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Do I really need a login button?

We've been having a discussion in the office surrounding a login page we're developing for a new web application. The web application is in intranet-based application, and is mainly used by users who ...
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Is it true that “the only 'intuitive' interface is the nipple”?

Everyone knows the famous quote (by Bruce Ediger or Steve Jobs, I'm not sure): The only "intuitive" interface is the nipple. After that it's all learned. It's an amusing gem, but is it really ...
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What objective qualities make a user interface intuitive?

How is intuitive defined in terms of UI? Are there any studies about what objective and measurable qualities make a user interface intuitive? What design principles, patterns, or approaches are most ...
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Most intuitive favorite icon [closed]

Similar to Stefan's most intuitive delete icon question. I'm designing a web app that allows users favorite pages. A lot of big sites use either a heart or star symbol -Which one is most intuitive?
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Do we really need a “Remember me” option on a Login page?

I'm wondering why do we need to ask user to make a decision, for how long he want to be authenticated? This is done by having "keep me signed in" option login page: Why can't we simply "predict" ...
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Is a grayscale bar a bad way of showing temperature?

In my office there is an air conditioning unit that has a knob that adjusts the temperature with a grayscale bar with the shades getting darker from left to right above it but no other indication (...
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What is it about our mental models that app-centric seems more intuitive than content-centric?

I always thought that content-centric was the easiest for people to deal with, i.e. "I want to change this document", and not "Let's run this app so I can then change that document". It seems that ...
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Why does the caps lock key have a down arrow as its icon?

The caps lock key has a downwards arrow like this as its icon on most keyboards: Isn't that hugely counter intuitive and inconsistent with the way the Shift key is designed like? One would imagine ...
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Are tri-state checkboxes too complicated?

Normal checkboxes are easy, they have a checked state, and an unchecked state. But how do you go about indicating a third state for a tri-state checkbox? Is it too difficult for the user to discover ...
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Are some of Windows 7's UI less intuitive than previous versions?

One feature I can't understand is the minimize to desktop button. I can't imagine why it is more intuitive to put it as this little tiny transparent strip on the bottom right hand side instead of ...
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Multi or Single colored rating stars

I'm developing a web application which is basically using 2(3) colors: Magenta White Grey-scales The app is a register for local artists and therofre, the users can rate them. Currently I'm only ...
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Intuitive vs. Efficient: Which is more important?

When faced with a design decision in which one option is more intuitive, and the other is more efficient, what guideline should be used to prioritize one desideratum over the other?
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Why are nested elements scrolled to the opposite direction?

My question is about scrolling conventions, and spatial scroll conventions in general (even here it's only horizontal, but same applies for vertical scrolling). Looking at the below mockup, why is it ...
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Press-and-hold or Long-Press Gestures: Unintuitive?

Often, I find people struggle with the usage of press-and-hold gestures on mobile/web platforms. The mere thought of having a user press on a defined object and hold for an arbitrary amount of time ...
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Are circular menu / button interfaces intuitive?

I have been seeing a few of these 'Circular menu' UI concepts around. Recently a similar UI was proposed as a central element for a large project I know of. For example, one of the options would be '...
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Best way to communicate an abstract app concept such as a 'workspace' to users

The issue I'm struggling with is fairly specific, but it touches on a general UX topic, which is how to help users grasp some abstract app concept, such as some information organization or structuring ...
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Do users understand “Shake to say no” animations?

It seems to be more prevalent recently that a form or action that is deemed invalid will respond by shaking in horizontal "no" like animation. A simple example seen here: or: This can be seen in ...
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How to better name modal buttons “Cancel Request” (submit), “Cancel” (cancel)? [duplicate]

One modal-box asks the user wether they want to really cancel the request. Now there are two buttons (submit) and (cancel), but how to best name them? All other modals use text like "proceed" (submit) ...
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I want to let the user toggle a column heading to sort a grid by a date field. How can I make ASC/DSC intuitive?

I want to let the user toggle a column heading to sort a grid by a date field. How can I make the ascending/descending dichotomy intuitive? EDIT: I was looking for date-column specific solutions.
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Should a confirmation of the style “Your message has been deleted” be green, yellow, red?

For success messages, I usually use green, for warnings yellow and for errors red. Now in the trash folder users can delete messages permanently and restore messages. I got confused which color would ...
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Hot & Cold Touch-Free Sink

I am currently trying to come up with an intuitive design for a touch free sink faucet that allows for both hot and cold temperature settings. Most touch free sinks involve one sensor to start the ...
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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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Display a range of ratings

In a table in a web app, multiple objects of the same type are aggregated. Every object has a condition which is a number between one and five. At first, I thought about using a progress bar-like ...
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What is the most effective color to be used on notifications?

I need to choose a color to be used with notifications. I was placing an exclamation mark over a red circle, but I was told it looks more like an error if you haven't seen it in the UI before. So now ...
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Should answers be organized by “positive first” or “positive last”?

I'm designing a survey prompt for phones. The proposed orders are A - Question Yes Maybe Later Never B - Question Never Maybe Later Yes I'm debating the order of the answers for it: Placing ...
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What's an intuitive interface for making connections between UI elements?

