Comprises multiple methods for gaining insight into user needs and behaviours from real end users.

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Using long domain name which actually explains the site's purpose

Im asking this question since it will directly affect the user experience. I am planning to buy a domain name for my new site. I want to use a domain name that directly explains the purpose of the ...
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When (if ever) should links be opened in a new window?

I have seen a lot of discussion on this topic but it all seems to be opinion based without any research backing up the assumptions. It seems that there are times that it is particularly relevant to ...
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How reliable are heatmaps generated by cursor positions?

Heatmaps are one of the best tools we have to mesure the impact of a design, not just in UX terms but also in marketing/conversion terms. I've found that most of the free or less-expensive solutions ...
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How do you handle not being allowed to do stakeholder interviews?

I was recently hired for one of my first new projects and have been interviewing stakeholders. I got through the interviews with other people who work for the client, with no problems. However, the ...
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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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When is the best time to deploy operating system updates?

Related to this question, it was proposed in the comments that it frustrates the user even more when when they go to shutdown their workstation and it takes forever to install updates. However, it's a ...
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A/B testing a site with low traffic

I've always been very interested in A/B testing, but have never had the opportunity to implement it on any websites. I work at a digital agency where the main reason why we haven't been able to ...
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How to use paper prototyping on an existing product

Paper prototyping is a very powerful tool early on in a new product build as it helps you to iron out ux and rapidly iterate. However if you're working on an existing product and want to test small ...
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User Experience Research on Users Total Digital Environment?

When we do User Experience Research we test a single application or even a single feature of an application. But there are no users who only uses one application. Users today are using several ...
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Best way to organize data gathered during research?

What is the best and most scientific way to organize all the qualtative data gathered during research? I think this is important because with easy to understand research and data, it will be difficult ...
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Help user develop a mental model for version control system

We are developing an integrated version control system for a large enterprise application. When users change something to the underlying data in the system they do so through a "Work Item" This is ...
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UX of background advertising (or other options)

My company's users use a website that features advertising from specific sponsors. The ads are all directly related to the content of the page and the situation in which the user is viewing the page ...
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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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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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Placement of Buttons in Touch Screen Scenario

I am working on a Mobile Application primarily for Android Platform. The Application will have a lot of screens which will take user input and we need to have a save and cancel button for them. ...
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User tasks vs. user goals?

Can someone shed some light on what are specific differences between user tasks and user goals? Personas focus on goals while market segment focuses on tasks. I'm unclear on what exactly "tasks" ...
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Is it effective to ask users which design they prefer and why?

I have a few different options for the UX of a tool. Each is quite different from the other. They are currently represented as lo-fi wireframes. I would like to get feedback on them to decide which ...
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How to solve Design/UX problems using more tangible/fun techniques?

I am trying to compile a list of interesting/more tangible methods of solving UX/Creative problems - whether it be as individual, in small groups, workshops, in user testing etc... I am already ...
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Personas: Do you study current users, potential users, or both?

From my understanding of personas, one of the main purposes is to find out how your users behave and what their mental models of the system might be. I had always thought that, like in usability ...
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What are good questions to ask when interviewing intranet users for persona development? [duplicate]

I'm part of an external team hired to improve a software engineering company's intranet. I have been tasked with developing a usable set of personas out of a pool of around 300 employees. The ...
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How to wireframe an efficient UI when the project manager refuses to spend time to conduct user research?

I often have to face this situation. I'm asked to wireframe UIs without having any information about the final users (their profiles, needs, preferences, and key tasks). First, I usually study ...
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What one book should I read to learn more about user research methods? [closed]

I am looking for a book that specifically focuses on the research phase of UX. Specifically the different methods available, when to use them and how to conduct them. What should I buy?
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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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Is there a generally accepted template for user requirements on a UX design project?

In one of my projects, user surveys are about to complete and my next tasks are creating the personas and generating the user requirements document. Since this is one of my first UX projects, my ...
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Do Radial Menus have an implicit hierarchy?

