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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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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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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 ...
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What is a name for this “plate” scrolling functionality?

The Google Ventures website at http://www.googleventures.com/ has interesting functionality -- when you scroll down the page, the upper "masthead" stays fixed to the window but is slowly covered up by ...
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What should be the difference between enabled and disabled buttons? (especially if they are grey)

What is the best way to show that a button is Enabled or Disabled? (especially if it has grey color) For example what do you feel about the following button? Is it enabled or disabled? How could it ...
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Best resources to make great reusable UI elements (icons/buttons/etc)? [closed]

I'm new to "crafting UIs", but I've been doing User Experience / Interaction design for a while. Being unable to design my own graphics has been a serious handicap for my work as I'm dependent on ...
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New search pattern for eCommerce website, will it work?

I'm trying a new kind of search navigation (sort of tag based) where a user selects already populated options (relationships and occasion) and search. Already populated options are on the left ...
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Look and Feel Consistency for existing app with new features

I have an existing app, which is almost two year old and I am planning to build new UI screens using bootstrap framework. I start to realize that new UI screens are NOT having the same look and feel. ...
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Action buttons for mobile — ok to go full width?

Is it acceptable to use full width mobile action buttons, say in the footer, like in the 1st example? It's nice and simple but I'm afraid users might mistake it for a regular footer. The 2nd example ...
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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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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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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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Labels above the field or to the side of the field? What about prompt text and validation messages?

Which layout works best for your users?: Field labels on the side of fields Field labels above the data entry fields What about prompt text, format tips, examples and validation or error messages? ...
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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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What to do about “occasional” recommendation in a decision support application

I am designing a clinical application which displays a list of potential actions for clinicians to take ranked by their appropriateness to the clinical scenario (i.e., it looks like Google). ...
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Rarely used translation function placement

I have just been looking at the analytics of one of the websites I work on, and one of the features is required - but rarely used. There is a Microsoft Translate button, with their "Powered by ...
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Displaying links to other profile pages, while maintaining good white space

I am designing a profiles page for a website where by the names and position of company employees should be displayed on all profile pages for easy navigation. I do not want to put a <ul> to ...
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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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Where can I read more about how the brain utilizes patterns?

I've been reading some cognitive psychology books and they all talk about the fact that our brains recognize and store things using patterns. Unfortunately, all these books talk only briefly about ...
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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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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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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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Group settings depending on state

I'm working on a settings screen for a web application which consists of a list of features that can be either enabled or disabled. To be able to easily distinguish features that have been enabled ...
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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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Best way to identify different element states?

I maintain a reporting app and currently we're trying to come up with a new way to organize our settings page. We display our settings in a table, this is used for displaying the setting/values only. ...