Reusable solutions for commonly occurring problems in user interface and user experience design.

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strategies for applying properties to many items

I'm working on a web application where one of the workflows centers around the configuration of a large number of items. An important part of this configuration is applying one or more properties to ...
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Deliberate Barriers to Entry in Web Design

ACHICA.com has taken the "members only club" concept to a level I've never seen online; you can hardly view anything on the site without registering. This is the first time I've seen barriers to entry ...
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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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Is it OK to have a global navigation tab link to another site?

My organisation, which provides information and advice, is starting to sell things online as well. The 'shop' will be run on a different platform and is effectively a different website (but will be ...
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How to represent a one time action

I am doing serious games and simulations and I sometimes have the need to represent actions to the user that they can only do once. Basically the user issues a command that only needs to be done once. ...
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Alternatives to Datagrids

I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations of alternative ways of presenting data that is "tabular" than a datagrid. Can anyone point to some examples of this?
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Favourite site with examples of well-designed web ui elements [closed]

Please list your favourite site for finding examples of well designed web elements, one per answer so they can be upvoted individually. Explain why it is good in the answer
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is there a name for the itunes selection design pattern [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: UI: name of multiple column interface? you know: with multiple select boxes arranged horizontally, with selection filtering from left to right....
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Clicking twice to edit filename - what are the reasons for this pattern?

Like we all know, one can edit a file or folder name in Windows Explorer by either right clicking and choosing "Rename" from the context menu OR by highlighting the file by left-clicking, and clicking ...
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How many interface designs are necessary beyond the initial mockup phase?

Every time we start a new software project at my company, we will go to great lengths figuring out the best and most user friendly interface possible. We often have many reasons for the decisions we ...
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Any good design patterns for managing columns in data-intensive/spreadsheet views?

I'm trying to move away from the "build a list" pattern we currently employ to manage what columns are shown. The disconnect and lack of "directness" between the table itself and this dialog is ...
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Design patterns for Search

I know this may sound very generic question, but I am forced to post this to understand different patterns of search. I am working on a content oriented site which contains various types ...
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What's the standard interaction pattern for bulk edit / delete actions on windows phones?

I'm looking for the standard pattern for windows phone for bulk actions like delete, archive or move. I mean, for example: How is the user supposed to delete multiple items at once. I couldn't find ...
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Redesigning a My Account Page, What kind of navigation is best?

I have had this low priority pet project to redesign the My Account page on our site, http://www.yousendit.com, and since this has been on the back-burner for so long, I cannot determine the right ...
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Best Web UI for Large Amounts of Data Input

I'm looking for a good solution when users need to enter large amounts of data into a web application. Example A store owner wants to enter 30-40 new products into the system every month. The ...
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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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Industry standard for documenting IxD / UI Design Patterns?

What's the industry-standard way to document a design pattern? I have seen websites like ui-patterns.com and patternry.com that host and share design patterns, but when creating an reusing a design ...
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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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Is there a pattern for cycling or toggling through time periods?

I'm looking for a pattern for toggling between different periods of time. Currently I've prototyped an example which is a single button that, when tapped, will cycle through 3 time periods: by month, ...
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Anyone know of a good pattern library for game UI design? [closed]

I'm a big fan of the Yahoo! Design pattern library. I'm surprised there isn't one for game UI - or at least I don't know of one. Does anyone? Looking for patterns for leaderboards, etc.
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Should all browsers share the same experience?

I'm creating a page that uses history.pushState() which is only supported by html5 browsers. As such, should users of older browsers have a different experience? Here are two options that I can think ...
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Examples of Master/Detail UI for “Social-Style” data [closed]

I'm looking for examples of interfaces that allow users to explore complex, interconnected systems on a variety of levels, from high-level patterns to low-level details. In the mapping world, this ...
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Side navigation menus for Android tablets

The new trend of side navigation menus has taken over Android apps - Facebook, Evernote and now youtube and google+ are all doing the side navigation menu like here: Though it seems like this has ...
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What's the name of the design technique where you make something clearer by using contrast?

For instance, choosing a background color that makes all text stand out better, or giving all hyperlinks a background color the opposite of the color of the actual hyperlinks. An example of this is my ...
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Is it a bad idea to put the logo in the top-right corner and the navigation in the top-left?

