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How to display a connected boxes with inputs and outputs in a smartphone?

Imagine the concept of a black box, that can have inputs and outputs. A box can connect with other boxes. We have something like this: Now imagine a smartphone. "Ok, this guy is crazy." You ...
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Examples of great Activity Feed Visualisations [closed]

It´s surprising how little variation there is today on activity feeds, everybody seems to copy FB. What I´m trying find is alternative forms of visualisation of activity feeds, ones that use more ...
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Visualization advice for mix of graph/hierarchical data

I have hierarchical data that looks like this: I need to come up with a way to display it with the requirements I'll list momentarily. It is not a tree because there can be cycles (ignore ...
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When is a table the proper way to present data?

UPDATE: added mockups We are in the process of designing a web application interface for administering an online store. In such an interface there are pages for managing products, orders, customers, ...
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What's the best way to represent a timeline graphic

I am trying to represent the following server downtime: (I have couple of more combinations, I have removed for brevity) Server A : 4:00 - 4:30 AM Server B : 5:30 - 6:00 AM Server C : 6:00 - 6:30 ...
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What is the best way to graphically display item's position in a ranking?

My app has a table containing a list of financial securities. One of the columns is the security's position in a list of all available securities ranked by performance. For example: security XYZ is ...
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UXD Methodology - Best practices for identifying a Global Navigation Toolbar implementation

I am part of a large webapp project, but a small UX team (we just went from 1 to 2, a few weeks ago). We were brought in terribly late in the process, to the point where there was literally no chance ...
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Ideal number of data points per 100 pixels for a chart

If there are too many data points too close together in an image, it can look pretty choppy. In this case, we are tracking number of data points over time; eg 500 per minute, 500 per minute, etc. ...
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How many visually distinct colors can accurately be associated with a separated legend in a figure?

For charts and graphs it's a relatively common question by programmers to want to procedurally generate an arbitrary number of colors that are visually distinct. Various research (or educated ...
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What kind of UI metaphors can I use for this game-like community map interface?

I'm developing an interactive map for a local community WiFi network, where upcoming groups/meetings/alerts/etc. can be "dropped" onto the map, based on location. Through user engagement over time, ...
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How to best label age group boundaries?

We're organizing people into age buckets. For example: 0-20 yrs, 20-40yrs, 40-60yrs... I'm struggling with how to best label the age buckets, there are two options: (A) Don't repeat the values, so: ...
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What would be a good way to thumbnail audio?

I want to represent an audio file in an image with a maximum size of 180×180 pixels. I have been thinking about something similar to what Soundcloud does, although it will require some chopping and ...
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How can I choose a colour palette for multiple data visualization types?

I'm currently implementing the Google Visualization API into an existing platform, one requirement of which is the ability to choose custom colours for chart elements (such as pie slices and columns). ...
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What are Good Techniques to Visualize Binary Differences?

I'm particularly interested in diff-based visualizations. Code diffs are the most straightforward and easy as they're used for a long time and have a lot of examples of 1, 2, and 3 pane views. For ...
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What's the best way to graph results of a matrix ranking question?

I'm reworking an existing module which graphs results from a live survey with several different question types. I discovered that the results of matrix-type ranking questions are graphed as a single ...
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Real vs perceived circle area in data visualisation

I am about to visualise some data using circles on top of a map but I am concerned about the real vs perceived circle size. I've read about a bias in the perception of the area of a circle. The best ...
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How do you handle long charts that span multiple pages?

I need to print several bar charts to PDF for some reporting requirements. One the of the issues I am certain to encounter is how to handle the display of very long charts that span multiple pages in ...
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How to indicate that part of a chart can be re-scaled or redefined visually to present a clearer, and/or more specific representation of the data?

I'm wondering about several issues I have with drill down behavior on graphs: How can we visibly show that a certain graph is "drillable" (affordance issue). In more details: On a single chart, how ...
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Programs or markup viewers for legal or logical content?

I am interested in user interfaces that represent legal argumentation and/or logical reasoning. For professionals dealing with complex reasoning and argumentation that is mainly language-based, what ...
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How to display hardware life expectancy?

For a web application I'm developing my manager has asked me to display the life expectancy of a hardware component. The component will according to the manufacturer handle at least 16 000 000 ...
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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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Information Graphics vs Brand Awareness

I'm looking for some information on mapping color to graphs. To be more specific, I've got a bunch of graphs that represent Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and now Google+ in line charts. We've had an on ...
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Good ways to handle precisely overlapping data points in a graph?

In an application, I have a graph of markers--either with or without connecting lines--in which it is possible to have data points, and therefore markers, that are at the exact same location, even if ...
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A portfolio of … text? (Information Visualization Challenge)

I'm trying to build a portfolio template for a writer's portfolio, and I'm having trouble finding an effective way to present so much text. Most portfolio sites have the benefit of (hopefully) ...
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How to handle out-of-range data in a realtime plot?

