Mobilization

How can users be encouraged to actively participate in the design of a product? We work hard to find answers to this difficult question.

KDE control module usability using the example of KCM for pointing devices

After reorganizing the system setting structure, the KDE control modules (KCM) should be updated as well. The pointing device KCM should be the proof-of-concept for all design ideas. Your feedback is highly appreciated, especially in respect to the duality of simple vs. advanced.more...

Help to find better metaphors

A big problem of KDE Activities is their name. It builds up a poor mental model and thus makes life hard for users. With this post we ask you to help us finding a better name for the underlying concepts.more...

Discuss the Future of Activities and Virtual Desktops

We ask for your feedback on a future scenario on what Activities and Virtual Desktops could evolve to.more...

Why do(n’t) you use Activities?

On our quest for improving the concept of Virtual Desktops and Activities on the KDE Desktop, we once again ask you to share your experiences.more...

Please participate in a survey about KDE’s download manager KGet

Please participate in a survey about KDE's download manager KGet.more...

About the performance of the Sifr icon set

We present results from the recent icon test using Sifr icons and compare it to the findings for Tango and Oxygen inspected in 2013.more...

How designers think about ‘Save as…’

In a short survey we analyzed the association for a couple of newly introduced 'Save as...' icons compared to the classic floppy symbol.more...

Find the best Icon for ‘Save as…’

Our friends from the World Usability Day in Stuttgart started a competition to create a new icon for 'Save as...'. We ask you to crowd curate the best one!more...

Standard toolbar in Libreoffice

The Libreoffice design team discussed the results of the last survey about some functions in the toolbar. In this posting we share our conclusions.more...

How do Virtual Desktops make your life easier?

Virtual Desktops are an important part not only of the KDE experience. We seek your feedback on the question how Virtual Desktops actually affect your life.more...

Participate: New LibreOffice Icon Test started

The LibreOffice design team announces the start of a new online icon test. You are invited to participate!more...

How do you want Libreoffice’s toolbar configured?

Please participate in a short survey on how you want to have Libreoffice's toolbar configured by default.more...

phpList wants to learn more about their users

phpList has teamed up with User Prompt to learn more about you - the phpList users. The first step is to ask you to participate in a small (5 minute) survey.more...

Reprise of Akademy 2014: Artikulate

During Akademy 2014 BoFs we scrutinized some applications usability and visual design. In this article we present the outcome of our work with the KDE pronunciation trainer 'Artikulate'.more...

Vote for your Keyboard Layout Switcher plasmoid

Please vote for your favored design and workflow of the KDE keyboard switcher plasmoid.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in final survey

We finally reached the 10th and last of our icon tests. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Reprise of Akademy 2014: KCM for network manager

Based on a BoF workshop and discussions during the Akademy 2014, we present a proposal for discussion how to integrate the network manager settings into KDE's system setting.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in magic survey #9

In this icon test we take a look at another colored icon set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in high contrast survey #8

In this icon test we take a look at a high contrast set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Talking at KDE Akademy

At KDE Akademy starting Friday in Brno I will outline in a talk 'A quick guide how you can save the world or why it is impossible to do usability.'more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey ‘7 of 9’ (or more)

With this next icon test we take a look at the Elementary icon set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in 6th survey ‘Take a breeze’

Our next icon test features the Breeze icon set, that might (or will?) become the default KDE icon set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey ‘Tango no. 5’

We start the next in our little test series of different icon sets. Please, again, participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in fantastic fourth survey

We start the next in our little test series of different icon sets. Please, again, participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in our 3rd survey

Our little journey through different icon sets continues. Please participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey no. 2

Our little journey through different icon sets continues. Please participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey (aka The Rising)

We are starting an exploratory series of studies to better understand effects of icon design. Please participate in this first survey!more...

Active seminar for user-centered development

Modern product development puts the user in the center at an early stage. Our active seminar equips you with the knowledge you need to do so.more...

KDE Network Manager: Understanding the mental model

We ask you to participate in a card-sorting study about the details of KDE Network Manager. With this study we want to better understand how to structure the available details.more...

Re-sort KDE control modules

We like to ask you to participate in a study to improve organization of KDE control modules and system settings.more...

KDE Network Manager: Sorting the details

We ask you to participate in a little survey to help us sort the details of network connections.more...

The Vision of KDE

KDE's current vision written in 2008 is rather outdated with its praise of KDE 4. So we should rethink what we want to achieve in future.more...

KNetworkManager: Approaching the finishing line

The next iteration of the KDE Network Manager brings it on the finishing line. Again we are looking for your feedback.more...

KDE HIG: Survey about how to align controls over multiple groups

In the course of revising the KDE HIG we reached a point where visual aspects are considered, in particular the alignment of controls. We'd like to ask you how to align controls over multiple groups.more...

