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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Improving a 'page layout' editor's user interface

Below you can see a screenshot of a web-based page layout editor. It is basically a drag and drop WYSIWYG editor for interactive apps, and allows the user to use a page backdrop and add a "layer" of ...
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How should I resolve the issue of smaller tappable area due to smaller buttons on iPad mini?

Now that iPad mini has been released, is there anything an UI designer needs to look out for? I understand that the resolution and screen ratio remains the same, and I've been hearing that no change ...
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Are there names for patterns within UI styles?

Are there names or guides to classify similarities or reoccurring style patterns within UI? For example, Retro, Legal, etc. Example of UI patterns used in login forms: Indented outlines ...
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When to leverage spatial inconsistency?

I want to know when you should and shouldn't leverage spatial consistency/inconsistency in an interface. For example, the new Android update changed the location of the Clear All Notifications button ...
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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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How do you deal with too many bullets in a slider?

I have an issue with a simple image slider on a mobile application. The slider uses bullets to indicate the pages of the slider. Now, it became quickly evident that the navigation bullets could easily ...
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How to show pagination “go to page” text box?

I want my users to be able to type in a page number in the pagination control on the bottom of the page. If they want to go to page 200 in the below example without this control it would take forever ...
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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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Is there a standard order for `Stop`, `Play`, `Back`, and `Forward` buttons?

I have Stop, Play, Back, and Forward buttons with stereotypical DVD icons in an app I'm making. Is there a standard for ordering these?
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Are dial format speedometers more effective than numeric speedometers?

I recently criticized a sketch of a automobile instrument cluster concept that indicated speed with a bar gauge and a numeric readout. I and many others suggested that a dial speedometer was easier to ...
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How long of an initial load time are users willing to endure if it means faster access later?

I am creating a website where I output 10 posts when user comes to the website and then I fetch +10 more if they click the button to do so. I output each post in two parts - the main one and the ...
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What are some good UX practice if your app is unable to obtain GPS lock

I don't know if it actually makes sense or not but I am thinking about some nice, user friendly, non-annoying practices to follow that helps us peacefully convey the message that "I am trying, but ...
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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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Improve display of date range inside a table

I have been taking a look at this post, but it is not exactly what I am looking for, plus I have hour and minutes and is inside a table. My current table is this one (bigger image): The problem I ...
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Translating a UI from English to a language with different constructs

I am trying to translate an application with an English UI into Hindi. The menu items such as Edit in English can be interpreted as either nouns or verbs, which doesn't seem to matter as much. While ...
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User Experience for Image crop/resize/position

I'm a programmer first, so I'm not very good at these sort of things -- I've been building myself a image resizer/cropper/positioner for my own html pages ... however, most tools I've used that are ...
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Transferring user context between multiple applications

I am currently maintaining an old legacy thick-client application with many individual screens and functions. We have a strategy for migrating screens from the old technology (VB6) to a newer ...
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Why is there no standard layout for computer keyboards?

As you might be aware, there is no context menu button (similar to right click action) in modern keyboards. In latest laptops such as HP, Lenovo, etc. and Lenovo slim keyboard are missing the Context ...
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How can the mode of a car's transmission be made more clear?

In a car, if you press the accelerator it can do one of three things: make the car go forward. make the car go backward. not move the car at all. The result depends on what gear the car is in, but ...
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What's the best way to navigate from between two screens in an App?

What's the best way to navigate from between two screens in an App? I'm writing an app which essentially consists of 2 screens of content, each displaying different type of news. I'm having a really ...
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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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Differences between Non-Diegetic, Spatial, Meta and Diegetic User Interfaces

Could anyone please explain to me the differences between Non-Diegetic, Spatial, Meta and Diegetic User Interfaces? An example for each would be great.
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Tree Forum vs Flat vs Stack Exchange style

I wonder what are the advantages \ disadvantages of the following three types of forums... Tree like forum One parent Thread that can have multiple child threads Each child thread can have multiple ...
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How do you show that a feature can be selected individually or combined with another feature?

The user has 3 options/features to choose from, but here is the problem: Each feature can be selected separately/on its own. Feature A can be selected/combined with feature B. Feature B can be ...
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How to study competitive/equivalent interfaces efficiently?

