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Guidelines for autocomplete widgets

What guidelines exist when working with autocomplete widgets? I'm hoping for general guidelines that apply across different application types: web, desktop, and mobile. A response to a Search as you ...
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How to signal the user must add a minimum number of images to continue?

I'm making a utility where users rate images from favorite to least favorite. In the creation flow, the user must add at least two images, and is given the option to provide a title or description. ...
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Can I use a control NOT specified by Material Design?

Material Design has a comprehensive set of components, but no design framework can reasonably hope to cover all widgets. Many of the UX StackExchange questions on Material Design on this site relate ...
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What are the conventions for keyboard shortcuts in Windows and OSX?

Keyboard shortcuts in Windows appear to follow some sort of convention based on the modifier key, but I can't figure out precisely what it is. Here is my current best guess: Ctrl often execute ...
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iOS using tabs in modal view to show camera/multiple photo galleries

In our app there are many pages of forms, and each page can have (or requires) photos attached to them. Photos can come from the camera, photos previously taken, or a view of certain photos from the ...
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Should I make an effort to prevent trivia questions from being repeated too quickly?

I'm coding up a fairly simple trivia game. Right now, I have about 350 different pairs of questions and answers. Each question is chosen at random from the 350 before it is displayed. While it's ...
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What is the name for the technique used on Yammer, LinkedIn etc profile pages?

The technique I mean is where the profile page will say "You have completed 60% of your profile, fill in your x, y and z to get to 100%". I think this is a very powerful technique but I can't remember ...
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Allowing Users to Create Unions, Intersections, and Subtractions of Group Contents

I have a design challenge for allowing users to create unions, intersections, and subtractions of groups. The end goal of this is to create a subset of the different group contents, which can be ...
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Are there any established patterns or models for haptic feedback?

With the rise of smart watches and other haptic-enabled peripherals, it seems inevitable that there will need to be a set of established patterns that will be immediately (or with the smallest ...
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“Compare products” functionality on a product listing

Are there any good practices when it comes to "Compare products" functionality on product listings? I would like to do some A/B testing with different ones, but to be honest I have not seen something ...
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Is a “Clear input” button only for search fields?

I noticed that the "Clear button" are usually found in search fields: Why is it so uncommon for this button to appear in other input fields. For example this small configuration form:
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Shopping cart in store management software

I'm currently designing a store management application to be used by employees of certain stores. At many points within the processes of this store, the user should be able to search the database of ...
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Filtering results in a given radius [closed]

I have the following structure on the server : Parent -> child object. I have around 30-40 parents which each parent has 1-10 childs. A user can search children at a given point in a given a radius, ...
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Begin the column at the top of the title or at the top of the first main content text block?

On our homepage we have a content and a column with some boxes. What is the better approach: 1. Begin the first column box at the top of the title: 2. Begin the first column box at the top of the ...
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Design pattern for merging duplicate contacts?

Have you seen any good examples of applications (web or desktop) that make it easy for a user to identify and merge duplicate contacts or other records? We need our users to manually approve the merge ...
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UI design pattern, or excellent example, for repeat delivery

Suppose I'm running a website that does repeat deliveries (e.g., ship you a Nuttella sandwhich and a tin of spam once a week). Are there any prevailing UI design patterns for displaying a customer's ...
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Should “Deletion successful” confirmation be red, or green?

What color should a deletion confirmation message be? This is related to the question Should 'yes, delete it' be red, or green?, but different because this question asks about a passive confirmation ...
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When should you use a modal dialog box?

There seems to be an increasing use of modal dialog boxes on the web, but when should you use them? Why would you choose to use them instead of inline controls or another page, and when should you ...
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Introducing a new pattern vs learned pattern

Assume that I have a heat map UI showing company stocks. The current pattern that users have been exposed to for the past 2 years is dark green being low value and light green being high value. To me, ...
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What do you call websites that make heavy use of vertical scrolling?

This question is similar to Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern? I see a lot of modern websites moving to larger, singular pages with more content and more vertical scrolling. This is often ...
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Is it better for website accessibility to have the menu before or after the content

I have seen two approaches to menu/content markup order in relation to accessibility for keyboard only users: Menu first then content with a skip to content link at the top Content first then menu ...
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Pattern for multiple roles that have access to different parts of the same view?

Imagine I have two roles: Administrator Teacher Imagine a view Class Administrator has a subset of the functions allowed in the class view: Create a new class Name the class Add/remove students ...
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Best practice to include developer's area inside user's account options

In this concept, normal users see an option for "signing up as developer" then they would receive access to developer's options. the normal way I assume is like this: But I think of some ...
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Tooltips to shorten your content

At my job there is no UX expert, which can be frustrating since most of the daily discussions I have with colleagues is about user experience / interaction. Right now there is a discussion regarding ...
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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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Tables with a lot of rows - where should the delete option be?

