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Pagination design, reload entire page or reload just the section with data

I am building a search website, which will have results displayed using pagination. I am trying to figure out the best way to implement pagination of these results. User searches for abcd in my ...
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Seeking info about the theory of patterns and pattern language [closed]

My PhD studies are about patterns and educational learning software. I want to write about what I personally call the «theory of patterns», from «what is a pattern» to «why did I choose this type of ...
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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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What is the proper name for this UX feature?

When I'm working in a programing IDE, I would call this feature "Code hinting", or "code completion". However, in the context of form field, what would this feature be called? The main reason I am ...
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Is it good or bad to follow iPhone native look and feel in design of mobile Websites?

Is it good or bad to follow iPhone native look and feel in design of mobile Websites? I'm making Mobile website for Smartphones (iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows 7 Mobile) but the UI ...
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Is it relevant to be sarcastic/funny when you want a product to be friendly ?

When you're not facing the one you're talking to, without body language, it's hard to communicate what you want him to feel. A good example is those status on Facebook : God damn it, I woke up ...
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What is the standard convention for ordering On/Off buttons?

I am working on a Windows application that has a set of On/Off radio buttons, specifically "Low Power" and "Normal". I have arranged them so that the Low Power button comes first, and the Normal ...
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What's the name of this pattern (submitting an entry which gets added to a table)?

In this example the user would enter an item number and add it to the list: Does this particular pattern has a name?
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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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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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Avatar vs Profile Picture vs Display Picture

I have noticed that on message boards, that we use the name avatar for the picture on our profiles. On Facebook and Twitter they are called profile pictures, and on Skype it is called Display Picture. ...
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“Compare products” functionality on a product listing

Are there any good practices when it comes to "Compare products" functionality on product listings? I would like to do some A/B testing with different ones, but to be honest I have not seen something ...
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Better way to display excessive data in table cell iOS

I am displaying data retrieved from server in UITableView. Each cell has to display more than 10 fields as shown in figure. Its looking very ugly if I just simply put up the fields in cell. I have ...
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Best-practices for context-sensitive reports download section

Imagine a web-application that lets student take tests, analyzes the results and presents them to school administrators. The dashboard shows various stats, score break downs for the school overall, ...
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Best way to show one-to-many relationship in a grid?

This is probably the most common issue when it comes to grid/table design; How to display one-to-many relationship such not to repeat the item nested. Please take a look at two solutions I came up ...
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Which is the best mobile pattern to use for a form's select box?

I need to design a responsive website with many widgets and forms. I want to provide the best UX to mobile users also when they interact with forms, which is often a nightmare on mobile. You can ...
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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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A Good “Invitation to Connect” Experience

We are building an "connect with your friends" part of our app and I am curious about a good way of doing this. My first thought is do like everyone else, so I looked at Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, ...
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Is there a design pattern for an informational pane?

What I'm picturing is a side panel that updates with region-specific information as I mouse over portions of the form. Is there a name for this pattern? It's like a Two-panel Selector, but not ...
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Are there fixed names for patterns being used by Facebook, Android Market(famous apps)

Is there a fixed name for pattern like Facebook's current sliding dashboard style pattern, or the swiping tabs in Android Market
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Can I use a control NOT specified by Material Design?

Material Design has a comprehensive set of components, but no design framework can reasonably hope to cover all widgets. Many of the UX StackExchange questions on Material Design on this site relate ...
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Adding an item to a pop up list

I have a form in which a user can select multiple tags via a pop-up window (multi-select with check boxes). The tags are maintained in admin/settings section. It is not a good experience if the user ...
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Best way to capture users facebook & twitter usernames?

When capturing a users details, where the goal is to record their twitter handle (@username) and Facebook URL (/username121) what would be the best way to do this? At first I thought using a simple ...
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Giving users a feel that graph can be zoomed and panned

I am trying to develop a graph which has both zooming and panning features. I am using flot chart library (which is irrelevant for this question). What I want to know is: What would be the best way to ...
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using subtle animations for page transitions in single page apps?

