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

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Why do numpads on keyboards and phones have reversed layouts?

I came across this on the web. It's supposed to be funny, but we all know better :) So, why are the numpad layouts different, and what are the reasons behind each?
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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 to organize a form with many fields?

Where I work, we have a system that has a screen with several fields. There are approximately 50 fields and all are important and should appear. //edited in gimp :D Any suggestions on how to ...
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Is it necessary to reorganize your entire layout to suit multilingual left-to-right languages?

I'm working on a flash project right now that is necessary to support 16 languages, from english to hebrew, and etc... My dilemma right now is whether or not it is necessary to flip my whole design to ...
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White space vs. Information [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I defend and/or encourage white space as an effective design element? At the company where I work, every day, there are discussions about "how to fill the ...
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What are some reasons that not all websites have fluid layouts?

Recently, I was using Facebook and I resized it to 50% of my screen to look at something else. What I saw was that most of the page was cut off. What are some reasons for Facebook or any other major ...
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Should social sharing buttons be at the top or bottom of an article?

I can certainly see arguments for both sides of this one: Buttons at the top: Easy to find, reliably positioned regardless of the article length. Extreme ease of sharing as you don't have to reach ...
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interface suggestions

I have a simple site I'm creating that basically just allows you to set your status as away or available. Super easy and very simple. However, I'm definitely not a UX person and I really struggle at ...
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Is Amazon's layout good or bad from a UX and conversion optimization POV? [closed]

I'm in the process of designing a theme for my company's online store that will (obviously) hopefully boost our conversion rate as much as possible. It seems only logical when planning the theme to ...
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How can I deal with too much blank space in a desktop application?

Usually people are concerned with too much data/interface, and not enough screen real estate, but I'm in the opposite situation. The desktop application I'm working on has several tabs for entering ...
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Handling images larger than viewport in carousel-based gallery

I'm trying to figure out the best way to design an image gallery embedded in a lightbox. The gallery has thumbnail versions of each image in a carousel, and clicking a thumbnail brings that image ...
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Should my gutter/margins expand in a fluid design?

I'm redesigning a page, and am going for a fairly basic fluid, 2-column layout. With a fluid layout though, should I have my gutter and margins expand along with the columns, or would it be better to ...
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Fixed feedback tab on the left/right window border

What is your experience about using tabs/buttons that are fixed to the left or right on the browser window? (see an example to the right on this site) They are usually used for feedback forms or ...
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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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How should the [Big Buy Now Button] in the right gutter be linked?

I'm redisigning my website and would like to know how the "Big Buy Now Button" in the right gutter should be linked. This button will be available on every page of the site. I sell two software ...
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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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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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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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Visitor's reactions on web development agency's page?

I need to step-up of the freelance side and step into a more business side of web agencies and I need your opinions about how people react on your philosophy and decide to go or leave you. The way I ...
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Which side of the screen should a user HUD be on?

I'm trying to come up with the UI for a game I'm creating for the iPhone/iPad. The game is based off another online game form years ago, and they had their HUD on the left side of the screen. I'm ...
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What research, patterns or techniques will help me choose the correct colors (or saturations) to the various UI elements of a page?

I am building a tool that will be used by call center agents. It is to help them support products on behalf of the customers who call up. It acts as a portal to many different types of product ...
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Should I redesign my desktop application so it looks and acts like a website?

I'm in the process of redesigning one of my older desktop applications. The original design I did was based on a 640 X 480 screen. Times have changed and there several different screen resolutions ...
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Where should I put a sub-menu on the screen?

This might seem like an odd question, but where should I put a sub-menu on the screen, assuming the main menu is horizontal - similar to the Questions/Tags/Users/Badges menu on this site. The ...
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How to improve my layout [closed]

I have a couple of questions here: 1) What if I have two news stories posted for a day should I bullet the titles or how should I format them so that it stands out more that they are separate news ...
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Displaying/presenting options neatly

I have a Windows application which has some options regarding notifications. Each type of message can be turned on and off for the statusbar and for pop-up messages. Here is what it looks like now: ...
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Alternative to “Hover For More Information” Controls

I don't like modal popups, because they force you to close them before you resume normal input -- and because they tend to dominate the screen. When I made Valence, I had a dilemma: where do I put ...
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Website Alignment - is it just looking good or anything else

Now most of the major websites are centre aligned. Example Google, Yahoo, Rediff, CNN, BBC etc. Some old websites are still left aligned. What is the role of the website alignment? Is it just about ...
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Can ugly be good UX?

