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Opening website external links in new window — published usability tests

In usability discussions about opening website external links in new windows, with regard to the argument of "keeping users on the site" there are occasionally references to usability studies which ...
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5answers
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The notification tray at the top of Stack Exchange sites: what is it called? And are there other good examples of this?

I'm trying to clean up notifications for a client site and was wondering if the notification pattern that Stack Exchange employs has a name that I can use to search for more examples.
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Should i use country flags in language selection fields?

My users can create content in different languages, and i need to provide an option to choose the language when they enter new content. Right now there are only 5 languages (en, fr, de, pt, es), and ...
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16answers
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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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18answers
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What is best practice for designing form error messages?

I've seen quite a lot of research on form design, but so far, I haven't come across any studies on error message design best practices. The only piece of advice seems to be that each error should ...
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5answers
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UX style guide techniques

I've recently started a major redesign for a large web-based financial tool. To aid future development, I'm planning on generating a UX style guide that outlines best practices for things like forms, ...
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Do you need a search button with a search box?

On websites with a search box, should you add a button they can click on, or will users understand a search box like on this site? The target group is not very technical, such as women aged 40-60.
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3answers
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Do users understand the browser back button?

You hear a lot about not breaking the back button on websites, but can you assume that most users know and use the back button? Is it redundant to add a JavaScript or HTML back button/link on a page? ...
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Is 'Home' button still a must?

I was wondering if the 'Home' button is still a must on a website menu, or are users already used to clicking on the Logo? There is a qustion on ux.stackexchange.com about this topic - Home button vs ...
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Should the OK/Cancel buttons be aligned right or centered?

Where should I put the OK/Cancel buttons on my dialogs? At the bottom centered or aligned right? I've seen both and I personally don't care, but I want to create a consistant look across my ...
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Is there a usability reason for centering a website's content area on a page?

A lot of websites these days have content area's which are center-aligned: http://ux.stackexchange.com is an example. However some sites are left-aligned e.g. http://forums.adobe.com/index.jspa, ...
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7answers
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Responsive Breakpoints?

Twitter Bootstrap uses these break points for responsive design: Large Display: 1200px Default: 980px Tablet: 768px Mobile: 480px A client said they are using 1280px for their Large Display ...
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6answers
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Is infinite scrolling justifiable?

Recently I've noticed a new trend in user interfaces. Facebook and Twitter do this, and I've come across it on other random, less famous sites. However, to keep things simple, I'll just use Facebook ...
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8answers
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Should we provide “back” button for mobile website?

In mobile website for all smartphones (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows phone 7), should I provide a "Back" button inside the webpage even when the browser has functionality to go to back? ...
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11answers
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Pros/cons of splash-screen with articifial loading delay

My firm has developed a small, domain-specific desktop GUI application. Being small, it loads fast (practically instantly) and initially presents a "home" screen, which in this app, is a kind of ...
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7answers
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How long should a temporary notification appear?

For our intranet application we have little notification messages that indicate successful operations like "information saved," "logged out" etc. Most of them are not important enough to require a ...
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5answers
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Should registration be optional on an e-commerce site?

I am developing an e-commerce web site which will sell tourism services (airport transfer, accommodation, excursions, etc.). I am on a path here that I need to decide if I will provide a membership ...
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5answers
988 views

Would it be bad design (and unsafe) to put password guidelines next to a login box?

Different websites have different password requirements Some are content with a combination of just lower case words Some require a combination of lower case and upper case words Some require ...
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16answers
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Should “Yes, delete it” be red, or green?

Designing an interface for a CMS (Content Management System), I stumbled upon a paradox and I'm a bit confused about what to do and why to do. Context Before deleting an album, the user is asked to ...
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10answers
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How do rounded corners affect usability?

How do rounded corners on buttons and containers affect usability? Do they make buttons look more clickable? When used on other non-button elements, do they make the site look more friendly? I'm ...
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8answers
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Merging firstname/last name into one field

I am entertaining the notion of a single field for name entry on our scheduling web app. I think this is an excellent case for a "forgiving format" to make it easy to enter their names quickly. I ...
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9answers
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How much information should you ask for when users register?

So the company wants all the information it can get on the users of its site, but how much should be asked for upon registration? On one hand, it would be easier for the users to enter only personal ...
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7answers
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Responsive Web Design - what should happen when the mobile device is rotated?

Currently, the standard behaviour for viewing web pages on a mobile is that: If viewed in portrait the text is smaller because the width of the device is small and the whole page width needs to fit ...
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9answers
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All capital titles: good or bad?

What is the recommended use for all capitals titles? For example: THIS IS A TITLE. The website http://camvine.com/ has all capital titles, e.g. MARKET SECTORS. Good, bad?
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4answers
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Studies showing that the more form fields there are the less conversions you will get

Same old story really; another client is requesting that they need x number of fields on their Contact Us form, and no amount of explaining that less=more will suffice without providing objective ...
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6answers
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Preventing a user from pasting from the clipboard into a mandatory form field

In my online checkout process I, like many checkouts, have a field for the customer's email address along with a field to confirm the email address. They are both identical text boxes and accept email ...
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5answers
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Any Research on User Experience Perceptions of Native Apps vs Web or Hybrid Apps

My organization is looking at developing mobile applications, we have a wealth of web development resources. There are many factors to consider in making the decision of how to develop this ...
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10answers
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Submit Buttons on the Left or the Right?