In so-called "single page applications" for the web, I am seeing a trend, especially in demo applications, where any navigation between sections of the application/site involves a css animation of a ...
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CMS Pattern Book

I am working on redesigning a CMS and I am looking for some more possible patterns. Does anyone know some good books or websites where they discuss CMS UI Patterns?
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What approaches to online commenting best promote high-value discussions and content?

Anyone who's read a news article online... ever... can see that old-style commenting ( ie: Enter your name, email address, and website (optional) ) is broken. StackOverflow's reputation model, and ...
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What is the name of this dial/spinner-like interface element?

I've tried googling both spinner and dial, but they turn up results that are not this. I need to implement this in a website, and would like to know the pattern for it -- it's just so much easier ...
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Action requires users leave and interact with another site, how to ensure they come back?

I have a scenario in which a user must copy code from a Site A, paste it into the source code of Site B, then return to Site A to confirm the action was successful. What's the best way to make ensure ...
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Term for a top menu that appears when scrolling up?

I am experiencing more and more pages using this style of top menu. When you scroll the page downwards, all is fine, but as soon as you need to scroll up for some reason (such as to read the ...
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What would you call that pattern for entering phone numbers?

how do you call this type of pattern where you first can select the type of a phone number, and then in the next field enter the phone number itself (the phone number being an example). This is well ...
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Password reset with lost email functionality

I have searched and viewed most of the other questions and answers about implementing forgot password functionality on a website. However, we have a unique situation. When a user registers an account ...
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New navigation pattern - Time.com

Recently I ran across Time.com's new navigation pattern. What do we call this? What do you think about it? What is the use case for it? My first impressions for the large screen are: the site is ...
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What is the best Menu pattern for large dataset?

I was searching on various UI components that is out there. new, old and more. I want to know, Are there any good website which lists and compares web UI components? I am specifically looking for ...
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Time Zones and Calendar Interfaces

I am a systems administrator that schedules when a call center will be open to take calls from hospitals. We have 3 elements: Systems Administrator (Ohio - ET) Call Center (Denver - MT) Hospital ...
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Best way to get feedback from users [duplicate]

Form fillings through survey or feedback form and even email responses is now getting boring and appears to be a waste of time for many users to click on or even answer. I even revert to "you must ...
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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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How to represent asynchronous states?

I am working on an interface where there is a list of things (tests) that can be running, drafts or running and pending tests. In the latter options the same object represents two states (A - the ...
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name for top-of-page informational messages?

Many apps show informational messages to users in a pane at the top or bottom of the sceen. Often these are shown sliding down after an important operation completes like saving data or sending ...
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How to list items with variants in an iOS Table View?

I'm looking for an elegant way to show a list of items in a Table View, where most (not all) items will have 2 variants. If I lay the items out as is (with A and B represented by icons): ...
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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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What are good visual metaphors for exploring many-to-many relationships?

Right now I'm using two lists side by side where clicking on an item in list A filters list B to offer only the Bs related to the selected A, and Vice Versa. So clicking on B3 make A2 and A5 disappear ...
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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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Horizontal Accordian on website - Best usability practices

I'm designing a website and have a section which contains two categories. These two categories work like a slider (or a horizontal accordion). The default state is the two categories are represented ...
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Should bulk-editing functions be hidden until a table row is selected, or is there a better solution?

As an example, MailChimp displays subscriber lists in a table/data grid. Notice that while the user can select one or more rows using the check box at the left of each row, he doesn’t know what ...
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What widget should I use to filter table rows based on checkboxes?

Suppose my table has a column on the far left that consists of only checkboxes used for selecting rows. The default design is that the header of that column would have a checkbox, which would be used ...
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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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Is a wizard the best design pattern for this problem?

So my web app lets users charge monthly subscriptions for email newsletters. In my next update, I am completely retooling the user experience and need some advice. Users can create multiple plans for ...
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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 ...