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Suitable patterns for stating general availability

Does anyone have any suggestions of how best to allow a user state their general availability? Scenario: managing appointments Further info: The user in their profile has the ability to set the ...
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Internal Consistency vs. Consistency across the Industry

Does anyone have any recommendations on how to balance having styles/patterns/icons being consistent to a single website vs following recommended practices/patterns/icons that are popping up across ...
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What are some good ways to verify legitimacy of a commenter on a blog post?

I want to make sure that not just anyone is posting comments on a site - that is, I want to verify that its a legitimate person commenting. For example, having people write testimonials for a company ...
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Are there any UI pattern sites with a bookmarklet / selective screen capture (think Skitch) tool?

For over a year now I've been trying to get into all of these UI pattern sites, but the fundamental flaw I've found across the board is the level of effort it takes to create/post styles you come ...
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Do you know any good examples of mode-driven GUI frameworks? [closed]

I strongly believe UI usability and consistency would benefit a lot from frameworks able to generate high-quality GUI skeletons starting from formal specifications of data and processing requirements. ...
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What are innovative, new ways to design Master/Child relationships on a page?

I'm currently working on a ASP.net application that has a variety of master, child relationships, portrayed on the page in a master gridview with tabs below. While this works for a somewhat small set ...
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Communicating changes and new feature in my web application

We are currently in the early phases of developing a web application for a client. We have regular sprint demo's during which we take the client through the new features and changes from the last ...
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does anyone know the exactly term about these two type of selection interaction?

Image A is a highlight box moving alone with the icon, focal point with move with the icon. Dose anyone know about this kind of menu type or selection technique's name? Image B is like carousel ...
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Best UI approach for a assigning tasks in a workflow to users

I'm working on a workflow-kinda application where a project leader is required to assign tasks in the project to users. Following are the key inputs to this requirement: The users are selected by ...
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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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UI pattern for shared editing scope among selected elements?

I'm having a hard time researching this pattern for WPF, partly because I'm not exactly sure of the correct term for it. As best as I can describe it, here is how this editing pattern works: ...
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What is the best way to represent audio visually?

I've only taken some basic signal analysis courses, so I might be missing some things. Purely theoretical question: What methods exist for representing audio? What methods could be made for ...
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TDI vs SDI - when should an app that saves files to disk have one window per “document”?

tl;dr How should an application handle windows for content-savable-to-disk (sort of documents) behave under an OS that has menu-bar-per-window (Windows, Gnome Shell) and under an OS that has single ...
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What pattern to apply to a sizable flight logging form

I need to build a form of about 15 to 20 fields for the purpose of logging a flight. I will be collecting the following data: Registration of aircraft flown Designation of the user (pilot in ...
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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 a hover tip with a slide out drawer that reveals labels enough to consider the cognitive load hit acceptable?

I'm exploring using icon only navigation for tasks/sub-nav on an education app. The interaction would provide a hover tip and also an arrow at the bottom would expand the menu to show the icon text. ...
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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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Are there examples of 'anti-patterns' being used effectively? [closed]

I am sure many of us have come across a situation when we have been asked to design or implement something that appears to be an 'anti-pattern', that is to say, something that doesn't seem to follow ...
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Apple sharing icon the way to go? [closed]

Clearly the Apple share icon is coming a vert popular web standard for sharing. Do you think it can become an conventional usage? Should we adopt it and promote it more?
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Implementing the iPhone alpha navigation in the browser [closed]

Curious if anyone has examples of the alpha navigation used in iPhone apps to jump quickly through long lists, but implemented in the browser? Think - a mobile browser version of Contacts.app where ...
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Problem with repeated icons

What's the best way to avoid repeating icons on each row, it clutters the layout and takes attention from other important elements.
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How to accomodate a large set of filter controls horizontally on a page?

Since the left column is occupied by the left navigation, this leaves only the middle area for placing filter controls. But there is a need to provide for more filtering options in future. In such a ...
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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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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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UI: name of multiple column interface?

Is there a "proper" name for the UI wherein it has multiple columns, and as you interact with the first column, the second column gets populated with with appropriate data? These columns act as a ...
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What do you call a web layout style where a single scrollbar moves all content until each one hits bottom?

