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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Avoiding the Hermann grid illusion

I'm a UX newbie and I'm trying to design a page of image thumbnails. I came up with this: The trouble is that this layout gives rise to an effect called the Hermann Grid illusion. When looking at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 to handle pre-4.0 versions of Android when designing a layout?

I'm designing the UI for an Android app taking the Google User Interface guidelines into account for my Android 4.0 phone. The current concept looks like this: How would I go about supporting this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 is a cluttered layout quantified?

In the comments of a different question, I asserted that Visual Studio has a "cluttered" layout. A different user disagreed with my assertion, and it made me curious as to how to quantify a cluttered ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When you have to fill up the rest of the page…

I've noticed that I often run into the same problem in many projects I work on: It seems like I always end up having that extra space that I have nothing to fill up with. Here's a quick sample: See ...
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fixed-width vs full-browser for web app

I'm in the early stages of designing a web application (a network management application). And I can't really decide if to go with a fixed width layout (say 960px) or a variable (full browser width) ...
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Ads, when the user has no internet connection

I have an Android app which, in free version, has an ad block at the top of the screen. Of course users can see ads only if they're connected to internet. If they are not connected they get the same ...
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Where should “Doesn't Matter” choice be placed in the layout of survey choices

I am designing a survey form and this is one of my questions: How do you perceive the level of security for cloud services to be? The survey participants are to choose from the following choices ...
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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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Should radio options be displayed vertically or horizontally?

For Example: Results must match () All () Any () None Of the search criteria vs Results must match () All of the search criteria () Any () None The ...
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Easy to understand public transit journey planner results

I am developing a London jouney planner app (called Pubtran London, it's on Android Market). Somebody told me that the results are hard to understand and I was quite surprised by that. Maybe it's ...
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Breadcrumbs: ok to place at the top of a page?

Should breadcrumbs ever be placed at the very top-left of a page? Breadcrumbs seem to always be located either directly below the nav menu or above the page content. An article from 1stWebDesigner ...
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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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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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Defaulting to show all until user searches?

I am designing an admin page that will be used to manage account information for hundreds to thousands of medical offices (practices). Users will be able to take a few actions on a practice or take ...
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What are the rules of thumb for margins in web design?

My web designer tells me that in a web page, the empty margins or padding should always be multiples of a standard. For example 6 px, 12px, 18px. This should produce nicely balanced lay-outs. I would ...
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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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Where should the “Add to cart” button be placed in the product page?

I came across this awesome question on LinkedIn. The author has posted it across multiple UX groups (some open & some closed) so I'd like to preserve the best answers in one location. Many ...
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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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Emphasize Label or Value?

I've often wondered what is the recommended item to emphasize -- the item label or the item value -- when you want to draw a user's attention to a specific piece of information. For example, our ...
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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 put the “new button” in a metro style app

I am creating a Windows 8 style app, and I am confused where to put the new button. I have many options I can choose from. First above the search list: Second under the search list: Third with ...
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Bylines at the top or bottom of an article? Or both?

Jakob Nielsen's latest Alertbox post recommends omitting bylines except in a few cases regarding credibility. We've considered dropping bylines from the top of news articles to the bottom of articles ...
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Mixing Full Page-Width Navbar With A 960px Body

Is there ever a use case for mixing a full-width top navigation bar (meaning the navigation bar content is also full-width) with a contained body (around 960px)? What are the benefits or drawbacks to ...
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In a full screen mobile game where all corners are taken, where should I put a menu button?

In a full screen mobile game, where all four corners have already been taken to display status and information, where should I put a menu button? I was relying on the hardware button of Android ...
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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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Caption below or above image for navigation purposes?

It was already discussed here that for layout purposes, where images and video appear on a web page, ordinary captions are probably best placed below the graphic — largely due to convention. I want ...
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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 ...