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What should the default view of a map be when you don't know a user's location?

I'm working on a project for a company with thousands of global locations. For the 'store locator' the client has asked what is the default view of the map when it's impossible to get GEO IP. I'm kind ...
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Designing for Perpetual Beginners

In About Face 3 Alan Cooper encourages to design for the intermediate user (instead of the beginner or expert). This is due to the fact that users start to pick up on cues and become adept due to ...
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Is there an existing name for this button/loading animation combo?

Has anyone yet heard/come up with a name for this design solution? It combines a loading animation / progress bar into the button itself. The developer refers to it as 'ladda'. ...
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What is the reason to use a Button in an application?

I am writing about design patterns in mobile applications. "Button", apart from being a user control it is also a design pattern used in order to perform some action. I am trying to abstract the ...
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Pattern for adding/removing an item within a form

I've looked around and can't find any pre-existing examples/patterns of an easy way to inline add/remove an item within a form. The scenario is during a process for me to add a new customer to my ...
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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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using subtle animations for page transitions in single page apps?

In so-called "single page applications" for the web, I am seeing a trend, especially in demo applications, where any navigation between sections of the application/site involves a css animation of a ...
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Any research on the usability of the “inline modals” design pattern?

I recently read an article on a design pattern called "inline modals" here: http://uxmovement.com/content/inline-modal-windows-display-new-content-in-page-sections/. I think it's a good pattern that ...
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Separating actions on items from general actions in a toolbar

Rearranging an existing toolbar of ours, I would like to separate between types of action buttons. General actions that applies to the system, e.g. Settings, List actions that applies to the entire ...
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What is the proper name for this UX feature?

When I'm working in a programing IDE, I would call this feature "Code hinting", or "code completion". However, in the context of form field, what would this feature be called? The main reason I am ...
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How can I design an effective GUI for labels and values for an Android Tablet?

I'm trying to create a simple GUI for an android application that will primarily be used on tablets. I have portrait and landscape screenshots of my current GUI. Note that this is literally the only ...
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Time Zones and Calendar Interfaces

I am a systems administrator that schedules when a call center will be open to take calls from hospitals. We have 3 elements: Systems Administrator (Ohio - ET) Call Center (Denver - MT) Hospital ...
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Has anyone ever seen a presentation/article comparing native mobile navigation/UI elements?

I'm looking for a presentation or article where someone goes through all the native UI and navigation elements for different mobile platforms* correlating them to each other and explaining when to use ...
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Interface to merge suggested updates with existing information

I'm building an application that will let a record administrator merge updates submitted by the general public with an internal record. Records include contact information, qualifications, etc. ...
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Should apps' design evolve according to the OS version?

In iOS 7, Apple revamped the whole OS's look and feel. Removing a lot of gloss and 3D stylistic elements. Does this mean that the apps built for iOS 7 must change as well to match this new style? ...
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Does a site with a sticky NAV need NAV elements replicated in the footer?

Does user expectation of the footer pattern necessitate having NAV content repeated in the footer even if the site has a sticky NAV which might find the screen filled with 2 NAVs simultaneously at the ...
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Creating a shared pattern library

I work in a small but growing team of UX designers developing a suite of web applications. It's become obvious that we would benefit from a common pattern library, but are unsure how to get started or ...
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Best way to show one-to-many relationship in a grid?

This is probably the most common issue when it comes to grid/table design; How to display one-to-many relationship such not to repeat the item nested. Please take a look at two solutions I came up ...
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Any standard references that list the entire gamut of GUI widget/controls? [closed]

Are there any comprehensive, standard (or sufficiently good/popular) references/guides that list/detail/categorize the entire gamut of GUI constructs/widget/controls? Some UI controls are common, ...
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Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern?

Why do most of today's websites, especially news and blogs, use mostly vertical scrolling? Also why has it become a pattern, that the more you scroll down you find older material, rather than ...
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Drawing attention to top navigation

I have been asked to draw more attention to the top or main navigation. Home page here. First question: How would you do that? (Boss suggested multi-color boxes.. bad idea to me) Secondly: Drawing ...
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Best way to show exclusive forms?

I have to develop a page with forms that are exclusive each other. What is the best way or best practice to display mutually exclusive forms?
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Is it relevant to be sarcastic/funny when you want a product to be friendly ?

When you're not facing the one you're talking to, without body language, it's hard to communicate what you want him to feel. A good example is those status on Facebook : God damn it, I woke up ...
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What is the difference between anti-patterns and dark patterns

Both are generally bad when they find their way into the user experience of a product and we are advised to know about them but avoid their application. Specifically what is the difference between ...
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What is the best way to display the file and line number to a user?

I am working on a UI to to display a test to the user. I would like to display where it is defined. For example: /path/to/file:line_number Given <this condition> When <I do this> Then ...
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Is there a common term for an editable/searchable drop down field?

