Recommended practices published by an OEM, government, or other organization (e.g. Apple Human Interface Guidelines)

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Is there any definition/guidelines about user experience of Apple and Google?

I like the both Apple and Google user experiences. But visually they are different. Though, I need to know their basic concepts/theory about user experience. So we will take their inspirations not ...
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Systematic validation of UX guidelines [closed]

You all probably know these kind of (ux) guidelines as listed in the post of Justin Misfud here: http://usabilitygeek.com/official-usability-user-experience-user-interface-guidelines-from-companies/ ...
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Information Architecture for a Blog [closed]

I am about to re-design an existing blog for a company and I have a very good flexibility in terms of layout-design and IA. There are many galleries to get some inspiration for the design part, but ...
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Standards for and measuring contrast of solid color fills

There are several questions on UX (e.g. here, here, here) already about contrast. However, all of those are about text, and the contrast between text and background, most off them referencing this W3 ...
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What do UX guidelines say about dropdown boxes in table cells?

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I have been trying to look at Apple Interface Guidelines and Windows UX guidelines about what standard behavior for drop ...
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Is it necessary to include an interface's “hidden functions” in the manual / help?

Background A well designed interface allows any type of user, beginner, advanced, or expert, to achieve their objective quickly. In most cases, help information contains the description of elements ...
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Guidelines for ordering of tabs?

I am wondering if there are some guidelines for ordering of tabs. Typically we see General tab as the first which makes sense. What if there is no general tab? How to decide which ones should follow ...
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Guidelines on designing audio-only interfaces (eg for blind users)?

There are many resources out there that provide accessibility guidelines - hints on making content easy for a screen-reader to parse, or reminders about content that blind users cannot glean. That's ...
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Best practices for designing a finance dashboard

I'm creating a finance dashboard that allows the user to drilldown further into various kinds of metrics. Does anyone know of any best practices for designing something like this? I'm also looking ...
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Guidelines for autocomplete widgets

What guidelines exist when working with autocomplete widgets? I'm hoping for general guidelines that apply across different application types: web, desktop, and mobile. A response to a Search as you ...
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What are the design guidelines to make interfaces friendly to dyslexics?

I've come across this question on Quora where it's likely to be forgotten. Unlike other disabilities that are often considered in design, dyslexia has many forms. As a result, the guidelines can't be ...
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Creating beautiful User Interface Designs [closed]

I usually have a hard time designing a good UI for my applications/websites (especially the websites). Are there any tricks to this? Are there good books that can help/guide me? Or libraries eg. ...
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Usability Guidelines

I am supposed to evaluate a few websites to find out whether they comply with Jacob's Nielsen Heuristics... But I am having trouble understanding the heuristics. Can somebody please explain? These ...
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Documents similar to Microsoft's guide on creating the best user experience

For several years, I've refered back to Microsoft's best user experience guide document but I'm starting to think that by just using one guide as my, uh, guide, I may be narrowing my horizons a ...
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How do you go about comparing the usability of platforms?

We're currently doing usability analysis a set of kiosks and we're in the comparative analysis phase. The trouble is, we're not exactly sure how to compare the usability of a platform (as opposed to a ...
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Where can I find research about UI Design Across Form-Factors/ Devices (e.g. TVs & entertainment systems)?

Has there been marketable research in new UI design ideas that could work across form-factors (from desktop down to smartphones on the one end and to widescreen HD TV for games on the other)? So that ...
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iOS Settings Standards: Using Checkbox Rather Than Switch

If you are familiar with iOS devices, you know that the settings application uses the UISwitch control to show that a parameter is enabled or disabled. This control appears as a toggle switch and even ...
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Why do some custom iOS apps use the native nav bar?

I'm talking about Instagram or Foursquare, they are custom designed but still are using default themed menu bar for navigation. Is there some dirty secret behind it?
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Is it a problem if a word describing a software action has additional controversial meanings in the real world?

Is it a problem if a word describing a software concept has additional potentially controversial meanings in the real world? To name some examples: icon - in software it is a small image which ...
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Is breaking long menu names into two lines bad design?

I have a requirement in which I have to design a horizontal navigation with 6 menu items.The challenge here is some of these menu items are pretty long and if I tried putting all the menu items on one ...
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Desktop software design patterns

There are a lot of resources on the web about web applications design patterns, but only a few about desktop applications. And this is quite strange as most of the business targeted software is ...
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Does anyone have any good examples of a Heuristic Evaluation report? [closed]

Looking for something that is well laid out & easy to read.
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Is there any UX guidelines to be considered for Android desktop widgets?

While designing an android desktop widget is there as UX guidelines to be followed? what are the steps to be taken care while designing an widget?
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Force Directed graph for visualizing hierarchical forms Bad Idea?

Currently we got lots of forms which we realize using Tree-view. Person clicks the tree node and a forms we designed for that opens in page aside the tree-view(Using the tree-view because there is ...
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How to design an IDE?

