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 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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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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What is the most user-friendly way of displaying data?

I am working on a Password Manages program which allow to add and remove entries from database file. The problem is that my display as showing below. I get impression that if a new user to a program ...
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Opposite actions combined in one split button

For the interface I'm working on, users can mark certain rows as "Verified", but they also have the option of marking them "Unverified". To do this, they select several rows by clicking on checkboxes ...
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Chinese Smart phone keyboard

Do the Chinese Smart phone keyboard need a lot of keys on their keyboard compared to the simple generic iOS keyboard that we see currently? (iOS has less keys and its simple to look at. Compare it to ...
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Which chess board labelling is better in terms of UX?

I'm making a chess game for iOS and I want to label the ranks and files (columns and rows). Is it better to put the labels inside or outside the squares. Bear in mind that putting them on the outside ...
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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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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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“Load More” and sort/filter

I have a list of items (currently < 20, but could expand drastically). For a mobile experience, it's our thought to load 5 list items (sorted by default to "Newest") and then request the next 5 ...
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What's the multi-window interface in Visual Studio called? Where can I find it?

The style from Visual Studio (pictured above) is perfect for a program I'm writing, but I don't know what it's called or if there are any libraries that provide this functionality. The key points 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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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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How best to handle a long list of items to rate?

I have a site where one feature is where people list their skills and rate them in two ways. This often turns into a very long list, which makes the task of not only adding but rating each one ...
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Where to locate a chatbox in a 2D or 3D interface?

I'm wondering if anyone has any evidence or experience to base myself on when locating a chatbox on a website and if possible in a 3D virtual world? Are there any case studies covering the best ...
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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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Why circular icons/elements in user interface element become so popular? [closed]

I've been in a research team that aim to analyse the current web trend, and went out that circular, flat and faded are the main trends nowadays. Are they really improve usability? In particular the ...
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UI : How to edit, save and load a list?

I work on a list builder component that the user must be able to build easliy, save and re-open if needed. I precise that only one list can be active. I didn't find any similar component on the web, ...
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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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What do you call a layout of non-regular non-overlapping tiles?

Some interfaces present the user with a collection of non-overlapping tiles of different sizes. For example: Similar layouts include Pinterest and Windows 8 / Xbox, but looking at screenshots these ...
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Designing a mobile interface for 3 or more sortable lists

We currently have a web app that has the following interface: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups List items can be reordered within a list and can also be ...
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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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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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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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How to display a single thumbnail for multiple human faces?

I have a multi-row table view where an image represent the people who are associated with the row. Each row can have n number of people. How may I show a single thumbnail when members are more than ...
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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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Handling loss of visual relationship when selected item scrolls out of view?

I have a list of items. These are selectable, but only one at a time, and when one is selected a panel to the right of the list populates with further info on that selected item. The row is styled to ...
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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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UI customisation principles and guidelines

I am working on a project that requires catering for a large number personas and scenarios. Key to meeting these needs is a UI that provides a customised experience. I was wondering if there is any ...
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What are the concerns with using an icon twice

We are designing a new website template with a global navigation and a child-site navigation. It looks like we are going to use the hamburger icon as the action button to display the menu. One idea ...
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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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How do I persuade my team that less is more?

I'm designing the front end of a tool, and my team seems to want to use all of the built-in ui features. However, this will result in a lot of redundant and inelegant functionality, from my ...