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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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Potential issues with using an 'Autoshow Fixed Menu'? [closed]

Upon a recent update to my Nexus 4, a new feature is present in my browser, whereby when I scroll down, the address bar disappears and the webpage is full-screen, only when you scroll back up do you ...
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What is it called when users expect applications/websites with similar functions to have similar UI?

I'm sure there's a term for this, but I can't seem to find it... So, for example, if I was to create an application that had to do with photo editing, users would expect a layout and commands ...
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Integrating a company web page and access to web apps once signed in - best practices / great examples?

Some companies, like Fitbit, integrate the corporate web site and their apps seamlessly and allow the users to navigate between the two experiences - the official company web site and personal Fitbit ...
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Should Slide in/out navigation be restricted to tablet/mobile?

I am in the early phase of a project, brainstorming the overall design and it involves putting together a collection of different web based applications under the umbrella of one application ...
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Interface for Data Brushing

For an interactive graph I'm using a UX pattern called Data Brushing. My starting point is a d3js example by Mike Bostock. This is what it looks like in its initial state: The smaller graph below ...
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Communicating Details on Demand Interaction Pattern: Consumer World Examples?

I need to educate some development teams about "details on demand" - an interaction pattern where the user requests additional information about an object if necessary (as opposed to the system ...
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Visual design first, interaction later?

Has anyone had experience with visual design as the first step in the UX process? The idea being, interaction design happens after visual design, as more of a documentation phase. In effect, reverse ...
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Is a middle dot (·) the best way to signify a space?

In our web application we try to give explicit instructions of what to do or to type if the user desires so. One of our tips looks like Click or type /r to respond. If /r followed by a space is typed ...
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Is it ok to force uppercase for the first letters of names? [duplicate]

If a user enters their name with lowercase letters, should we respect that or force it uppercase? "john doe" displayed as "John Doe". There is a contingent in our group that thinks it would be ...
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Disabling all text selection by default on mobile

From my perspective disabling all text selection by default on mobile is the correct approach. In almost all mobile web applications/frameworks and native mobile applications, by default you will be ...
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Which should be the correct behavior for sort in multi-page list?

We are building an application which may have thousands item in the table list. As we decide each page only show 25 item, so there maybe 10-100 pages. We allow the user click the table column header ...
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Long press (press & hold) gesture in iOS app

I was wondering if this gesture is as commonly found in iPhone and iPad as in Android apps, or if it is more used in iPad than in iPhone or vice versa. I personally don't use this gesture very ...
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When designing incentives, how do you keep employees from gaming the system?

So I was at Massive Housewares Retailer* on Monday, and at the point of purchase, as part of the shopping experience, the cashier asked me if I would like to sign up for a Massive Retailer Charge Card ...
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How to arrange a Slider control with DropDown option

I have a form with many fields. One field is numerical and it can have these 3 values (option A: 2.0, option B: 1.5, option C: 1.0, and also an extra option CUSTOM: any value the user wants). Problem ...
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Transparent resin casting vs. solid metal color

I am designing an electronics circuit (gps-tracker/recorder) that I would like to cast in a material for durability and aesthetics, as pictured. I may decide to sell it at some point. It would be ...
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What is the difference between web design, interaction design, user experience design, and user interface design?

It seems all four of these branches of design relate to each other at one point or another, and one can easily be confused for another by novices or outsiders looking in. Job postings online ...
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Long form in dialog for iOS iphone?

My current project is to translate an existing Android gingerbread style app design to an iOS7 iPhone design. The Android app utilizes various dialogs (such as the one here) with embedded forms. ...
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Consistency vs Simplicity

I am working on a system for doctors and designing a 'schedule an appointment' page. Our system works on building a health network for doctors. Would it be better for me to have the appointment form ...
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Dangerous situations and ease of use for satnavs

A satnav is a device that people are often tempted to use while actually driving, which is a dangerous thing to do as they are distracted from driving while operating it. Should the interaction ...
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Swipe gestures in mobile news site design

On a mobile news site, should swipe be used to navigate between articles or should traditional buttons be used? E.g. swiping from right to left to go to the next article. The only issue I can see is ...
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Datagrid Selection: Consistency & Placement

I'm working on an application that heavily utilizes datagrids (unfortunately) and I question the placement of the select option. Refer to my attachment and the list below: Select Option - Datagrid: ...
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Do people still use drag and drop?

Is drag and drop (for say photo uploads) a good idea? Aren't users frustrated by all the steps you have to take? Do most people even know how to do it? Open a window Browse to your files Ensure ...
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Suggestions for organizing functions

A little background, I am working on a controller for use with various studies. For this particular study there are multiple phases from 1-6, each of the buttons in the picture below make the robot ...
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Better way to display excessive data in table cell iOS

I am displaying data retrieved from server in UITableView. Each cell has to display more than 10 fields as shown in figure. Its looking very ugly if I just simply put up the fields in cell. I have ...
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Is it ever acceptable to break extremely common interaction functions?

