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

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What are lightbox / modal window UI best practices for viewing full-sized images in a gallery?

I'm an artist and amateur web designer. On my portfolio website, I've grouped my work into projects. Most of my projects contain few (20 or less) images, so I just display them in full size and let ...
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Do we have a taxonomy of UX requirements for software products?

I am a researcher on UX. My research aim is to help software engineering practitioners in early stages, i.e. requirements engineering, to deal with UX requirements even if their knowledge on UX and ID ...
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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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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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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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Is there a Windows 8 desktop UI Guideline or HIG anywhere in the world?

And I don't mean Win 7 / Metro UI guidelines, I have them up the wazoo, but I've changed jobs and need to start looking at the new Windows 8 DESKTOP design. I know it takes a lot of cues from Metro on ...
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Navigation bar and Toolbar in ipad app at top of screen - apple's approval?

I'm a newbie. I have got a wire frame for ipad application, in which navigation bar and tool bars are placed on the top. And back button is placed in toolbar. Whether it violates apple's guidelines or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Any recommendations on dealing with wizard screens with wildly different amounts of content?

I'm facing an issue with a wizard import system. The content of each screen in the wizard varies to the tune of creating white spaces as big as 300px by 300px. A stakeholder thinks this is too much ...
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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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Is there a standard “to left justify text and right justify numeric values.”

I'm being told by an experienced BA (> 25 years) that "Numeric numbers are usually totaled therefore should be right justified." And that text should always be left justified. I have never heard ...
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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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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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Should we always make every Link/Button atleast 44X44 size in Mobile site, According to iOS Human Interface Guidelines?

According to iOS Human Interface Guidelines The comfortable minimum size of tappable UI elements is 44 x 44 points. Should we follow this rule for Every link on Mobile Website for better ...
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Displaying information in a dashboard: Advice or references

I have to design a dashboard for managers who need to report to their managers on their areas of responsibility. In the past I have just put counts and line charts over time of what they are ...
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How to let the user add and edit items in a ComboBox? (WinForms)

In my WinForms application there is a ComboBox with default values. The user should be able to add items to the ComboBox or rename existing items. I want the design to be simplistic. This was my ...
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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 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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How to mark required (and optional) fields in a form where some fields are NOT editable?

I have a form showing properties of an entity in a web app: some of the fields in the form are read-only and some are editable. Within the editable fields, some are required to be filled with a value ...
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Why might right aligned field labels be better?

For the longest time, I've used left-aligned labels in my forms, like this: I did this because I thought having the labels left aligned made it easier for readers to scan the list of labels. ...
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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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Back button on iPhone

There is an opinion that in iPhone apps, there's no point in placing the Back button on screens that are directly accessible via the main navigation menu (at the bottom) - because the button just ...
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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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Recommended books for enterprise application interface design [closed]

I've been reading a lot on UX lately with the intention of improving the user experience on the custom applications we develop. Most of the resources I used are targeting informational websites. I ...
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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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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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In which cases does it make sense to use an explanatory video on a homepage?

I am a junior designer and I working on a web service's site design. I am not sure what should I place at the homepage i.e.: Some services like dropbox and readability have a quick video tour which ...
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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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Where can I find style guide for metro UI for web applications?

I am interested in the Metro UI that microsoft has used for windows phone 7 for web. I see that their site microsoft.com has been done with metro UI recently. I am looking for a style guide and ...
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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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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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Common pattern for “multiple fields, at least one required”

Clearly the asterisk is a popular web standard for identifying unconditionally required fields. But what if any one field out of several is required? For example, there are separate fields for home ...
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Showing extra information for a table row when that row's selected

In the app I'm developing, we have a table/list that makes use of a kind of master/details approach; when you select a row in the main table, a second table below it is populated with 'child' items. ...
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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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UX Organisation

I was just wondering if there are any organisations or groups which monitor or provide insight into User eXperience, such as the W3C for the World Wide Web, or the IEEE? Although they are not creators ...
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UI gestures for Kinect, Kinect-type devices

On touch screen devices, there appears to have evolved a standard set of gestures, e.g. pinch and spread with two fingers for zoom in and zoom out swipe with one finger to scroll a document We're ...
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Where can I find an official or recommended Windows desktop application user interface usability and style guide?

I've heard there is a OSX User Interface Usability and Style Guide since the 90's. I never heard of an equivalent book for Windows. Is there any?
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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. ...