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6answers
806 views

Key dimensions to efficiently describe a user interface

What is clearly thought out is clearly expressed and there is certainly a way to efficiently describe and classify the various user interface types that have spread. At the UI components level, ...
1
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1answer
159 views

Designing the UI of a chrome extension's popup

I just built a chrome extension for my college. It helps students know their total marks and % without manually adding their marks. The user doesn't interact with the popup. He only watches the ...
6
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1answer
377 views

How to handle lots of space with little content in a web app?

Currently I'm working on creating an interface for a web application. The main menu is at the top, a sub-menu is collapsible on the left side and another collapsible bar (pretty thin) on the right ...
8
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3answers
3k views

Which color scheme to choose for applications that require long work hours?

I'm working on a ERP / Accounting (lots of tables and data) web app and was wondering what color scheme would be appropriate for this type of application? Users will be sitting in front of their ...
0
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0answers
90 views

Managing properties in web app

I have an MFC Windows application and I'm doing some research to see whether the software can be ported to a web app. Currently the MFC app uses quite a few CPropertySheet / CPropertyPage (also known ...
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2answers
173 views

Approach for designing iOS themed icons representing ranks

I am creating an educational web app for a desktop browser that looks similar to an iPhone app using the default web stack composed of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. I am wondering if it would be more ...
1
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2answers
129 views

What is a good analogy for a custom selector?

I'm working on a project where the user has a list of labeled input fields and a bar above with some options. This is how it looks (simplified): I'm now looking for an element the user can use to ...
7
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3answers
557 views

What do you think of gauges to display information in web dashboards?

I'm redesigning a reviewer-type website for college entrance exams - there are different categories such as math, science, english. Students can take as many review quizzes/exams as they want, and ...
1
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1answer
97 views

How can Gmail-like “on-page” dialogs be improved to facilitate long form writing?

Caveat: I was inspired by this UX.SE question, and have reused an image from it. Recently, gmail has switched its "reply" function to use an "on-page-docked" window. Responses to this new UI have ...
4
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2answers
144 views

How can I style an editable text area so that its purpose is implicit?

I considered a skeuomorph using yellow paper with lines but it seemed tacky and didn't fit the overall design of the page. The textarea fills an entire "panel" on the page just like other panels of ...
0
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3answers
435 views

What are best practices for blocking UI when application is busy

I'm writing a web app using Twitter Bootstrap with PHP on server side. My app makes regular ajax requests via jQuery and i want to disable certain parts of the UI until the server completes processing ...
2
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2answers
222 views

What is the best way to display the individual results of a survey?

I'm creating a UI that allows a client to review the individual (and global, but that is for another time) results of a survey once it has been completed by another user. The question types are pretty ...
1
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2answers
348 views

Why has web annotation so far been a failure?

It seems that through the use of browser extensions, web annotation could provide an awesome way to 'add more channels' of data to an existing web resource. Given the limited technical challenges, and ...
25
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5answers
2k views

Why aren't Gmail-like “on-page” dialogs more popular UI solutions?

A few months ago, Gmail gave us the choice to switch to a new UI, with many new features (...) including an "on-page-docked" window. I personally find this piece of UI very useful as it allows users ...
2
votes
1answer
142 views

Best approach to presenting data that is being compared and the differences within it

I am developing an app that compares source data and destination data (the data is transferred from one database into another) I would like to create the best possible interface that clearly and ...
0
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1answer
183 views

Handling bad network connections in a mobile app [closed]

I'm currently writing my bachelor thesis about loading data in mobile applications (native/web based). I already searched for UX studies how to handle disconnects and slow loading of data but ...
2
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3answers
805 views

How to design a futuristic-looking application

I was hoping to get some advice from some more experienced UX developers. I have been presented with a unique challenge by my customer, and I feel like I am failing. Specifically, they want a UI that ...
2
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3answers
313 views

Look and Feel Consistency for existing app with new features

I have an existing app, which is almost two year old and I am planning to build new UI screens using bootstrap framework. I start to realize that new UI screens are NOT having the same look and feel. ...
1
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0answers
76 views

How can branches of a query language be added dynamically in a browser? [closed]

Our group developed a stream-oriented NetFlow query language, called NFQL. Given that it can have multiple filtering/grouping stages and a number of branches, defining a query in a text file can ...
6
votes
3answers
222 views

How often is too often to do focus groups while designing a web app?

I'm trying to come up with a strategy for putting together focus groups while designing a web application, but I'm starting to wonder how often is too often to do focus groups? In my mind, they would ...
54
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13answers
4k views

Best UI to allow expert users to enter an ip address? (IPv4)

I am working on a web application which requires users to enter an IPv4 address (in dotted-quad decimal notation) for most of the primary tasks they need to perform. Our primary target "user" is a ...
0
votes
2answers
231 views

Different ways to show photo being selected with tag

I am trying to do a UI that show a photo (or box) being selected and tagged. For example: http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles/59549/projects/3012199/8c0a114a08fa35bfbb0e6bc32936a525.jpg Original ...
6
votes
2answers
165 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. ...
9
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3answers
296 views

Identify different types of clickable shapes?

