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What do you call a control that changes the relative sizes of two sections?

I want to implement a control to change the relative size of two sections within a single entity. This would use an east-west resize cursor, and as the user dragged it would make one block smaller ...
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Comments Design Patterns or Best Practices?

Are there any resources online that discuss best practices for comments/threaded discussion systems? I'm wondering if there has been any consensus on issues like comment edit windows, deleting ...
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Multiple edit table UI

I am wondering if you have seen a table design on web where multiple items could be edited at the same time. For example if I have a column with title group name and the first row is having value ...
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Pattern for multiple roles that have access to different parts of the same view?

Imagine I have two roles: Administrator Teacher Imagine a view Class Administrator has a subset of the functions allowed in the class view: Create a new class Name the class Add/remove students ...
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Data tables - what's column should be first?

When creating a table with a lot of rows and a number of columns, what is the recommendation for which column should be first and most important? An example scenario for the data table would be a ...
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Android design convention for saying a user needs to complete an action first?

I've read the Android design conventions, but can't see a good solution. I have a 3 tab mobile application. Tabs 2 and 3 need a selection made on screen 1 before they will work. The user enters at ...
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Advantages/disadvantages of a ring or stair design for long page websites

I'm currently planning for my personal website, which I plan to make as a long page website. (See this for an example of a long page website) As how I imagine my Experience section, it will ...
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What is a Design pattern for “Remember Me” that forces user to explicitly choose “remember” or "do not remember?

We have a very nontechnical user base. We provide a "Remember Me on this computer" option (checked by default) but perhaps it should not be checked by default. However, I want to make sure they have ...
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What are the Design Patterns to indicate something has been clicked?

There are different Design Patterns to indicate something was clicked depending on whether it's text (changing the link color) or an image (special clicked picture). I'm looking for an effect that ...
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Are there any examples of multi-screen or multi-device design patterns?

There are increasingly more offices and work environment setups that allow employees to use multiple screens to do their work, and there are also many people who use multiple devices at the same time. ...
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What pattern is used on LinkedIn's profile strength meter?

On LinkedIn, there is a pattern/widget that is used in several places. Most notably, it is on the right hand side of your LinkedIn profile, which shows how complete your profile is. When you hover on ...
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On mobile web app, where should primary & delete buttons go?

I'm looking at designing a web app for that allows users to view details info of an item and do one of 3 things Create another item by "copying" the current one (primary action) Edit specific ...
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How to show forms on One page websites

Our earlier website was an old school design with window size fixed pages with a lot of unnecessary content. We shifted to a one page website. We aim at acquiring leads for business through the site. ...
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What pattern should I use for merging data display tables

I have a situation where i'm splitting one huge table (it is beyond 3 folds of screen) and creating two tables (one is new and other is updated version of old) Which are again huge in terms of ...
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Main menu organization and usability patterns

I have a main menu at my application. We are refactoring the UI of the application, and we are thinking about reorganize the menu items. We are considering 2 options: leave as it's alpha sort ...
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mobile input feedback design pattern

I am creating email verification in IOS and want to assist the user with verifying they have entered the correct email address before sending confirmation. Some app use an instant input feedback with ...
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Should a “Preview” page be a pop-up or on the same page?

We currently have a page that shows a preview of another page (newsletter) on an iFrame the moment the file is uploaded. Is this better versus providing a button that says "Preview", which when ...
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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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Status Bars and their Nature [closed]

I want to know more about status bars, what are they useful for and what is the appropriate way to use them. I've noticed the following: Status Bars are always located at the bottom with the most ...
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Is there a design pattern for pull-down to <action> gestures?

Wondering if there is a design pattern for the RealMac Clear app on iOS that enables uses to create a list item by pull down? I have seen pull down to refresh on Android and WP7 issue, btw: ...
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What are the best practices for designing quote request forms in the insurance industry? [closed]

Can any of you suggest studies, usability test results and patterns for best insurance quote forms? How is this different from ecommerce checkouts or does much of the research around this also apply? ...
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Separating actions on items from general actions in a toolbar

Rearranging an existing toolbar of ours, I would like to separate between types of action buttons. General actions that applies to the system, e.g. Settings, List actions that applies to the entire ...
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Advice on great examples of social networking design ( profiles / search / my profile )? [closed]

I'm looking for some good examples of social networking based websites that have great designs: What to make the homepage Browsing users Showing profiles Searching for users or information Search ...
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Should Sign up/ Register open a new page or just a popup window?

I am designing a simple web application. The only main function is displayed in homepage, together with other product feature promotion. On the top of the page, there are two buttons, for sign up and ...
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What is the best web design pattern for toggle-able options within a parent toggle-able menu

I'm working on a menu that can be toggled on or off, with sub-options within the menu that themselves can be toggled on or off. while logically I think it makes sense for both the parent menu and ...
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Are there any recommendations or statregy for showing reviews on content at product launch?

