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How can I make these links more obvious to click on?

I'm working on a website redesign for a dental laboratory. While testing the home page with a user, they never clicked on the links in the subnavigation. They clicked on the larger buttons in the ...
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Installing recording software

On an upcoming visit to a user's place of work, I would like to have them install Morae Recorder beforehand. This is likely to be a problem for the user's IT Security people. In the past, especially ...
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How do you test the credibility of a community advice site?

I am looking for standardised techniques or question sets that can be used to test the value, credibility or trustworthiness of a community advice site. In particular, I'm interested in testing ...
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Should I ask for demographic information in a survey at the end or beginning? [duplicate]

I'm conducting a survey, and will ask for demographic information, e.g., gender, age, level of education, frequency of computer use. Should I ask users for this information at the beginning of the ...
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Display comments order - best practice

I wonder what is the best comments order on the website. I assume there are two major methods to display comments: from newest to oldest, from oldest to newest. Facebook uses method one and ...
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Should usability testing of a competitor's website be a part of your usability testing routine?

I was reading up on best practices on usability testing for websites and a recommendation was that get your participants to do usability testing on your competitors website as well as that would help ...
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Metrics for measuring user engagement for web applications

Unlike business and e-commerce sites, web applications don't necessarily have an end-goal or target for users to achieve. What are some metrics that can be used to measure how 'engaged' users are with ...
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For landing page A/B testing, how do you recruit from a niche market?

I'm currently working with a client that has not launched the full website yet, but is A/B testing ads to drive member acquisition. The ads direct users to a landing page that collects user e-mails. ...
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A/B or multi-variate testing as replacement for UX design?

It seems like in a business-driven organization (i.e. where the sales and marketing team has a bigger say) that offer software products or services, A/B testing is used as a way to improve and measure ...
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User reaction on different form of advertisements

I am planning of creating a free software in upcoming months. I also wants to monetize my advertise my software by different forms of advertisements. These are: A) PPC advertisement on web site : ...
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What is the rationale for the design of search input fields?

Having read through a whole bunch of literature on search behaviour and looking at different design patterns, I am interested in the large variation of search input field on the web. Specifically, I ...
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Are there standard metrics to gauge process complexity?

One aspect of user experience in a software application or website is the complexity of the processes involved in completing a user task/goal. It probably comes as no surprise that if the steps ...
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Are there standard metrics to gauge content quality?

One aspect of user experience in a software application or website is the quality of the content presented to the user. It probably comes as no surprise that if the quality of the content is low/poor, ...
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Dyslexia friendly colors for wider audience?

I have met few dyslexic people and asked them about their reading style. Some of them said that typing on black key board with white writing is easier for them, it helps them identify the shape of ...
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How to conduct user research in a highly constrained environment with private/protected data?

I work in health care and am trying to establish some practices and protocols for conducting user research on physicians. However, the health care industry has some constraints that make user research ...
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Adding restrictions vs. adding options

I'm working on a b2b marketplace that is completely free as of yet but I'd like, in the near future, to give users the option of purchasing a premium account of some sort. What I want to know here is, ...
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Brief and effective way to present usability study results

I am looking for a great template to create usability study results document without putting anyone to sleep. I have created plenty of them before but would like to see if there is something better ...
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What is the most important UX considerations that could be answered by statistics gathering (list)? [closed]

I am trying to figure out what types of things are best tested in my website(s), phone apps, or programs. These need to be things that can actually be measured. Which information is most useful to ...
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What to do when client can't afford user research?

I feel most experts would agree with me when I say "User research is king". You can't know how your users will react to a product until you ask them. That said, some clients are on tighter budgets ...
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Developer with HCI background studying graphic design

I'm thinking about going to design school for a year, studying graphic design. I want to get work as a UX designer/researcher, with the possibility of day to day activities like user research, user ...
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Formal or cartoon-like website [closed]

Think about two websites related to research work. One is: http://www.tnsglobal.com/who-we-are and the other is http://www.conento.com.tr/EN/ I really wonder how many people like the first one ...
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Enterprise Social User Interview Questions?

I am in the process of creating a questionnaire for user interviews for a HUGE Enterprise Social Initiative where the end product is going to be an Intranet/ESocial application.I am trying to get some ...
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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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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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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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A/B Testing Technique

My friend and I were having a discussion about different ways of A/B testing. His technique was to make a single small change (e.g. changing the colour of a button) and then perform A/B Testing to see ...
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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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What evidence is there that users lose interest after 7 seconds?

'7 seconds' is often trotted out as the maximum amount of time you get to impress someone when they land on your website. Where does this figure come from, and has the rule ever been proven? Edit: ...
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Should personal data be asked at the beginning or end of an online survey

Given a 10-step online survey (mostly yes/no radio buttons), where is it best to ask for the users' personal data e.g. name, age, contact details? My intuition says putting it at the end will yield ...
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Existing user research for the freelancer?

What do you do when the users in your persona are relatively unavailable to you for testing out elements of a website? Is there existing research out there for the preferences of common user groups, ...
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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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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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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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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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Free Trial Registration abandonment and resume

Dealing with a free-trial registration that REQUIRES a billing page, unfortunatelty (Credit Card info). There are 3 steps to this registration: Account registration Billing Confirmation - tell us ...
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When is the best time to ask a website user whether he or she would be likely to recommend it to others?

Analytics of the website of the company I work indicate a 700K+ unique page views per day. I'm curious to know if there is any benefit from asking our visitors the NPS (Net Promoter Score) questions ...
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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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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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UX considerations for interactive mobile maps?

Embedding a mapping service like Google Maps into a website is pretty easy (i.e. using their API, which has recently been updated for mobile performance). What are the most important UX ...
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Is domain name important for user experience?

Is it important for the domain of a website to be chosen so that it is simple to type? For example, consider delicious-dot-ly (delicious.ly). Would it be fair to say that the difficulty of typing ...
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Has user testing ever revealed that you have to change your app's UI colour?

Dark-themed UI colours have been popular for a while on certain desktop applications (Adobe Lightroom as an example), and seem to be popping up on mobile applications as well. I'm referring to the ...
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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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Is it correct to put together an affinity wall with stakeholder information from multiple groups?

When I've done affinity walls in the past, it's basically been analyzing a process where all of the interviewees/data comes from people working relatively closely together or at least from the same ...
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Should printed graphics of a domain start with www, uppercase/lowercase? How to make the user understand that it's a domain?

Consider a car used by a company which has "advertising" printed on it regarding the actual company. How should domains be displayed on such a car? Is there any research regarding this? With a wide ...
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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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User experience and the trailing slash for directories in the URL?

From an SEO perspective, it may be negligible if you include a trailing slash for directories or not, as long as you set redirects to the chosen one (to avoid duplicate content) and link-build to the ...
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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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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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Better to Auto-change skins or allow selection?

I am designing a site with 3 basic skins. Each skin corresponds to a "team". Generally these teams face off about once a week or so in major tournaments, and one of the 3 teams will always win. For ...
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Should Focus Group interviews include people of different stakeholder categories?

I was told by a friend that when conducting focus groups to gather information for needfinding for a design, I should avoid grouping different stakeholders together into a single group. This got me ...