8
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7answers
2k views

Visually show “Content cannot be dropped here”

I am trying to show to user if "Content cannot be mapped to the desired location" on my UI. Refer to the image attached above, user can drag and drop a file to the rectangular areas defined but not ...
2
votes
2answers
131 views

Differentiating abbreviations for minutes and months

I want to, instead of showing "X minutes ago", show "Xm". The problem is, how would I differentiate if it were "X months ago"? I can't do "Xm" because that's used for minutes. What should I do if I ...
2
votes
4answers
348 views

Best way to show tabs in UI

I'm working on UI where I need to add tabs. Currently I have added tabs all of same size but size of text inside each tab may be differ. Selected tab is shown by different color as shown below: but ...
0
votes
1answer
157 views

Error message text/buttons?

I have an iOS app where users can save contacts. There is a minimum of first name and last name to save, so when they try to save without filled out all the required fields, an alerts pops up that ...
0
votes
2answers
126 views

Setting of Cancel, Back and Next Buttons in Apple UI

I'm working on UI that follows Apple's UI Guidelines. Currently I'm developing a setup wizard UI but I'm confused about arrangement of "Cancel", "Next" and "Back" buttons. My current implementation ...
1
vote
2answers
102 views

Alternate for radio button to show default selected file

User has a list of multiple files. When user logs in for the first time, I want to show current application selected by default. Currently I am doing it using Radio Button like shown below: But in ...
1
vote
2answers
72 views

Select between page and object on it when both have same boundaries

ON the UI that I’m designing, I have a page and there could be multiple rectangles on the page like shown below: A page can be selected by clicking on its boundary. Similarly, a rectangle can be ...
2
votes
3answers
213 views

How to arrange five blocks on UI

I have five blocks on UI: On the basis of rights of user, these blocks will be visible. For example, if an Admin signs in, all blocks will be visible. For Manager, I want to show block# 2,4 and ...
3
votes
1answer
128 views

Input “Infinite Value” option in spin control

In my UI if a user selects to allow multiple mapping, he checks the check box next to “Multiple Mappings”. When this check box is selected, “Maximum Content Limit” option becomes enabled. Here user ...
0
votes
2answers
111 views

Visually show start and end of a condition

I want to visually show starting and ending of an if block in my UI. Each if block starts with <%if and ends with <%end%>. The condition is written in red. I’ve figured out a few ways to ...
3
votes
2answers
185 views

UI for system model vs. user model, for developers

Background: Product I'm working with caters to developers, and I'm redoing the UI to improve usability. Currently, the UI behaves like the system model, which is fairly complicated because its a ...
2
votes
1answer
122 views

Why does YouTube add a space at the end of title edits?

I've noticed this behaviour on YouTube when editing the titles of videos I've uploaded: In the screenshot above, YouTube has automatically added a space character after the title. If YouTube have ...
2
votes
4answers
234 views

Warning message to the user if name he enterred already exists

I want to warn user if the field name he enters already exists and ask him if he want to try with another name. Following options I think will go good in such situation: "A field name with this name ...
0
votes
2answers
94 views

Issues with 2 Column Search Results [closed]

Is there anything wrong with having a 2 column search result set? I have a list of Customers and Contacts. Each result has a lot of information: Name, ID, Status, Location, Last Modified, Display ...
1
vote
3answers
404 views

Better option to warn user about an existing name

I’m designing a UI and user can drag and drop fields from “Available Fields” area to “Selected Fields” area as shown in image below: Now, if a user wants to rename a field, he double clicks on field ...
3
votes
6answers
561 views

Better UI for exchanging blocks up and down

I have developed a UI as shown below: Now I want to add a functionality to this UI that if user wants to exchange positions of if and else if blocks, he must be able to do that. One option could be ...
2
votes
9answers
392 views

Should I design the UI for other people's taste or my own?

While implementing an interface, should I consider what I like myself or what people might prefer? I believe, generally speaking, people don't have good taste and what I design might not seem good to ...
1
vote
2answers
159 views

Convey State or Action? [duplicate]

I'm sure we're all aware now that when we see a greyed-out button, it either means that 1) we cannot click it, or 2) its current state is off - or false. In my application, I have a square, which ...
1
vote
1answer
137 views

Where / how is the best way / location to display a menu under a menu

Upon login I have a menu with options and underneath it another menu ("what to do with those") What will be the best practice in this scenario to display this menu and buttons from a UI perspective? ...
3
votes
2answers
168 views

Is it better to mirror a real-world system for specialized users?

I'm designing a web interface for a control-center kind of thing that's extremely information-dense because it controls a fairly complex system. To an outsider, it's kind of been like trying to make ...
2
votes
2answers
186 views

Less noisy cell buttons on a table

I have table where almost all of its cells are a button that works independently. When I add a 3D button-like design to each cell, the table becomes a large chunk filled with buttons and looks a ...
8
votes
6answers
457 views

How can I make these links more obvious to click on?

I'm working on a website redesign for a dental laboratory. While testing the home page with a user, they never clicked on the links in the subnavigation. They clicked on the larger buttons in the ...
-2
votes
2answers
284 views

Should registration email for a website greet with “Congratulation”? [closed]

I have created a new account.At the start up. I received a Congratulation email saying. You are now part of this site. Doesn't it look strange? Mail Format: Congratulations!Thanks for registering ...
3
votes
2answers
74 views

Which is better option Create/Save for Activity and Circle? [closed]

I want to create an Activity as well as Circle for networking. Which button will be suitable 'Create' or 'Save'.
6
votes
6answers
244 views

Which is better option 'School', 'College' or any other?

