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Choose Your Country: Best Usability approach

I'm looking at potentially designing a site which will have 'mirrors' in multiple sites around the world. I am experimenting with the best method to help users change both their country and language ...
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Marketing opt-in/out preferences

Has anyone seen any evidence of best practice for displaying marketing opt-in/out preferences? I'm trying to convince a client that it's not a good idea to make it "difficult" for users to opt out of ...
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Is it true that “the only 'intuitive' interface is the nipple”?

Everyone knows the famous quote (by Bruce Ediger or Steve Jobs, I'm not sure): The only "intuitive" interface is the nipple. After that it's all learned. It's an amusing gem, but is it really ...
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Reference books for data visualisation and dashboard design [closed]

Please could you recommend some reference texts or other resources concerned with business data visualisation and dashboard design. There's Information Dashboard Design by Stephen Few on Amazon but ...
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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 any evidence (anecdotal or research-based) that could ...
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Do you consider the “960 Grid System” one of the “Holy Grails” of User Experience layouts? [closed]

Is there a "Holy Grail" of layout? I recently redesigned a website for a client (University of Connecticut Coop), where I happened upon a link in their old code to this article: "http://www....
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What are good rules for naming menu items? [closed]

I'm establishing some style guidance for naming items which are accessed from my application's menu bar. What are the commonly accepted rules for naming menu items? When should the names of the ...
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What's the best way to present date of birth form fields?

I am building a form that requires users to enter in their DOB. What is the best practice for this? I have identified 3 basic options: Free Text Field Users are able to enter day, month and year in a ...
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3answers
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Interactive 'page turn' documents - the case against using these?

What do people feel about interactive page turn documents? Here's an example (I'm not focusing on this report specifically - just happened to be an example I knew off the top of my head). Do these ...
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Are confirmation messages for visible changes necessary?

It is almost always a good thing to give status messages to the users. (e.g. "The customer has been added" or "The data has been saved.") But I am asking myself now if I should really always give such ...
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How do you find the balance between what the users' want and what the clients want?

You all know that project... After months of research, wireframing, prototyping, testing and workshops, there is that one client (normally the MD) that comes in at the end and knows everything better ...
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Is it right to make account deletion difficult?

You know the deal. You sign up to a site, receive a couple of emails and realise you no longer want to receive the drivel that hits your inbox. So you try and delete your account. However when you ...
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Best practice for Navigation usability? [closed]

I'm currently working on a social network type system, and was wondering about the best practice for navigation. Would it be better to use Icons or Text? I was thinking a mixture, icons for some ...
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Should checkbox labels be to the right or the left?

I've got some checkboxes with text values of varying lengths (from say 5 characters up to about 60) - which is the preferred layout? Value to the left and checkbox to the right, or vice versa?
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Generic clientside form validation

I'm the author of the jQuery Form Validation plugin, which I started writing in 2006. Since then I've put quite some effort into improving the default interaction, without the developer using the ...
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Should “toggle buttons” show what they do or the system status? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change? I find inconsistency in "toggle buttons" (I just invented the name now. See screenshot to ...
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DD/MM/YYYY - do people know what that means?

Just finished reading Caroline Jarrett and Gerry Gaffney's Forms that Work and I noticed that while the publisher used a screen shot on the front cover with that date format the authors didn't ...
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2answers
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Text entry methods for mobile devices

There are many ways to input text on different mobile devices: numeric keyboard (ordinary mobile phone) handwriting recognition (with stylus, e.g. MS Courier) physical qwerty keyboard (e.g. ...
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6answers
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Accessibility statements: Worth having on websites?

Currently working for a client who had a very vague, generic accessibility statement on the site, until a couple of months ago when the site was redesigned and the statement was left out of the IA. ...
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Putting together a presentation on UI/UX…suggestions needed

I'm a technical recruiter looking to learn more about UI/UX so that I can better attract quality candidates, and I'm putting together a presentation for a potential client. They are testing my ...
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What's the best placement for an “Other” box

If I have a dropdown with several options, the last of which is an "Other" option, and I want to have a textbox associated with that option, what do you think is the best place to put it? Here are the ...
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3answers
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Filtering through a large table of data, thoughts?

Example: I have a large amount of data, such as a library of blog posts, or a massive amount of contacts, I am thinking that a data table visually would be the best way to display all this data, it is ...
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Page fold: myth or reality?

Do users scroll? I read a blog published last year from CX partners that suggests that you do not need to worry about the page fold at all and that users scroll. Although they give valid points and ...
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Full lifecycle, version controlled, UX documentation - Is this possible?

I'm currently trying to implement a usable UX documentation system , streamlining the flow of work between User Researchers/Usability specialists, Information Architects and Visual Designers. Just to ...
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6answers
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Are multiple entry points good or bad?

My example is a web-based application, but I guess this could go for anything: Multiple entry points for the same action, good or bad? My example: Adding a product against a supplier (vendor). This ...
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10answers
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“Your” vs “My” in user interfaces

Some user interfaces feature titles such as: My documents My photos My previous orders While others opt for: Your documents Your photos Your previous orders Are their any guidelines addressing ...
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11answers
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Home button vs Logo link?