Firstly I would like to say that I don't think there is a concrete rule about where the logo on a website should be – but intuitively I think it should be in the top left at least for continuities ...
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How do you handle prohibition inside a “free form” interface?

I come to you with a dilemma that I think is most closely identified with 'user experience.' I'm wireframing a web application, yet this "free form" user area has posed a few interesting challenges. ...
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Should clicking a drop-down menu in a native app a second time close it?

Why do some UIs use drop-down menus that can be closed with a second click, while others do not? It really annoys me when I have to click outside of the menu in order to close it and I accidentally ...
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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 is the difference between a 'slider', a 'gallery' and a 'carousel'?

From a pattern perspective is there a difference? Or are they really different names for the same thing?
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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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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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Displaying a large number of columns in a table

I have a Twitter Bootstrap based table with responsive CSS. Everything looks good but, when I try to put more columns than the size of the table supports, I have a line breaking. I tried to change ...
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How early should you funnel users in a registration process?

As part of a registration form I am building I need to, at some point, differentiate between whether the user is a 'student' or 'professor'. I've seen this handled in two different ways and was ...
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What is the UI pattern used for managing people in Google+ called?

I've tried to find more info on this particular UI pattern Google+ exposes, and I'm sure I've seen it before, but still, I haven't been able to find references to it. If you go to the Circles section ...
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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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What's the name of this type of navigation?

I want to know whats the name of the navigation of these sites bellow: http://www.visitsuffolk.com http://www.ehow.com.br http://www.blogdoplaneta.com I searched for 'responsive grid', but its ...
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Any good examples of interactive map patterns? [closed]

The goal is to design a page that allows the user to easily find a dealer near his/her location. My initial idea was to map the geographical locations on a map of the country. The country map is ...
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A Better alternative to display Hierarchical Data than using TreeView

I am a ASP.net Developer and am looking out for other alternatives to Treeview control. Reason behind is shipping too much of viewstate information for each request. Functionality of treeview would be ...
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What are the advantages of existing real world patterns in Information Architecture

When explaining real data structures to users, companies often use a parallel to the real world to help explain it. An example is the newsstand on an iPhone. When is it a good idea to do something ...
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How to best enter long digits on a small touch device without using keyboard input

my current task is to create an user interface for a mobile strategy game. stuff can be transported from point a to point b. the user can select an amount of stuff between 1 and 1.000.000. it is ...
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Which design pattern is the best option for drilling down into data?

I have quite a large dataset which I need to display to end users. These data are grouped by super group, medium group and junior group. Medium groups are children of super groups, and junior groups ...
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Chrome Options UI Pattern Name

I've been looking for a way to organize hierarchical data. I came across the UI in Chrome Options. I really like it and think will work well for what I need. Is there a name to this pattern? As you ...
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What are some examples or design patterns of an aggregating website with different types of content? [closed]

I'm designing a website that is meant to aggregate on it's homepage different types of contents such as: Blog posts from around the web User generated movies, presentations, documents, pictures etc. ...
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What is the name for a pattern featuring helper text in a semi-transparent overlay?

I am seeing an emerging design pattern in web apps that is used for helping new users get oriented to a page or application. It consists of showing a diagram with succinct helper-text over a ...
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Drag and Drop: Better to avoid drag-n-drop to offscreen elements?

I have a particular web interface in which drag-and-drop may be useful, however, the problem that I see is that the list of items to be dragged could potentially be very long (below the fold). Is it ...
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UI Metaphor or Examples of configuration preset selection

What is a good UI metaphor for selecting from a set of configuration options? The tool I'm designing for has nearly 200 (!) inputs that can be set depending on your particular application and needs. ...
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What nomenclature do you use for UI Elements

Having worked with multiple OSs, platforms and UI Kits I always run into the problem of how to consistently naming things be that larger structures with names like Widgets, Views, Forms, Controls or ...
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Alternative sites devoted to UI micro features

Little Big Details is a microblog that shows screenshots of various user-interfaces, highlighting the the "little" things that make a "big" difference. For example, the latest entry highlights a ...
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Best practice for in-page search algorithms (not SEO for Google or the like)

my team and I are working on a football hub website and we would like to make the in-page search engine as powerful as possible as many uses would like to use search. Q: Are there any best practice ...
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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 ...