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

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How many elements are too many for one screen of a mobile (iOS/Android) application?

Without scrolling, what would be the maximum amount of centered buttons I could arrange on a vertical axis before it became too cluttered? Interface Builder gives suggested distances between ...
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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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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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Layout for adding one or more contacts to a record

The context: The user is creating a client record. Against each record their could be one or more contacts (people) provided. Often this will be adding 1 or 2 but could sometimes be up to 5-10. The ...
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At what point do you let users opt in to a redesign?

I'm doing a "refresh".. mainly we are going responsive so that users over 1366px width will see a large layout with bigger media objects, users below 1366px will see the same layout with a slightly ...
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What is the optimal layout for a mobile search form with a large number of fields?

I'm working on the layout for a search form that has approximately 8-10 fields. At this point, the search form fills nearly the entire viewport. My research has turned up general strategies for large ...
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How to best display a table of data with sub items?

We have a web application where we show lots of data in "datasheets". As part of this, some data values can have other values associated with them. To make it more complicated, every item can have ...
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What are some advantages of left-aligning columns within the browser window?

Youtube and Google Plus have changed their layouts such that in a very wide browser window, the content columns are left-aliged, leaving a large white space on the right side. This is a change from ...
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Does moving the secondary navigation impact a users experience?

I'm in the process of designing the navigation for a web application. I have a few different types of views. One is a map, the others are all fairly similar and are like a standard web page. Mapping ...
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Should all fields in a web form be the same length? [duplicate]

Attached is a screenshot of a web application I am building. It shows where the user can enter input to perform a search. My question: should the text boxes/comboboxes all be the same width? The ...
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Display Email Address + Website? Or is it redundant?

When putting contact data on a page, do you use email and website separately or do you just go with the assumption that the user will get the website from the email (given that it's ...
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Least obstructive text input boxes within text

I have some text with many text input boxes. I have been told (more than once) that the input boxes make the text hard to read. What I have done is available at wikilearner.net/wiki Do you ...
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Why is the new Twitter menu bar on the bottom on iPhone?

Twitter recently released a complete redesign for all major platforms, in part the redesign has been made to unify the experience across platforms. But, because of this goal I couldn't help noticing ...
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How to lay out a list of lot of checkboxes that may vary in length?

I have a list of checkboxes under header titles (at least three, one of them has sub headers, all in one page), something like this: Problem is, these checkboxes may end up with 10 elements per ...
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Is a website with a Fixed Header good for end-users of a Web2.0 website?

Fixed Header is the header that is always visible to users even the user scrolls down. It uses the fixed-position in CSS. There a lot of websites nowadays that use a fixed header, such as gmail or ...
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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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Legal disclaimer on search page

I have a search screen I've created. I want the design to be very simplistic (google/amazon style) and I feel like I've achieved that. The problem now is I've been asked to attach a visible ...
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Lateral Navigation with swipe views and tabs together with mapview

I've recently designed a new Android Application for a theme park. According to Android Design Guidelines: If your app uses action bar tabs, use swipe to navigate between the different views. ...
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Can I trigger a browser scroll without the user explicitly requesting it?

I have a panel in the lower part of my page. It has a dropdown in it that will contain lots of items (>20 for the sake of argument) as well as some other controls and fields all related (for sake of ...
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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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section header with Spinner (drop down menu) in android using holo visual language

I have a screen that displays section headers. I display 3 section headers in a scroll view. My problem is that each section can change its content based on time intervals. For example, I have 3 ...
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When should a timeline go from top to bottom?

Some timelines are developed from top to bottom, where the oldest element is on top, and the newest is added at the bottom. The examples include forums and message boards, chats, event logs and also ...
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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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How to achieve this layout in a responsive design?

I am currently, working on the below layout and I am finding it difficult to maintain alignment and layout. Below is the layout I want, in blue border.
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Is there a word for left-to-right and top-to-bottom?

When I was learning about web design, and I remember similar things from art classes, people said that the eye sees things the most on an object which are in a line from the top-left to bottom-right ...
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Pull-to-refresh and search bar

I have an iOS app that uses tables views. It also implements a pull-to-refresh model, which works very nicely. I now want to add the option to search that table view. Normally, I would just hide the ...
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How to Display Occasional Announcements on a Website?