I've been designing radial menus (also known as pie menus, or contextual menus) for some time. Mostly for the video game industry. I've had a lot of success with them, and I find them helpful for ...
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What is a good tool for mouse tracking? [closed]

I would like to be able to track user activity on an HTML page. What I want to achieve is the following, a breakdown of user activity per page, and a total time spent on the entire flow. The ...
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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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Where can I find statistics on the use of mobile app features?

I am looking for academic research that investigates how frequently Set as wallpaper and Delete functions are used in image viewer applications on mobile devices (to defend their inclusion in a list ...
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What technique(s) would you use to evaluate and [re]define fields in a lengthy and complex form?

We were commissioned the redesign of a web application for real estate agencies. During the first stage of our user research, which was a contextual inquiry, we found that the form fields (or data ...
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“Here will be your logo” - any idea how to visually represent this to a client on a demo website?

"Here will be your logo" - any idea how to visually represent this to a client on a demo website? We are a company offering free demo of client's website, before going for a deal. Although, the ...
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What is the difference between human factors and UX design?

I appreciate that this question might not have a well defined scope but i am hopping that providing a context might help. So consider the aviation industry ( often associated with Human factor) as an ...
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What's the best way to conduct user research at a trade show?

I've tried a couple of times to perform usability studies at an industry-specific trade show, and it's been largely awkward. In my experience, people are milling around and love to chat, but don't ...
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Should we call “Home” something else?

In the main navigation menu of a website, should we call "Home" something else? I am guessing that from a broad UX perspective, the answer is no -- but when are other names viable? When are they ...
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Navigation with or without sub-navigation?

Considering following site architecture, where each category has multiple products inside it: /Home /About /Products/Category 1 /Products/Category 2 /Products/Category 3 /Products/Category 4 ...
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How to enforce persona usage in company's design process?

Any idea how to force interaction designers to truly use personas and not just design based on assumptions or "hidden personas"? My company runs into this problem quite often. We conduct user research ...
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Banner Blindness on Non-Profit Web Site With Zero Ads

I am currently considering a page structure that would include a video. The context of the page is it is a kind of landing page meant to provide access to informational and educational materials ...
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What is the difference between developing personas and scenarios?

Personas is more about who the user is, while scenarios are more about the situation the person is in. It sounds pretty simple to grasp, but when developing personas and scenarios the difference ...
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What's the best way to navigate from between two screens in an App?

What's the best way to navigate from between two screens in an App? I'm writing an app which essentially consists of 2 screens of content, each displaying different type of news. I'm having a really ...
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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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Cameras for Paper Prototyping

I help manage a small usability lab. One of the things we're trying to is to record paper prototyping sessions - with a user sitting at a table and a camera directly overhead (from a height of about ...
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Can SUS scores be used for comparison between different systems?

The System Usability Scale (SUS) resulted score seem to me as somewhat subjective. What ever score yields from a questionnaire for System A may just solely be just for System A, and is difficult to ...
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Is the Macintosh Menubar Preferred?

The Macintosh is one of the very few desktop operating systems that shares a central, common, menubar across all applications. Even NextStep and Be operating systems, which were founded by former ...
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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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What is the term for making one UI component better but is not in sync with whole of UI?

Individual UI component owners (developer/GD) tries to make their component more useable/shining in the process losing the focus in the overall picture. I have somewhere read this to be something like ...
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What research method should I use to find Top Tasks for an intranet site?

A client recently asked me to find out users' top tasks on an intranet site for usability testing. It is hard to interview the users, so I advised them to create a survey with some open-ended ...
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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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Hungriness chart - where to find?

So, I have a funny, border-UX question... My friend will have a wedding soon. I'm the best man or whatever it's called - organizer. We'll have some users called guests. Some will travel a long way ...
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Best Practice for video start image

Should a video player (on load / idle mode) always only show a still picture that was 'grabbed' from the video? Or would it be ok-practice or even better-practice to show a photo, that is somehow ...
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Counting Clicks vs. Path Deviations

We're developing some metrics for upcoming usability testing. Our previous practice has been to count the number of clicks required to complete a task. This works relatively well but users that enjoy ...
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How to create cut-price personas using stakeholder interviews?

I'm involved in a project to build a new app. I would like to create personas but don't have the time or budget to find actual would-be users. Note: I've never created personas before and my agency ...