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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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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 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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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 ...