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

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OK/Cancel on left/right?

Should OK button be on left of Cancel button or vice versa? Are there any studies suggesting either of the solutions?
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How To Display Too Much Data

We're building a web-based platform where the main dashboard shows a table of data for users to view and analyze. As we're growing this tool, we seem to be adding more and more columns and are running ...
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Common screen resolution?

I'm developing a web application which is quite information heavy. This means that every pixel available in the screen for display helps a lot, to avoid the UI looking too cluttered and to display ...
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Is there a usability reason for centering a website's content area on a page?

A lot of websites these days have content area's which are center-aligned: http://ux.stackexchange.com is an example. However some sites are left-aligned e.g. http://forums.adobe.com/index.jspa, ...
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Should we provide “back” button for mobile website?

In mobile website for all smartphones (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows phone 7), should I provide a "Back" button inside the webpage even when the browser has functionality to go to back? ...
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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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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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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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What to do when a page's content doesn't fill up enough of a fixed area?

An application has a fixed size, i.e 800x600 px. However, a problem I often run in to is that the page's content isn't enough. It's simply too little content on a big area. Consider the mockup below, ...
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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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Which is more likely to be read and processed: (related) text placed above or below an image/video?

I'm thinking about layout on pages where the main asset is visual — for instance, a photo of an item from the collection on a museum website, or embedded video as on YouTube and many news sites. ...
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Hamburger menu icons - should they be on the left or right?

Hamburger menus (the three small horizontal bars: the new menu icon). Should they be on the right or left? I'm only thinking of mobile and tablet applications. The pattern I see the most is on the ...
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When displaying statistics to a user, is it better to bold the data or the label?

The following picture shows some statistics. Here they bold the data, not the label. Which is better? Does it depend on the information being shown? What if you have a header on a report with some ...
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Is it a good idea to have a large footer containing many links?

In recent years, it's become quite a common design pattern to have a large footer on every page, containing a 'mini sitemap'. For example: This has supposed SEO benefits, but would also seem to ...
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Where should form instructions or hints be placed?

I was browsing Forrst and came about a screenshot of a form designed with Twitter Bootstrap that had the label on the left, the input field on the right, and the instruction that it's required under ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Best way to display more table columns and rows than I have room for?

I have a similar problem to what is mentioned in Best way to display more table columns than I have room for?. But to make things a little more difficult, the table has approximately 1000 rows and 64 ...
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Why choose dark navbars?

Been reading about Google's new dark navbar over at ReadWrite. It's funny that ReadWrite, as well as StackExchange, has chosen a dark navbar as well. Why this trend to choose dark navbars?
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Which direction indicates newer/older?

So I'm reading some blogs and I get to the bottom of the page when I see a graphic similar to this: << Newer Posts Older Posts >> This makes sense to me. But then, quite often, ...
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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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Where to place currency symbol when localizing and what to do with odd symbols

Is there a suggested, single location to place the currency symbol every time for any given locale? For example, always on the left with a space before the amount like this: R 10.00 $ 10.00 € 10.00 ¥...
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Separation of play and pause buttons for playing media

I seem to remember reading somewhere that having the play pause actions triggered from a single button that toggles is a bad idea It seems to me that this idiom works well (e.g. pressing space to ...
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Best way to display more table columns than I have room for? [duplicate]

The web development office I work for is working on a fixed-width web site. On one page, we have a table inside of the fixed 960px space available. So far, this table has worked out great for us, but ...
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In a grid, how to display long column headers

When displaying data in a grid (each row contains a record, each column a different record field), vertical space need is easily solved with scrolling or paging. We are usually sooner missing ...
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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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Graphically displaying a conversation between more than two people

I'm working on a project that involves displaying a text-only conversation between anywhere from two to ten or more people. The reader will be either zero or one of the participants. The main UI will ...
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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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Checkouts as a multi-step process or as a long form?

Our checkout system has 3 clear steps: Basic Information - Title, Name, Email, Phone Card Details - Payment Type, Card Details Billing/Delivery Address - Company Name, Address I would like to know ...
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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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Should checkbox labels be to the right or the left?

I've got some checkboxes with text values of varying lengths (from say 5 characters up to about 60) - which is the preferred layout? Value to the left and checkbox to the right, or vice versa?
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Best Design/Order/Layout For Mailing Address Form

Is there any standards out there when it comes to a mailing address form? I need to collect the following fields: address line 1 address line 2 city postal code (or zip) province(or state) country ...
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About fullscreen scrolling webpages

There are recently many websites using full screen scrolling pages since Apple launched their own with the iPhone 5C. (website not available anymore, but a reproduction can be found here) Some other ...
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As screens become wider, should navigations and toolbars go away from the top, to the sides?

The counter-example to my question are the ribbons that MS introduced with Office 2007; they take up a lot of screen estate at the top of the user-interface. Since the screens become wider and wider (...
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How do you conquer the challenge of designing for large screen real-estate?

This question is a bit more subjective, but I'm hoping to get some new perspective. I'm so used to designing for a certain screen size (typically 1024x768) that I find that size to not be a problem. ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the best way to show my users that buttons in the same line have different functionality?

I have four buttons on my interface that all look the same but don't all act the same. They are laid out like the example below. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq ...
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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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How do you go about convincing the stubborn “powers that be” to let you change a clumsy layout that users are used to?

How do you go about convincing the stubborn "powers that be" to let you change a clumsy layout that users are used to? Say there was a layout in a previous version of software from years back and ...
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How to best display a long list of check boxes

In my application users are required to select from a drop down, a list of projects they wish to include in their custom search. The easy part is that users can select one project to filter on or ...
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Grid View vs List View for products

I am looking for some general insight on a comparison between grid view and list view in e-commerce and not only. I want to start from this general research, find the proper terms I don't know at ...
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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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Should I have “read more” links in a responsive design?

I'm currently in the middle of a re-design for a mid-market newspaper's website, and for each article there's a "Continue reading story >>" link after the lede paragraph on topic pages and the home ...