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 would you improve this search results interface? [closed]

I've been doing some research in successful UIs for search results and as a personal project I am trying to build one that is simple, yet elegant. That has great interactions and a great experience. ...
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Is an accordion worse than a grid?

I am building an author site for myself, and would like to display, for each book, the cover image, the title and an enticing blurb, and links to (say) four other books that might be of interest. ...
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when is too much playfullness in interface / experience too much?

I think most of us know when an experience is too playful, but I'm talking about subtle interactions to delight the user. I think it is too much when it prevents or postpones the user from reaching ...
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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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UI patterns for data composition

More specifically, I would like to create an interface which Takes input from one or multiple sources. Makes it possible to process on these inputs Provides a way to capture the output. One way I ...
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How to go about presenting a large family tree?

I'm currently developing a game, and one of the features involves breeding the creatures you collect. Since it's a game, a large amount of promiscuity is to be expected, and individuals could ...
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What is this design layout interface called?

I have a general questions on the definition of a flow of highlighted images defining where you are in a web application flow. I want to buy some template online but I dont know what this UX ...
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Best practice for switch with interchangeable on/off position?

We're making a hardware device with a reset button that needs to be activated when the device is unpowered. As such, the button can not be a momentary press but needs to change position before being ...
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Toolbar buttons - to be or not to be?

I need to create a toolbar for my application, and let's assume that due to external constraints it must be a regular toolbar, not a ribbon. The application itself has a significant number of ...
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Making a signature field look like a physical signature box

I am making an app that involves a four-day schedule and a "signature" that certifies you are going to abide by the terms of the schedule. I would like to make the signature field look like a ...
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Another phrasing for the term “Directions” in this case?

Below is a short browser based linux simulator for training purposes. It basically starts off with a blank screen, and gives directions for the user to enter a linux command to do a given task. If the ...
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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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What are the desktop based Tools for UI work available today? [duplicate]

What are the tools available to a UI developer? I know and use Photoshop, Fireworks, Balsamiq. I just recently came across Pixelmator and I'm checking it out. What else is out there? Thanks.
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What is the best solution to visually showcase regional date comparisons

Currently, I have a bar graph that summarizes 3 regions based on a specific date range (eg: Jan 03, 2012 - Jan 31, 2012) Each region is based statistically by a couple of factors, the main one being ...
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User interface for either/or text input [duplicate]

I have an either/or scenario for text input which I'd like to mock up as shown below. Any ideas how I can proceed with html/css (this should be responsive). Edit : Sorry for being unclear. Not sure ...
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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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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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Are there any special design guidelines for big touch screens (30–50 inch)?

I'm about to develop an application for a large touch screen (around 40″). Now to my question, are there any special design guidelines for such a large screen? I have read Android/iOS/Windows RT ...
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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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Drawing a chessboard with unicode characters [closed]

Wondering the best unicode characters to draw a chessboard... particularly the right combination of square and row/col delimiters (if any) to give a readable layout in a terminal window. Here's what ...
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“Activate” / “Enable” + “noun verbing” or simply “Verb noun”?

A popular chatting application has the global option "Enable buddy icon animation". Would this be better phrased as "Animate buddy icon" or not? And if so, is this a general rule? For example, ...
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When to use reversed/mirror arrow cursor?

Is there an established pattern for when to use a reversed (right-pointing) arrow? I most frequently notice it in Outlook on part--but not all--of messages in my inbox: My Google-fu failed at finding ...
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How to deal with recursive hierarchical tableviews?

There's a great function from the web that I want to reproduce in iOS and Android. I'm calling it a recursive tableview because I can't think of any other descriptive name. For example, in a shopping ...
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Sorting tables after multiple columns

I want to add a sorting functionality to a table. It should be able to be sorted after multiple columns. A standard approach is something like this: download bmml source – Wireframes ...
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Drop down list vs. clickable map

I'm working on a web tool that requires users to choose their region as a search filter. I'm trying to decide if it will be best to use a drop-down list (there will be 15 regions) or a clickable map ...
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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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Does a text editor on a dark interface need to use a black page?

I'm doing a dark interface for a program that includes a text editor. While the program uses different shades of dark grey and blue, my main "page" is currently white. This is positive because: The ...
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Multiple admin sections (scopes) inside one web application

Im developing web application with quite complex configuration UI. It contains multiple configuration scopes, for example in global scope you can configure host setting, logging and also create ...
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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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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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Where to place controls on a tree/list

I have a chronological list of items. The user can operate on these items with three actions. So each row has three actions (or buttons for example). My dilemma is thus: Having three buttons on ...
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Easiest way to have a user select a letter grade?

I have a report card form that I'm creating for customers to rate performance in several areas. Our old format was using radio buttons, each labeled A-F with one N/A option. The current idea from ...
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Conveying progress for a set of items each with 2 stages

I think I have an issue with the hierarchy of information in trying to convey progress to a user. On the dashboard of a non-profit dashboard I have the following option: The organisation deal with ...
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UI simplicity vs complex requirements

I'm in the process of crafting a relatively complicated interface for a niche social networking website and I'm struggling to achieve a satisfying level of simplicity for the UI. Given that "modern" ...
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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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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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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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Managing time sensitive pop-ups that require a user action

I have a lead follow up management tool with a feature where the leads are prioritised according to the nearest time for follow-up. So for example.... lead A follow up call is scheduled for 3 hours ...
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user interface for multiple selection filter?

I have a user interface where there is a field with multiple options. There are a great many options so I'm using a type-ahead filter to assist discovery and selection. Is there any another good way ...
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How to show comment at top level, without using a popup?

If user clicks on add comment, what are other options to show 'comment area' (no popup).
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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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What would be the best way to fill “space” in an User Interface for irregular image sizes gallery?

What would be the best way to fill "space" in user interface for irregular image sizes gallery? Conditions: The row are subjected to hold maximum 3 images only. Float left If the total width of the ...
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Correct terminology for observing interface

What's the correct terminology when the user is observing an interface and only acquiring data visually. And in opposite, when the user actively interacts with the interface? I thought it would be ...
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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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Users don't read (or even see) things. How can I deliver important clues?

I am building a website. Some pages contain instructions (a few simple sentences, nothing intimidating) and have fairly standard controls (drop-downs etc). There's not a lot on any one page. The ...
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What UI design pattern for choice between 2 actions comes to your mind?

My goal: find optimal UX/UI pattern. Pattern's goal: give a user choice between two actions. Simple example: http://dribbble.com/shots/599154-Choose-Your-Option Here is UX/UI pattern I implemented ...
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How to simplify an interface for assignment of objects?

We're trying to solve a UX problem of assigning one set of objects to another (very large) set of objects in a quick, clean, and lightweight manner. We have up to 12 different items that need to be ...
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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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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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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 ...