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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 ...
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Best pattern for international address forms?

I've noticed an emerging pattern in web-based forms is to put the country field before city/state. This is contrary to how we would normally fill out an address on paper, but it allows us to have ...
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Including interaction on a graph

I'm doing some design work for a client on an iOS app and I've got a question about adding interactivity to a graph. It's a wine app and the idea is a user answers some questions and the app creates ...
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UI Design Patterns for image upload and management

We are looking for best in class design patterns for image upload and management for advertising? Specifically services that convey to the user all the needed sizes and aspect ratios for their ...
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What is it about our mental models that app-centric seems more intuitive than content-centric?

I always thought that content-centric was the easiest for people to deal with, i.e. "I want to change this document", and not "Let's run this app so I can then change that document". It seems that ...
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What pattern should I use for merging data display tables

I have a situation where i'm splitting one huge table (it is beyond 3 folds of screen) and creating two tables (one is new and other is updated version of old) Which are again huge in terms of ...
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Pattern Library Software

I've been looking at a recent A List Apart article on creating pattern libraries. They point to a few example pattern libraries: A List Apart Code for America MailChimp Now working in a UX Team ...
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Too many text-only buttons

I support a rich client line-of-business Windows application. Several of my forms have started to get bogged down with an array of buttons specific to that form. These buttons have historically been ...
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What do you call the UI design pattern where “new feature” text appears on load in a popover?

I'm trying to think of the term that describes the design pattern of placing instructional text about a new feature inside a popover. It's like a coach mark, yet not in the traditional sense with a ...
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Why the X is the symbol associated to the “Close application” action?

I was wondering about the reason of the choose of the X as symbol used to represents the "Close application" operation.
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Adding an item to a pop up list

I have a form in which a user can select multiple tags via a pop-up window (multi-select with check boxes). The tags are maintained in admin/settings section. It is not a good experience if the user ...
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UI/UX in an Agile Development Environment

I'm working with a company on a medium-large scale web application. The application is to replace existing applications, manual, and electronic processes. This project is on a tight deadline, and is ...
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How to mockup conflicting user preferences

I wanted some ideas for a mockup for a preferences page. Basic problem is how to deal with global preferences - e.g. I only want to get SMS not email conflicting with product preferences - e.g. some ...
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Where to find examples of admin layouts?

I am a software engineer. Every app I work on includes the need to create, read, update, and delete records. There is a list of records. You can add a new record. You can view, edit, or delete a ...
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What are the Design Patterns to indicate something has been clicked?

There are different Design Patterns to indicate something was clicked depending on whether it's text (changing the link color) or an image (special clicked picture). I'm looking for an effect that ...
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Frameworks for web applications with UX focus [closed]

Which web technology frameworks focus on UX (and accessbility) for web applications?
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Should I enable hover dropdowns?

I was reading this article about tips & tricks for Bootstrap 3 and it has a trick for a hover dropdown (so you don't have to click before a menu pops up). Should I enable this? Is it generally ...
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Which way do arrows point on a tabbed web page?

Which way are arrows supposed to point on a tabbed web page? Towards the selection or towards the body of the selection? An awkward scenario seems to arise when a user selects another item and the ...
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Autosave UI pattern

I'm developing a web app that puts great focus on simplicity and "just-use" mentality. The basic idea is to write notes. When planning the concept, we where very positive towards the idea of ...
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What is the pattern to show closely coupled data?

Like tab structure is used for showing not closely coupled data. Is there a pattern to show tightly coupled data. For Example: I have a record of a person with following categories. 1: ...
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Term for a top menu that appears when scrolling up?

I am experiencing more and more pages using this style of top menu. When you scroll the page downwards, all is fine, but as soon as you need to scroll up for some reason (such as to read the ...
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What are the considerations of allowing users to change their usernames? [extended] [closed]

extended from stackoverflow Some applications use usernames and some don't. Some allow changing of usernames and some don't. I would like to know the pros and cons of allowing users to change their ...
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Table data in Mobile phones

I want to display a table with 4/5 columns and possibly 100 rows (as in desktop app right now) in smartphones. The table cells are also editable. Now we want to port this desktop app to smartphones ...
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On mobile web app, where should primary & delete buttons go?

I'm looking at designing a web app for that allows users to view details info of an item and do one of 3 things Create another item by "copying" the current one (primary action) Edit specific ...
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How can I determine the appropriate color,font for a website based on target group? [closed]

I am a web designer and often my clients ask me these kind of questions: What kind of site colors reflect my product? If my target group is of low income, what kind of colors/shapes does my website ...
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Advantages/disadvantages of a ring or stair design for long page websites

I'm currently planning for my personal website, which I plan to make as a long page website. (See this for an example of a long page website) As how I imagine my Experience section, it will ...
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Speech Bubbles meaning

I am developing a toon story to illustrate my company's offerings. May be I'll use a landing page, or just create it on the home page. I have 3 actors in it, a cab driver, a bpo company owner and ...
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What pattern is used on LinkedIn's profile strength meter?

On LinkedIn, there is a pattern/widget that is used in several places. Most notably, it is on the right hand side of your LinkedIn profile, which shows how complete your profile is. When you hover on ...
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Energy Labeling Rule - how to make it user friendly?

Starting next, consumer electronic e-retailers will be required to display the applicable label or icon “clearly and conspicuously and in close proximity to the covered product’s price” so that ...
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How to define/classify messages and notifications in web applications

I have seen content from various style guides and UX guidelines about this, and was wondering if there is a much more simple system to create a consistent and easy to implement design for various ...
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Is content teasing effective?

so lately I've been wondering, if there's any research on efficiency of content teasers, and by that I mean blurred content (for example: answers to questions) with registration button. My main ...
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Why is 1366x768 considered by some to be the standard widescreen for modern laptops?

I have a 13" MacBook Pro (mid-2012) but it is limited to 1280x800. The other resolutions available to me, when I go to system preferences, are 1152x720, 1024x768, 1024x640, and 800x600. Presumably, ...
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Pattern to show related fields with Boolean value

I am working on an application which show the employee's personal detail in a read only format. The form contains some fields which contains closely related fields where the answers are generally Yes ...
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How to avoid conflict with potential simultaneous moderation of the same item?

I've got an upcoming project where there can be literally thousands of submissions at any one given time that need to be manually reviewed before publication (or rejection). So, there needs to be ...
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What's the name of this pattern (submitting an entry which gets added to a table)?

In this example the user would enter an item number and add it to the list: Does this particular pattern has a name?