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

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Pattern for navigating by typing text in a text-field

I am working on an application which has a very dense UI with lots of menu items. Is there a UI Pattern for navigating to different screens by typing text in a text-field? The keyboard focus is on ...
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Evidence of Button-action and Link-action in the same scope?

When I started to know GUI in the early 1990s there were always the same type of control to perform an action of the same type, even though the action was different as in [OK] [Cancel] and [Yes] [No]. ...
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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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Best practice for displaying no of records on datagrid

I am designing a banking application where i have a record count of over 1000 rows. I wanted to understand the ideal design patterns for pagination and displaying rows on a data grid. I am ...
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Good example of a Keyboard Shortcut Manager implementation [closed]

I am implementing a keyboard shortcut manager in which the user can assign shortcut keys to global (or contextual) commands in a Windows desktop application. Note that the application has load of ...
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Where do people get web design patterns/inspiration from?

I like to think I come up with original concepts as and when I can but I do find it really gives me a kick start when I can see examples of what other people have been doing to inspire my own design ...
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Multiple instances of a Property Editor

I am designing an application in which several kind of user objects have properties. When clicking an object, the properties of the object would be shown in a pane similar to the Properties pane in ...
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Are mega footers good UX? [duplicate]

I've noticed that several websites — especially universities and web development sites — have recently started placing mega-menus in their footers. Here are some examples of what I ...
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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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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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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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How would you design a two stage bar chart drill down?

A common design pattern I've used is using a horizontal bar chart to visualize numeric data about a series, and a click through drilldown that discloses a pane with more detailed information about the ...
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How to visualize similarity of one file to another?

Problem My file-system is a mess, over the years I've been accumulating way too many downloads I didn't care to uncompress and organize, code that was subject to endless copy+pastes and improvements ...
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Documented guidelines for one-handed mobile phone interfaces

I'm trying to come up with user interface ideas for a mobile app that can be entirely used with your thumb while holding the phone with one hand. While I've looked at Apple's guidelines it doesn't ...
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What to call UI element like 'like' or 'mark as favorite' ?

Is it a kind of button? Do such UI components have a specific name?
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Is there a particular reason contextual content areas and menus aren't more prevalent in web applications?

I'm developing a user-driven sandbox application, wherein the user (more or less) builds their interface. In my preliminary web design drafts, I've found myself favoring a contextual content area at ...
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Alternative to a columns of checkboxes in a table

Here's the scenario: A Person has a bunch of Accounts. Accounts may (or may not) have Services attached to it depending on the type of Account. Currently there are two types of Service (indicated by ...
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What is a good UI metaphor for switching roles user plays in the application?

I am building a conference/tradeshow application where a user can assume multiple roles within the application and within a particular conference. For example a user can be an attendee, and have ...
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How to place text and a gallery side by side without giving more relevance to one or the other?

I have some galleries and some text (2 o 3 word pages) attached to each gallery. Until now I've had a gallery and the text in two different pages, with a link bar to switch between one and the other. ...
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What is the best way to organize all UI elements of a website in one place?

I'm looking for a good way to help us organize and keep track of the latest version of UI elements. The simple way I've found is to have one big file, maybe 10000 X 10000 pixels with all your UI on ...
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How would a perfect overview for 400 competitors look like?

I have to create an overview for a competition with about ±400 competitors. They are separate in the "best 100"-group and the others. A random number of competitors shown as thumbnails with (if so) ...
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A use case for popups?

I had always believed that popups, opening in new browser windows, were bad practice for various reasons including: Breaking the flow, bad for accessibility, potential to hide content etc. While ...
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Handling space constrained interfaces with many meta data options

I have the equivalent of a timeline with individual objects that can have many options. The issue is that the visual representation must remain constrained to easily read the timeline. The current ...
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Using a table within a mega drop down

I've a quick question about combining a mega drop down with a tabular list view. Ideally I'd prefer jut to have the list to pick from but the list also requires sorting. I'm not really sure that this ...
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In place editing in search result and searching again

I am looking for existing solutions to a user interface problem. My users have the ability to search in a list of items. The items can be either single or composite items. In the search result the ...
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UI Patterns for tables with many columns

I have a table with many columns,this table displays without scroll only on 21 inch and larger monitors. If there is a ui pattern for tables with many columns?
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Data to reinforce the 'large login form fields' style?

