The way in which the elements of an interface are laid out.

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Why does the Xbox controller have non-symmetrical analog sticks?

The image below shows the controllers of the three eighth-generation consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U). As you can see, both the PS4 and Wii U controllers have symmetrical analog sticks, which seems ...
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Admin site UX design

I am building an application for multiple customers at once. So they will use the same system, but they will have their own admin site, with data, what they need. I have different kind of elements to ...
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select from predefined list if exist ,else insert a new item to the list?

What's the best experience to do the following: The user will insert a new subject(text) only if it isn't in the existing list. So, it will be added to the existing list for all users. I have ...
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Best placement for a “Go Back” button: top or bottom?

I know that it is bad practice to use a "Go Back" button (since the browser has such a function) but when it can't be avoided for some reason, is it better to put it on top (similar to how the back ...
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Best way to display support, contact, and preferences in Mac App

I'm trying to decide what the best way to display the following options to a user is: Contact / Social Connection Links (ex. find "company name" on Twitter / Facebook) Support options (ex. in-app ...
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How to organize multiple information popup areas over a table?

How might you best organize multiple popups over a table when both the table content and the popup content are equally important. Scenario: Tabulated data, for which the user may be interested in ...
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Alternatives to scrolling to display long text? [duplicate]

As you can see on the picture below, my text is displayed within a 'relatively small' DIV. Currently users have the possibility to scroll down within the DIV to read the full text but I don't really ...
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Two-level menus: Why? and When?

Two level menus: should they be used? Why are they important? I never found any resource explaining this. Should I avoid them and only use them when you really have too much stuff to present?
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Showing preview rows of content types vs picking a default type and showing it in full?

I'm trying to figure out what would be a better experience. We have 3 "types" of content usually, in this case let's say they are photos on user profiles. Is it better to show a row of each type with ...
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How do I simplify my complex form? wizard vs. scrolling

In making recommendations for a lengthy registration form, I am faced with the challenge of how to lay it out without confusing the user. In the current implementation, there are many possible pages ...
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Data listed horizontally or vertically?

I am currently building a data entry application and a lot of our data is contained in Div's on a page. Right now all of our data is listed horizontally because I feel that it is more readable and is ...
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Why does this layout look so weird with the pictures on the right?

I'm trying to decide between these two layouts. For some reason, putting the pictures on the right makes it feel really funky but I can't explain why. Someone suggested that's it's because we read ...
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How can I display lots of controls that are contained within expanders?

I'm currently building and Dashboard system for a factory and there is a control panel to control all the displays in the factory and to decide which detail(KPI type) to be displayed. Following is the ...
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How to lay out a screen with dozens of fields and have help for each

We have a screen that has a form that gathers a lot of input. Many of the terms and questions are confusing so we have help for them. We are trying to put a little (?) help icon for each line. We ...
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Should I include any other information on a page with a long signup form?

I'm working on a form users will fill out to start a free trial of our product. Unfortunately all of the fields I've included are required for us to put them in our system properly. What I'm ...
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Is it OK if asterisk is put after label that is above the field?

Look at wireframe: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Does it look OK that labels above fields have asterisks? Or should labels be placed left of the fields? ...
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iPad full screen in landscape mode - which side to put on my controls panel?

I have an app which helps the user to design a full screen sized postcard. The result is exactly what the user sees on the screen. Because a lot of users scan things in an F pattern, I assume that ...
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How to better display metadata about a card?

A Card has the following metadata: Information: Status (ready or not), Stage (one of nine) Actions: Edit, View Statistics, Edit, Delete, Archive I need to display both sides of the card on this ...
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Should I combine multiple User and Group management panels into a single screen?

Currently I am developing a user and group management plugin for out application with ExtJs 4.1 This is my first version. I packed all into 1 window, each panel has its toolbar and user/group ...
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What is a good way to position chart elements on a dashboard?

I'm designing some dashboards for a client who will see sliced and diced versions of data based on a lot of parameters. I plan to give him a Pie Chart, Bar Graph and a Table on the same dashboard. ...
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Usability of vertical text

I am playing with ideas for a menu that I want to add to some site designs and was wondering: How usable is vertical text in any portion of a site (specifically menus)? For example You can have ...
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How to properly layout multiple interactive controls using best UX pattern?

I'm working to redesign an existing page that generates reports, based on user selections. Currently, this is a rough draft of the page layout: The user must always begin at 1 and that selection ...
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Where to place registration form and its contents in page horizontally?

