application or an "app", is computer software designed to help the user to perform specific tasks

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How can I keep up-to-date with the latest thinking about designing complex, rich applications?

I am designing a very complex eco-system of apps. I like to make sure I am up-to-date with the latest thinking, research and trends in app and UI/UX design. I find that there are many great articles, ...
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How easy should I make it to delete content?

We want to make it easy for people to perform task in an application, but we also want to prevent them from accidentally deleting something. Where is the middle ground between these two opposing ...
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How to design identical UI for cross platform Mobile app?

One client wants to make a native apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and and Windows phone. But he wants to make the look of UI identical on all devices as much possible. 1) Is it technically ...
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Are new app designs deviating from conventional (better?) Interaction designs?

I am on the 3rd chapter of Joshua Clark's Tapworthy : Designing great iPhone apps And I was really taken aback by the first few pages. In these first few pages Joshua Discusses the "thumb hotspot" ...
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Colliding icon meanings

In the interests of fitting in with design guidelines and not wanting to endlessly push icon pixels, I try and use Android's1 built-in icons as much as possible. Occasionally, that means combining ...
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Should I provide the option to change the language in an app?

Smartphones settings allow you to choose a default language thereby ensuring your application displays in that language. Is it useful to provide an option to change this language within my application ...
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Differences between websites and their mobile counterparts

I am looking for some opinions on a topic I have been thinking about recently. When comparing full websites to their mobile sites/apps it's noticeable that clients are FAR happier to keep the ...
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Truncating long text labels - Best Practices?

I was wondering whether there are any studies around truncated labels, in case if they ever get too long and layouts can't fix it? Does it confuse users if a label is truncated with an ellipsis ...
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What are the best practices of designing a validation message on an iPhone App?

I am working on designing an iPhone app and I need to know which validation message style is the most recommended for the forms included. I don't prefer to use a pop up window i need something that ...
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Best practice to ask for donation on a windows application?

How to ask for donation on a free windows application, without risking being pushy ? This old question is only talking about websites: Best UX to ask for donations I want to remind people to donate, ...
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Universal blog icon? [closed]

How do I tell users I'm referring them to a blog? This is within a mobile app. I realize it could be a Wordpress/Tumblr icon, but that's subject to the company's logo change and I was just wondering ...
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Is there any good reason why I shouldn't make some mobile app parts sticky?

What are the downsides of making that part with column-chart sticky (Always positioned to the top even when bottom part is scrolled down)? Haven't met that kind of solution in any mobile app before. ...
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Why do some custom iOS apps use the native nav bar?

I'm talking about Instagram or Foursquare, they are custom designed but still are using default themed menu bar for navigation. Is there some dirty secret behind it?
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Correct ordering position for 'Yes', 'No' and 'Not now'?

What is the correct position for the 3 buttons: Yes - No - Not now (or Yes - No - Later) is it Yes - No - Not now or is it Yes - Not now - No This will be on a windows 7 windows application, on ...
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Live preview - alternative to split screen

I am working on a playground for designers and front end developers. One of the features it has is the live preview. This means that while you are changing your html or css code you can preview the ...
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Is Tab Bar based iOS Design for feed driven apps a better UX?

Working on a feed driven iOS application and wondering peoples thoughts on Tab Bar driven iOS design for feed based apps. There is a large amount of evidence that supports the well integrated use of ...
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iPhone app - bottom menu vs hamburger menu

I'm working on a news and prices app, and I'm currently working on the menu. The team has 2 different approaches: a traditional bottom menu or a hamburger menu (like on Facebook app). Which approach ...
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Should shortcut keys be prefaced by shift/alt/ctrl?

In a non-word processing context, is it okay to have key presses do actions without having the user preface them with ctrl, alt, shift or command? If I do have them just be single key presses, do they ...
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When is it ok to have two different layouts for the same page inside a web application?

I have a page inside the application that will be displayed inside a popup on other page. Since the page was not designed for the popup size I wanted to create a compact view for it. Would this be ...
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Android Usability? [closed]

I am in the midst of redesigning my Android app, and I've already done it for the iPhone. I think I "nailed it" on the iPhone, however I'm having a little bit more of an issue with Android, mainly ...
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What is the best way to handle mobile notifications with desktop clients?

I don't have an application that I'm currently working on, but issues I have both heard from others and experienced myself got me thinking. Some messengers (I have Hangouts in mind) have ...
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When applications get personal

Has anyone come across research on the use of first names in applications? We're working on an application with many questions. There's a desire to use the first name of the user, their spouse's name ...
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How to create realistic mockups?

I need to create a realistic mock-up for an app. Are there mockup tools to create mockups that look like a final app? (Preferably for Mac OS Cocoa Apps, on any OS: Linux, Windows or Mac) If not, ...
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Windows Application Guideline

Is there a guideline for designing Windows Applications, whereas they specify font size and spacing, best screen resolution?
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Re-skinning web apps: Yes or no?

During Phase 1 of our current web project—a site with thousands of pages and 38 legacy web applications for several groups of users—we're focusing on content strategy and implementing a CMS. The web ...
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Where to place advanced search option in a shopping app?

