The visual design of surveys and other types of online data collection tools impacts how users perceive, understand and navigate the instrument as well as the responses they provide. Two key considerations that impact how users experience online data collection tools are the device they are using (e.g., smartphone, tablet, computer) and the method of interaction (e.g., website, app or both). When designing online data collection tools, creating a common user experience across different devices and methods of interaction is important to create a consistent user experience and to minimize measurement differences.
In this talk, we will compare the user experience across four different combinations of device and method of interaction of a survey: (1) desktop PC-website, (2) smartphone-app, (3) tablet-app, and (4) tablet-website. Through performance and eye-tracking data, we identify UX elements that must be unified across all devices as well as elements that might need customization for difference devices or methods of interaction.