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Where should pasted objects in a drawing application be placed?

We are creating a drawing application where users can add shapes to a canvas. They can cut/copy/paste via keyboard shortcut or context menu. For the context menu, it's pretty clear that the pasted ...
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Universal auto-generated avatars

I'd like to find a way to create recognizable avatars automatically. We are working on a cloud application and for one segment of our target audience it's very likely that people will upload ...
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Alternate UI Pattern for slider

I am designing tablet form where i have to capture term of investment for a deposit. Currently, i have designed a typical slider component but we have some technical limitation due to which we are not ...
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Tooltip for a User-Set URL

I'm dealing with a situation where we have a place for a user-entered URL/hostname after entering and re-entering their password. I've attached an image of what we're considering below. What I'm ...
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Search - Two Buttons

I'm working on a site that needs to have the ability to search News (within the portal) and the entire web. This is an option that my colleague came up with. It doesn't seem right to have two buttons ...
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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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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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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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Master details form in Android

I have an activity that is used a lot, that requires a lot of input fields and it can be updated when the user wants, although it won't be very common. In this moment, I have something like this: ...
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Would the Quick return design pattern that is utilized in Google+, Google Now, Chrome also suit well in Gmail on Android?

The Quick return design pattern is a feature that makes the action bar/split action bar to dissipate as a user begins scrolling down content, just to reappear as soon as the user starts scrolling up. ...
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Are new app designs deviating from conventional (better?) Interaction designs?

I am on the 3rd chapter of Joshua Clark's Tapworthy : Designing great iPhone apps And I was really taken aback by the first few pages. In these first few pages Joshua Discusses the "thumb hotspot" ...
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What is the name for the technique used on Yammer, LinkedIn etc profile pages?

The technique I mean is where the profile page will say "You have completed 60% of your profile, fill in your x, y and z to get to 100%." I think this is a very powerful technique but I can't remember ...
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Why is tree representation of data becoming unpopular?

I'm asking not about professional software like IDE's, but about OS GUI and web interfaces. A few years ago there was File manager in Windows, Gopher and other interfaces and data models like this. ...
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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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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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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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Adopting sidebars in iOS apps

It looks like several known apps for iOS (Foursquare, Spotify) now adopt the sidebar that already was present in Facebook app (screenshot is from Spotify for iPhone): AFAIK, this is not a standard ...
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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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UX for encouraging naming of an auto-saved item

I’m working on a web application where users can generate results after answers questions in a workflow. Over time, they will use this workflow to generate additional, different results. Our goals ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Design Patterns for Discoverability

What are some tried and true design patterns for discoverability in UI/UX, where information or a feature isn't necessarily overt at first glance, but is discoverable by using the interface through ...
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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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ICS style guide - Is there a standard icon to indicate drag and drop in a list view?

I searched here but didn't see an answer. I've gone through the new ICS Android design guidelines but did not see a standard icon or recommended icon for drag and drop in list views. Is there one? ...
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Zebra striping for body text?

The general consensus is that zebra striping a table makes it a little easier for people to keep track of which row they're on...but is this reduction of cognitive taxes only for table rows? I at ...
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Best practice for translating context menu options to touch devices?

I'm building a photo site that must allow users to manage thousands of photos via paged thumbnails on a big desktop. I also want to offer a touch interface that is both usable and delightful on the ...
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Do you know any comparative resources like mobile-patterns.com [closed]

Mari Sheibley is the lead designer of foursquare and has created this awesome site comparing mobile UI patterns - for example showing how a feed page looks in different applications, etc. I've found ...
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What is the correct meaning of “slider”?

I'm confused by the word "slider". It seems to be used interchangeably for two quite different types of UI control. An input allowing selecting of a point on a numeric scale, as in the jQuery UI ...
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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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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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Best Practices For Marking New Content

In my web app I want to clearly tell a user what has happened while he was not there. At this time I just highlight new posts with yellow. But if there were many changes then the whole page is ...
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Should Desktop UI Patterns include Keyboard Shortcuts?

Not much to describe here. But I think that it'd be a good idea to have UI-Pattern documents to suggest relevant keyboard shortcuts. However, I haven't seen it anywhere and I'm wondering whether this ...
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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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Mobile pattern library with animated IxD examples? [duplicate]

Can anyone suggest a blog or pattern library that demonstrates interaction design examples? Everything I've seen to date uses static screenshots, but nothing that actually animates the interactions or ...
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Consistency in Mobile App [duplicate]

Should we maintain same design for all different native app platform? Or can we change depends on mobile design flow? Please clarify my comfussion. Ex: 1. facebook same in both android and iphone 2. ...
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Do you know some interesting patterns galleries for tablets? [closed]

I need to find some good examples of patterns for tablets. I know already a list of mobile patterns websites that I find really usefull but now I need something specifically oriented to tablet design. ...
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What is the best way to ask for a specific amount?

Consider the following simple scenario: User has 2,352 cookies in his account. Now, he is prompted with a message, "How many cookies would you like to eat?" Given he can enter any number from 1 to ...
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When is it appropriate to split functionality into separate apps?

I'm a designer and my company has a single app that serves two different types of user. One group is the general public, who uses the app to navigate big events (e.g. annual user group meeting ...
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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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Assigning tasks to user based on work load

I'm working on a pop up where you can assign percentages of applications to users based on current work load. For instance, I have 100 applications that need to be worked on and are not assigned to ...
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Design paradigm for order process where customer has no existing record

I'm creating an intranet app (MVC and razor) for a jewellery business. One of the forms is for creating a custom piece of jewellery, sometimes these are made for display purposes and have no initial ...
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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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Similar Template Design Causes “Imitation” Concerns

I'm new to the web design and web comic fields. A little while back I posted this article on how to change my site design because it looked like it was from the 90s... How to not make my website ...
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Best way to communicate an abstract app concept such as a 'workspace' to users

The issue I'm struggling with is fairly specific, but it touches on a general UX topic, which is how to help users grasp some abstract app concept, such as some information organization or structuring ...
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Providing multiple paths/flows for the same Action

We are developing a complex platform with heavy functionality, and I am having a dilemma, concerning whether or not to add a button for the same functionality one-step earlier in the User Flow. As ...