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Filter vs Page Tabs?

Any UX issues, mainly on consistency, on mixing “filter based tabs” and “page based tabs” in a reporting system? Filter Tabs: In the below example, the content columns will remain the same however it ...
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How important is consistently formatted sample data

We provide customizable sample data for users of our application. It is basically a text file that takes the form: ObjectName - human readable name All our system cares about is the object name,...
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Consistency or best ui control?

I'm working on an app where there are multiple pages where there are a range 2-6 choices of a specific filter. Is it better to use the same control (dropdown) since for each page for consistency or ...
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Why is low contrast between active and inactive window title bars considered a good thing?

It seems like recently, there is a movement toward applications forcing a color scheme on the user as well as using custom-drawn windowing elements, particularly title bars, with very low contrast ...
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Contextual sidebar and consistency

I am designing a website service for coin collectors and have a question regarding navigation. The control flow is as follows: User selects country (from map or an alphabetized list). User selects a ...
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How does the choice of transaction models ACID or BASE affect UX design?

How does the choice of database transaction models: ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Duratbility) or BASE (Basic Availability, Soft State and Eventual Consistency) affect UX design? Can ...
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Consistent nav items between pages?

I'm making a portfolio site with a few pages on a standard nav bar: Home, Contact, Portfolio, About, Career As this site is to showcase my skills it is leaning heavily toward "design" as opposed to ...
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Gaceful alternate to consistency in date entry

I am using a html5 native datepicker which does almost everything what I need, which includes Assisted keyboard operability (it jumps from month to date to year without having user enter the ...
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Different design patterns for the same action within the same app

I'm working on a large website editor application, and in order to achieve the "best" initial designs I have slightly different versions of UI patterns according to the context in which they're being ...
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How to avoid datepicker to ensure keyboard flow and still maintaining consistency across the app?

There are some features in my app which have high frequency of usage and the task involving those features are expected to be completed very fast. These features involve kind of serial data entry ...
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Should I focus on consistency or flexibility for user experience design?

I am building a complex system to manage a bunch of data. I am struggling in whether to focus on consistency or flexibility. Or maybe its just the best practice in how these systems are suppose to be ...
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Can you have too many product images on a product page?

We have an ability to make original high quality product images for most of our products. We're selling handheld radios which are used often so it's important to show people the design of a product. ...
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Which way locks? / Which way is locked?

This is in regards to every lock that turns 90-degrees. Meaning, not combination locks and unconventional locks. Let's just restrict it to: Deadlocks Door locks The keyhole on the other side of a ...
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Should I be more worried about creating a consitent UI among platforms or creating native expiriences? [duplicate]

I am starting to develop for all three major mobile platforms (Android, iOS, and Windows UWP), and have run into a UX issue a few times. Each platform has it's own design guide. Android has Material, ...
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How to display last page in pagination if one more than shown pages?

I'm working on a pagination plugin that lets users choose how many pages they want to show at a time out of the total, like in this example the user set it to show 4 pages out of the 100 available ...
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Why is sugar not in a shaker?

At most restaurants that I've seen, the middle of the table is set up with: One salt shaker One pepper shaker A small dish of a few sugar packets Why isn't sugar put in a shaker like salt and ...
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Should different field types have instructions that are formatted differently?

The development team (which includes me) and the QA team were having a conversation about the formatting of tips for user creation on the enrollment page of our application. Some members of the team ...
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Should button positions ever rearrange depending on available functionality?

In this example I have 4 product types. (Left hand tabs). There are some option buttons within those products (colour, fabric, Fingers and 'on sale') which, on selection will trigger additional option ...
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Consistency on tables with readonly / disabled fields (including inputs, dropdowns and buttons)

In a table (datatable) I have editable rows as you can see in the mockup. Under some conditions rows' input, dropdown and button must be readonly or disabled (unchangeable). The important note here ...
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Expected behavior of the Back button in a non sequential process?

I'm working on an app that lets the user combine different options to build a product. The process is as follows: Screen 1. A first screen where the user decides what to build. Screen 2. Second ...
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Support consistency or primary user journey?

Here's my question. Should a button with an important action such as "Preview" always have the same visual appearance and poisitioning or should it change according to the primary user journey? Let'...
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Different styling for different tooltips on a single page?

I am working on a web application, and we are focusing very much on the consistency of the look&feel. When we are designing tooltip styles, we can see there is the 'plain style' tooltip and all ...
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Layout changing without user control

I am having this idea pushed at work where the layout of information should change dependent on the amount of different items we have to display. Let me be specific: If up to 12 we should show the ...
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Why is the groundfloor G on some lifts, and 1 on others?

The lift at my work for example, groundfloor is '1' and the next floor up is '2' and so on. Whereas other lifts, ground floor is 'G' and the next floor up is '1'. Is there a reason for this ...
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What is best practice for consistency across different products?

We have a debate in the organization (a small startup) on what should be consistent across our two web based products. However, the target user group is different for each product and the use cases ...
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Is lack of redundancy or visual consistency more important?