We have a bunch of content that want people to read and have added reviews to the content to help others understand what is more valuable than other content. We are about to launch this feature and ...
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Dynamic picklist Vs. All options with active/inactive selections

In a tool that has filters that allow the User to drill down to the data that is most useful to them. Would it be better to dynamically populate a Delivery Time pick list with only the available ...
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Alternatives to Heavily Datagrid based data entry / editing

We've got a well established software base... thats getting on the dated side... and a lot of our UI relies on many datagrids on the same page/form etc. I've mentioned that I think this makes our ...
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Popular iOS UX patterns that are not (yet) in Apple's design guidelines [closed]

Other than the slide menu navigation pattern, what are other "not-yet-blessed-by-Apple" UX patterns that have emerged in many popular iOS apps? Here's why I'm asking: @JohnGB's answer to this ...
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How to mockup conflicting user preferences

I wanted some ideas for a mockup for a preferences page. Basic problem is how to deal with global preferences - e.g. I only want to get SMS not email conflicting with product preferences - e.g. some ...
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Multi-selection experience

We have a form that allows a person to indicate a curriculum, level, subject and price, but we're trying to figure out the most intuitive way of doing it. There's a few challenges though: The ...
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Any standard references that list the entire gamut of GUI widget/controls? [closed]

Are there any comprehensive, standard (or sufficiently good/popular) references/guides that list/detail/categorize the entire gamut of GUI constructs/widget/controls? Some UI controls are common, ...
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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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Long form sales page techniques and / or examples? [closed]

I've worked with a number of UX experts over the last several months and while I have resisted going down the "long form" path, they have circled me back around to this time after time without fail. ...
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Patterns in thinking driving UX design? [closed]

Ok, this question will be tricky. We were having a discussion among some colleagues, and I came up with the hypothesis that most of the current-accepted UX design patterns are mostly based on our ...
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Can we avoid using a form when creating something?

When the user creates something, let's say a page, an user profile or even a blog post, we can easily imagine a transitory page with a form that requires input. Some fields of can be mandatory and ...
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Trying to decide which page should be my home page [closed]

I'm not a UI person and would love to get your recommendation - which page should be my homepage? myvoternation.com or http://myvoternation.com/mvn/questions
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What is the best way to display the file and line number to a user?

I am working on a UI to to display a test to the user. I would like to display where it is defined. For example: /path/to/file:line_number Given <this condition> When <I do this> Then ...
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Android/iOS: Homescreen [closed]

I have noticed more and more mobile apps are removing their home screen, especially iOS apps. What do you think of this? Personally I think sometimes an app's home screen is redundant, just a pretty ...
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Pattern to show related fields with Boolean value

I am working on an application which show the employee's personal detail in a read only format. The form contains some fields which contains closely related fields where the answers are generally Yes ...
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Selected or deselected items by default (events site)

I'm just curious how to go about this issue. I'm looking at an events site, where you can list the interest that you have in the initial sign up area. There are specific 'select all' and 'deselect ...
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Pattern Library vs Style Guide - what are the differences?

I work in a small team of designers and we've been slowly making our own Pattern Library. At the same time, the brand and marketing people have been collaborating with a visual design studio to ...
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A Good “Invitation to Connect” Experience

We are building an "connect with your friends" part of our app and I curious as to a good way to do this. My first thought is do like everyone else...so I look to Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, ...
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Magic meaning of Apply button on a form

I understood that [Apply] button does the same as [OK] without closing the modal form. Is it a programmer's trick to see changes outside current form and still be focused to it? Maybe it is like safe ...
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How can I determine the appropriate color,font for a website based on target group? [closed]

I am a web designer and often my clients ask me these kind of questions: What kind of site colors reflect my product? If my target group is of low income, what kind of colors/shapes does my website ...
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Should Income and Expense in money management app be red or green?

I'm designing a money management app, and I'm curious what does people react to the color red and green. Incomes should be displayed green or red? And expenses?
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Is there a common best practice for rules generators? [closed]

I'm looking for examples of effective tools for generating and maintaining complex rules generators. Outlook's rules generator is nice – but doesn’t allow complex rules branching. Axure rules ...
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What is the pattern to show closely coupled data?

Like tab structure is used for showing not closely coupled data. Is there a pattern to show tightly coupled data. For Example: I have a record of a person with following categories. 1: ...
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Is there an existing name for this button/loading animation combo?

Has anyone yet heard/come up with a name for this design solution? It combines a loading animation / progress bar into the button itself. The developer refers to it as 'ladda'. ...
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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 ...