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Why Google and Facebook use one text field by page for account creation?

I would like to know if there is some reason to have the account creation tunnel that way. Is it only because user focus more on an action by page?
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What is the reason arrows are interpreted as direction?

What is the reason arrows are interpreted as direction? Is this a cultural thing or is there something profoundly intuitive to it?
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When to leverage spatial inconsistency?

I want to know when you should and shouldn't leverage spatial consistency/inconsistency in an interface. For example, the new Android update changed the location of the Clear All Notifications button ...
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Gui: Naming menu and commands

I look for guidelines for naming menu or button commands, should they convey the command operation or could be more conceptual and idiomatic (in the context and direction of the software usage) For ...
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How to make windows application looks like standard and profestional?

I look for some advice on GUI of windows application developed by C# VS2012. I don't look for a fancy or unique design but standard and professional. Maybe something like the design of the Windows ...
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Should 'Change Selection' be an undo-able action?

In Microsoft's Windows Explorer, changing the file selection does not count as an undo able action but in Adobe Lightroom (on windows, at least), changing the photo selection does. It feels like ...
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Android Design Principles? [closed]

Hi I am getting started with building Android apps and I think I am getting good at coding, but now I need help with the design. So can you please help me by suggesting any tools or books where I can ...
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Implementing Google Material Design on non-digital products

Reading through the Google Material Design principles and explanations, it seems like they have abstracted the design of products to a high level that is applicable to a range of traditional and ...
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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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Are there guidelines for Viewer-friendly interface design?

For clarification: Viewer-friendly interface Any computer interface that is designed to be seen on television, as opposed to actually be useful for the user. Movies and television often show ...
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Action icons on context menu

I have an object and a menu on its toolbar. When user clicks this an menu icon from top toolbar, a context menu opens in drop down like shown below: There can be actully three kinds of objects so I ...
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UX style guide techniques

I've recently started a major redesign for a large web-based financial tool. To aid future development, I'm planning on generating a UX style guide that outlines best practices for things like forms, ...
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Visually show “File cannot be dropped here”

I am trying to show to user if "File cannot be dropped 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 ...
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Using slider component (TrackBar) as data navigation

I'm finishing an application and the UI of the approval was quite bad. Because the program is hitting production, I'm changing that UI. Ignore the foreign language, this is just a code+description ...
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ux for multiple forms submit by user

What is the best suggested way to handle the UX for submitting multiple forms by user, The user need to submit forms. Example form here: http://jsbin.com/zogeqebilohi/1/edit. **EDIT : ** ...
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Comparing and merging user interface revisions from multiple people

How can I compare, merge, and prevent conflicts between UI changes made by different members of a multi-person UI development team? Context for this Question: Visual diff and merge tools like Meld ...
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Should content be left aligned or right aligned in a table that contains a mix of text and numbers?

I have many tables within a site that have a mixture of both numeric values of all types (currency, integers, etc) and columns that contain text. What is the guidelines or standards for alignment? ...
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Speech Bubbles meaning

I am developing a toon story to illustrate my company's offerings. May be I'll use a landing page, or just create it on the home page. I have 3 actors in it, a cab driver, a bpo company owner and ...
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Energy Labeling Rule - how to make it user friendly?

Starting next, consumer electronic e-retailers will be required to display the applicable label or icon “clearly and conspicuously and in close proximity to the covered product’s price” so that ...
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Which are better: horizontal or vertical vehicle seatmaps?

I work for an online travel agency. We have designed interfaces that show vehicle seatmaps for users to select a seat on an airplane or a bus. Recently the debate has been on which is better: a ...
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Is the implementation of a stability index for a UX component or style guide useful/practical?

The concept of a stability index where the likelihood for the content, where it is code or a specification (e.g. in the documentation of the Node.js API) looks to be rather useful and can be adopted ...
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List versus table design

The inability for tables to deal with data that span multiple rows, especially in situations where the screen space is limited is one particular reason why list views have been used as an alternative ...
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Is the ELMER form design guidelines still current? Any other good government guidelines out there?

I came across the ELMER form design guidelines published by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry, which gives a pretty comprehensive and reasonably well documented set of guidelines for the ...
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Is it better to have links open in the same window, or a new window? [duplicate]

Are there best practices around when it's ok to open links into a new tab and when it's best not to?
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How to study competitive/equivalent interfaces efficiently?

