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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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 ...
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Current Web Applications with bad user interfaces

I am looking for some web applications with bad user interfaces. I need to find an application that can be redesigned using some standard user interface principles.
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Force user to answer simple question before revealing two different inputs

Context: This is part of a web application where user are dynamically constructing outbound mail correspondence digitally. This particular step is reached when the user needs to determine how to push ...
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Opposite actions combined in one split button

For the interface I'm working on, users can mark certain rows as "Verified", but they also have the option of marking them "Unverified". To do this, they select several rows by clicking on checkboxes ...
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Numeric Keypads [duplicate]

I've always wondered why some devices have numerical keypads with the '1' in the upper left (like a telephone) and others have the '1' in the lower left (microwaves, etc). Are there different names ...
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Details View Or Edit View?

I am working on a simple interface where the initial screen shows a list of "options" to choose from. These options have a total of 6 properties per, only 5 of them would ever be shown to the user ...
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How to improve ux/ui of this screen and not move away from skeuomorphism? [closed]

You can see one of the steps in medical data collection in an iPad app (questionnaire). My task is to improve its ui/ux and leave its skeuomorphism alone, because old-aged people use it and ...
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How can I show a traffic device modes? [closed]

I'm developing a software and need to show my device (a signal light controller) modes. The device may be in smart mode (automatically controlling signals based on sensors data and advanced ...
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Which chess board labelling is better in terms of UX?

I'm making a chess game for iOS and I want to label the ranks and files (columns and rows). Is it better to put the labels inside or outside the squares. Bear in mind that putting them on the outside ...
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What is the best way to show various options dependent on another user's account?

Say you are in Linkedin's Network page. (If you log onto Linkedin and click on "network") Let's hypothetically say that Linkedin contains both people already on the platform and people outside of the ...
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The Pinterest Trap

First a bit of context: I have been falling victim more and more to "Pinterestization" or the "Pinterest Trap" in my design. I have a feeling I'm not the only one. See this excerpt from Hana Schank ...
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Alternative to a lot of checkboxes

I need to give a user the ability to select (on/off) a subset of options from a list. There are over 100 of these choices to be made and the list will get longer. The data is not user friendly either. ...
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What is the best way to indicate that a user can perform a value lookup

What is the best way to indicate that a user can perform a value lookup? I have a section of an application screen where users have the option to use a NAICS code as part of their search criteria. ...
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Ideas for contacts listing view

we are working a new interface in our app and we are looking for ideas that has to do with a contacts listing space. There is a big search input centred at the top and we need a box in content to ...
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What is the best way to gather optional data using radio button groups and drop-downs?

I'm ultimately asking a theoretical question: what is the best experience, in general, for gathering optional responses using controls with mandatory input? Consider specifically radio button groups. ...
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“Load More” and sort/filter

I have a list of items (currently < 20, but could expand drastically). For a mobile experience, it's our thought to load 5 list items (sorted by default to "Newest") and then request the next 5 ...
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Naming features of an app or site

Working closely with external clients, every now and then you run into one that's especially creative. They'll come up with very specific names for certain features they came up with, that don't align ...
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What is the benefit of the “hover to reveal additional buttons” interface found in Gmail? [duplicate]

When you compose a new message in Gmail on a computer, the bottom of the compose window looks like this: When you put your mouse over the + button, it looks like this (with the mouse being on the ...
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What's the purpose of the bottom bar in popups / modal windows?

There seems to be a common pattern where the bottom of a modal window contains an area that looks slightly separated from its content. I'm trying to find out where this habit comes from, and what ...
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Display a list of current tasks, future and past

The user comes to perform the current task. If the task is done — the task goes to "done list"; if the task is skipped — it goes to "skipped list". The current design has completed tasks indicated by ...