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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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single radio button vs 2 radio buttons vs checkbox

I am having a user enter search terms to search a document. The issue of how to have them determine if that term is case senstive when being used. OPTION 1 - I was thinking to make it a dropdown ...
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Ordering results with multiple levels of premium listings

I'm looking at different ways to display search results in a directory where there are three levels of premium member. The current way is to display the Gold, Silver, Bronze results first, in that ...
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Settings button at the top or bottom of the screen?

If the settings don't need to be changed very often, but need to be very accessible when they need to be, is there any reason for putting them at the top instead of the bottom of the screen (or vice ...
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How to describe checked and selected items on the use interface unambiguously

In computer terms, sometimes there is a need to distinguish between items in a list that are checked (e.g. lists that have a checkbox next to them) and items that are selected (e.g. user clicks on one ...
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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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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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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 to build website mockups / interface design? [closed]

Is there any other way to design websites besides Photoshop? I want to quickly build wireframes / mockups of the new user interface and I want to move the UI elements and rearrange them.
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Difference between interface design and GUI design [closed]

Is interface design the same as GUI design?
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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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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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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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Best format for year/month/custom date selection (web application)

I have a web application where users select two custom dates using datepickers, to generate a report. For convenience, 'year' and 'month' have shortcuts. The user presses an update button to refresh ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Badge and indicator styles changing? [closed]

I've noticed a change in badges and topic or product indicator design. It seems design is moving away from graphic images (such as a FourSquare type badge) to more generic looking visuals that still ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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SE: User Experience - appropriate for interface design review? [migrated]

I'm a web developer and interface designer, and for the improvement of my development structure and practice, I can go to SE's Code Review. However, even more than I focus on the quality of back-end ...
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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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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 ...