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

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The notification tray at the top of Stack Exchange sites: what is it called? And are there other good examples of this?

I'm trying to clean up notifications for a client site and was wondering if the notification pattern that Stack Exchange employs has a name that I can use to search for more examples.
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When is endless paging appropriate?

When is it appropriate to use endless paging in a web application (e.g. auto load or a "see more" link)? Examples Google Reader Facebook This also creates a few issues for the user: Returning ...
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What is the significance of the three dots “…” on menus and buttons and how to use them right?

Adding three dots after the title of items in a dropdown menu seems to be a common practice (as you can see on the picture of a drop down menu in Google Chrome). They generaly mean that there is ...
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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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Where do people get web design patterns/inspiration from?

I like to think I come up with original concepts as and when I can but I do find it really gives me a kick start when I can see examples of what other people have been doing to inspire my own design ...
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Table data in Mobile phones

I want to display a table with 4/5 columns and possibly 100 rows (as in desktop app right now) in smartphones. The table cells are also editable. Now we want to port this desktop app to smartphones ...
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Best Web UI for Large Amounts of Data Input

I'm looking for a good solution when users need to enter large amounts of data into a web application. Example A store owner wants to enter 30-40 new products into the system every month. The ...
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Best UI pattern for letting a user assign items to groups

Problem: the user has a list of about 5-20 uncategorised items and needs to categorize them into 2-4 groups. The tricky part is that the same item can be placed into more than one group (this is an ...
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What are the best IxD/UI Pattern libraries? [closed]

Quite a few question as about design patterns for x or y interface. Where are the best design pattern libraries?
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Do you know any comparative resources like mobile-patterns.com [closed]

Mari Sheibley is the lead designer of foursquare and has created this awesome site comparing mobile UI patterns - for example showing how a feed page looks in different applications, etc. I've found ...
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What is a good way to display infinite nested comments?

Is there a way to do infinite nested comment threads in a way that doesn't look horrible? I realize that one could simply restrict the levels of nesting, but perhaps there's a better way of indicating ...
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When should you use a modal dialog box?

There seems to be an increasing use of modal dialog boxes on the web, but when should you use them? Why would you choose to use them instead of inline controls or another page, and when should you ...
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Good solutions for boolean filter with sub conditions

I'm looking for a good and a clearly represented solution for a boolean filter with sub conditions (max. 5 Levels). Best, a variant with tables. Many apps use the typical mac osx filter (see ...
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Should Android and iPhone UI be different?

I'm not completely new to developing apps, but I'm at a point where I'm trying to develop something and deploy it on several mobile platforms. To only concentrate on two major ones, suppose I'm ...
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Layout for adding one or more contacts to a record

The context: The user is creating a client record. Against each record their could be one or more contacts (people) provided. Often this will be adding 1 or 2 but could sometimes be up to 5-10. The ...
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What is the difference between a 'slider', a 'gallery' and a 'carousel'?

From a pattern perspective is there a difference? Or are they really different names for the same thing?
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When designing (UX/IA) a property search system what are some important things to remember?

I'm designing the UX for a property search system. The platform is FSIS. I am basically looking for best practices in doing a Faceted Search while being able to incorporate many refiners based off the ...
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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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What do you call websites that make heavy use of vertical scrolling?

This question is similar to Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern? I see a lot of modern websites moving to larger, singular pages with more content and more vertical scrolling. This is often ...
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Design pattern for merging duplicate contacts?

Have you seen any good examples of applications (web or desktop) that make it easy for a user to identify and merge duplicate contacts or other records? We need our users to manually approve the merge ...
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Displaying a large number of columns in a table

I have a Twitter Bootstrap based table with responsive CSS. Everything looks good but, when I try to put more columns than the size of the table supports, I have a line breaking. I tried to change ...
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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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Design Patterns for Discoverability

What are some tried and true design patterns for discoverability in UI/UX, where information or a feature isn't necessarily overt at first glance, but is discoverable by using the interface through ...
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Design pattern or best practices for top notification bars?

The top notification bar on SE pops up to show messages like 'badge x earned'. What are the best practices for this type of UI? Specific details: On showing - Displace content downward (like on SE) ...
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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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Do progress bars help completion rates?

I'm expanding on a question I posed in comments on How do you indicate progress to users in a multi-step form?. Roland made the comment "because everybody wants to reach 100% percent" when discussing ...
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Industry standard for documenting IxD / UI Design Patterns?

