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Do people really want to look at multiple windows at once?

I'm referring to Jakob Nielsen's alertbox from November 19, 2012. He complains about the lack of windows in Windows 8: Lack of Multiple Windows = Memory Overload for Complex Tasks One of the ...
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Personal information in messages

Is it good to add some personal information (name, username or other) in success or error messages?
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Giving my clients all of the information… or not

I'm developing a website for a client of mine. A man who is doing on-site automotive work (e.g. the side of a road). He also does work in peoples driveways. He recently got some calls from people ...
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Why not use ellipsis to ask the user?

I'm using ellipsis in titles to ask the user. Something like this: I have also this alternative (more traditional): What do you think is the most intuitive for the user? Do you have another ...
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Giving users ability to change order of information on their profiles

I'd like to allow people to change the order of sections on their profiles. The idea is that if a person X has an impressive "Experience" section, while person Y has no experience but an interesting ...
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Collapsible content vs. static text for FAQ/Information page

I am designing a simple FAQ/information page. We already have one, which you can view here: http://merchantfuse.com/site/general As you can see we use collapsible content boxes. However I am ...
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Title for a URL of source/upload field?

I want to ask people for a logo, not using to much space. The solution i'm using is to have an input text field where you can type in/paste the URL of a logo you may have it on server and a button at ...
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Which type of help system is best?

At my company we create Windows based desktop applications. In the past, we have created .chm files for our help documentation and have been happy with it. We have now been faced with some issues ...
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Should we show how many views a page has?

As part of a new site design I've put in the functionality to track and count unique page views. This is predominately used to create a list of popular articles and blog posts. Is there a negative or ...
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Show tooltip immediately or only after a click on the “i”

I've got a loan applicant form. All the fields are required and most of them got a describing tooltip. I struggle when it comes to the point how to show the tooltips. Hide them until a user clicks a ...
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Selected group item - How should collapsed group indicate selection?

Requirements: . selectable groups and items . click on the arrow expand and collapse groups . click on row selects the item or group . click on group row select all items within download ...
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Interaction with a grid with complex cells

Problem definition: A grid where each column represents an attribute of a task and each row is a task One of the columns represents the progress reported on that task Multiple persons can be ...
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Should the “Help” menu really be called Help?

Most of todays applications have a menu called Help as the last element in the menu bar. But many applications are using the Help menu as a general container for anything that does not fit into other ...
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Building search interfaces with a large number of options

I'm about to start developing a web interface to a search - it indexes a large number of items with a lot of metadata, so there is a need to enable searching in multiple ways over lots of data. There ...
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What are some good concepts to be mindful of when integrating two separate websites?

Background: I am working with a client that is not ready to let go of their archaic website. We are designing a new feature that will be hosted on separate domain under their branding with the ...
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Software UI: presentation and availability of optional information

I want to make the user of my software program feel comfortable with the new concepts being put before them. As part of this approach I have adopted the "information button" concept for most of the ...
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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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What does an information architect do?

Do they just create site navigations? Or do they have do to more? If so, what are the most important tasks an information architect has to do?
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How does a “mental model” relate to an information model

In UI design we often talk about "mental models" that users need to form. I'm wondering if there is a particular relationship between that mental model and the actual information model that the system ...
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Advice on layout/presentation of information to user in web page

I'm developing a website that helps connect nightlife promotion companies with consumers. Each night life company hosts events and various venues and on various nights. I want to give users/consumers ...
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How should I show access controls to users

As we design complicated systems for multiple users, it is important to show them security information for their firms. I want to show them who can do what action to which accounts. Clarity is very ...
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Graph overlay that doesn't obscure the data

I'm building an app that renders a line graph of the user's wellness over time. (For example:) It also needs to mark the days they took medication. Originally, I wanted to place a dot at the ...
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Best way to layout information to optimize readability

The application I am designing is a large table of information that is updating in real time. The rows in the table are live orders in the companies system, our users scan through the list items, ...
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How should I determine where to place an application version number?

I'm developing a desktop application that requires an application number to be viewable in some way for our users. I am trying to determine what would be a good place for it that is meaningful to ...
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What would you consider to be the natural order for this graph?

I have the following case: I have 5 sale channels and I want to build an active chart (part of a monitoring solution) in order to display the differences between today and yesterday sales, per ...
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Less frequent but relevant information more seldom or more frequent but less relevant information more often?