Connect to Network Manager Prototype…

Building upon the lively response on the survey about the management of network connections in KDE, we now put a proposal for the further development up for discussion.more...

Quick Poll: Visibility of password fields

We want to introduce an inline toggle button for the visibility of password fields. Please help us to define the optimal behavior.more...

Shape the Future of Managing Network Connections in KDE

On the occasion of the World Usability Day 2013, we ask you - the users - to help us shape the future of KDE network connection management.more...

What is a status bar good for?

The KDE usability team discusses pros and cons concerning the default visibility of the status bar and asks you to vote how the future should look like.more...

Participate: Tine 2.0 Kristina user survey started

New benchmarking survey for Tine 2.0 has been started.more...

Participate in KScreen Survey: How do you setup your screen(s)?

Call for participation in a study about the requirements for the screen management tools KScreen.more...

Participate: Are you perfectly satisfied with your file manager?

User Prompt announces the start of a large study on file managers. You are invited to participate!more...

Metaphors behind icons – which are really useful?

Metaphors determine the association between a function and its icon. But sometimes these metaphors are misleading or ambiguous. With your help, we want to improve the metaphors used in Libreoffice.more...

Quo vadis, Dolphin? Results from the developers study.

We report the results of our Dolphin developer study and outline the follow-up study with users. Next to feedback we are looking for translation support.more...

Participate: New LibreOffice Icon Test started

The LibreOffice design team announces the start of a new online icon test. You are invited to participate!more...

Participate: Tine 2.0 Milan user survey started

The Tine 2.0 development team announces the availability of a new online user benchmarking survey for the current Milan Release.more...

Looking back: LibreOffice Conference in Paris

I have been attending the great LibreOffice 2011 Conference in Paris and held a presentation about the problems of finding the gold in the input user provide.more...

LibreOffice user research – Summary

This is the last post about our LibreOffice survey done with UserWeave and we sum up the main findings. Find out about the users of LibreOffice and how motifs can help you to create better personas.more...

Yes, you can contribute to Forge Sprint 2011!

The KDE Forge sprint 2011 will be held in Madrid this year. We are looking for your contribution.more...

Impressions of a usability guy on the Berlin Desktop Summit 2011

On the joint KDE / GNOME Desktop Summit the developer community showed great interest in working closer with their users.more...

First LibreOffice user research survey closed

The first user research survey for LibreOffice has just been closed. About 5400 participants exceeded our hopes and expectations by far.more...

Results of Tine 2.0 time tracking survey April 2011

The April 2011 survey with Tine 2.0 users shows a great satisfaction with the current implementation. A "quick add" seems to be the most useful add-on.more...

Tine 2.0 Timetracker Survey

We just started a quick new survey on UserWeave for our ongoing project Tine 2.0.more...

Feedback pouring in!

The last Tine 2.0 user survey shows great satisfaction. Most of the wishes users have are actually in the pipeline for the next release.more...

Wanted: Feedback on Kontact Mobile

We just have published a new version for Kontact Mobile on Maemo. I would like to encourage you to tell us how you like it.more...

The Kontact Mobile Team is looking for Testers

For the development of the new KDE Kontact based Free Software PIM client for smartphones, we are looking for testers.more...

Results of past Tine 2.0 User Surveys

The results of our last Tine 2.0 user surveys show that we are taking the right way in the development. Our Usability benchmarks are reached and we are adding the most wanted feature to the next version of Tine 2.0.more...

Kontact goes mobile – and you can help to make it feel great!

We are happy to announce a new project where you can participate! KDE Kontact will be made available on mobile phones and we want your feedback to make it feel great!more...

Results of KMail Icon Test #2

The 2nd KMail icon test with almost 2000 participants revealed that most icons are working well, but there still is room for improvement for some.more...

Participate: Icons of KDE SC put to the test – KMail, part 2

Please invest 5 minutes of your precious time and participate in our little survey to improve the quality of the oxygen icon-set!more...

Tine 2.0: New survey strategy and results of August beta user survey

Today we are announcing the next user survey for Tine 2.0. The results of the past test prove us to be on the right track and encourage us to continue with this user involvement strategy.more...

Hello planet KDE!

From today our User Prompt blog is aggregated to planet KDE. We will be blogging about usability and user involvement in KDE.more...

Results of Tine User Survey (September 2009)

The results of the last Tine 2.0 user survey give great insight in the usage and quality of the individual components of Tine 2.0 and sho that we are on a good track with the development.more...

Contribute to make Tine 2.0 the best groupware!

The new groupware Tine 2.0 is ready to be tested. Your feedback is appreciated for further improvement.more...