What's the industry-standard way to document a design pattern? I have seen websites like ui-patterns.com and patternry.com that host and share design patterns, but when creating an reusing a design ...
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What should be the difference between enabled and disabled buttons? (especially if they are grey)

What is the best way to show that a button is Enabled or Disabled? (especially if it has grey color) For example what do you feel about the following button? Is it enabled or disabled? How could it ...
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Labels above the field or to the side of the field? What about prompt text and validation messages?

Which layout works best for your users?: Field labels on the side of fields Field labels above the data entry fields What about prompt text, format tips, examples and validation or error messages? ...
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How to represent optional fields?

I've read somewhere, that if you have more required fields than optional, best practice is to mark the optional form fields. However I think that asterisk notation for required fields is a widely ...
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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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Autosave UI pattern

I'm developing a web app that puts great focus on simplicity and "just-use" mentality. The basic idea is to write notes. When planning the concept, we where very positive towards the idea of ...
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ICS style guide - Is there a standard icon to indicate drag and drop in a list view?

I searched here but didn't see an answer. I've gone through the new ICS Android design guidelines but did not see a standard icon or recommended icon for drag and drop in list views. Is there one? ...
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What is the UI pattern used for managing people in Google+ called?

I've tried to find more info on this particular UI pattern Google+ exposes, and I'm sure I've seen it before, but still, I haven't been able to find references to it. If you go to the Circles section ...
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What's the best design pattern for splitting things in parts?

I want to design the following interaction: user buys 1 ton of sugar and 100 apples, and wants it to be shipped to him in 3 different packs: Pack 1: 200 kg of sugar and 50 apples Pack 2: 100 kg of ...
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Case studies on using gradients in a design

Are there any case studies on the use of gradients in a web design? I'm looking for answers similar to this answer about the usability of rounded corners. Specifically, I'd like to know: Is there a ...
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Problem with avoiding right caret on Android

I am currently adapting an Android app to follow the design guidelines more and more. One thing I am doing is removing the right carets as suggested. While this works fine for listview where each ...
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Slide out teasers near the bottom of the page?

On more and more sites now I'm seeing what I'm calling "slide out teasers" appearing at the bottom of pages. What happens is I'm scrolling down the page and nearing the bottom, and then a small box ...
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How to use topic maps

Some time ago I found a very interested technology: Topic Maps. It solves to find information and to share knowledge. One of examples of this technology is presented on this site. See "tags", ...
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How do I make a table row on a web page look draggable?

I have a table on a web page where I need to let the user reorder the rows. I was thinking of letting the user drag the rows to reorder them. But how would I let the user know that he could do that? ...
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What is the name of this combined button/popupbutton?

This button is in the new Firefox, but what is the name of it?
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A Better alternative to display Hierarchical Data than using TreeView

I am a ASP.net Developer and am looking out for other alternatives to Treeview control. Reason behind is shipping too much of viewstate information for each request. Functionality of treeview would be ...
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Best practice for displaying no of records on datagrid

I am designing a banking application where i have a record count of over 1000 rows. I wanted to understand the ideal design patterns for pagination and displaying rows on a data grid. I am ...
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Is there a name for the pattern of a categorized autocomplete?

Lately, I've noticed that Facebook search presents it's autocomplete options as a nice categorized list: However, I'm uncertain what to call this pattern. It reminds me a bit of what Peter Morville ...
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Is there a name for this instant filter search pattern?

I've been trying to find a jQuery plugin which creates behavior similar to that of Stack Exchange user searches. The user search used on Stack Exchange sites is not an auto complete, but is more akin ...
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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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Is there a pattern for cycling or toggling through time periods?

I'm looking for a pattern for toggling between different periods of time. Currently I've prototyped an example which is a single button that, when tapped, will cycle through 3 time periods: by month, ...
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is there a name for the itunes selection design pattern [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: UI: name of multiple column interface? you know: with multiple select boxes arranged horizontally, with selection filtering from left to right....
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How to best enter long digits on a small touch device without using keyboard input

my current task is to create an user interface for a mobile strategy game. stuff can be transported from point a to point b. the user can select an amount of stuff between 1 and 1.000.000. it is ...
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Patterns and models for representing Many-to-many relationships in interface design

I seem to spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to design User Interfaces for many-to-many database relationships. There are lots of resources available to assist with the data-modelling ...