Any technique for creating images, diagrams, or animations to communicate a message.

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Is there any value in using “irrelevant” icons

I'm currently wireframing/"UXing" and doing the front-end dev work on the rebuild of a reasonably big intranet app with lots of data in various sections. To make things easier for the users to pick ...
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How shall I display my application version and contact details to the end user

The traditional approach for displaying application information to user is through Menu. User select Help > About and we display a popup displaying the details. Is there a better approach doing ...
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Symbols to represent dynamic items

This problem is not new to me. An user can have multiple interests, so he will check some items that is presented to him. For this example. Ten items of interest. So he will mark as interested in ...
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I want to group countries on a map into different mutually exclusive groups. What is the best interactive way to achieve this?

I am in a process to create an interactive map which displays sales of a product by region. Based on the data shown there is a possibility that I may find similarities between a few regions and want ...
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Graph for toggling data set

We are building a network monitoring tool and we need to show a graph which shows the Active/Inactive state of the machines. Like for example, during a period of 24 hours, during which periods the ...
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Interesting visualizations for a personnel in-out control

I have a database with the data of all the company personnel in and out through several facilities (All people must put their fingerprint in the scanner to open doors) I'm looking for interesting way ...
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Reputation Scoring Signals

My Question: How is the UX of the best, or any, web reputation systems capturing and representing offline influence within a community? What are the signals that are quantified or illuminated in ...
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Feature Matrix: Compare Products by Date/Time Range?

Problem Statement It is common to allow a user to compare two or more products in a matrix that lists features/benefits down one axis and the selected products along the other. But how do you ...
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UX around open data [closed]

I'm looking to better understand Web User Experience around the opening of data by organizations. An example is what the world bank has done with their data, see this. So I'm looking for: Notes, ...
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Need icons for SQL datatypes [closed]

I'm looking for icons which could be used to visually represent the various datatypes of SQL Server (for a nice db-doco). Is such a thing out there somewhere (commercially or public domain) or would I ...
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Representing a network of product dependencies as a diagram

The company I work for builds solutions - these are the items we take to market. Solutions consist of programs (1-to-many) - these are repeatable projects, or 'recipes' that we piece together to make ...
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How can I keep up-to-date with the latest thinking about designing complex, rich applications?

I am designing a very complex eco-system of apps. I like to make sure I am up-to-date with the latest thinking, research and trends in app and UI/UX design. I find that there are many great articles, ...
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Charts or Tables

I have been working on a dashboard where a chart and a table are requested. However, both would contain the same data. For instance, it is required that a country map is shown, with the values of ...
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How would you design a two stage bar chart drill down?

A common design pattern I've used is using a horizontal bar chart to visualize numeric data about a series, and a click through drilldown that discloses a pane with more detailed information about the ...
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Does animating statistical data make it easier to understand?

I'm looking at this presentation at Ted.com, and it uses impressive animated statistics: Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your worldview Does using animated data make understanding statistical data ...
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Visualizing a Content Audit

I would like to create a graphical representation of a content audit I have done on an intranet. My purpose is fairly simple: cut through the perception that there is much more content that is much ...
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Appropriate color for updated row data

I have a digital signage app that displays flight information. In shows data in rows like you see at pretty much every airport in the world. Text is white on black, row background alternates ...
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Why are election results presented by a geographic map instead of a cartogram map?

This morning (in Sweden) I woke up early to watch the 2012 presidential election in United States. I watched different news sources but all of them presented a geographical map of the results instead ...
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How to visualize cause and effect relationships with diagrams?

How can I model relationships where one or more causes produces an effect? I hope that such diagrams may make some of my ideas clearer to the user than just a block of text. Are there some tools that ...
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Data visualization - what should be the baseline, 'you' or the 'comparator' series?

This question is about data visualization, but ultimately it deals with usability and user expectations, so I felt it was appropriate to post it here. Imagine you are doing a comparison over time ...
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How can I handle long text displayed inside a bar in a bar-chart?

I'm working on a project where one of the reports I'm displaying on screen is a type of Gantt Chart. The customer wants some information about the activity the bar represents displayed inside of the ...
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Time based activity feed aggregation - What time?

I am implementing a news feed similiar to Facebook's. Essentially, the feeds are stored as individual items: 1 Nov 2012 9:00 AM [John] was [tagged] in [photo album "Halloween 2012"] 1 Nov 2012 9:20 ...
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How to visualize similarity of one file to another?

Problem My file-system is a mess, over the years I've been accumulating way too many downloads I didn't care to uncompress and organize, code that was subject to endless copy+pastes and improvements ...
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visualising session data

I'm recording Users session data for my sites. I record login and logout dates/times along with pages viewed and country codes of where they visited from. I'm having trouble working out which graphs ...
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Colour status notification for admin

I have to design , a website for a inventory storage firm. The items that are displayed , have three different status 1) In the store 2) Outside 3) Under Process, When user , visits the homepage, ...
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Examples of software that generates stuff based on templates and various inputs [closed]

We've just started thinking about a new product (to be used internally at a company) that: Takes in multiple inputs (hundreds) Has a large set of templates (thousands) Has a large set of previously ...
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How do I represent null values in a line chart?