I just released a web app that basically lets you create notes and connect them: http://www.noodl.in. However, a bunch of users have had issues creating connections. I'm not exactly sure what ...
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“Adding and Subtracting a Value” Horizontal or Vertical Controls better affordance?

"Adding and Subtracting a Value" is Horizontally aligning the controls less effective than Aligning Vertically? I am working on a project, where we are trying to squeeze a user interface equivalent ...
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“Copy from” vs “Import”

This question arose suddenly as I was implementing some new features in my app. Maybe I`m just overthinking this one, so I hope you can help me make things clearer =) The question When user takes ...
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Should I use a radial menu design for a touchscreen game?

We are working on a game for android. We had a normal menu where each menu entry is below the other. As we find this boring, we looked to different approaches and came across the lock screen on ...
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1answer
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Is there a UI precedent for changing permissions?

I want to keep the pages really clean, so I don't want a button for every feature ("Share this", "Upload", "Edit", etc... pretty soon the page will be covered in buttons). However, I can't think of a ...
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1answer
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How can I make my “translate” feature not stand out?

I am building an app whose main purpose is providing Text to Speech service for those who doesn't know English very well. It can read the words you type in, add/delete/edit playlists, and let the user ...
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1answer
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Know any good UI/UX jokes? [closed]

Are there any UI jokes out there? Seems like other industries have their own jokes, I was trying to think of UI design, couldn't come up with much - but that's not to say they don't exist?
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1answer
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Best way to combine Spotlight-style search with multi-tag selection

I'm having a bit a "UI designer's block" with a personal extension I need to build. I'm currently using Better Bookmark, an incredibly simple Chrome extension that gives me a query-filtered Spotlight-...
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Room Bookings: What approach is best/intuitive/user friendly?

I currently have a side project going where I am learning AngularJS, the side project I am working on is a web based room bookings application. So imagine you are an employee of a company, and you ...
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3answers
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timeline for desktop and timeline for mobile

Building a feature for desktop,tablet and mobile which uses a timeline to show the latest update. the amount of updates on the timeline is unpredictable. For mobile we have already used a vertical ...
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Form auto completion and button placement

I have a form which represents a book, the user enters the title, authors, publication year, etc... We have a feature which will auto-complete the entire book if the user enters enough info for us to ...
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2answers
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What ways can I present sorting options for individual drop downs in a web app?

Say I have a drop down with a full employee name and an ID, comma delimited... Some users may want to sort the values in this dropdown differently, in this example we'll say they may want to sort ...
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2answers
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Expected behavior of an outline

The other day I was discussing outliner behavior and thought I'd bring it over to this venue. Consider the following outline: Now, let's say I want to decrease the depth of I.A ("First Point") to ...
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How best can I indicate a table cell is clickable?

I have a table with lots of cells, containing products to buy. Certain cells will open a popup when clicked, which shows similar products. The rest will not (because no similar products exist). How ...
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1answer
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Most intuitive settings icon [closed]

I'm designing a user interface for a WPF app. I was wondering which icon is the most intuitive to represent a Settings section. In my experience a single/multiple cog wheels seems to be the most ...
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Greying out or hiding information icons

I've seen a lot of posts here about greying out or hiding controls and menu items, but this question is about greying out or hiding informational icons in a selection list. I'm curious on your ...
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4answers
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Icon for ascending-descending sort [closed]

I'm trying to come up with two icons to represent ascending-descending sort order which would allow the user to sort the members ('bars') of a chart/visualization. The control will be a toggle ...
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2answers
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Placement of login/signup relative to website nav bar

When it comes to designing the header of a website, it is very common to have something like this: Here we have a: [LEFT] Logo [RIGHT] Main navigation menu [TOP RIGHT] Signup and Login links ...
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4answers
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is horizontal swipe intuitive enough on mobile

Working on a mobile checkout page and would like to know if you'll think its intuitive enough that the user knows there are more products on the right side that could be reached by swiping using the 2 ...
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Viewing data from a web application in Excel - is this feature an “Import” or an “Export”?

I'm developing a web application that presents a large amount of data in a grid. One of the features we are adding to this application is the ability to view this data in Excel. My coworker and I ...
2
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1answer
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Color picker in touch devices

I'd like to know about design templates for color pickers that would work well on touch devices, more precisely on tablets. It should be intuitive, it's for non-experienced people and specially for ...
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2answers
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Easiest way to tag content

What's the most user-friendly way to provide tagging functionality to a website? I like SE's tagging system: You can use type it in but there's also autocomplete It shows each tag separately It's ...
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2answers
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Intuitive representation of “increase priority”

IGNORE THIS BLOCK We have a grid, each row represent a pending download. By default, downloads will proceed top-down, first row first, second row after that, etc. We want to put a column ...
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How do I show UI for unit Conversion appropriately?

I am design a software where you can import your 3d file for printing. Now problem is when you import, it will ask you if the model was designed in MM or INCHES. This UX is bad. When you toggle ...
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Better alternative for readonly information in input box

I have this form where the topmost row (File #, Patient & Med.Aid) is readonly. Input boxes in this row are readonly and the cursor turns to "banned" icon on hovering those fields. I can't find a ...