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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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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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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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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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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 me....
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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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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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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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CRUD Desktop Best Practice

I always use this design for CRUD Desktop Form: Is it a good design for a CRUD Form? Do you have any suggestions for a better crud desktop form?
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Forgiveness Enabled Dialog Pattern?

I'm working in some workflows, and we've caught a number of possible exceptions (before actually implementing) that might allow the user to correct their actions. We're debating between just sending ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it better for website accessibility to have the menu before or after the content

I have seen two approaches to menu/content markup order in relation to accessibility for keyboard only users: Menu first then content with a skip to content link at the top Content first then menu ...
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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 semi-...
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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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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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Should byline be above or below image?

A client of mine is a large newspaper and they are now doing some changes to their article template. One of the things they want to change is the byline so that it doesn't take up to much space. ...
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How to make apply changes more noticeable?

I have this problem. I'm working with an application that has a live and nonlive mode. It's used in a live show (control lights), so people usually make modifications but they are not supposed to be ...
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Are there any established patterns or models for haptic feedback?

With the rise of smart watches and other haptic-enabled peripherals, it seems inevitable that there will need to be a set of established patterns that will be immediately (or with the smallest ...
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Examples of designs that keep a title or heading in view [closed]

I'm looking for examples of designs where there is special logic that prevents a title, heading, or landmark from being moved out of view, so that the user doesn't lose their context. Examples: ...
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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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Slide out teasers near the bottom of the page?

On more and more sites now I'm seeing what I'm calling "slide out teasers" appearing at the bottom of pages. What happens is I'm scrolling down the page and nearing the bottom, and then a small box ...
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The Name of a Full-size Device-independent Start View with tagline only content and downward pointing arrow to access the site?

I don’t know if this is a new trend or just the fact that I’ve not come across this pattern before and it’s actually old, but I’m unable to find anything on it. The story is that you access the root ...
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Encourage users to tap the “review” button

How to layout an Info screen, so as many as possible are tempted to tap the "review" button? I wish users would tap the "review" button and write a long positive review on the app store where they ...
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How should a breadcrumb behave?

What is the expected action when a breadcrumb is clicked? I have a hierarchy of data that includes meta descriptors such as: PersonName / Assets / House I have a page for a list of Assets, a home ...
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Best way to represent distance in a clear way?

I'm building a job board and the user can search for jobs around its hometown. It can adjust the radius using a slider. Example: 1) User enters "Brussels" in the input box. 2) User changes the ...
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Completing a process in linear steps - what should happen if a user changes one of the previously entered steps?

I'm working on a tool made for professionals to calculate advice for their customers. The user is following predefined steps. The steps are represented as tabs (with arrows) in the interface. The ...
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Is there a better solution for picker control on iOS

I'm doing a form field on an app and need to included a drop down at the end of some of the text fields. For the android version I'll be using the material design standard as below. for iOS, they ...
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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 mean:...
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When should feedback be in-page and when should feedback be a separate screen?

I've seen feedback/confirmation on a separate screen for example when the user has submitted a form. Then the next screen they see: "congratulations you have successfully..." Then on other occasions ...
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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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Anemic user interface

Recently, while discussing the design of a user interface for a web app, I noticed a phenomenon in which people only think of a few simple user interactions like "type text there", "select an item ...
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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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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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Creating a transition pattern library

I am looking to compile and apply a list of transitions/animations across a web application. Does anyone have any good examples of any existing transition pattern libraries out there? I know the ...
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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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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 ...