Reusable solutions for commonly occurring problems in user interface and user experience design.

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Alternatives to checkboxes and radio buttons in web-based surveys?

I've been tasked with designing a simple questionnaire design with a lot of different types of questions. I've been taking a lot of web-based surveys myself as well as testing some with users. The ...
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Should there be a preview screen after uploading excel?

If user is uploading an excel which is containing 100s of records, and each record may have 35-45 attributes we would like to show them a preview of data which they are uploading before they ...
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What's the name for different navigation elements in a page?

We got into a debate about what to call the different areas of navigation, specifically what the definition of Secondary and Utility navigation is. And I was unable to find much on Google about ...
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Is it a good idea to show progress indicator inside a button?

Typical examples: http://msurguy.github.io/ladda-bootstrap Crazier examples: http://tympanus.net/Development/ProgressButtonStyles This is for a desktop app if it matters. Consider that the target ...
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Page navigation help for business application site

I'm making a UX/UI for email service provider software and I'm stuck on how best to do the navigation/controls for this page style: first, you view your email campaigns second, you check a box ...
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Are there any design patterns for positioning controls and other items on the round screen of smartwatch?

I am designing the smartwatch application for the round smartwatch screen and have problems in deciding, how to position elements on it. For the simple item-by-item list, the round shape forces huge ...
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UX Name for different nav states in App

Just wondering if there is a particular term for the UX design of having Core Nav in the parent state, which gets hidden with the child nav or tools in the child state. The benefits being that the UI ...
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How to make apply changes more noticeable?

I have this problem. I'm working with an application that has a live and nonlive mode. It's used in a live show (control lights), so people usually make modifications but they are not supposed to be ...
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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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Are there any strategies or design patterns for managing a large number of tabs on a browser window?

Due to the changing nature of people browsing and reading through information on the web, the bookmark has been getting less love compared to people leaving tabs open on browser windows (or multiple ...
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How to represent a latency chart?

I develop a monitoring tool for applications, and one of the upcoming feature is a new "Latency Chart". This chart is made automatically as a jpg file, and it represents the latency of a given host ...
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Assigning modules from a library to a server where the amount of modules can change?

I need to create a design for an internal tool that we will try to utilize within our own team that works with software testing. We will try to build a tool that can help us automatically setup a test ...
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What's the meaning of a disabled form field?

I'm working on a desktop UI that uses a lot of form elements like input fields, spinners, radio buttons etc. to fill out what is basically one big form. This form has a lifecycle with different check ...
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Modal, Slide In or New Page?

I'm currently putting together a page that consists of a grid of offers (say 24). The data I want to display along with a pic means that each offer will take up approx 200-300px square - not ...
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Best practices for collecting employment wage history

I am developing an application that tracks a person's employment, wages, and how they change while within a program the person has enrolled in. This also means there are three types of jobs: Jobs ...
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Design concepts and patterns for a digital workspace in current web applications

I am looking for references to design concepts and patterns that is related to a digital workspace that is generic for working collating information from different sources and working with them. I ...
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Scroll up and hold on desktop?

I am doing some research on a pattern that would allow to display more information when scrolling up, in a desktop app environment. Similar to the band's profile page on Spotify on mobile (album cover ...
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Design patterns for user dropdown on top right corner [closed]

Is there any design pattern for user drop-down which will be on top right corner of the application? I want to know some best possible features of this control. Please share some ideas.
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Are there any patterns for a Rules editor interface?

Background I'm tasked with creating an interface for a user to create a "Rule Editor" that can perform specific actions when certain conditions have been met. An "If This Then That" kind of thing. ...
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Why must a website footer always span the entire width of the page?

I am currently completing an online design course, and while watching one of the set course videos, the instructor advised: The [website] footer must always span the entire width of the screen. ...
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Is it standard practice not to include an 'offline' mode for a web application?

There are many discussions around the topic of accessibility, but taking the work accessibility in its pure sense of having access to the system, I am curious as to whether designers simply make the ...
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Sharing link to software installer

When sharing a link to a software installer what is the preferred UX pattern, to share a link to a download page or a direct link to the downloadable executable? Using GIMP as an example... GIMP ...
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Using Javascript popups to create a workflow for legal experts writing and editing legislation

I suppose this is a ui-flow question. I'm currently working on a project where a couple of the stakeholders are suggesting the use of popup windows, i.e. browser tabs, to create a workflow to ...
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How to define a certain color code for an intranet? [closed]

I've been tasked with preparing a set of rules for the design standard of a collection of intranet modules. Most of these applications are already in production, and new ones are expected to be added ...
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Where should a user return after successfully completing phone call?