I’d like to add an announcement banner or an element with the same functionality (e.g. alert, button) to a website to notify users about an upcoming survey. It should contain a call for participation, ...
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Where should vertical tab-bars be placed?

we are redesigning our webbased software product. All main tabs (called: modules) have the same layout: In the upperleft of each they have a breadcrumb and the page title. Most modules have a second ...
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Does having a visually distinct header help the user get comfortable with the website?

We had an interesting but "un-resolved" discussion recently within the team regarding header design (logo + navigation links etc) for a web application. I would like to know if having a dark or ...
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UI paradigm for nested layout editor

I have an application that with a layout editor, somewhat similar to the WinForms editor in Visual Studio -- with drag-and-drop widget placement, a property panel, etc. I'm adding the option to have ...
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What is the best way to allow users to navigate through a large amount of information on a website that is categorised in numerous ways?

As a web developer, I'm often given designs that look good from the web designer, but don't necessarily function as well as they should. This is especially true for navigation elements, increasingly ...
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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 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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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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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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Desktop application problem: how to present a new option without confusing existing users

Background: Our user runs an internet shop, based on a SoS platform we provide. In particular we provide a desktop app (Windows), which basically stacks up the shelves of this store by uploading ...
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Linear vs Column layout, which one is more readable?

Are there existing/approved studies proving that one is better in readability than the other in these 2 layouts? Which one offers more chance to be read completely? download bmml source – ...
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How to contrast read-only labels from their corresponding data

Given the interface below, what would be the best way to contrast the labels from the data labels? The only thing I could think of would be to shade the background of the labels, however, according ...
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How to display a large user info in a small space?

I am currently taking a stab at a problem that - user needs to see all his info in the header. The problem is - as per current design the header is very small .How should I include the user name,dob, ...
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Wanted: terms and info for “display density” / “space conciousness” by Gmail

In gmail, the contents of the page is beautifully laid out with regards to how big the browser window is. There are three modes: Comfortable, Cozy, and Compact. There is a menu for switching manually, ...
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UX of background advertising (or other options)

My company's users use a website that features advertising from specific sponsors. The ads are all directly related to the content of the page and the situation in which the user is viewing the page ...
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Is the left or right side of the screen “more clickable”?

I'm in the second year of fine-tuning a homebrew CMS, and I've been going with this theory (which I imagined) that it's best to have interactive elements like submit buttons, back buttons, and links ...
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Stressless user experience for data entry forms

We're currently discussing a redesign of the applications we develop for internal use. Now, to change things for the better, we'd like to make as many UX considerations as possible before we go ahead. ...
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How to avoid big banks of buttons?

What are some alternatives to having repetitive rows buttons that create large banks like the one shown below. I think it's too visually dominant and distracting, not least because there's one of ...
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How should I present landscape-orientation page thumbnails in a series of portrait-orientation thumbnails?

I am working on a small web site which has traditionally presented small (300 x 388)px thumbnails of their event posters, which are linked to the full, tagged PDF. The majority of their posters are ...
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Is it a bad idea to put the logo in the top-right corner and the navigation in the top-left?

Firstly I would like to say that I don't think there is a concrete rule about where the logo on a website should be – but intuitively I think it should be in the top left at least for continuities ...
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Furnishing the sidebar the honest way

I'm developing yet another website (non-blog, static), and yet again I'm stumbling upon the same problem with inner (non-home) pages design. The layout is conventional: 960px wrapper header with ...
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hide vs disable and redistribute empty space

I have complex UI form dialog with ~12 tabs and want to decide what is best: enable/disable (gray out) fields - classic convention hide/show if not necessary - could be confusing + jumping GUI hide ...
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Best way to fit a lot of stuff onto one page [closed]

I have created a webpage, but my boss came back saying that the page is too busy. I was just wanting some ideas of how to split up the page e.g. accordion, tabs etc. What tactics have you implemented ...
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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 ...