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Most useful survey questions for user research?

In your experience, what are the most important questions to ask in a survey for a product redesign? Direct interaction with users is prohibited by my organization, but I have been allowed to conduct ...
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What other option do I have when my target users are not willing to participate in user research?

Has any of you had experiences where you are trying to design for a very specific user group, but had a hard time conducting any kind of user research because the users are not willing to participate? ...
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What is the most relevant data to collect in contextual inquiry

I am designing a UI for a support applying system. Currently applications are made manually on paper and users are known to have very little knowledge on electronic services. Plan is to study the ...
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How to document user interviews

What are the best practices to document interviews with users - do you just document the conclusions and take aways or do you do a full transcript or both?
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Include user requirements in the persona document?

Do you include user requirements in the same document as in individual personas or do you keep them in separate files? In a typical persona document you explain the motivations behind the visit, ...
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How many people should I interview for creating a valid persona

How many people should you ideally (when time and money isn't a problem) interview before you could see clear patterns to create a valid persona? I've seen answers between 5 to 30. I'm working on a ...
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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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Email eye tracking

I would like to perform eye tracking on a set of email templates, aimed at understanding which template performs the best overall and also breaking down the audience by few demographic dimensions. Is ...
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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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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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Appropriate level of granularity in a card sort for a web app

When putting together a card sort for a web application, what level of granularity is appropriate for each card? For example, is the function "forward an email to a distribution list" granular ...
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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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Walking through a long flow during a short user test

I work at an company that sells an API, and we are trying to user test the process of signing up for an account and making your first API request. However, accounting for mistakes and missteps in the ...
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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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Retroactive UX research

When doing UX research, this usually means laying the foundations for future building. Usability testing is a way of finding errors in prototype or fully working products. But what are the questions I ...
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How to measure an app's usefulness?

That's the main question, but here is some background: We created an app whose goal is to make raw health data easy to understand for the average person. This health data includes statistics about ...
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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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User friendly language for notifications?

What is the most user friendly way to notify an user that "The items in the rows needs to be re-arranged" What I have is Re-sequencing items required, press update button How can I make this ...
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Loading Times / Breaking points

We all know that a user is not going to wait forever for a website to load. Given there are certain factors and circumstances that can apply to this, is there a breakdown of users stages/breaking ...
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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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How to set up an observation room

I'm going to do user testing (usability testing, like Steve Krug does). I want : my co-workers to listen/watch the test live, while I'm doing it, in a seperate room. to record the screen and ...
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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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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 ...
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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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What research methods can I use to create personas?

My experience with personas has been from creating personas with data that already exists usually provided by the marketing team based on their research. How do you go about conducting research to ...
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Rate per hour vs overall budget?

This is the scenerio: The customer fills a web form, requesting for basic information such as description of what he/she needs done, and the budget or rate per hour. This can be analyzed by testing ...
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How to sell people on the benefits of user research?

I work for a small team right now that is going through a requirements tornado. I know that the reason why is that they have no idea what their users want. They haven't done contextual interviews, ...
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How to perform a task analysis?

What are your methods to understand the task the visitors to your web site want to solve? Surveys? Interviews? What questions do you ask? Simple asking them about their main reason for visiting the ...
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What constitutes an effective Brand/System Persona?

I'm looking at the idea of creating a brand(or system) persona for the application I am working on. After reading the book 'Designing for Emotion'(and the corresponding list apart article) by Aarron ...
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How Do I Collect UX Requirements for the System in Agile Development Environment?

I am starting working on project planning application, which the client wants to develop using the agile model. I want to understand how can i take the requirements and convert them to the usual UX ...
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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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Best methods to find users for in-person user testing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to recruit user test participants? There are a number of new tools available to conduct automated, oftentimes remote user testing (Treejack, Chalkmark, etc.). ...
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What is the ROI of UI or UX design?

I was trying to find out if there have been studies on how much a bad UI or UX design affects sales on websites? I couldn't really find anything in my searches. Also, does anyone know about any ...
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What ways to conduct user research quickly and cheaply are there?

Let's face it, in today's world - everything is moving fast and with approaches like agile, UX gets squeezed. It doesn't have to be this way and from what I hear many companies are using Sprint 0 ...
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How to recruit user test participants?

Where do you find participants for user tests and interviews for persona building? Is it OK to recruit them via an existing web site for example? How much do you pay them?
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Ordered Grids And Live Updates

My web app displays a simple table. Users can order their data by clicking on the column headers (quite standard). We now are making background calls (ajax) so that data we are displaying might ...
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How to determine Internet usage experience

How much experience a web site visitor has with Internet usage could help us decide what structure, functionality and design we should focus on. If the target group is novice users we need to build ...
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Who are the most common visitor types to a web site?

Creating a detailed stakeholder analysis is fundamentally when you are planning to build a usable web site. Prior to a workshop I've tried to list the most common stakeholders that are likely 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 to use user research to help design system-specific interfaces?

I work for a company that builds patient safety software; basically a records management system. However, a large portion of the application is focused on administrative tasks that do not bear any ...
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How to discover what users NEED and not what they WANT?

I have been thinking a lot about my favorite quote from Henry Ford: If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said 'Faster Horses'. -Henry Ford The trouble I have been having is that ...
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How can I structure a usability study to produce findings that relate to the long-term use of a tool by an expert user?

I am building a tool that will be used in a call center. The users range from part-time temps to 5 year veterans. I have personas that reflect these. I have two (quite different) prototypes of a ...
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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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What effect does requiring a plugin have on conversion rate in a web app?

An HCI professor of mine found in a small study that requiring an added plugin (Java Silverlight ext) to view certain content resulted in a greater than 50% drop in users completing the task. Users ...
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Who is the average user?

We get occasional questions about designing for the average user, but the term is bandied around pretty often - especially by clients who want to design their product or application so that it can be ...
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Floppy disk icon for “Save” [closed]

It's funny that we still use floppy disks icon for save operation association while floppies have long been outdated, unused and many computer users nowadays don't even know how floppy disks actually ...
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How to measure self reported computer proficiency? Ideally with one item

For a usability test, I'd like to have a simple measure for computer proficiency, to be able to see, whether it has an impact on successfully handling the tasks. How can we best measure that? A ...
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What do you think of data mining in user research?

As far as you know, how popular is this method in user research? What do you think of this method? Normally who are doing this job? People from UX team or other teams? What tools do they usually use ...
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Are there any survey tools that are optimized to render correctly on mobile devices? [closed]

My company would like to run a NPS survey off of our Mobile experience (app and website), are there any tools that will work well with mobile screens? We use Vovici, cvent and surveymonkey in house ...