21 Apr 2011 - 8:03pm
4 years ago
3 replies

<5 minute student usability survey

Hi all, I am doing some simple research on the interaction of browser interface button frequency and labeling.

19 Nov 2010 - 3:13am
4 years ago
5 replies
Aen Tan

Is the search button becoming obsolete

General usability guidelines states users expect a search feature to contain besides the search field, a button labeled "search". Looking at recent designs of search, the button is disappearing. These lack the search button.

  • All Apple search, i.e. apple.com, Spotlight and iOS. They have a clear button. On iOS, the keyboard provides a search button.
  • Google Chrome. The address bar functions as a search and is activated by pressing Enter.

24 Aug 2010 - 3:33am
5 years ago
2 replies

What makes a button a button?

Hi all! 

We've just done a new blog post in our "Design, Development, Usability" blog and would really like your opinion and comments.

"What makes a button a button?"

The post discuss about affordance of buttons and question the relationship between visual design and usability.

17 Nov 2009 - 4:55pm
6 years ago
4 replies
Daniel Zollman

Active/inactive state of physical buttons

Hi all,

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a precedent for a certain pattern
in a physical interface, such as a control panel or remote control.

The challenge is that a particular control panel design has multiple
states; in a given state, some functions are available while other
functions are unavailable. I'm considering a pattern in which each
button lights up when it's active/available and gets dark when it's

There are certainly many devices with buttons that light up in order
to reflect the on/off state of a particular feature (e.g.

20 Feb 2008 - 8:28am
7 years ago
1 reply
Chris Whelan

Studies on Icon Effectiveness

I found myself in a bit of a debate over the use of
icons, and would like to be able to cite empirical
data. Unfortunately I haven't located much
literature. Can anyone refer me to research that
compares icons with text buttons?

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