It's heresy I know, but look at DrudgeReport.com. It's raw, hand written HTML, it's plain, boring typography, it's something any UX or Graphic designer would scoff at if you handed it across their ...
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Allow list box to expand to browser height?

I'm designing a web app that includes a list builder. I've proposed that the height of the list box containing the available items should grow depending upon the available browser height. However, I ...
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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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Default input labels and text sizes

Looking to get community feedback on a few small related form questions: For standard forms: How long should a standard text box input be? These text boxes would be for first and last name? Should ...
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How should I design a small help system for a Windows application?

Context I've written a simple, business application which generates a report from information in a database. The only user input required are two file paths--one to a list of items to report on and ...
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What knowledge about GUI standards/design a test analyst should have?

I am a software tester who works on a newly developing software product. Sometimes I feel the GUIs are not very user friendly but could not justify as I do not have enough facts/knowledge on GUI ...
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Responsive web design technique in desktop application?

What do you think about using responsive web design techniques in a desktop application? We need more space for large data and since all monitors today are widescreen, it could be good practice I ...
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How to let the user add and edit items in a ComboBox? (WinForms)

In my WinForms application there is a ComboBox with default values. The user should be able to add items to the ComboBox or rename existing items. I want the design to be simplistic. This was my ...
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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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Best practice for single-level parent-child control groupings

I have a data relationship like Teachers -> Children. The goal is to select a Teacher in order to manipulate the more user-relevant Child data. You can add a new Teacher, but you can also add a new ...
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The use of tabs

I am working on redoing a clients application, which needs to be done for other reason, but one of the changes is to remove tabs. The application is, in essence, fronting data records, very basic. ...
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What's the best way to display and navigate about a list of 2000+ items?

I've recently decided to update the look of a site and was confronted with a page that is a list of 2,000+ items sorted into a table and a blob of links that go with it. First Robotics competition ...
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Should Website “Container” elements reach the bottom of the screen?

I've got a fixed width layout site much like SE and Twitter and it personally bugs me when my "short" pages don't reach the bottom of the page. I've been wondering if this is a purely stylistic issue ...
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Date picker button placement: inside or outside the right bounds?

Which of these is a better approach for placement of the date picker button: Having the button outside the right bounds of the other textboxes: Or having the picker inside: I'm also thinking of ...
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Button placement while others ones are invisible/disabled

I have a tool bar of buttons. The state changes every time user interact with it (fig. 1). Fig. 1 Sometimes application allows user to refresh view only, so other buttons are invisible (fig. 2). ...
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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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Designing an Advanced Search Control for iOS?

I'm working on iOS app and part of what I'm making is an advanced search interface. The default iOS search components allow for text entry and for a "scope bar". That is, a bar which allows you to ...
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Optimal placement of share on Twitter/Facebook/social media widget on web page to encourage use

Like most every site out there, I develop a site where we encourage people to share the content through Twitter and Facebook. Also, like most other sites, the placement of the widgets is in a fixed ...
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What is a good web page resolution to design for? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Common screen resolution in 2011? What would be a good web page resolution to design for? I currently work according to 1024px wide resolution screens. and create UIs ...
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Too many tabs - use buttons instead?

We have an admin page in our application that has toomanytab-itus (see the second set of tabs are stacking): I've been tasked with solving this issue. Reorganising/grouping the content to reduce ...
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What is the value of interface layout and its impact on the overall user experience?

I often have difficulty convincing people that the layout/design/visual-styling of an interface has impact on how the user feels about the product as whole. All to often the argument is that the user ...
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Grid dimensions on Android

I'm starting a mobile app on Android that displays nearby restaurants and outing places, but I'm so confused! There are lots of devices and sizes; I want the smart phones, no tablets or non-touch. ...
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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 ...