Before starting designing a new interface, I usually study equivalent/competitive UIs to come up with some ideas in terms of functionalities and layout. I would like to conduct this kind of study in ...
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Correct window dimensions

Update: Just to clarify that this question is not about imitating the OS but more about what the ideal dimensions should be, especially when they seem so random natively. I am building an application ...
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Who established space as a pause button?

Title is pretty much self-explanatory, which application did establish space as a pause button in media players in general?
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Paging and Bookmarking

Lets say I have blog and I keep on adding Posts. So on day 1 it will show 5 posts on page 1 and someone bookmarks it. Next day I add 10 more post and someone opens the bookmark. They see completely ...
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User options - selecting the right control based on the number of options available

I have a user interface that allows the user to select the view they want to see their data by. At first there were only 2 options so I used radio buttons. But the client has been adding options 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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Ui guide lines for disabling controls?

In my application I am disabling some controls depending on some checkbox state .Basically the controls consists of textboxes and labels.Currently I am disabling only the textfield so I want to know ...
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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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Anatomy of a UI Elements?

Where can I find documentation on the anatomy of UI elements, such as: Button: label, hit space Scroll Bars: track, thumb, up / down arrows Progress Bars: track, progress Slider: track, thumb etc. ...
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Best practice for representing iOS system apps (Settings or Messages) in your app's UI

In the app we're currently developing, part of the work flow involves redirection to the Settings app and the Messages systems apps (don't get me started on the UX of that. I've tried...). Anyway, ...
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Icon for Appending a file after existing file

I am designing an editor. On my UI, there is an icon for importing a file. When user opens the editor and clicks on “Import” icon, that file is opened in editor. Now I want that if user clicks ...
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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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Is there a UX practitioner's code of conduct/ethics guide?

Often in our line of work we are asked to do things that do not serve the user's benefit and are not in line with UX design best practices, but is there a specific line that we should not cross as UX ...
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Animating items as they come into view

What are the good usability and UX guidelines when considering animating elements when you scroll down the page and they come into view? For example, this template - ...
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Which keyboard shortcuts to chose on cross-platform software?

I've joined a team of devs working on an open source software project which is supposed to run accross multiple platfroms (Windows, Mac, Linux, ...). I'm assigned to a task which includes reviewing ...
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Should we use 'Title Case' or 'Sentence case' for headlines and buttons?

I am wondering if we should use Title Case or Sentence case for buttons and headings in websites and web/mobile apps? Title Case:     Sentence Case:     In Yahoo's UI ...
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User Interface Style Guides: Component Base vs Screen Based

We are in the process of updating some of our creative processes and outputs within our company and one of the items we have been experimenting with is the way we generate our UI Style Guide for the ...
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Opting In/Out Error Handling in Mobile

Designing a settings screen in an app, which involve user opting in or out of marketing from app and/or website and sync across devices. The issue I am having is handling an error if the user opts out ...
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When (if ever) should links be opened in a new window?

I have seen a lot of discussion on this topic but it all seems to be opinion based without any research backing up the assumptions. It seems that there are times that it is particularly relevant to ...
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Is there a webdesign guideline to add dates to web pages?

It seems like whenever I visit a website whether it's a tutorial, or article, etc, they rarely write the date, which makes you wonder if it's 1 year old or 10 year old, especially if it's software ...
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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 is the touchable trigger distance for iOS7's back gesture?

One of the screens in my app has progress slider with draggable handle. Currently this conflicts with the iOS 7 back navigation swipe gesture from left edge of the screen. You can't select the handle ...
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What UX guidelines should one keep in mind when designing the GUI for a automobile center stack/console?

Desgining the UI for a center stack (100% touchscreen), still in the wireframe stages. However, when mocking up the home screen, it dawned on me I don't know much about UX (I do mostly backend work, ...
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Is there a set of underlying UX rules that guide your work? [closed]

As a programmer I find that a very useful set of rules for my daily work is the Zen of Python, a set of basic guidelines that helped me to develop a sense of taste and that became the foundation for ...
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Android pattern of left aligning in action bar

The design guideline for Android action bars is to left align the text or branding of the app, as opposed to center alignment in iOS. Other than the fact that it increases familiarity with other ...
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I have a link that lets the user add, delete, modify elements. What should I call this link?

I have this link that opens a modal popup where the user can add, modify and delete elements. This link was formerly called "Add/Modify/Delete element". This label is used repeatedly through my ...