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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 ...
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How can I get useful usability data from a focus group?

After my company has recently been acquired, we have been allotted an hour of "usability testing" at an upcoming conference. The catch is, if we follow the template that has been put forth to us, ...
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Apart from safety, has there been any research conducted, hopefully current, with respect to user-experience and right- vs left-hand traffic?

Background The terms right-hand traffic and left-hand traffic refer to regulations requiring all bidirectional traffic, unless otherwise directed, to keep either to the right or the left side of ...
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What's the difference between “research” and “discovery”?

Two pillars of user experience legwork -- research and discovery*. But what's the difference between them, really? In practice, I've heard the terms used nearly interchangeably, and sometimes it ...
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Which software do you use for facial expression analysis?

Dear incredible community, I am once again in need of your help. Summary: Looking for a tool to analyze participant's webcam feed to produce a report of facial expressions - it does not have to be ...
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How to encourage users to discover software functionalities?

A perceived advantage of graphical user interfaces over text user interfaces is the ability they give to the user to explore the set of functionalities available and exposed through menus and icons. ...
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What's the point behind badges? Do they make the UX more pleasant?

I'm designing badges for a client's app (when users get a certain number of points, they get a badge). It seems like badges are used in nearly every type of challenge/game app. I understand that it's ...
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How to convince client to categorize personal stuff in MyAccount

We're doing an entire redesign of a website of a bank. (I made a simple scheme of the IA with some main categories -Insurance, Loans, CC, Bank accounts- in reality it's a bit more complicated) In ...
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How to measure ux for animation effects on mobile

My question is if there is a framework or some other way to measure user satisfaction and experience for an touch interaction followed by an animation effect on mobile features. Take as an example ...
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Best way to represent a range of options on a form

I am designing a web form and want to make it as slick as possible. One of the fields on the form, asks users when their house was built. There is a list of options for them to choose from e.g. ...
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Using competitor solution and their comments for redesigning a UX proposal

I would like to get your opinion about a way that I recently used for UX proposal. I still do not know if that was the right way but the budget was so tight. What did i do? The business was about ...
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Are there any UX Patterns or research that support Mac OS treating standard dropdowns (selects) as modal like interaction?

Background: Recently I was working with a widget (Select2), and found what I felt was a rather large UX issue, the <select> box (dropdown) was being treated as modal interaction with a ...
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Personas without made up stuff?

I am currently putting together some personas and am creating a template that will be informed by user research. What I'm attempting to do is avoid the classic 'assumptive' persona and avoid adding ...
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Best way to get feedback from users [duplicate]

Form fillings through survey or feedback form and even email responses is now getting boring and appears to be a waste of time for many users to click on or even answer. I even revert to "you must ...
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How best to test recommendation engine results in a user study?

I'll soon need to be testing how well a recommendation engine is producing search results, per user. There will be some personalization inputs and I'd like to test how well the results are with ...
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How do you handle not knowing what it's like to be the person using the softwares you need to design

I have a general question so I'll provide an example: Let's say you were assigned to build a software which will be used on a daily basis as a professional tool, let's say a statistician's. Now, you ...
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Approach for designing iOS themed icons representing ranks

I am creating an educational web app for a desktop browser that looks similar to an iPhone app using the default web stack composed of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. I am wondering if it would be more ...
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How do you create real data backed personas for a simple marketing / lead generation website?

An effective website must meet both user and business requirements, right? In the case where a business simply needs to gather qualified leads and the user is simply trying to learn more about the ...
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Is there any definitive research on modal/overlay forms? Specifically, dismissing behaviors

I am interested if there is any specific research or user research on dismissing modal or overlay form dialog boxes. The pattern that includes a semi opaque overlay of the application with an input of ...
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Should complex new UI designs be user-tested element-by-element or as a whole?

StackExchange rolls out a new top bar on meta-StackOverflow. This is a complex innovative design containing several new (as in unfamiliar to current user base) elements. Should one present a new UI ...
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Which legal documents are required in user research?

What kind of legal agreement do we have to solicit from user research participants prior to involving them in a user study? I'm specifically interested in diary studies, but I guess it's pretty much ...
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Best Way to Show the Social Icons?

In the right column of my website, I have inserted a social media widget (see attached image). Should i write some text with the icons or is there another method of identifying these icons to the ...
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Public sources for target audience data [closed]

I am looking for public data sources about specific target groups. Although doing your own research probably gives the best results, having a kind of database with common target audiences would be a ...
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How can you measure the impact of a redesign on usage time before implementing it?

What are some methods (other than task based usability testing) to identify the impact of an interface redesign on users? Specifically, if an interface used by the same user base is redesigned, how ...
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User Research: What would be an appropriate way to observe users' true behavior in a very personal environment?

The question is about qualitative research (not tracking or usability testing). Contextual inquiry (for example) is mostly described in the context of "work". Users are being observed while ...
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User research on 100 people

Has anyone ever conducted user testing on a mobile app or service with a large amount of people? (around 100 people). We plan to give the users the application and have them use it for 1 week. It ...
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What span should a staff “Report Card” cover?

I am tasked to create an enterprise level “Report Card” for help tickets processed by staff. There are a few hundred groups, and so the report would have a user selected parameter to select a group ...
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Advice on additional research methods for a project

So, a client of mine wants to improve a tool that displays stats about a subject on their web site. (Sorry, I'm not allowed to tell you more about it). The goal of this project is to make the users ...
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What to look for at a customer site visit?

I'm a software engineer responsible for the development of UI software for an embedded device that will be used in laboratories and hospitals. I have the rare opportunity to visit one of our ...
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Definition and example to distinguish qualitative and quantitative research

I am looking for the best definition for qualitative and quantitative research. I wrote an article on UX Magazine in which I tried to address the need for doing research that tries to map what happens ...
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Phone call or contact form?

Is there any research into which and why people prefer filling contact forms/writing e-mail to calling by phone? I want to check my hypothesis that wealth people over 30 y.o. prefer phone call over ...
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Is using a sentence as a search filter better to engage the user compared to showing featured items?

In a marketplace, what do you think will be better: Making a sentence that the user completes by picking from several options that lead to results base on his request, or just showing featured items ...