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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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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Should there be an alternate page turn behaviour for two column layouts?

When looking at typical research paper documents in PDF, the two column layout makes it very difficult to scan pages easily because you have to move your eyes up and down and scroll up and down at the ...
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A system supporting state of emergency [closed]

Situations regarding terrorism, floods, epidemics etc. are quite improbable yet real, so there must be systems dealing with them. In movies, a 15-or-so feet tall screen presents either a map with ...
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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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When a user does something in a way that is not supposed to be done… is it a design error or user error?

One of my users (1 out of 30) is constantly trying to perform actions in a way that are not supposed to be done in that way. For example I have two screens let's call them Screen A, and Screen B. ...
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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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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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Best approach for maintaining/persisting search criteria/filters when user returns to a search page?

Say I have a basic "search" page on my site that allows user to enter filters and keywords. Then a list of results appears, and the user can click on a result to go to a "details" page about that one ...
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Where to place the close button in circular modal form?

Where should the close [x] button in circular modal form be placed?
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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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Better paradigm for a Blender-style interface; lots of control panels and property panels

I am designing an editing application in html/js. After a while, I end up with a lot of different "panels", and I am having trouble displaying them all to the user in an efficient way. Sometimes it ...
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How to unobtrusively add item to a current scrolling list?

I'm developing an app that fetches lists of items from a web service. I cache the responses for quick fetching, but I don't know how to handle displaying new data. When the user is scrolling through ...
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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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Similar buttons for very different actions in Gmail

I noticed that Gmail's conversation interface has a bent arrow icon for back-to-inbox and a very similar button for reply. Below is an image of the interface with the two buttons highlighted in ...
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Why do most microwaves have a “Popcorn” button?

I can't imagine that the usage level of popcorn substantiates its special treatment on a microwave's user interfaces – at least any more emphasis than other common foods. Removing this (and other ...
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Saving a field as a preset

I have an entity (say, an event) the user needs to create periodically. In its attributes, the user needs to enter a range in a text field that is a technical specification (complex). The user will ...
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Interface for a translation module

We have an application in which we create tests. These tests are created in a certain language (can be anything). In a phase of the test's process, it has to be translated so all languages we offer ...
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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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North American electrical outlet, why so sad? [closed]

I wasn't sure whether it was more appropriate to post here or rather on electronics SE, but please bear with me... Why was the 120 VAC outlet and the pinout of the plugs shaped the way they are? ...
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Is an “in-page survey” a good way of retrieving useful users opinions?

I'm thinking about implementing a different means of retrieving users' opinions about my company websites. This is how I imagine this feature: On every page of the websites, a non intrusive ...
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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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Shadows. Best practicies [closed]

Is there a golden rule to create attractive shadows for websites(Specifically accessible from desktop browsers)? The reason I'm asking is that I have a perception that some shadows look better than ...
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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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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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Is there a standard way to indicate a suggestive search (autocomplete) in a wireframe form?

I'm designing an interface, and I'm currently creating a wireframe to guide me before developing it. I know that a particular form will make suggestions, but if I were to, say, get another developer ...
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Clarifying the controls in “draft” mode

We have an application where pages are created/viewed. There is two modes for users of the application: live and draft. When the application is in draft mode, you can edit multiple changes and then ...
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Should the “Help” menu really be called Help?

Most of todays applications have a menu called Help as the last element in the menu bar. But many applications are using the Help menu as a general container for anything that does not fit into other ...
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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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Categorizing user interface elements [duplicate]

I have seen lots of different ways to define and categorize user interface elements/components. In the process of writing a style guide, I am interested in whether the following categories cover the ...
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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 the layout interface that guides a user through multiple steps 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, ...