Which mobile apps take localization seriously? [closed]

If you adjust the UI of software to different cultures, user's experience can improve. I am referring to Reinecke & Berstein (2013): "Knowing what a user likes: A design science approach to ...
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Performing user studies on blind and other disabled users

I need to perform user studies on a group of blind and visually impaired users. They need to evaluate an interactive system. I wanted to share with you some of my concerns, and ask you of any advice ...
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Can reducing options improve your conversion rate?

Whilst most websites (debatable) concentrate on adding new features and functionality, I would like to question whether reducing the amount of options you are providing to a user would aid their user ...
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Is there any research with respect to how font-weight affects readability?

Is there any research with respect to how font-weight affects readability? Obviously, there is some relation there, but I'm struggling to make a decision based on any facts. I created a jsFiddle ...
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Competitive Research for Non-public Sites

In the book, Rocket Surgery Made Easy Steve Krug recommends doing usability testing for a competitive site first prior to building your own site / app. The idea is that you'll get a better idea of ...
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How to observe users without seeing confidential data

My team's application lets users share files in the cloud. It's a bit like Dropbox, but our product encrypts everything to ensure security and privacy. It's intended for business users who need to let ...