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Why is 1366x768 considered by some to be the standard widescreen for modern laptops?

I have a 13" MacBook Pro (mid-2012) but it is limited to 1280x800. The other resolutions available to me, when I go to system preferences, are 1152x720, 1024x768, 1024x640, and 800x600. Presumably, ...
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Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it?

This is just one example of an article promoting use of the golden ratio in design. Over the past few years I've seen quite a few similar articles, but none of them really seem to go into depth beyond ...
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What's the standard interaction pattern for bulk edit / delete actions on windows phones?

I'm looking for the standard pattern for windows phone for bulk actions like delete, archive or move. I mean, for example: How is the user supposed to delete multiple items at once. I couldn't find ...
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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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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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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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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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Anyone know of a good pattern library for game UI design? [closed]

I'm a big fan of the Yahoo! Design pattern library. I'm surprised there isn't one for game UI - or at least I don't know of one. Does anyone? Looking for patterns for leaderboards, etc.
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What's the best way to visually convey rank?

I'm working on "infographic" style dashboard page where I want to convey the rank of something (and how big the whole group is). So "Rank #17 out of 2,312" could be conveyed like: I'm not loving ...
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Is there any definitive research on modal/overlay forms? Specifically, dismissing behaviors

I am interested if there is any specific research or user research on dismissing modal or overlay form dialog boxes. The pattern that includes a semi opaque overlay of the application with an input of ...
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Filtering results in a given radius

I have the following structure on the server : Parent -> child object. I have around 30-40 parents which each parent has 1-10 childs. A user can search children at a given point in a given a radius, ...
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UX Design Patterns for image upload and management

We are looking for best in class design patterns for image upload and management for advertising? Specifically services that convey to the user all the needed sizes and aspect ratios for their ...
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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 is the best way to display language changing option?

We have a website that is dedicated to English teachers (English as a Foreign Language). The home page is mostly aimed at school principals - to interest them in our platform (product). That's why ...
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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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How to avoid conflict with potential simultaneous moderation of the same item?

I've got an upcoming project where there can be literally thousands of submissions at any one given time that need to be manually reviewed before publication (or rejection). So, there needs to be ...
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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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Should social media links open in a new tab or window?

Is it advisable that social media links (facebook, twitter, etc) will open in a new tab? Does it depends on the number of social media links?, What if there were only 3 social media links?, should I ...
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Update vs. Save

I'm working on an application that has a lot of CRUD functionality. When creating an element, I have a button labeled with "Save". My original thoughts were to bring this "Save" button across all ...
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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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What is a good UI metaphor for switching roles user plays in the application?

I am building a conference/tradeshow application where a user can assume multiple roles within the application and within a particular conference. For example a user can be an attendee, and have ...
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How to allow for seamless creation of new keywords with a mandatory category?

I have an application which describes animals. A user can attach keywords to the animals. Each keyword has to belong to one of five categories, four specific ones and a "Research topic" category which ...
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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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What is the expected result for mouse inputs in web based applications?

Clearly left-click is the most common, but how often are others like right-click and double-click used? What is the distribution frequency of those inputs? What is the expected result of those mouse ...
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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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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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Designing for Perpetual Beginners

In About Face 3 Alan Cooper encourages to design for the intermediate user (instead of the beginner or expert). This is due to the fact that users start to pick up on cues and become adept due to ...
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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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What is the reason to use a Button in an application?

I am writing about design patterns in mobile applications. "Button", apart from being a user control it is also a design pattern used in order to perform some action. I am trying to abstract the ...
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Pattern for adding/removing an item within a form

I've looked around and can't find any pre-existing examples/patterns of an easy way to inline add/remove an item within a form. The scenario is during a process for me to add a new customer to my ...
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Does a log in/sign up field always have to be top right?

Best practice says that log in/sign up fields should always be top right of the website, no arguments there. There seems to be a trend towards simply having "Sign up here. Or log in if you already ...
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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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Any research on the usability of the “inline modals” design pattern?

I recently read an article on a design pattern called "inline modals" here: http://uxmovement.com/content/inline-modal-windows-display-new-content-in-page-sections/. I think it's a good pattern that ...
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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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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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How can I design an effective GUI for labels and values for an Android Tablet?

I'm trying to create a simple GUI for an android application that will primarily be used on tablets. I have portrait and landscape screenshots of my current GUI. Note that this is literally the only ...
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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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Has anyone ever seen a presentation/article comparing native mobile navigation/UI elements?

I'm looking for a presentation or article where someone goes through all the native UI and navigation elements for different mobile platforms* correlating them to each other and explaining when to use ...
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Interface to merge suggested updates with existing information

I'm building an application that will let a record administrator merge updates submitted by the general public with an internal record. Records include contact information, qualifications, etc. ...
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Should apps' design evolve according to the OS version?

In iOS 7, Apple revamped the whole OS's look and feel. Removing a lot of gloss and 3D stylistic elements. Does this mean that the apps built for iOS 7 must change as well to match this new style? ...
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Does a site with a sticky NAV need NAV elements replicated in the footer?

Does user expectation of the footer pattern necessitate having NAV content repeated in the footer even if the site has a sticky NAV which might find the screen filled with 2 NAVs simultaneously at the ...
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Creating a shared pattern library

I work in a small but growing team of UX designers developing a suite of web applications. It's become obvious that we would benefit from a common pattern library, but are unsure how to get started or ...
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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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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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Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern?

Why do most of today's websites, especially news and blogs, use mostly vertical scrolling? Also why has it become a pattern, that the more you scroll down you find older material, rather than ...
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Drawing attention to top navigation

I have been asked to draw more attention to the top or main navigation. Home page here. First question: How would you do that? (Boss suggested multi-color boxes.. bad idea to me) Secondly: Drawing ...
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Best way to show exclusive forms?

I have to develop a page with forms that are exclusive each other. What is the best way or best practice to display mutually exclusive forms?
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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 difference between anti-patterns and dark patterns

Both are generally bad when they find their way into the user experience of a product and we are advised to know about them but avoid their application. Specifically what is the difference between ...