We're building an application that is like an interactive flow chart. When users are viewing the flow chart, they can interact with certain shapes: Link to another flow chart. Link to an external ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

Looking for enterprise web application design inspiration [closed]

I've checked many websites to be inspired about what the look and feel of a serious enterprise web-application should look like. But the whole I saw were designed for being used by single users and ...
0
votes
2answers
129 views

UI to let user pick some movies (3 - 6) from all movies released till now (>1 M)

I am working on a web app where users tell their favourite movies. Since there are too many movies to pick from I am not able to provide a select box. The jquery autocomplete works nicely but I wanted ...
0
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2answers
192 views

Disappearing input field placeholder aesthetics for web apps

Background Users may provide various categorized input entries (e.g., danger, warning, avoid, and relax), such as those in the following image (e.g., "Relax #1", "Avoid #1", etc.): Problem When ...
1
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1answer
166 views

Currently designing a “Help” page, what would be considered too-much help to see on one page?

The page for "help" within the site is designed well. The site totals about 40 questions, which has been reduced down from 86. My objective is to simplify the user experience for viewing/navigating ...
0
votes
1answer
309 views

Intuitive way to present chained 1-N relationships

I have the following entity-relationship diagram (simplified, just the part for this question and there are extra attrributes in reality) A [Maintenance Ticket] has N assigned WorkOrders, each ...
4
votes
3answers
481 views

“Modernizing” legacy applications and legacy users

I'm tasked with modernizing many older UNIX based applications to new, web-based applications. The UNIX applications are completely keyboard-based (ie. "04" to select the fourth application, "Enter" ...
1
vote
1answer
389 views

Best way for a user to specify budget/price range?

When designing for a shopping service, the user should be able to specify what they're willing to spend on an item. Problems: There's no automated way to know what price range on the item, so the ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

Is a drag and drop UI usable for organizing/categorizing items?

I am creating a UI where a user can manage users by creating a group, and then dragging and dropping them to fill the groups as they would like. One problem I am faced with is that the complexity of ...
-2
votes
2answers
286 views

What does it take to be a UX Champion? [closed]

In my User Interface position, we are facing the challenge of transitioning design emphasis from functional(level of effort, technical capability) to User Experience. So far it is a slow transition. ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

What are the little arrows called that hide additional details?

In UI design, sometimes settings are hidden behind a little arrow or "+" symbol. When the user clicks on it, the item expands to show additional details. Does this UI pattern have a name? Other ...
2
votes
3answers
394 views

Language Selector plus Action control

A web application I'm working on has a primary content action to "Add" something to a collection. As a secondary choice, the user can choose a language particular to this content item. I implemented ...
7
votes
5answers
336 views

Help panels inside application

Are there good UX reasons for not putting a "help panel" within a web application? (one that can be shown or hidden). Most applications open help in a different browser tab. I'm thinking of just ...
3
votes
3answers
141 views

When is themeing applicable in web application?

I have seen few applications with the ability to change themes, for example, in my case, a HRMS application (there are many such). But, people seldom use custom themes or care about them in such ...
3
votes
2answers
276 views

Lightbox for “In-Context” Editing

Some sites effectively combine the concept of, for the lack of better term, "in-context editing" and lightbox to allow users to easily do page content update. For example, check out Schoola and try ...
3
votes
1answer
267 views

Multi-pane code editor with preview: help me find a good compromise between usability and complexity

I am creating a simple web site/app for testing JavScript code in the browser, similar to jsbin.com, jsfiddle.net, and tinkerbin.com. The usual approach is to have 3 code editors (for JS, CSS, and ...
5
votes
4answers
269 views

When are shadowless icons preferred over shadowed icons?

My question is when, if ever, a shadowless version of an icon is preferred over the shadowed version. By shadowed I mean the tiny, almost imperceptible little black gaussian blur below the icon. I ...
1
vote
1answer
110 views

How to provide great UX in navigation from bird's eye view web-component to smaller web-component and vice-versa?

I have a web application, let's call it "Molecule", that provides a bird's eye view over the status of several other web applications, let's call them "Atoms". I want, somehow, to navigate from the ...
14
votes
6answers
2k views

Blinking, bouncing and flashing elements

I'm responsible for the UI/UX in a software development company. During my absence, some developers decided to implement a "bounce" effect on a button of a website that they think should have more ...
0
votes
1answer
105 views

What is a good visual format for a “show” page?

Let's say the user clicks on something that is an entity in the system. In my case, it's a template for a course that students take. On this screen, I want to show various properties of the template ...
2
votes
3answers
270 views

Is there any free tool to explain the interactions between website pages and elements on a big single screen? [closed]

Is there any tool to explain the interactions between website pages and elements on a big single screen? I have all screenshot images for all pages of websites, Some are lightbox on same page. some ...
4
votes
4answers
291 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 ...
7
votes
3answers
746 views

Breadcrumb or tabbed form or best of both?

We have a web application that allows users to query a database. The results are returned in a breadcrumb style interface. We brought this change in at a new version, and our users have been ...
2
votes
3answers
511 views

What are the good UI/UX elements of a web bug tracker

What are the good UI/UX elements of a web bug tracker? Does anybody have an example of good web bug tracking UI or elements of good UX design of a bug tracker?
4
votes
4answers
366 views

Selection of multiple items and then selected one as default

I'm trying to design a web interface in which users pick particular "items" and set one of them as default. The textbox for searching uses autocomplete to find the matching item. I've come up with the ...
1
vote
5answers
170 views

How could I handle product returns through this interface?

I have a dialog where users allocate product on an order to various available lots of product. So basically if there are 100 units on a line item of an order, the user would have to allocate this ...
5
votes
4answers
1k views

I'm looking for good examples of Welcome pages, and any good theory on how to go about it [closed]

Kind of a discussion based question, but bare with me anyway. I am working on a web app that provides reporting. It makes reporting fun, honest! I am struggling to design the Welcome page. It's a ...