In a project I’m participating in we are in a crucial crossroad. We’re discussing whether it’s better to fill an intranet with information, even if it’s not directly targeted at this particular user, ...
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Greying out or hiding information icons

I've seen a lot of posts here about greying out or hiding controls and menu items, but this question is about greying out or hiding informational icons in a selection list. I'm curious on your ...
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Regards to Records in a Table: Long Scrolling versus 1 > 2 > 3

There are some questions that have been asked along this topic; however, I did not find this exact question. I am having a disagreement with the technical architect on my team in regards to how to ...
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Forcing a workflow while making it easier for the user

I'm working on an internal webapp that requires users to Enter Meeting Notes. Currently, the users write their notes in a Word template, then copy/paste into one large text field in the app. The notes ...
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is better to use price ranges displayed with $ symbol or actual prices?

I am building a web restaurant listing, and I am concerned about the clarity of the message between the design simplicity of showing price ranges like ...
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How do you deal with multi-part labels along an axis of a bar chart?

I am developing mockups for several charts that we need to display. One of the recurring problems I encounter is that the labels for the category axis (y-axis in this case) are actually made of of ...
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How to best present data that is incomplete?

The app uses data and images to create an interface. It will be a web or native app. Some of the data that is gathered is incomplete. Sometimes the data on the images are missed. The question is: How ...
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Generic concepts for warnings

I would like to formulate a basic concept for a warning before clicking on a dangerous button. The concept should include a short description on the button purpose, the results from clicking and ...
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Displaying a large data table in a mobile app

Does anyone have any suggestions for displaying a large data table in a mobile app? Some of the columns (the ones that are underlined) need to be able to be sorted when clicked. ...
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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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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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Term that describes saving & unsaving content to an offline/online only state?

Would "save" and "unsave" make sense for the user to clearly make a piece of content in an app available for offline viewing? (Potentially the use of a star alone will be used instead of a word but ...
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How to increase trust and security feeling when collecting bank information

I have a site that needs to collect a user's bank username/password. This is obviously a big hurdle for someone to get over but we have to do that. I'm looking for ways, visually & textually, to ...
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What is the right perspective for applications to talk from? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Your” vs “My” in user interfaces For example, the pictures folder on windows is called "my pictures", but an app might say "are you sure you'd like to delete that"? ...
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What is the best compact chart format for a binary value over time?

I want to show a "success"/"failed" value on a chart in a compact space. Basically I have various processes that run every day. I want to show in a compact space the status history of each process. ...
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How to indicate SubTotal and Total in a chart or table

I'm trying to indicate a Subtotal (83% in the image below) and then a total (83+17=100) below that. Options I'm considering (but don't particularly like): The "sum" line above 83% Making the second ...
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Description and Value, which should be bold?

On a single detail page, which is better? Or should we not bold anything? (bold descriptions) Screen size: 960x480 Dimensions: 8mm x 102mm x 64mm Battery Life: 18hrs Capacity: 32gb Processor: 64bit ...
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What is the arguments for or against persisting information in a multistep wizard?

I am building a feature where the user goes through a multistep wizard to enter information about a situation. There are multiple situations that can occur and the user may be taken through different ...
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Screen Hierarchy

What is a screen hierarchy? We have begun a project in which I need to create a screen hierarchy of the current state of the application, but unclear on what this exactly means.
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Recommend an application that maps the menu architecture of a desktop/enterprise application

I want to map all the GUI menus in an application. For example, in Firefox: "New Tab > Open File > Open File dialog. Is there an application that can map this by analyzing the executable or code? Or ...
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How to best display a legal statement in a responsive menu?

If you have a responsive menu for "accounts" so you can switch between accounts. But then want to display a block of information (for legal reasons) how do you think the best way to do this would be? ...
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A good way of displaying more information when something is clicked

For the sake of this question, assume that I am developing a monitoring platform for a power plant ( I am not actually doing that, but the situation is similar, so this assumption should work). ...
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What's the Friendliest 'Back' Button?

I am designing a social intranet and I'm in need of advice for a friendly, straight-forward 'back' button. Here's the context - user lands on a home page displaying priority content. There is a menu ...
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Should UI be phrased positively or negatively? [duplicate]

I was discussing with a workmate whether user interfaces should be phrased in a positive or a negative manner. I've observed positive sentences are clearer than negative ones to the average user. ...
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How to present data from open questions in a summative way? (besides word clouds)

I'm struggling with a problem which concerns 'Analyze' section in my online survey app. Users don't want to read all of the answers from open question one by one. They need a summarization, a ...