An interface is the point of communication between user and system, allowing for input to the system and feedback to the user.

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How to take advantage of white space on a blank interface

I'm working on an interface that allows users to create and edit playlists. As first time users will have no playlists, they will come across a fairly empty page that consists of a 'create playlist' ...
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Do input box highlights improve user experience?

Modern operating systems and web browsers lightly highlight text input fields on mouseover: The highlight is so minimal it's easy to overlook. Other form elements (such as dropdowns) highlight more ...
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Best practices for how search icon functionality should work

I’m trying to find out how exactly the search icon functionality should work when the icon is clicked. This is for a responsive website. I have three scenarios, please view them on a smaller ...
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Rearranging buttons on a vertical toolbar

I'm designing a windows software interface and I'm focusing now on a vertical toolbar with 20+ buttons. In a big screen, we have enough vertical space to fit all the buttons in a single column, but as ...
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Good examples of negative space used in popular software / UXs?

The negative space is quite popular in both typography and vector art; I haven't found any good example or guideline in real UX yet. I'm also assuming that negative space can be "bad" because it ...
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Show “Log In” or “Sign up” after adding items to a cart for an e commerce site?

I'm working on an e-commerce site and I would like to know after the user has added one or more items to his cart and is not logged in he will be directed to a page. Will this page be the "login page" ...
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Card results or list results for mobile web app

I want to know which approach to show results is the better one. The web-app shows roughly 10-20 results, and I want to know if it is better when the user sees these results in a normal list-view ...
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How to display a single thumbnail for multiple human faces?

I have a multi-row table view where an image represent the people who are associated with the row. Each row can have n number of people. How may I show a single thumbnail when members are more than ...
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What is the name of this interface element?

Does anyone know what the proper term is for this incremental counter thing? BONUS: Is there a definitive guide you use to classify these elements? Thanks!
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Displaying to the user a radio button before it has been selected

I've always had this problem but never cared to much until now. Let's say, you want the user to say if the lights were on or off using a simple click. So it's on with the first click, a second click ...
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UI customisation principles and guidelines

I am working on a project that requires catering for a large number of personas and scenarios. Key to meeting these needs is a UI that provides a customised experience. I was wondering if there is ...
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How best to handle a long list of items to rate?

I have a site where one feature is where people list their skills and rate them in two ways. This often turns into a very long list, which makes the task of not only adding but rating each one ...
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What are the concerns with using an icon twice

We are designing a new website template with a global navigation and a child-site navigation. It looks like we are going to use the hamburger icon as the action button to display the menu. One idea ...
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UI : How to edit, save and load a list?

I work on a list builder component that the user must be able to build easliy, save and re-open if needed. I precise that only one list can be active. I didn't find any similar component on the web, ...
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Where to locate a chatbox in a 2D or 3D interface?

I'm wondering if anyone has any evidence or experience to base myself on when locating a chatbox on a website and if possible in a 3D virtual world? Are there any case studies covering the best ...
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UI for parameter which can be defined in two different ways

I develop a desktop app with a wizard like dialog which requires several parameters to be set. Currently all parameters are displayed in a grid with a label and an appropriate control next to it, ...
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How do I persuade my team that less is more?

I'm designing the front end of a tool, and my team seems to want to use all of the built-in ui features. However, this will result in a lot of redundant and inelegant functionality, from my ...
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Is research being done on interfaces that improve your health?

I've been searching around for interfaces that improve your health but I'm not having much luck. I'm a software developer who's fed up with destroying my body by sitting stagnant in bad posture, ...
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Handling loss of visual relationship when selected item scrolls out of view?

I have a list of items. These are selectable, but only one at a time, and when one is selected a panel to the right of the list populates with further info on that selected item. The row is styled to ...
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A breadcrumb within a breadcrumb?

I'm creating a troubleshooting website and part of it is decision-tree based. I plan to show the path the user is on in a breadcrumb-like fashion. If a user selects different options then they go ...
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Native mobile, user content editable

I was wondering because I can't seem to find any examples of a good native design for modifying user content; I'm an Android developer and I have a dedicated job to build one app for our company. For ...
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Extra wide tables best practices

I have a table with large (25+) amount of columns in it. Right now it looks very complex and has a horizontal scroll. I want to make it more useful for the users. One solution is to group columns ...
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Which fields should be pre-filled with previously input information when there are form errors?

I've got a form with the following inputs: First name Last name Email New Password ReCaptcha Terms (checkbox) I'm thinking about pre-filling the following for sure with the same values that were ...
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Are my Sign Up form error messages correct?

I just got done with my Sign Up form set up for my File Sharing & Hosting service and now I'm at a point where I'm developing the returning of form errors. There are 6 fields, and they are all ...
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Numeric input, text fields, drop-downs : Is this too complex?

I'm redesigning an interface to control an exercise game. The interface is going to be something like this (and exists on a PC, not mobile). Right now, we've gathered that our users want to be able to ...
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Should I present a menu option that shows capabilities for a mode the user is not in?