Consider this: You enter the Phone app on your Android device. You find the contact you want to call using search. You successfully call that contact from the search results. After a 15min call, you ...
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What are some alternative ways to record data instead of a long form? [closed]

How to deal with long forms (Not conventional ways like form wizard etc) and what could be some alternative ways to gather information instead of a form layout? I really liked how TypeForm looks at ...
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Should byline be above or below image?

A client of mine is a large newspaper and they are now doing some changes to their article template. One of the things they want to change is the byline so that it doesn't take up to much space. ...
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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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User experience for asynchronous tasks. [closed]

what is a good user experience or design pattern for asynchronous processes/tasks. like for example instantiating a report generation tool to build you a report from different data sources. Allowing ...
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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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User interface components or design patterns for multiple sort/filter orders

Has any one seen any good user interface components or design patterns for doing multiple sort orders on a data table or grid? I am wondering if this design pattern is becoming less common due to the ...
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Backgrounds Color For Primary Menu and Secondry Menu [closed]

I am designing the statistics tools which will have it's Dashboard filled with multiple floating tiles showing accurate data as per user's need. Apart from that we have primary and secondary menu, ...
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Do the number of questions in FAQ affect perception of site?

In doing a new website, our client provided us with a quite long list of FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). As usual in these cases, questions are made up (a totally different question, but a whole ...
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What are the differences between Hierarchical drill down navigation & Hierarchical multi-level navigation

What are the differences between Hierarchical drill down menu & Hierarchical multi-level menu? it seems there is a thin line between these two. Please help me with examples which navigation ...
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What UI design pattern for choice between 2 actions comes to your mind?

My goal: find optimal UX/UI pattern. Pattern's goal: give a user choice between two actions. Simple example: http://dribbble.com/shots/599154-Choose-Your-Option Here is UX/UI pattern I implemented (...
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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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Is it legit to break some manufacturers guidelines in profit of a context or a need?

Everything is in the title, I'm currently having an eternal "confrontation" with developers. This question could be summed up like this : About mobile manufacturers guidelines, are they really made ...
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Background patterns - do or don't?

Is there any data or research on whether or not background patterns have an impact on the user experience of a website as opposed to using a basic (flat/solid) color like white or a light-grey?
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What is it about our mental models that app-centric seems more intuitive than content-centric?

I always thought that content-centric was the easiest for people to deal with, i.e. "I want to change this document", and not "Let's run this app so I can then change that document". It seems that ...
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Are websites and interactions designed to build or skip levels of trust?

I saw this article posted on the NN/g website talking about a hierarchy of trust, similar to Maslow's pyramid of needs, in that basic needs have to be satisfied before higher levels of needs become ...
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Smallest visualisation for a one-many relationship also depicting health of each of the 'many' objects [closed]

Needed someone to discuss this with since I am currently working alone. I have a 'subject' in my product which can be associated with a variable number of objects. Each object has two states.. viz. UP ...
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Mixing material design with magazine design [closed]

I'm trying to create a design that will satisfy both marketing and UI needs. Material design solves a lot of problems from an application perspective, consistent UI elements such as tables, buttons, ...
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What is enough to convey a Show / Hide link information?

Usage context: I have a voucher, which has conditions of use. I can see conditions of use in a collapsible panel. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Should ...
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Create specific content from dedicated screen or from anywhere in app

I'm working on a niche social networking mobile app that provides the following main functionalities: Social Feed Find Friends Q&A Forum Classified Ads Event Organization Each function will ...
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Basic log in screen design pattern [closed]

This is the log in screen for our winforms app: I can't put my finger on it, but I don't like something about the aesthetics of this. Something about it just doesn't seem particularly stylish, or ...
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Best design for profile page? [closed]

I am building a website where students can register themselves build their profiles. These profiles could be viewed by registered institutions to see if they are a right fit for them and invite them ...
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Design Pattern for displaying read only form data

Description: I have two views(editable and read-only) of my form. User will initially see the read-only view. Then, to go to the editable view, he needs to click an "Edit" button at the bottom. This ...
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Mobile Navigation Location

I've been toying around with an idea lately. It seems to me that access to a mobile navigation positioned at the top of the screen (at least on a mobile device) might be bad UX. With phone's ...
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Edit-Delete on index tables

I'm redesigning an admin portal. Right not we have A LOT of index tables with Edit-Delete buttons exposed on the table. Some of the team members want to change the pattern: remove the edit-delete ...
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Fibonacci pagination

Today I stumbled upon this pagination concept and I found it fascinating. It's actually an old shot but it made me think as I'll need to paginate some content in the near future. Pages will soon ...