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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to show multiple values (possibly many) without taking too much space? Readonly combobox?

I have a one-to-many relationship, say a Monkey can have lots of Bananas. The selection part is done by opening a popup and showing Bananas with a filter, add/remove buttons, etc. My issue is how to ...
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Should employees and customers use the same or specialized interfaces for completing the same tasks?

A company previously had one application that customers could use to access their account, pay their bill etc. Alternatively, customers could call, and an employee would answer the phone and do all of ...
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Implementing a 'ViewCube' for 3d navigation

Autodesk has published a research paper (2008) on a ViewCube, a method for user navigation in 3 Dimensions. It is used in the software 3D Studio Max. When searching for viewcube, I found one ...
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Are there any recommendations or statregy for showing reviews on content at product launch?

We have a bunch of content that want people to read and have added reviews to the content to help others understand what is more valuable than other content. We are about to launch this feature and ...
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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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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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Should users be allowed to edit tags or just delete them?

I'm redesigning UI and features for tagging in a mobile app. The current implementation doesn't provide a way for users to directly edit or delete their existing tags. Currently, tags that are not ...
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In a program what to say when the user enters the wrong type? e.g. number entered when yes/no expected

My program runs from the command line and requires the user to enter booleans (yes or no) and integers (numbers without decimals). For this I have two methods to check to make sure the user makes a ...
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Is the indeterminate checkbox state a Microsoft UI pattern only?

A quick look through online search results show that the indeterminate checkbox state does not seem to be a very common UI interaction, yet Microsoft has persistently stuck with it and are probably ...
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Material Design for Web apps?

I'm working on an admin portal (angular, jquery, bootstrap..) and I'm pretty comfortable with bootstrap and I think that the bootstrap designs are pretty cool. Now, my colleague insists on changing it ...
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Improve form design for more efficient editing/browsing through data

INTRODUCTION: I am asking for advice to properly redesign the GUI so user can have the best possible user experience. Although I am generally satisfied how things turned out for entering data into ...
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Principles for designing a “Inbox” like interface?

I'm designing an app that needs to display a lot of insurance information, the home page is pretty similar to email inbox (with even more information). The user will have a lot cases or projects he ...
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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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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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Could banners not have an 'X' to close?

I'm designing a community page where once a new user logs in, there will be a banner on top that says something along the lines of: "Welcome, click here to learn more about the community" with a CTA ...
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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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What are some clear and aesthetic ways to display information about speech signals?

I'm developing software for forensic linguistic research. One of the things that I'll need to do is show if a person is nervous or worried. Or if a sentence is a statement or a question (the ...
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Pop-up vs In-page Error messages

I am trying to determine what would be the most effective method of notifying a user that some of the fields they have filled out on the online form is invalid or required. The form itself is to ...
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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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Tracking what users are drawing on a piece of paper in real time

As part of our research in an HCI project, we need to track what users are drawing on pieces of paper in real time. Due to some requirements, we cannot replace the paper with anything digital. What we ...
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Android: Guide user to pull to refresh

I am using SwipeRefreshLayout in an Android device. I would like a visual feedback so that the user can know there is a "pull to refresh" feature enabled. What would be the best method to do this?
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Unequal spacing issue with pre-existing UI elements

I'm using a style guide to redesign my company's home page but the search bar is too large to fit in the original place I envisioned. To fix this issue, I moved the search bar upward, but that ...
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UI for AND, OR and NOT query combinations

I'm working on a project where users can choose multiple criteria and mix them with logical operators AND, OR and NOT. Currently we decided not to let users mix criteria because the UI is too complex ...
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When should we prefer rounded corner rectangle over square corner rectangle? [closed]

I always find myself in a dilemma about whether to choose rounded corners or square corners, for both applications UI & web design. As I read in a couple of articles choose one style of corners ...
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Interface question: how to show tabular data in best possible ways

I've huge tabular data set to represent on the web, PFA as sample of personal data(blured). My question is what is the best possible way to align tables vertically stacked (sample1) or horizonatly ...
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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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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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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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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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XY pad and explaining labels

I need some advice on how to implement a XY pad and explaining labels for x and y axis. A XY pad is a 2 dimensional controller that can replace two knobs (which each is 1 dimensional). Here's a ...
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On a fullwidth/mobile view master calendar, should a day with no events be removed or collapsed?

User Expectation on a Master Calendar I'm a web intern retrofitting the master calendar page of the University I work for. We're updating the site for responsiveness (yay!) after a long spell of not ...
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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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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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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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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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Which is best format to enter for foreign curency expenses?

I am working on record expense screen. Which is more usable way to record expense. Expense Amount: 4944.50 (JPY) In Base Currency: 50 (USD) Exchange Rate: 98.89
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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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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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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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Wizard pattern on IOS: Layout guidelines

I want to build an app for android and iOS that uses a five-step wizard to create an asset. Are there any established design patterns for tablets for a wizard pattern of this sort? I was thinking ...
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Visualize many to multiple relationship (Interactive)

So, I am a student who has a many to many relationship In a database. a table of Codes a Table of rules to which a code is applicable Now, I am able to get the data using SQL. But my professor is ...
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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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Why notify the user when a device is plugged into the audio jack?

Some Lenovo systems, like the Lenovo Y510P, send a system tray notification when a device is plugged/unplugged from the audio or microphone jack. To me, however, this notification seems redundant; ...
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How to add the feeling (perception) of complexity to an interface?

We have developed an application that has some revolutionary features that are new in our industry. The UI is stripped to the bare necessities and really easy to use. The revolutionary stuff happens ...