I am looking for professional advice including blogs and papers on how to design scalable Integrated Developement Environments (IDEs) and different approaches to it. By scalable I mean that the IDE ...
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Bland shades of grey application

I'm going to be working on enhancements to an existing desktop application, however, it's basically different shades of grey with some dark blue-grey. There are some icons with some color and that is ...
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Do you consider the “960 Grid System” one of the “Holy Grails” of User Experience layouts? [closed]

Is there a "Holy Grail" of layout? I recently redesigned a website for a client (University of Connecticut Coop), where I happened upon a link in their old code to this article: ...
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How did you create design guidelines for your organization?

As a newly hired UX specialist, I'm planning to create design guidelines for developers and QA testers in my organization. The problem is I'm not sure what's the best way to approach this. Shall I ...
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Setting safe defaults for user interface configuration by client

I am currently a consultant working for a software development company who is building an application for their client. The dev company feels that every aspect of the ui should be customize-able, ...
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What knowledge about GUI standards/design a test analyst should have?

I am a software tester who works on a newly developing software product. Sometimes I feel the GUIs are not very user friendly but could not justify as I do not have enough facts/knowledge on GUI ...
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What is a good web page resolution to design for? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Common screen resolution in 2011? What would be a good web page resolution to design for? I currently work according to 1024px wide resolution screens. and create UIs ...
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What are best practices when designing a left-hand navigation element?

There are many CMS and other web application that sometimes require a left-hand navigation area which provide a way for the user to access additional resource in that specific area. This is not a ...
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What is the standard convention for ordering On/Off buttons?

I am working on a Windows application that has a set of On/Off radio buttons, specifically "Low Power" and "Normal". I have arranged them so that the Low Power button comes first, and the Normal ...
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hiring a web designer: design task

I need to hire a web designer. How do I test his creativity and skills before I hire him. Ideally I'd like to give him a fairly open-ended task i.e. I give him a problem statement and ask him to ...
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guidelines for creating interactive visualisations for the exploration of datasets?

Does anyone know any guidelines in creating interactive visualisations for the exploration of datasets? I can find lots of material on why particular instances are good or bad, but the actual design ...
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Where to place the login panel?

The following Screens is taken from the most popular websites.what is the best practices for login panel. (right, left, cennter). wordpress display login panel in center while yahoo google and ...
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Nagging the user with double message box for something that is important.

When our software is installed, it installs some networking components. It may run fine immediately after the install, but chances are that some applications won't be able to talk to the network until ...
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Resources for learning Gestalt principles

I've seen the Gestalt principles or laws referenced often when it comes to graphic design and even UI and UX. Is there some definitive guide, book or original research about this subject that I can ...
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What factors should I consider when [re]designing a home page / home screen?

I've been considering redesigning the home screen for the next release in a desktop application I'm responsible for. This could probably be thought of as a brand-new design, since I have virtually no ...
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Best way to convince a decision maker on UX approach.

What is the best possible strategy to convince a stakeholder to adopt a new approach when they seem to hold on to a particular idea which is more generic. What I would like to hear are the best ways ...
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Why do programs ask the user to configure auto-update when first run?

Yesterday, I was installing F.lux on my Mac (cool-looking program by the way), and when I ran it, it asked me if I wanted the program to automatically update. How am I (or any average user) supposed ...
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Font sizes for WCAG2.0 AAA

Anyone know what the WCAG2.0 definition of 'Normal' and 'Large' fonts are, as they relate to the AA and AAA levels? I've googled and read the WCAG site and docs but unless I'm being really stupid ...
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How do you conquer the challenge of designing for large screen real-estate?

This question is a bit more subjective, but I'm hoping to get some new perspective. I'm so used to designing for a certain screen size (typically 1024x768) that I find that size to not be a problem. ...
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How does one create Website UI guidelines? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How did you create design guidelines for your organization? What points do you need to consider while writing the UI guidelines for a website. How much in depth should ...
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Guidelines for representing sentinel values within a list

I'm curious if anybody can point me to a list of guidelines (preferable regarding Windows Development UI design) that may help layout rules which to follow when representing sentinel or special values ...
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Blank slate invitations - best practices

Blank slate invitations (a term taken from the book Designing Web Interfaces) are inline invitations/instructions on how to interact with the UI - primarily aimed at novice users. That is, e.g., when ...
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Two step selection in windows phone 7

How to display this two step selection dialog in a native way in WP7: States (in my case approximately 40 entries) Cities (in my case 1-15 entries) Here are my thoughts I want to discuss with you ...
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Is it correct to sometimes capitalize words mid-sentence in computer user interfaces?

I've noticed that many sites and user interfaces tend to capitalize certain words or sentences like so: Choose File Select a File to Upload Account Settings How to Format but in some other ...
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Using slider component as video's trackbar and volume control

Do you guys think it is ok (usability wise) to use the same slider component design as video trackbar and volume control?
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What are common keyboard shortcuts for WYSIWYG form/report generators?

I'm re-writing a program I wrote right out of college, now I know a lot more about the programming language, but I'm not too up on common design issues and I don't want to leave anything out this ...