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

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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 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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Best Layout for an “Object” Voting System?

I'm more of a developer and less of a designer and I'm currently working on a website that will display a list of books and will allow users to vote for their favorite book (or add a new one if their ...
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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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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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For websites, is it better to have a variable width layout or a fixed width layout?

Due to different screen resolutions, the user experience browsing a website might be different. Is it better to layout the website with a fixed width? (and if so should there be different static ...
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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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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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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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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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Encourage users to tap the “review” button

How to layout an Info screen, so as many as possible are tempted to tap the "review" button? I wish users would tap the "review" button and write a long positive review on the app store where they ...
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How to design usable web site terms & conditions?

What are some guidelines and examples for designing usable legal terms for web sites? I know that most users don't read it, but are there innovative ways to improve readability and presentation of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Dynamically Resize Pictures

I have a set of different sized images of products that I want to display on my web page with four to a row. The issue is that because they are different sizes, I don't know how to display them ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Text layout in forms [closed]

I'm in the process of creating some design guidelines for a big form based application. The application has its fair share of "this information is vital to the users and can't be missed". I've seen ...
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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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Optimal “fixed-width” website design?

RE: Design of 'fixed-width' websites, optimized for universal readability across all screen-size resolutions (i.e., best viewed, with no horizontal scrolling, over broadest range of both ...
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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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How to layout an article with illustrations?

I need to right an article/tutorial that has illustrations. The illustrations are not necessary, but are nice to have. They will help visually inclined people or people who just hate reading. How ...
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Showtimes for movies

I'm working on local cinemas guide (for arab users), and I want to design showtimes schedule in cinemas on movie page.. easy & simple for users and easy for developer and data entry. Can I use ...
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Which placement of list of ingredients is most convenient for the cook?

In the process of doing the layout for a cookbook, I'm faced with the problem of placing the list of ingredients for each recipe. I've looked at several cookbooks and seen numerous approaches. I can ...
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Table user readability/clarity

I've got a table that displays data to users. Each line of data can have a report attached to it. The 2nd cell in the table is used to show users if there is a report present, if there is you get an ...
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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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iPad splitview layout as a website layout?

Im in the process of making a website where people can sell or buy pets/animal books/pets accessories. I was thinking about doing a very diffrent layout. And that is an iPad splitview application. ...
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UI for audio synced with text

I'm working on an outlining application that syncs items in the outline to recorded audio. The ideas is that you can play the audio from a specific place in your document, or get to an item from a ...
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Android a lot of information on one screen - how to simplify?

I am new to Android development. I am working on application where Sql-lite is also involved, its a database application. The application is used on Android Tablets In of the screen we have a lot of ...
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Advice on layout/presentation of information to user in web page

I'm developing a website that helps connect nightlife promotion companies with consumers. Each night life company hosts events and various venues and on various nights. I want to give users/consumers ...
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When using Verdana, is it common to use Tahoma for headlines? [closed]

So Verdana looks excellent at small sizes. For big sizes like headlines though, is it common to use Tahoma as a replacement, which I hear is a condensed version of Verdana?
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Ideas for a interface layout [closed]

Hope you get the idea of what I'm trying to layout. I have an interface where I display all the information of a user (name, age, height,etc etc) and I also want to display the last weight of this ...