What is the common name or design pattern for a UI element which is like a combobox but has the added facility of typing to refine the options returned in the drop down.
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what's the design pattern for the sidebar navigation used by Amazon, NewEgg and LightInTheBox?

See the below navigation examples currently used by Amazon, LightInTheBox and NewEgg. What's the pattern called? The content containing the subcategories would slide out when the mouse is hovering ...
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Best way to get feedback from users [duplicate]

Form fillings through survey or feedback form and even email responses is now getting boring and appears to be a waste of time for many users to click on or even answer. I even revert to "you must ...
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Communicating changes and new feature in my web application

We are currently in the early phases of developing a web application for a client. We have regular sprint demo's during which we take the client through the new features and changes from the last ...
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With infinite scrolling, do scrollbars still make sense?

I noticed this today on Google Plus: Virtual Scrollbar in a Google+ Gallery This is a virtual scrollbar, as opposed to native scrollbars everyone on Windows or pre-Lion OS X does know. Now this ...
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What are the best IxD/UI Pattern libraries? [closed]

Quite a few question as about design patterns for x or y interface. Where are the best design pattern libraries?
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On news apps, how does using a different colour for each category help the user?

On news websites and news apps, a specific colour is often used for the link to each category (background colour or underline colour), and I would like to understand how this is helpful for the user, ...
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Which is the best mobile pattern to use for a form's select box?

I need to design a responsive website with many widgets and forms. I want to provide the best UX to mobile users also when they interact with forms, which is often a nightmare on mobile. You can ...
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Defaulting to show all until user searches?

I am designing an admin page that will be used to manage account information for hundreds to thousands of medical offices (practices). Users will be able to take a few actions on a practice or take ...
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Best UI pattern for letting a user assign items to groups

Problem: the user has a list of about 5-20 uncategorised items and needs to categorize them into 2-4 groups. The tricky part is that the same item can be placed into more than one group (this is an ...
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mobile input feedback design pattern

I am creating email verification in IOS and want to assist the user with verifying they have entered the correct email address before sending confirmation. Some app use an instant input feedback with ...
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Main menu organization and usability patterns

I have a main menu at my application. We are refactoring the UI of the application, and we are thinking about reorganize the menu items. We are considering 2 options: leave as it's alpha sort ...
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Responsive design pattern: Navigation at the bottom + jump link

I recently discovered an interesting design pattern for a responsive design. Instead of collapsing the navigation and show it on click/tap, the navigation 'is there' the whole time in the footer and ...
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Pagination design, reload entire page or reload just the section with data

I am building a search website, which will have results displayed using pagination. I am trying to figure out the best way to implement pagination of these results. User searches for abcd in my ...
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Can I use drag'n'drop interaction in a mobile website?

I'm currently designing a mobile website. My intention was to use interaction patterns like drag'n'drop for some interactive features. E.g. I want to ask users to sort 5 items by personal relevance ...
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Explaining embeddable widgets to not so tech users

I need to design a view for two embeddable widgets (login and calendar) on a web-app for desktop browsers. The view should explain what the widgets are and how should the user set them up. Is there ...
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Require Android UI patterns for making a choice between Camera and Gallery

In my app, I am looking to give the user a choice between two equal actions; choosing to take a picture with a camera, or selecting an image from the gallery. I am looking for a suitable UI ...
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Responsive design Pattern for secondary navigation - is there a way not to swamp the user?

I am having trouble to find a good way to present the user some kind of secondary navigation on smaller screens. On Large screens, it looks something like this: (This one is taken from ...
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When is it acceptable to have *no* main navigation item selected?

In our web application, there's a very conventional top navigation bar, with five or six items. As is pretty common, the user accesses their individual Account Settings form by clicking their username ...
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Can we avoid using a form when creating something?

When the user creates something, let's say a page, an user profile or even a blog post, we can easily imagine a transitory page with a form that requires input. Some fields of can be mandatory and ...
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does anyone know the exactly term about these two type of selection interaction?

Image A is a highlight box moving alone with the icon, focal point with move with the icon. Dose anyone know about this kind of menu type or selection technique's name? Image B is like carousel ...
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Is it 'evil by design' to give logged in users more options?

I am doing some research on whether it is considered good practice (or evil), to give more options to logged in users... there are practical reasons why we may want to do this - eg, we don't want to ...
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Is there an established name for long scrolling web pages? [duplicate]

Is there a name for very long scrolling web pages like the Android KitKat page? I am trying to Google for CSS tutorials and other examples, but have no idea what the design is called.
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What is a good way to display infinite nested comments?

Is there a way to do infinite nested comment threads in a way that doesn't look horrible? I realize that one could simply restrict the levels of nesting, but perhaps there's a better way of indicating ...
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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 ...