Background I am working on real-time data acquisition and visualization software for a scientific measurement device. The software gathers data from the device, and plots the data in real time. Data ...
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Ways to visualise a user journey

I would like some opinions on user journeys and how to present them, specifically to the client. What do you think is the best way to present them and what tools would you use to create them? Do you ...
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Suggestions to display large amounts of flight prices?

I have an app that I wrote as a hobby project (when I was learning F#) that collects price data for flights for a given route. I now want to open this up on the web but the major stumbling block I ...
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'Quick select' date ranges - from web forms to Stock Markets is there a unifying standard? (and should there be?)

I see two major schools of thought/implementations of 'quick select' date range options: A) General web apps | today | yesterday | last 7 days | last month | last 3 months | ...etc. | Custom | ...
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Developing the news area for a website

I'm developing a simple website to a small company. It has a back-office (built with PHP and mySQL) for edit/ add/ remove some content like products and news. The news has some text and an image. ...
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Tool for making attractive Org Charts and similar diagrams [closed]

I'm a professor who is looking for a diagramming tool that will make "org chart" type and flowchart diagrams that look really slick and attractive. There are many mindmap tools out there, but I'm ...
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Representing the presence of short events in a long timeline

I am designing an interactive timeline that shows the durations of events visually categorized into a small set (<8 categories). This timeline is very long compared to the length of events: events ...
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What's an alternative to data tables for key/value pairs?

I have a list of 8 key/value pairs I'm displaying in a sidebar using a table element. I'm using a th and td element on each row. However, the td content is often too long and has to be truncated. I ...
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nice way to display a text message for two dates (range)

I have two arbitrary dates. I was wondering if somebody can suggest the rules to create a text message which tells in a very effective way what the two dates are. Let's assume that my solution is ...
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Examples of nice looking html tables [closed]

All tables on my app look like sh*t, it's making me lose hair, I've been trying to make them look better but I end up making them look worse, do you have any examples of nice looking tables? ...
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Seeking research and guidance: what is the maximum usable density of lines in a line graph?

I am seeking any guidance and hopefully published research for guidance about line density in line graphs. Here is a hypothetical example: I want to show a line graph depicting frequency of code ...
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What is a good icon for illustrating expand (and collapse) all? [closed]

I'm trying to devise an icon to indicate that when it is clicked, it will collapse all the nodes in a tree. The tree contains profiles which already have an icon, so ideally I'm looking for a ...
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Graphing Uptime

I am trying to find a way to graph uptime. What is the traditional way to graph the uptime of a device? If the device provides an uptime statistic, how should that be used to graph it. I know how a ...
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Does “ink is expensive” apply in a user interface context?

Edward Tufte in the book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information states, more or less, that ink is expensive. Any ink which is not used to actually convey information is chartjunk and it will ...
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Feedback wanted - pagination design on data-heavy site

My site is a sports pick'em social game. Given the nature of sports and pick'em, it tends to be a data-intensive site. I'm very wary of any new features or designs that might cause the user to be ...
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how to explain logarithmic scale to a non-techie user

In the product we sell, we show comparisons between websites on a number of metrics. Some of those metrics are best displayed with linear graphs, some are best displayed with logarithmic graphs. ...
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Which design pattern to use for showing users task completeness?

For instance I have some data like this: I have multiple users, every users has tasks which could be: not started completed in progress done When I want to achieve clear separation of users, ...
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What is the best way to create an eye-catching display of numeric values in a web page?

I am going to design a management level monitoring page for displaying some sums and counts. No interaction is allowed and it will be used as a monitoring page on a big LCD in the managers view. The ...
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Allow users to choose visualisation type?

Wondering if anyone has any recommendations or articles on this. Basically we conducted research into the best methods of visualisation are for particular datasets. Basic example, data plotted over ...
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Individual welcome page vs. site content

I am thinking of the structure of one my new apps for the web. What do you think would be the most userfriendly approach to present the sites first page? Have a welcome page that shows just a ...
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Examples of Master/Detail UI for “Social-Style” data [closed]

I'm looking for examples of interfaces that allow users to explore complex, interconnected systems on a variety of levels, from high-level patterns to low-level details. In the mapping world, this ...
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Usability of Web Analytics Applications

Are there any usability resources out there that specifically deal with the design of an analytics web application? I've been tasked to design a web app with a strong analytics component and I've ...
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How do you decide whether additional information is harmful?

In any primary user interface screen, a designer must find a balance between too little and too much information. Often, adding additional status information is cheap, technically. Therefore, some ...
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How to convey element dimensions to casual users?

In a CMS backend dialog for controlling the dimensions of a content element (e.g. an image) including the possibility to adjust padding, borders and margins; In a GUI, what is a good way to convey ...
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Best UI approach to align the column titles of reports

I would like to know what the best approach is to align header columns according to their data type. I haven't found any Human Design Interface articles explaining this. Should the header column ...
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Are Sparklines appropriate for use in dashboards of reporting software?

For those not aware of Sparklines, here is an example: http://demos.telerik.com/silverlight/#BulletGraph/FirstLook Would these work well to really give users a quick dashboard/reporting overview of ...