I was checking out at a convenience store recently and the card reader asked if the the amount of money it was going to charge me matched my expectations. It looked something like this: I laughed ...
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Is it important to maintain consistency even at the expense of aesthetics?

I'm working on a website at the moment which has been using one particular font family since the beginning of time. Problem is that when the font weight becomes bold, the font's ugliness increases by ...
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Why does the caps lock key have a down arrow as its icon?

The caps lock key has a downwards arrow like this as its icon on most keyboards: Isn't that hugely counter intuitive and inconsistent with the way the Shift key is designed like? One would imagine ...
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How to keep your app consistent while adding new unique features? [closed]

Once you design your main look and feel of your app .. you may start adding new features .. that requrie new interactivity .. how to stay consistent with youe previous behaviours ?
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Navigation drawer icon vs Back icon (Android & iOS)

I'll use Gogobot as an example. From the home page of the app, the user can click the "Trending" link, to navigate to the trending page. In this workflow, the icon in the top left becomes a back/up ...
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Inconsistencies in hamburger menu direction a mobile vs desktop problem?

This question isn't about placement of the hamburger icons nor is it about the usefulness. I've noticed on several websites/apps that the direction in which the hamburger icon opens a menu differs. ...
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Visual consistancy in mobile

I'm working in a mobile version of a webapp suite (30 modules). It's a enterprise context. So, i've tried to create a different approach of the web. And i got this doubt: The visual consistency (...
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Do users know that clicking the logo on a website will take them to home page? [duplicate]

I had a discussion with a colleague about using "Home" link in main (top) navigation. I know that I should give more options to users, so, my question is not about I should use "Home" link or logo ...
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How worried should I be about action consistency across multiple pages?

I'm working on part of a redesign for a big, enterprise web application. This part has the user managing a bunch of settings that govern how the rest of the application is used. These screens follow ...
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When designing a form, should I favor consistency over optimal usability for each input?

I was reading this question and this thought occurred to me: When I am designing medium or longer length forms in a web interface I often favor consistency in choosing the input mediums for the ...
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Should toggling icon indicate current status or new status? [duplicate]

I'm working on a data-mgmnt app and came across this deeply philosophical question: I have an icon to represent if a record is locked or not. And if the record is not locked, it can be locked by ...
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Behavior of close button and X

If a window has both a Close button and an X on the upper right corner, should clicking each of these have the same behavior? I am working with a vendor file transfer application. There is a windows ...
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How to handle “consistency” when the meaning of the word isn't…consistent?

We are currently beta testing a new top bar design on meta for the Stack Exchange network. There is an ongoing discussion about "consistency" and the top bar behavior when one clicks on an element. ...
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Complex Forms and Data Consistency

I have a complex data input view that you can see in this mockup: As you can see I have n Parameters (~20) by n Catgories (~3-5), and each parameter has a pretty complex set of inputs. Example ...
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Should my menus drop down on hover + on click or just on click?

I have a web application that currently has menus that drop down 'on hover'. This is obviously an issue on tablets, etc. where there is no hover equivalent. So, I need to add an 'on click' ...
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iTunes, iOS and Apple inconsistent about GB vs GiB [closed]

Does anyone know of the story behind this specific UI? I mean I get the base 2 vs base 10 math but whichever route you pick, shouldn't there be consistency? Or is there a story behind this? 2^30 vs ...
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Should a sidebar containing options or properties be placed on the left or right in an app?

I'm writing a tasks app for Ubuntu Touch. In the home page, I have a list of projects in a sidebar on the left, with a list of tasks on the right: When a user clicks a task, he is taken to a page ...
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User interface consistency: adding print function inside a popup window

I have a tabbed program which is shown in the screenshot below which manages activities in a calendar. Activities can also contain shared documents and attachments which can be viewed selecting an ...
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Skeuomorphism or OS-consistency?

Skeuomorphic UIs should give the user something that looks like a familiar object, presumably making it easier for them to understand what it should do and how it should be used. Even if the UI isn't ...
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Is it okay to use breadcrumb navigation on some pages and not on others?

Breadcrumbs would be redundant for some of my pages and quite pointless, but effective on others which are a bit deeper. Is it bad practice to only implement breadcrumbs on some of the pages?
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Consistency on container, or item type?

I have a question which relates to the attached image. I have a sidebar with a thumbnail image which relates to three types of items - images (mainly) - pdf's and videos. When someone lands on a PDF, ...
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Consistent UI with different actions

I've got a bit of a dilemma and was wondering if you could help. In a checkout flow the user has a choice between collection of tickets at the store, or from a kiosk in a complex. The store select ...
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Is it useful to have all the input controls in a form the same width? [duplicate]

All the input controls are the same size in this question about form design: Why might right aligned field labels be better? My question is if does it help with something, or it is just a matter of ...
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Having two different label alignments in one website / application

I've come to learn that label alignments have their purposes: top-aligned / right-aligned for faster completion (usually for forms asking common information) while left-aligned for slowing down ...
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Jumping progress bar or running process indicator?

I'm developing a process with a predefined number of steps to complete so while process is running I can know how far the process has gotten and how much is there still to be done. My process ...