I am building a web-based analytics platform. I am looking to plot a line chart that represents the number of seconds it took for me to reach a live service agent via phone on a given day. In the ...
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How to represent an X/Y mood data to a user within a very small space (32x32)?

I'm building a mood tracker app for iPhone and am running into a user experience issue - I would like users to be able to track their moods, along with other events in a vertical "history". The mood ...
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How to let the user know that we have not enough data to render chart?

...in various charts like line, pie and column charts. What a message to show? In what place?
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Using JQuery DataTables to display many columns

We have a large document archive. It is built similarly to how a Cassandra Database would store items having column names and column values stored for each item. This can lead to having way to many ...
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Tufte's data density, readability and comparison

I'm intrigued by Tufte's data density. While I love his definition of data / ink ratio which can be easily measured, I have hard time measuring data density. He defines data density in a graphic as a ...
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Check-boxes vs. Icons

I have a table with hundreds of records. Each of the rows might have one or many check-boxes. Something that looks like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq ...
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Spacing of items inside a panel (WrapPanel)

Many sites and applications using WrapPanel to display your items. Items are queued from left to right and when there is no more space tend to skip to the next line. For Example: What is the ...
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How can I communicate linear progress through a series of states with color?

I'm trying to help visualize a portfolio of projects. They start off in the first state with some basic details, then they're reviewed, fully defined, and finally, work is begun. Right now, the ...
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Indicating relationships between multiple gauges or charts representing different views of the same data

The problem We have a need to show the status of a daily ingest of thousands of files coming from different senders. A quick mockup is this: The problem is that Ipsum and Dalore are just sub-views ...
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Are there any resources about connotations related to visual elements from a cultural perspective?

I've been wondering about this for some time, are there any libraries or resources online that show what connotations are attached to any given design element from a cultural perspective? I am aware ...
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How can I show marking state (for individual data values) in aggregate representations?

I am working with a data-visualization application where users can view individual data items and aggregate values. Users can also "mark" individual data items; the semantics of marking are simply ...
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Can this chart axis labelling be improved? (Showing zero in histogram)

I have a chart like the one pictured, with the following "tick intervals": 0, 1-10000,10001-20000,20000-30000 and 30000+ What is a consistent way of labeling the x-axis? I am not pleased with how ...
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Price ranges vs concrete price for 3rd party vendors

I'm building a website for a consulting firm that creates websites for its customers. In the website there is a small section that mentions a few hosting services as well as their prices (just for the ...
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Graphic design critique parameters

I am working at a consulting company these days and I am having some issues with graphic designers I work with. Basically I have tested the graphic designers in various short projects for the ...
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Alternative graphical representation of a goal achievement?

The client has a set goal X that he wants to achieve every month and he wants this represented graphically and I agree that it would be a good way for people to easily see how far along they are. The ...
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Can I get some inspiration on displaying visualization for a tabular data in addition to displaying it in a table? [closed]

I need to display a report on back end data. The report is basically the distribution of Vendors by devices on the network. I am using jquery datatables for my tabular data and google charts treemap ...
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How to display ranges in a map legend

We need to display a map legend that shows ranges of pipe diameters. Currently we have something like this: The problem with this is that the edge cases are ambiguous. Does 50mm fall in the first ...
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One page websites - do and don't

I'm about to develop one-page website. But suddenly I'm not sure this is the right solution. The content characteristics are: Contains 8 sections. The sections depend on each other: section 2, for ...
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How best to show the 'weight' (importance) of bullet-ed items in a non-intrusive (creative) way?

I have a web page with a bulleted list of items each with an associated weight i.e. level of importance. The bullets are of equal width but not necessarily of equal height. Here's a graphical ...
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Display Email Address + Website? Or is it redundant?

When putting contact data on a page, do you use email and website separately or do you just go with the assumption that the user will get the website from the email (given that it's ...
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Combine Kinects image and depth data

Playing with a Kinect, I wonder how the depth channel could be integrated /combined into the video stream? Update: I want to present both data channels to the users. How could I design this? What I ...
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What are good UI Visualizations to show in a grid for ranking activity?

I have a grid with a list of runners (one person in each row) on a webpage. I want to show some visualization in a column to represent how much they have ridden in the last year. Right now I am just ...
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Presenting comparable data series with varying frequency

I've a data design challenge that requires the presentation of data where the data is comparable (can be plotted or presented as a table) but who's data points are inconsistent. Inconsistency occurs ...
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What are techniques for showing a future state on an empty dashboard?

I am working on a new web application that will have a user dashboard displaying lots of great information with charts, notifications, alerts, etc. The actual data populating the charts will not be ...