Should users be provided with options to adjust budget, color, category etc. while searching or on the catalog page ? I think providing advanced search options on the catalog page where relevant ...
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Name of the logged off part of an application/a website

I'd like to know how you would call the part of the application which is not the showcase, not the app itself, but the part between both. Let me explain with more details. It is something very common ...
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Why take user all the way to App store to rate an app?

Recently being annoyed by apps asking to rate them in the App store this question came to my mind . Though I am willing to rate the app I don't want to navigate to the app store and then wait for ...
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UI Options for Displaying Connected Apps / Managing App Connections

I am searching hard to find a nice way to show connections/interactions between various individual apps within an app store. This is important for two reasons: Certain apps exist mainly to ...
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What are some iPhone app examples that successfully use progress indicators [closed]

I am designing a iPhone app and the main function of the app is a 3 step process (steps most likely don't happen all at once (there could be a period of time between steps, unlike a signup flow). I ...
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Staying current with many enterprise applications in the portfolio

Our organization has 6 applications that our end-users interact with on a daily basis. Each application is developed by a separate team and lives in their own solution files. We've made an effort in ...
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Why is the user experience of licence agreements always so terrible?

Why is it that the user experience of licence agreements always seems to be intentionally unpleasant and difficult? The font is nearly always too small. The text is dense and difficult to scan. ...
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(When/How often/Where) should I show my admob insterstitial ads? [closed]

I am developing an Android app about jokes, this is a simple schema about it: I want to implement admob interstitial ads and I would like to know about the best way to do it. For example: Where ...
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Is it a good practice to have a session expiry popup with timer for user assistance

I am working on a banking site, is it a good practice to have session expiry popup alert for users assistance. I feel it helps from the pain of re-login the site every now and then. Please correct ...
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What is the best approach to labelling text input fields on smartphone application forms?

Platform: iOS. Must be able to run on all (probably most) iphone devices. As part of a smartphone application design, I am currently designing an "event creation" form, originally implemented in a ...
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What is the optimal text size for an iPhone 'News application'?

We are designing a News application for one of our clients, and I would like to get to know what is the optimal text size for Headlines and Article text in an application like this? We would like to ...
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My sign-up process has too many options - should I shut some down?

We have a service that involves syncing between devices. You can either: a) sign-up on the web, download the client and sign-in b) download and sign-up within the client c) download a mobile app, ...
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My team has to build an app that requires a Facebook auth to enter a sweepstakes. At what stage should the authorization happen?

Would it be better to require this authorization when the user first lands, or let them play the app first and only prompt them once they try to enter the sweepstakes?
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What is the most important UX considerations that could be answered by statistics gathering (list)? [closed]

I am trying to figure out what types of things are best tested in my website(s), phone apps, or programs. These need to be things that can actually be measured. Which information is most useful to ...
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What do App Store reviewers say about greyed out buttons leading to in app purchases? [closed]

I'm wondering if there's anyone that have any experience from submitting an in app purchases (IAP) based iOS app to Apple with greyed out buttons that leads to the actual purchase? I've been ...
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Engaging end-users to access the site once an off-line task has been completed?

My scenario goes like this: User comes online to find a lawyer to assign for a certain project System displays all lawyers with their contacts User researches as he wishes, and contacts lawyers ...
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What UX Changes Needed For New iPhone 5 App Updates? [closed]

I am helping my team to update our iOS app to support retina display and iPhone 5. I've read little bit of Cocoa Auto Layout, and other pages from developer.apple.com. But my question is, if I ...
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Recognizability of shorthand

Currently working on wireframes for a mobile app and am using w/ to say "with" when discussing a primary object which has customized items listed as small images. My question is: Do you happen to ...
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entering a list of data, best practices

I'm making a mobile app in which the user is asked to enter a list of data. There is a list of roads and the user has to specify how frequently he/she uses each of the roads in the list. The main ...
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Jobs says he cracked the TV code - How can Apps successfully integrate into the TV watching experience? [closed]

Apps are out there today with Samsung's Smart TV, AT&T's U-verse has a few, Google 2.0 is coming out soon, etc.. however, most seem like a novelty. Is there a way applications can successfully ...
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What would a “reset to factory settings” term be for a digital app?

I am developing an app in which I want to have a command to remove all user data and delete all preferences, bringing the state of the app back to the way it was the day it was downloaded. However, ...
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How should I align two separated items of unequal widths?

Recently, I've come across two cases where I have two items separated either by a vertical line | or a bullet *. Here is one of the cases with an arrow pointing at the bullet: So my question is, ...
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How to choose the right orientation for a specific tablet app?

I'm going to work on a tablet application, for which I cannot decide if it should have vertical or horizontal interface. While I cannot reveal details of the project, I can tell that this app is going ...
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Banner Ad placement in a mobile app

Where should you put banner advertising in a mobile app? Specifically take this mockup for example. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A8HcBC7CQAEuQnd.png:large Above title? Below title? Below navbar? ...
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What are best tactics to get pre-subscribers to an app soon to be released for a local market? [closed]

The title says it all. Any and all tips / tactics you found that worked for you when getting an app out there are welcome.