Question regarding how to handle large tables with many rows: Where should the delete option be? I see many examples placing the delete icon or text on the far-right of the row. Is this best ...
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Data tables - what's column should be first?

When creating a table with a lot of rows and a number of columns, what is the recommendation for which column should be first and most important? An example scenario for the data table would be a ...
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How to Display Occasional Announcements on a Website?

I’d like to add an announcement banner or an element with the same functionality (e.g. alert, button) to a website to notify users about an upcoming survey. It should contain a call for participation, ...
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How can I design a 'non-linear' user permission table with two column relationships?

I'm exploring the idea of using a two column relationship to deal with granting user permissions. The left column has rows where the user can be granted a 'view' or 'edit' permission in each cell row. ...
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What are the manage tools for “One-Person UX Team”? [closed]

Context: I am working as a UX, interaction and graphic designer on an enterprise web app. The team has never have a designer before and all design was done by developers and project managers who would ...
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How to display AND / OR groups and exclusions

I hope I'm able to describe this functionality effectively. We have a feature which allows a user to create "Authenticator Groups". The groups determines how a user can register. There are "Allowed" ...
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Android design convention for saying a user needs to complete an action first?

I've read the Android design conventions, but can't see a good solution. I have a 3 tab mobile application. Tabs 2 and 3 need a selection made on screen 1 before they will work. The user enters at ...
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Does a log in/sign up field always have to be top right?

Best practice says that log in/sign up fields should always be top right of the website, no arguments there. There seems to be a trend towards simply having "Sign up here. Or log in if you already ...
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How prominent should the deactivate account function be?

Our app allows users to interact with multiple accounts. When any one account has outlived it's usefulness, it can be deactivated. Although users can still navigate to deactivated accounts, most ...
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Where did the pattern of displaying username in the top right emerge?

What was the initial intention of displaying the user's name along with the avatar on the top right of the app-bar? This is fairly common in some sites like Facebook, OneDrive etc., while other ...
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Avatar vs Profile Picture vs Display Picture

I have noticed that on message boards, that we use the name avatar for the picture on our profiles. On Facebook and Twitter they are called profile pictures, and on Skype it is called Display Picture. ...
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What is the best way to indicate required fiels for deskop style web apps? [duplicate]

I am interested for best practices for indicating required fiels for deskop style web apps.
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Link-heavy web GUI patterns

There is an enterprise system where all entities are interconnected. Let's say we have following entities for a example: Customer, Order, Product, Contact, Employee. The preferred GUI style is ...
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What is the best pattern to distribute items into several buckets

Let's consider the following: A company wants to ship 3 types of fruits (apples, watermelons, strawberries) between two cities. Company has got 3 cars that can be loaded with fruits. Each car has a ...
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How can you show human element without showing pictures of people?

With a company that changes all the time, how can you show the personal touch of human interaction without showing pictures of humans? Essentially, blurring the line between technology and people, ...
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How to represent optional fields?

I've read somewhere, that if you have more required fields than optional, best practice is to mark the optional form fields. However I think that asterisk notation for required fields is a widely ...
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What is the standard design pattern for file sharing?

I want to know if there is any design pattern for file sharing between devices or users. How can I chop down some steps without compromising the user experience for the file sharing. Actually, the ...
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What is the sorting order for displaying tiles on a multi-column layout

The use of a tile or card design pattern to present information as a replacement for the conventional list and table view presents a rather interesting challenge for programmers when they have to ...
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Why Google and Facebook use one text field by page for account creation?

I would like to know if there is some reason to have the account creation tunnel that way. Is it only because user focus more on an action by page?
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Picking a hymn with a minimum numbers of clicks from main menu

I am building an android app (hymn book). Users need to pick a particular hymn with a minimum number of clicks from the main menu. The problem is that the hymns are around 800+ and will keep ...
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Why do radio buttons precede the labels?

Radio buttons always seem to precede the label and not the other way around. Is there any reason for this? Don't user first read the label before selecting a radio button? Does this have to do ...
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Action requires users leave and interact with another site, how to ensure they come back?

I have a scenario in which a user must copy code from a Site A, paste it into the source code of Site B, then return to Site A to confirm the action was successful. What's the best way to make ensure ...
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Any online tool for creating style guide [closed]

My client has 10-12 years old web system. It includes websites, widgets, applications, different online forms etc. I could not find any pattern/ consistency across. Considering ongoing projects, I ...
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Canonical names for GUI design patterns

In communication with colleagues and clients, which authority (website, book, …) should one refer to for canonical names of GUI design patterns (for web pages, mobile apps, desktop applications etc.)? ...
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What's the best way to show resize handles for objects

I'm working on a web-based editor that lets people include shapes, images and different kind of objects on an interface. Considering this, they must be able to resize the objects, place them anywhere ...