In a registration form I'm having trouble guessing where I should put the text and input fields. Obviously the default is flush against the left side of the screen which looks terrible. I noticed ...
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How to calculate the best width of a text element

I am developing a visual editor where the nodes in the editor can contain text. The size of the text can vary, and can contain any character. Since it is important for me to minimize the size of the ...
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Layout of information on registration page

I am making the registration page for a website. How should the different components be laid out relative to each other? For example should the heading be on level or above the text input field? ...
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What's more readable, reading an ordered list vertically or horizontally? [duplicate]

For example, I have a numbered list, what is easier for an average user to read ? Vertically [1] [5] [2] [6] [3] [7] [4] [8] OR Horizontally [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] ...
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Group of checkboxes and supporting text fields

What is the best way to layout a group of checkboxes and supporting form fields? For instance, in this form the user can select several choices for a report delivery method. Some of the choices ...
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Rarely used translation function placement

I have just been looking at the analytics of one of the websites I work on, and one of the features is required - but rarely used. There is a Microsoft Translate button, with their "Powered by ...
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UI Layout improvement

I'm currently implementing a database querying tool, and am currently working on a section which would allow users to specify ORDER BY and Aggregate clauses. My biggest challenge has been to represent ...
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Is there a better way to layout this UI using the Microsoft Office Ribbon?

I am building a Microsoft Outlook VSTO addin and I am trying to figure out the best way to lay out the UI and from looking through the office apps i can't seem to find the right layout pattern that ...
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How should a website handle signup for two types of accounts?

For instance, say a site is for merchants and consumers; people should either sign up as a merchant or a consumer – they require two different forms located on different pages. From the home page, ...
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How Many Screenshots Are Too Many

At what point am I offering too many screenshots? I am working a redesign of my company's help guides - these guides are mostly centered around our hosted mail services. How to set up Outlook, set up ...
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Should the search box be on the left or the right side

In a web app with a search box in the header - where should the search go, on the left or the right side of the header? What considerations should be taken into account when making this decision? In ...
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ecommerce: optimal width

I am going to redesign an ecommerce shop. Currently the shop has the standard 940px width. I was wondering if 940px/960px is still the recommended width? Nowadays we have responsive grids and bigger ...
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Adding comments to a list of items, is there an elegant solution?

I've been looking through the forums and haven't had much luck. I have kind of a weird dilemma, I hope someone can help. I have a list of items (like a list of favorite movies) each item has buttons ...
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How should text wrap in a code block?

I am working on an application where code will be shown on a mobile device. This gives us a constrained width as horizontal scrolling isn't a desired choice for code with long lines. So we have to ...
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Greyed-Out vs Invisible

What is a good criterion or rule-of-thumb for determining when a control should be greyed-out and when should it be completely invisible?
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Visually distinguish an index versus a single view

I think I'm having a hard time pulling this off because no one has yet done a good job of this. Think of the home page of most blogs as the index, just a list of the latest blog posts. When you ...
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Is better to have two columns of the same size instead of the typical sidebar? Could it confuse the user?

I´m working on the new version of this site and I would like some feedback. The new site has two columns of the same size with information in both, instead of one main content column (bigger) at the ...
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Odd or even number of products per row on a product listing page?

I heard from a reputable source that on e-commerce websites, users find it easier to choose a product when there is an odd number of items in row, as compared to an even number. In their experience, ...
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Small form, big page

When you have a huge canvas (think: responsive design) but the content you need to display is very narrow, how do you prevent it from looking awkward? Center it, left-align, find more stuff to fill ...
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mobile first design - main navigation placement & considering desktop users too

I'm considering placement of the main navigation for a responsive site in a thin sidebar similar to the navigation on Twitter's iPad app, as seen on the left. However with the icons and links ...
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Scrollbar width in Component Vs. Containers (UX dilemma)

Do you think a thinner scrollbar should be applied in components (such as combo box and text area) and wider scrollbar in containers such as window & panel? And if not, will you apply a thinner ...
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Using a column based layout for text content

Text typically falls into a single column on the majority of websites - the user reading down the page. The only scroll motion therefore is downward. I've been experimenting recently with the CSS3 ...
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Good user interface for multiple checkbox selection and a dropdown list (View/Editable mode)

I have a Dropdownlist and many Checkboxs. For any particular dropdown select value I will show all checkboxs and if their is already any database relation with that dropdown value I have set checkbox ...
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Is there a disconnect between the fields of neuroscience and user experience on the topic of horizontal-bias?

Jakob Nielsen says that: Horizontal Attention Leans Left While evidence from neuroscience, as described by Jeremy Tunnell (Product Manager for Stack Exchange) suggests that "the brain’s visual system ...
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Why use a 3-column layout like StackExchange, Facebook and YouTube?

Why do sites like StackExchange, Facebook and YouTube center their content and reduce its width? As opposed to sites like Reddit that go full width. Are they trying to spare the user from too much ...
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What is the optimal vertical margin between paragraphs?

Here on ux.StackExchange they have gaps that are a bit smaller than one line height (~88%), but I’ve read a few times that 100% of the line height provides best readability because it continues the ...
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Should a tagline be on all public pages?

I have a tagline that describes my site/business as you can see below. My question is whether this tagline should be on all public pages? As far as I can see the benefit of it being on all pages is ...
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Where to put a global “add item” button?

We're adding a global "Add new X" button to our application (it will show a CRUD form for an activity, the fundamental "thing" in our app). We want it to be clickable from anywhere in the application ...