We're working on a site that requires the user to login to use. We designed a sparse login page with a large login form. Akin to Gmail: This seems to be the trend as of late. And it makes sense for ...
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Pattern to display Many to Many Relationships in two grids

Following is the data that needs to be displayed, to which the user can make changes or add new entries. For capturing a contract, there is a set of documents that is maintained and for each document ...
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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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Is it appropriate in a touch-based mobile web app to place the equivalent of “apply” in the header?

I'm creating a mobile web app for modern touch-based browsers, and I'd like to know if it's appropriate to put the equivalent of an apply / search / go / view results / proceed button in a thin ...
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Using scrolling up from pageload to reveal additional content

There are certain sites have a pattern where the page loads, and then if a user scrolls up, additional content is presented. I know that NBCNews.com does this with certain pages, and I've been told ...
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Remove items already owned from library

My scenario is: You have a library of courses. These courses can be added to your own "my courses". When you already have a course in your "my courses" should it still display in the library ...
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tab menu + side panel - how to organize menu and “context menu”

I have a dashboard, with tab menu (tabs over the content) and a side panel with a vertical menu. My question is. i would like to make one menu (tab or side panel) as first level menu and the other ...
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How to use topic maps

Some time ago I found a very interested technology: Topic Maps. It solves to find information and to share knowledge. One of examples of this technology is presented on this site. See "tags", ...
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Name of this semi ubiquitous pattern in Google Now search field?

With Android JellyBean, Google introduced Google Now, which is a fantastic addition in itself as far as I'm concerned. One interesting feature usability wise, something that dmh pointed out in a ...
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New design pattern for tagging documents?

Working on the design of platform for keeping annotations, I came up with a new way of tagging items, which I call 'Drag to tag': Drag the tag to the words that are typical for the webpage to add ...
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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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What is the expected result for mouse inputs in web based applications?

Clearly left-click is the most common, but how often are others like right-click and double-click used? What is the distribution frequency of those inputs? What is the expected result of those mouse ...
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Examples of patterns for multiple file uploads using drag and drop?

I've been working on an app that involves making an application for a permit. Applicants typically need to upload 5-16 documents (drawings and specifications) before they submit their applications. ...
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What is the author referring to with “UX mail lists”?

After reading a Boxes and Arrows article by Stephen Turbek (packed with UXy goodness) I am unfamiliar with the phrase "UX mail lists" in context. Is the author actually suggesting a pattern library ...
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What's the best UX option to help users choose between three items

So, I'm trying to use an optimal UX design for three choices that are responses to questions. The three choices are choice 1, choice 2 and "I don't know." Currently, I've been considering using radio ...
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Real example of inline edit

I am looking for an example of use of inline edit pattern (one of the Yahoo! Patterns library) for my work in the University. I founded examples of Table Edit (like spreadsheet) but this patterns ...
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UI Options for Displaying Connected Apps / Managing App Connections

I am searching hard to find a nice way to show connections/interactions between various individual apps within an app store. This is important for two reasons: Certain apps exist mainly to ...
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Patterns and models for representing Many-to-many relationships in interface design

I seem to spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to design User Interfaces for many-to-many database relationships. There are lots of resources available to assist with the data-modelling ...
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Information on various patterns for log in/join and in which context to use them? [closed]

Does anyone have any information regarding log in and register interactions, specifically which patterns to use in which contexts? For example: A site where you can view most of the content without ...
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When designing (UX/IA) a property search system what are some important things to remember?

I'm designing the UX for a property search system. The platform is FSIS. I am basically looking for best practices in doing a Faceted Search while being able to incorporate many refiners based off the ...
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Examples of magnification/zoom to see details [closed]

I'm looking for examples of interfaces where the user is shown part of the UI enlarged or magnified so they can perform a detailed task. One example would be the magnified text on an iPhone when ...
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Is there a standard way to indicate a suggestive search (autocomplete) in a wireframe form?

I'm designing an interface, and I'm currently creating a wireframe to guide me before developing it. I know that a particular form will make suggestions, but if I were to, say, get another developer ...
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UI patterns for data composition

More specifically, I would like to create an interface which Takes input from one or multiple sources. Makes it possible to process on these inputs Provides a way to capture the output. One way I ...
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Name that pattern: Notifications on reaching bottom of page

Over the last couple of months I have begun to see a pattern, but I don't know what it's called. The concept is that when a user scrolls to the end of the page, or a point close to the end of the ...