Is a "home" button on the navigation required if there is a link to the homepage using the company's logo? Increasingly I have noticed more and more websites using the logo as a link to return to ...
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2answers
659 views

Quick website evaluation checklist [closed]

I want to make a small checklist to evaluate my sites. I want to make SEO , usability and accessibility checks. Which are the most important checks I have to make?
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5answers
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When does statistical significance matter?

When does the statistical significance of a usability test matter? I ask because in a recent Boagworld podcast, Steve Krug talks about how he recommends testing with only three users. When asked if ...
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5answers
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How can I produce an insightful, quick 'n' dirty usability report?

I was asked by the company I work at to make a usability report in a few days that shows the state of the current site under the following limitations: I don't have any budget or gifts to give to the ...
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What are the common misconceptions, myths you face in your client work? [closed]

In your experience, what common misconceptions do clients have regarding web design and UX? Like caring too much about the fold, madly sticking to the 3-click rule. Btw, there's a good list on ...
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Can UCD become an agile process?

All the discussions about Agile UX relate to how we adjust UX Activities to an agile development process but I want to know how we can turn UCD in to an agile process that supports the development ...
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What must I put into my portfolio to make it an INTERACTIVE DESIGN portfolio?

If I were to apply for Interactive Design positions, I would certainly include a portfolio. However, coming from a background of Web Design, I don't necessarily have the best ideas on how to ...
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dynamic credit card forms design

I am looking at the design of credit card entry forms. I have the option of validating the card number to determine the additional information fields on the form like start date and issue number. ...
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Is creating personas against the principles of User Centered Design? [closed]

I'm just running through an agency proposal and the misuse of personas has reared its ugly head again. I'm finding this is now a frequently reoccurring theme and so I thought I'd raise it as a ...
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6answers
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Does ISO 9241 really matter?

I've been using ISO 9241 (Ergonomics of Human System Interaction) over the years to provide some structure and rigour to my UX process. It suits the (standards driven) industry I'm currently working ...
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9answers
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The Usability of “Lightbox UIs”

Lightbox UIs are becoming a lot more prevalent in mainstream web-design. You know the drill -- click on a link, the background fades darker, and up pops a UI for interacting with an object, making a ...
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How can you make a user experience addictive? [closed]

What factors and techniques contribute to making a user experience addictive? I ask this in the context of websites, games and other software. What makes people want to keep coming back for more?
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3answers
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Accessing secure content

Which of the permutations for accessing secure content do folks prefer? In this instance I'm referring to a saved quote and have usernames, email addresses and quote reference numbers available. E.g:...
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2answers
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iFrame accessibility and usability issues

Aside from confused scrolling and screen reader problems (and I'm not downplaying these issues, it's just that I've already discussed them at length), are there any concrete accessibility and ...
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9answers
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Has anyone been to Jakob Nielsen or Steve Krug's day-long seminars? [closed]

Both these gentlemen are offering day-long seminars in London this spring: Jakob Nielsen - Fundamental Guidelines for Web Usability for £458 Steve Krug - Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing: The ...
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3answers
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Am I an Interactive Designer yet?

What kind of portfolio do I need before I can start calling myself an "Interactive Designer"? I currently design websites, and I've been redesigning our company's flagship sites to improve User ...
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9answers
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Positive / Negative impacts of physical address verification systems on online form UX

Address verification systems validate a user provided address against a database of known addresses, usually provided by Postal services. An example can be seen at http://www.qas.com/address-search/...
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10answers
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Tooltips with infinite timeout?

I'm thinking of setting the timeout on all my tooltips in a WinForms application to infinity (or an extremely large value). The motivation is that it's annoying for the user if the tooltip disappears ...
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How do you take notes at speed?

One of the things that I've quickly found out when doing usability testing and field studies is that it's hard to keep up with the pace of what's going on and take sufficient notes. How do you cope ...
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4answers
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Your experiences with call centre wallboard UX [closed]

As I'll be getting started on a project involving displaying dashboard data on call centre wallboards I thought I'd solicit your experience as part of my preparatory research. If you've been involved ...
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6answers
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When you have to fill up the rest of the page

I've noticed that I often run into the same problem in many projects I work on: It seems like I always end up having that extra space that I have nothing to fill up with. It usually ends up with an ...
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3answers
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Tips for ethnography

I'm doing my first ethnographic study next week and I was wondering if anyone had any tips, specifically for studying how people use things in their homes. Are there any common pitfalls? Any good ...
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8answers
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eLearning: Courses on Usability, UI, UX, or XD? [closed]

Considering User Experience Stack Exchange is in itself an educational tool, creating infomation hubs geared to different personas and users is no longer a tedious task. What are the applications, ...
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Is there any resource for UI examples? [closed]

I run a Usability/UX blog, and my biggest hurdle right now is finding examples to illustrate the topics I write about (bad error messages, good implementation of tabs, bad interactions...etc) So is ...

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