This style is being used more and more, but cannot figure out a proper term to call it. Constraints: Universal scrollbar, user can scroll from any mouse location in the viewport with the same effect. ...
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Best way of selecting one option and a list

What is the best way of display a list of options nested within two options?I placed a mockup for reference to my question. If the user click the top radio button he should pick just one among all the ...
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Where can I find a comprehensive list of UI Components?

I think this is the site where I can ask this. Sometimes I have to build specials "slider" or "scrollbar" but when I try to look for information is difficult because I don't know the proper names. ...
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What happens when users register?

Usually when users register on a site does the email confirmation contain their username and password? When the user clicks the activation link does it make the user sign in or deep link them into a ...
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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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Why would you not want to align the name of a user and their avatar?

It's a little thing but I noticed that both google plus and facebook do not exactly line up the name of the user and their photo-the name is slightly lower than the top of the photo. Is this a ...
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Best practice for a property inspector that also allows users to edit

I am creating a UI that allows users to select and edit items and it works something like the following: A user selects an item An always visible property panel is populated with that items metadata ...
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Are group boxes a deprecated UI element?

Back in the day, it seemed like GroupBoxes were everywhere. Now, modern RIA kits don't even have them as basic components (Flex / GWT / Silverlight). Is there a reason for the decline in use - are ...
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What should the default view of a map be when you don't know a user's location?

I'm working on a project for a company with thousands of global locations. For the 'store locator' the client has asked what is the default view of the map when it's impossible to get GEO IP. I'm kind ...
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Responsive design pattern: Navigation at the bottom + jump link

I recently discovered an interesting design pattern for a responsive design. Instead of collapsing the navigation and show it on click/tap, the navigation 'is there' the whole time in the footer and ...
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Is it 'evil by design' to give logged in users more options?

I am doing some research on whether it is considered good practice (or evil), to give more options to logged in users... there are practical reasons why we may want to do this - eg, we don't want to ...
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Alternatives to display radio buttons vertically?

My preference is to display radio buttons vertically per common recommendations, per some research on completion speed, and to take advantage of Fitt's Law. However, I often get push back with regard ...
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Design patterns for hierarchical multiple selection

Given the hypothetical structure: Representing a group of items that can be classified as type A or B, and each subtype can be classified as type C or D, and within D can be classified type E or F. ...
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How to add a number of items in to a “new category” or an “existent category”

I have a list where the user can choose multiple items, and than he can press a button that will "add the selected items to a category". But I want the user to be able to add the items to: a) A new ...
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Is there a common term for an editable/searchable drop down field?

What is the common name or design pattern for a UI element which is like a combobox but has the added facility of typing to refine the options returned in the drop down.
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Where can I find info about rudimentary navigation / architecture paradigms?

I need something that refers to classic approaches to structure content and the reason to choose them over others. For example: Tabs - use tabs when the different sections co exist and can be ...
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How to display large data over a full screen image slider?

On my website www.goo.gl/uompd I have a full screen image slider which works just fine (the images are from screenshots of other websites I have done). On the slider I want to put 4 text boxes, a ...
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How to map dependent attributes into a table?

Is there a pattern, which allows mapping the following datastructure to table columns? The clue is, that there are 2 attributes, which depend on each other, one should be entered, when the other was ...
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Designing a Report list page

I was asked to design a user friendly Report list page, where 100s of reports will be listed.Format of those reports are "word","Matrix","Tabular","Distribution Metrics" etc. What would be the most ...
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What's the best web design pattern for a list of people?

I have a list of people. Totally around 200. I need to display the people's name, pictures and some other information in one page. Users could sort those people by name, country and other attributes. ...
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Has anyone used a hamburger style left nav in a web application (not a website)?

Has anyone used a hamburger style left navigation in a web application (not a website)? We are looking to see how you handled? If it is even popular thing to do for an application (not mobile) but ...
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Is there a term for a smart text field that provides a different experience based on the content entered into the text field?

I'm designing an experience that will require a text field to "recognize" content and instantly direct users to different paths from the same point (same text field & CTA) based on the text ...
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Require Android UI patterns for making a choice between Camera and Gallery

In my app, I am looking to give the user a choice between two equal actions; choosing to take a picture with a camera, or selecting an image from the gallery. I am looking for a suitable UI ...
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When is it acceptable to have *no* main navigation item selected?

In our web application, there's a very conventional top navigation bar, with five or six items. As is pretty common, the user accesses their individual Account Settings form by clicking their username ...
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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 ...