Before starting designing a new interface, I usually study equivalent/competitive UIs to come up with some ideas in terms of functionalities and layout. I would like to conduct this kind of study in ...
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Non-standard symbols indicates special function

Everyone most web users understand that the asterisk (*) indicates that the fields on a form are required. But what about non-standard symbols? Our UX team is currently working with an application ...
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Hit area for items in a grid-page.

I have a landing page with a grid of projects that the user can click into. I'm wondering is it best to: Only make the link/button clickable OR Make the entire box clickable. I'm leaning more ...
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How to improve anonymous statistics reporting rate?

There are many different organizations starting to collect usage statistics in an attempt to improve the usability or user experience of their software. One of the common frustration when designing an ...
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Is there a better way to provide a main menu in iPhone than the tiled icons?

I'm creating a locator app as a project for one of my classes. The main menu of the app lists different categories of items for the app to locate and show the user via a map. Right now, I have about ...
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Need a pattern to capture multiple data sizes

Something I am struggling with: a UI for Network QoS Changes. The situation: There is a fixed maximum limit. The sum of the sub-values must not exceed this limit. Sub-values are captured as integers ...
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Difference between UI and Visual Design/Style Guide?

From looking at some of the style guide for web applications that are available, there is a distinction made between the visual (icons, colours, logos, etc) and UI (look and feel of user interface ...
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Organizing all the different API key types without going mad

I'm designing a dashboard for a web app that also allows API access. I got stuck while designing the API keys screen (used to generate .. well, API Keys). See, there are 2 different states for API ...
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What is the correct way to reference GUI controls when writing content and copy

I'm writing documentation. It's technical documentation and my audience should be tech-savvy. However, I have reservations about referring to UI elements in an interface by the terminology that ...
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How best to display multiple choices for multiple fields?

I have a tricky one. I need to let an IT administrator set the value for each field and assign that combination of values to an entity. (The following image shows a simplified example, where fields ...
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Fitts' law and minimum target size

You can read everywhere that bigger targets are easier to hit. But say I have a given input modality and want to know the minimum button size for the interface. How would I go about that? Fitts' law ...
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Rationale behind not having infinite undo [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Undo History - Why limit it? First off, this seemed like the best spot as Undo is a de facto user interface requirement for any editing program. For school we use ...
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Measuring Keystroke Against Click Count

Currently working on bettering our internal tool/ticketing system's UI. We have several products - broken up by category, of course. Each product has an email template that a technician will wend in ...
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How should a user remove vertices from a polygon?

I'm working on a GIS web app where a user can draw a polygon on a map (a Microsoft map) to define a region. The vertices are placed by right clicking on the map placing vertices at each click and when ...
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Alternative to power-hungry screen displays

For devices that run on a battery, the screen is the component that drains the the battery the most. So I began to wonder if there is an alternative. Has someone ever tried another type of interface ...
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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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A better name for “Non Archived” entries

My app shows a list of items that require the user's attention, and allows to "archive" some of them, and access the archived items later (like in Gmail) I can't figure out a name for the "Non ...
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Is there any justification for different behavior of different ways of triggering the same action?

Something that drives me crazy in certain user interfaces is when different methods of triggering the same action have different behavior. Examples: In Microsoft Word, one can introduce a bullet ...
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Group zebra striping in a dynamic table

My question is kind of related with this other one but with a big difference: the zebra striping of my table does not depend on the odd or even rows, but on the grouping of them. Now, the table ...
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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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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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What to display during a 'buffering-type' problem: play or pause?

I'm developing a music streaming app. All's good, except I'm hung up on what to do when the music is playing and the network connection fails causing the stream to buffer. Should I keep the button ...
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Dynamically Adding Fields For Searching Upon User Entry

I'm implementing a 'query builder' for searching data in my application. The users will select the table they are searching in, the field in the table, and the value to search for. Here's what it ...
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Any specific reason why they put link anchor obscurely on timestamp label?

As I need to share Facebook and Twitter post outside their network lately, I have learned that I can get the link to the post from the link on the timestamp text (see image below.) I wonder if there's ...
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Can you grey out items in a flat UI design?

My understanding of a flat UI design would not be to grey out icons but to 'hide' what isn't relevant to the user, leaving a more clean and minimalistic interface. However, one of our software ...
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Using the logo as the About button

This is obviously something that the user doesn't need to see very often, but something that management or sales might have strong opinions about. In a desktop application the user is probably ...