I have used the school field name for both school and college on my website, but I think 'School' and 'College' have different meanings. Can anyone suggest a more appropriate option?
2
votes
4answers
115 views

Which is the better option Share or Post button? [closed]

On my website I am using the 'Share' button to post a comment, document, or to have a poll. I'm confused either to use 'Share' or 'Post'.
7
votes
8answers
779 views

How to visually suggest to the viewer that there is more than meets the eye in a elegant, neat looking way?

From a user experience design point of view, what would be a good way to let the viewer know, or better said, I want the user to "get it as he sees it" without further explanation that what I am ...
14
votes
4answers
551 views

What are the pros and cons of skeuomorphic design in payment transactions?

The check out or payment process in an application is critical and has to perform smoothly to make the inexperienced users feel that they fill in forms correct. I’ve seen numerous of examples where ...
7
votes
4answers
229 views

Does number of screens affect usability of a specific software?

Does it matter to the user if the application has 70-80 screens as long as all the functionality are provided? Does it depend on the platform, e.g. Handheld devices vs Desktop ? Is there a limit on ...
6
votes
2answers
167 views

Best usability: visual presets or simple action?

I'm working on a webapp that lets designers generate CSS through an intuitive interface. Right now I'm working on the Shadows panel and I can't decided which option has the most versatile usability. ...
5
votes
1answer
149 views

Should user be notified about technically unavailable features?

I'm going to implement a non-essential feature on a website. This feature will not be available for all browsers and, therefore, all users. Should I just hide the button that activates it? Or should ...
11
votes
3answers
279 views

Can placing dark and light elements or blocks next to each other in a UI lead to problems in visual perception?

A designer on my project has proposed something that uses both light and dark backgrounds within the same context (basic mockups below). A short background for the app: It is a platform on which ...
26
votes
3answers
1k views

What to do when a page's content doesn't fill up enough of a fixed area?

An application has a fixed size, i.e 800x600 px. However, a problem I often run in to is that the page's content isn't enough. It's simply too little content on a big area. Consider the mockup below, ...
0
votes
3answers
139 views

placement of interaction elements on screen?

What is the best place for interaction elements? Here's the situation: In our software there is an object (in this case a list with several items) that a user wants to work on. A user could perform ...
2
votes
1answer
169 views

Unclosable last tab in firefox. Is this a real decision?

Is there any convincing reason behind the decision to make to last open tab un-closable in Firefox? This change has been introduced several versions ago, and I still can not understand why I'm not ...
31
votes
4answers
2k views

Where should the GUI light source come from?

I know that historically the light source on GUIs is in the upper left, casting a shadow on the bottom-right of buttons and the upper left of fields. Now, I see some places (like Apple) use a top ...
4
votes
4answers
292 views

Would you consider this a button? [closed]

I am working on a web interface and I want to emphasize a portion of it and make it attractive for people to click on it, which will show additional content (with a 3d css flip animation). The first ...
3
votes
3answers
640 views

Should I use customized social buttons

I am facing a cornelian choice. Should I use custom social sharing buttons for UI consistency or should I keep them original for better recognition ?
4
votes
4answers
284 views

Balance between mandatory fields and optional fields

I am working on the project part of which is building a user profile page that is used to collect some information from the user so that this can be used to display better matching results for that ...
4
votes
6answers
412 views

Creating Interfaces that Build Emotional Bonds

What are factors in the user experience that lead to users having an emotional tie to an interface, why, and what would be an example of each factor.
2
votes
1answer
206 views

Is my UI for indicating the ability to add margins to text appropriate?

Curious. I have a Silverlight application where you can choose set margins for a piece of text. Thus you can choose set the margin on more than one side of the text (top, bottom, left, right). ...
4
votes
7answers
443 views

Progress Indicator suggestions for multithreaded operations?

In the old version of our application, the operations performed during loading were sequential. We indicated progress by updating a single-line text string with the component that was being loaded. ...
10
votes
3answers
307 views

On an unlabelled slider, why does right mean higher, and left mean lesser?

Horizontal volume sliders, for instance, are often unlabelled. Other than the VLC player volume slider, I've never seen a label saying that the right means things get louder. How did that convention ...
6
votes
7answers
2k views

Red buttons in an e-commerce site?

I'm designing an e-commerce site with red buttons. It has a yellow/white background and it looks quite good that way. Now, my boss finds the same, he likes it, but he is doubtful, because red could ...
5
votes
3answers
737 views

Jumping progress bar or running process indicator?

I'm developing a process with a predefined number of steps to complete so while process is running I can know how far the process has gotten and how much is there still to be done. My process ...
11
votes
5answers
2k views

Should i use country flags in language selection fields?

My users can create content in different languages, and i need to provide an option to choose the language when they enter new content. Right now there are only 5 languages (en, fr, de, pt, es), and ...
3
votes
4answers
380 views

Is there a better way to show 3 states of 2 types of data?

We are writing a web-based testing application where the user (teacher) can't move on to the next step in the process until all students (a young age group) have completed 2 separate tests. First all ...
4
votes
2answers
594 views

Alternative control to drag and drop for assigning tasks to an individual?

I am working on a web application for Branch Managers at an investment bank to assign accounts that are without Financial Advisers for whatever reason. Some reasons are the Financial Adviser has ...
3
votes
1answer
784 views

Are iPhone / mobile type toggle switches actually usable on the web?

Are iPhone / mobile type toggle switches actually usable on the web, to replace a yes / no radio button option? Will the change in normal user experience make it harder for the user to decide what ...
2
votes
2answers
166 views

With straighten, do we really need rotate?

Related to Combining rotation and straightening of images. Rotate: Grab a corner, drag it to its new location, rest of image follows. Straighten: Either click-drag-drop a line on a horizon, or click ...