There is an adage in web UX which goes 'Don't break the back button' which refers to the fact that the back button in a browser is such a consistent function that to create a situation where it's ...
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Is UX design subject to disruptive innovations?

Do you think that UX design in computers is subject to disruptive innovations in similar ways that computer programming and hardware engineering are? I am specifically focusing on the core way we ...
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Are there any design patterns for 'saving' or 'collecting' rows in datatables?

I'm trying to research a way to support this, and the requirement is that there should be a 'quick reference' area for users to save/store particular rows from a search results page. It's almost ...
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Complex Automated Wizard using filenames User Interaction Problem

I have a UX problem involving an interaction that teaches the system how to parse a particular file name. (Note this is not the exact interaction and it does not deal with file names, but it does deal ...
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Why did browsers get rid of the standard menu across the top and now have one button in the top left corner?

It used to be typical of most computer programs to have File, View, Options etc. across the top of the application window. I have noticed that, starting with browsers, many programs have gotten rid of ...
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Alternate UI Pattern for slider

I am designing tablet form where i have to capture term of investment for a deposit. Currently, i have designed a typical slider component but we have some technical limitation due to which we are not ...
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Is the usage of text embedded in an image a bad practice, for very controlled uses?

What are your thoughts on writing your text in images? I'm not saying throughout the whole website... But in certain key locations like image carousels. And I'm not talking about the special cases ...
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Where should pasted objects in a drawing application be placed?

We are creating a drawing application where users can add shapes to a canvas. They can cut/copy/paste via keyboard shortcut or context menu. For the context menu, it's pretty clear that the pasted ...
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Consistency on container, or item type?

I have a question which relates to the attached image. I have a sidebar with a thumbnail image which relates to three types of items - images (mainly) - pdf's and videos. When someone lands on a ...
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CLI: How should I order sub-commands in usage messages?

I'm developing a tool with a command line interface. I am seeking the clearest, most obvious/user-friendly way of ordering the sub-commands in the usage/error messages. The nature of the tool is that ...
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How should I order arguments to my import/export commands?

I'm developing a distributed project management tool with a command line interface. I have two commands relating to initially copying a project to/from a hub. The export command looks like this: prog ...
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Should the sign on experience for microsites within a company be exactly the same as the master site?

I am currently redesigning a secondary website (microsite) for a company's financial advisors. The primary reason for accessing this microsite is so they can sign on to their private dashboard area. ...
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How should a “mains failure” indicator be designed on a UPS?

I've already faced this issue twice. There's a UPS and its mains cable is loose and all of a sudden the cable just falls out so the UPS gets disconnected from the mains. So it starts beeping which ...
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First launch tutorial - Stacked screenshots vs. overlayed bubbles?

When the user first launches our mobile application, we would like him to go through a few steps explaining the main features/controls of the interface. I see two possibilities: a series of stacked ...
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How to show the user the possibility to sort a column with space problems

I am working with a big table with 20 columns and a lot of information. I know that the most common way to indicate that a column is sortable is by adding a little arrow at the right or left of the ...
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Best practice for sorting and being able to “check all” in a table with checkboxes

I have a table as part of a form for which users can click the header row to sort by that column (and click again to reverse order). The table also contains checkboxes, and clicking the checkbox in ...
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How to indicate selected item in table?

I have a table of related items. Let's call them orders. Users can select an item from the table and full details will be displayed in a separate section below the table. I move the currently selected ...
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Are new app designs deviating from conventional (better?) Interaction designs?

I am on the 3rd chapter of Joshua Clark's Tapworthy : Designing great iPhone apps And I was really taken aback by the first few pages. In these first few pages Joshua Discusses the "thumb hotspot" ...
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What do you call websites that make heavy use of vertical scrolling?

This question is similar to Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern? I see a lot of modern websites moving to larger, singular pages with more content and more vertical scrolling. This is often ...
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Where to put element controls?

I have the following: I think it's less than ideal because the edit/delete buttons are requiring me to waste a bunch of vertical whitespace within the element. Options that I can think of: ...
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Any reason not to programmatically put the cursor in the search box by default view instead of forcing the user to click before writing the search?

Is there any reason not to programmatically put the cursor in the search box by deafult instead of forcing the user to click before writing the search? Google for instance does this but not always. ...
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How do I label a button that exposes a “code behind” editor?

Background I'm building an editor where the user interacts with a graphical representation of the data. This data is actually generated from a script which the user may expose and edit (the "code ...
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Should primary click/tap action be listed in contextual menu as well?

Contextual menus are a nice way to extend the number of actions that can be performed directly on an item. However, the primary action is sometimes doubled there, usually listed as the first one. ...
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Should Checked-in People be disabled, or non-checkedin people

I am designing a backend roster system. The administrator scans the users barcode and then records the time they checked in. My question is which group of people should look disabled? My thinking ...
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Better method of displaying recipes [closed]

I'm working on a recipes-saving application and trying to figure out which method of presenting recipes is better. Each recipe that is displayed on the page has a name, but not necessarily a photo. I ...