We have been puzzling over where to put the submit button, on the left or the right. In researching, we noticed that many sites put buttons on the bottom right in dialogue boxes, and on the bottom ...
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7answers
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Should we use 'Title Case' or 'Sentence case' for headlines and buttons?

I am wondering if we should use Title Case or Sentence case for buttons and headings in websites and web/mobile apps? Title Case:     Sentence Case:     In Yahoo's UI ...
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7answers
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How can I check if my user interface is suited for colorblind people? [closed]

I've made a visualization that consists of various colors. Now I would like to test, if also color-blind people can use my application in a meaningful way. Is there any tool etc that I can run to see ...
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6answers
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What is the optimum button size of touch screen applications?

There was a not so recent blog post about the ideal button size of touch screen control sizes (sorry there is no link, the website is now a spam trap) that was based on the study form the MIT touch ...
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4answers
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What is the best voting system

I'm wondering what is the best voting system for site that have ranking like top 10 / top 100. Like/dislike stars rating (from 1 to 5) single thumb up thumb up/thumb down What you think? ...
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3answers
3k views

How to design usable web site terms & conditions?

What are some guidelines and examples for designing usable legal terms for web sites? I know that most users don't read it, but are there innovative ways to improve readability and presentation of ...
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6answers
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How do you indicate progress to users in a multi-step form?

What do you think of the following form design which I've prepared? there's a progress bar in the top on the right side the steps are listed, and every time the current state is indicated by ...
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5answers
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email field or username for logging in an application?

What is the best solution for an app : Email or username field? I like email because: it's unique user will easily remember it's personal (which can be a disadvantage sometimes; Multiple users on ...
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8answers
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Is there evidence to suggest that designing tabs within tabs creates a bad user experience?

I'm designing a complex web application and my colleague believes that using a tab panel is a bad idea. I'm more ambivalent. Can anyone point to evidence (anecdotal or research-based) that could help ...
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3answers
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What is User Experience (UX)?

I've looked at this site for the first time today. I've checked About, the FAQ and the FAQ and searched, and I don't seem to be able to find an answer on this site. These are the closest I can find: ...
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7answers
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“Sign Up” vs “Create an Account”

Which pick is better for a service? Especially if I would like the website to resemble American style. Gmail and Dropbox say: "Sign In or create an account" Yahoo says: "Sign In. New here? Sign ...
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5answers
768 views

What is the important aspect to consider when deciding where windows interaction buttons should be placed?

In most windows desktops the minimize, maximize and restore buttons for a window are placed in the windows decoration on the top right. However, MacOS and now Gnome in Ubuntu have placed those buttons ...
18
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9answers
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Should radio buttons be pre-selected?

I am working on a re-design for a eCommerce site and they have a section where they offer a free gift card if the user makes a purchase over $1000. The idea of the gift card is to get users to ...
247
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20answers
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Is this rotating cube interface user-friendly?

I'm working on a prototype for an innovative form interface, where different parts of the form are shown on different sides of a cube. The cube rotates, and the user can fill it out as the cube spins. ...
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4answers
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Why do progress bars animate backwards?

Gmail's new loading bar drew my attention to this today: The colored pattern inside the bar animates from right to left. The Mac OS progress bars do the same: Is there a reason for this? If I ...
67
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9answers
4k views

How does Gamification change User Behavior?

On Location Based Applications the use of Gamification is essential. As you move along and check in you earn badges and points. Users also find themselves in a leader board, which most certainly ...
43
votes
11answers
15k views

Which UI/UX sketching software is recommended? [closed]

Which UI/UX sketching software do you use and would recommend? Why?
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15answers
41k views

Why do most public toilet doors open inwards?

The design of most public restrooms greatly caters for the ability to wash hands after the use of the toilette, providing facilities like sinks - sometimes with touchless faucets - soap dispensers, ...
58
votes
6answers
15k views

Infinite scroll vs Pagination in E-commerce websites

Infinite scroll has been around for a while now, however I have not seen infinite scroll being implemented on any successful or well known e-commerce sites. Does anyone know of any e-commerce sites ...
25
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5answers
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Choosing a set of colors

I'm not a graphic designer, and I can't afford one for my open source project, so I thought I'd crowdsource this one. I'm trying to work out a set of 6-8 easily-differentiable colors for categories in ...
97
votes
10answers
5k views

Is Markdown Friendly Enough for Non-Technical Users?

The Problem I love using Markdown to write questions, answers, posts, comments, etc. That being said, I am a very technical, detail oriented, programmer type. However, I am working on a CMS of ...
58
votes
12answers
14k views

Is clockwise or counter-clockwise rotated text easier to read?

When rotating text with css, should it be rotated clockwise or counter-clockwise? Is one more readable than the other? Counter Clockwise:     —    ...
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8answers
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What are some alternatives to “hover” on touch-based devices?

Came up recently in a 37signals podcast: http://37signals.com/podcast#episode18 The straightforward, "brute-force" solution is to just use the first touch on a UI object as the hover. ...

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