Preface: So, this is a sort of cross-disciplinary question that combines RPGs, game development, and User Experience. I have previously asked this question on the gamedev stack exchange and I ...
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Which is better: radio-buttons or error message?

The Android Virtual Device Manager uses checkboxes instead of radio buttons for "Snapshot" and "Use Host GPU". However, they are mutually exclusive. Why would they use checkboxes instead of radio ...
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Colors and labels on buttons that reflect state

I recently read the "Should 'Yes, delete it' be read or green" (Should "Yes, delete it" be red, or green?) thread and was impressed with the responses. I'm currently having a very similar ...
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Should I display Edit/Delete Buttons when only one field is editable?

I know there's a lot of questions out there asking where to place the edit/delete buttons in a row. My question is if there is only one field of data that is editable in a row, does it make sense to ...
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Preparing Positioning Specs for iOS Developers

After designing your pixel-perfect application in Photoshop, naming and exporting everything correctly - what is the best method / tools that we can use to explain to developers where we specifically ...
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Controls in the bottom bar of a modal popup vs. user's expectations

I work on an application where there are a lot of modal popup/windows. A lot of menus and functionalities can only be triggered through a modal popup. Some modal are big and require a scrollbar. For ...
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Name the on-click menu-in-circle-around-object interface

What is the name for this type of interface? I would like to learn more about it but first I need to find it's proper name. Any links to related reading are welcome. EDIT: While adding tags I ...
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Labels in a zoomable interface

I am working on a zoomable Sankey diagram hoping to be able to display small and big elements at the same time and I con not decide if labels should zoom or keep constant size. Firstly the whole ...
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If text is editable, how important is to show it (appearance wise) inside a text box?

A new approach we adopted for one of our applications is that all our editable text such as name, a description that was once filled out to be border-less. To edit the text the users simply click on ...
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Showing user's (name) initials but what if more than 1 user have the same initials?

I'm designing an app where users can assign tasks to other people. The space I have available to convey to whom the task is assigned to is about 23-25px. So right now we're just showing two initials, ...
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How to represent 0 ratings vs rating is 0

I'm making a details page of a rating system, where one rates from 1 to 5 in multiple metrics and the global rating is the average. However, not all metrics are mandatory, be N/A or not wanting to ...
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Is there such thing as “touchscreen-friendly” user interface?

My understanding about touchscreen-friendly is that the controls are not too small so that they can be tapped by the finger. Are there "touchscreen-friendly" user interface standards? Or is there even ...
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Do interfaces evolve?

People often use the word evolution to describe the change over time that can be seen in human computer interfaces. Is there any research that looks at whether human computer interfaces evolve over ...
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Why does the space bar do page down in browsers

Why is the space bar doing a page down in some viewer apps, especially browsers and PDF readers? For me this seems to be a bit counter-intuitive, and also this behaviour affects games and other ...
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Volume controls: Why is left down and right up?

I see a lot of people discuss the order of buttons (e.g., should OK be on the left and cancel on the right? or submit button on the left or right?) but something that I wonder: Why do volume ...
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Best way to show a multilanguage textbox

We again have the situation to let the user enter a text in multiple languages and thinking about how such a control should work. Situation: A web-admin plans a maintenance window for its site. On ...
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Grab point textures best practice

I'm using jquery's draggable and droppable to enhance the usability of a wireframe stack in our application, and I've already adjusted the cursor to the CSS move glyph to indicate as much. I'd like ...
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Automatic log-in

I've just seen a question here about auto submitting form on a webpage (Should Forms Auto Submit (Auto Advance) When Questions Are Correctly Filled In?). Most people answered 'no', because the person ...
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Intuitive Form Design for Assigning Devices to Users

Hello. I created a webpage where users can assign unassigned devices to their accounts. First there is search view to find the device they want: As you can see, it's quite simple. Pagination, ...
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Is it more useful to display the current speed or average speed for a download/upload?

I'm working on an interface for uploading videos to a website and currently we display the average speed for the upload to the user, as well an ETA derived from this average rate. I was wondering if ...
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How to get many questions in single flow without using the Next button causing server interruption till end of question set?

I am working with many questions and want a way by which users don't need to use the NEXT button for every question. It should be flexible, so that the user can move any where on any question he ...
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Suggestion for list selection and populating related lists dynamically

There's a list of items that you can select. When you select any of the items except Ignore, another list populates depending on the item that you selected. When you select an item from the newly ...
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Pop-up with “do you know that…” tips in web app

I've got a functional-heavy web app for a closed number of users who tend to forget about some features, like shortcuts. I could periodically train them, but that's not a good way. I'm wondering is ...
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Adding a contact form on each page

I was visiting a friends' web page and realized that he has added contact form on each page. Actually I did not like it; but he told me he does want to catch every possibility that a visitor wants to ...
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If the search results are loaded into a cachable (can store data) Table, then will NextPage button better than Pagination?

I am developing a web 2.0 website, with a search page that contains a cachable table which can retain the searched data. How can my page manage if the results return a lot of data? There are 2 ...