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Star vs Heart icon to represent save as a favourite

I am working on a mobile app that involves the user saving a favourite location. I wanted to use an icon to represent that feature, but I'm not sure which one is better – a star or a heart icon. Some ...
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Why are election results presented by a geographic map instead of a cartogram map?

This morning (in Sweden) I woke up early to watch the 2012 presidential election in United States. I watched different news sources but all of them presented a geographical map of the results instead ...
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How to make a map obviously clickable?

Location based Q&A I am developing a location-based Q&A app. The main screen of the app features a map with a search box above it. When the user chooses a location, the "ask" button at the ...
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Dropdown vs map

Is it a good idea to use map for selecting travel destination? At the moment we are using dropdown menu to select the country the user would like to visit. We are also using dropdown for duration and ...
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For a web-app, how to differentiate “cluster” marker icons from normal icons on a map?

We have a map with around a dozen different kinds of markers, and there are too many to display at once so we're using cluster icons to represent multiple markers that are close together. What ...
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Should map markers be called pins or markers?

For reasons I won't explain, I have to change the word 'issues' to something different in our UI. 'Issues' corresponds to the number of map markers on a user's map. Should 'issues' be changed to ...
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Should I disable google maps scroll wheel zoom?

In most applications of google maps the scroll wheel will zoom the map instead of scrolling it. Personally I find this confusing, and after years of using google maps, both on the google maps web ...
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How to cluster map markers with different statuses

We're designing an application that displays a large number of markers on a map. We need to do some clustering on these markers, but the problem is that each marker has four possible options for ...
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What a user friendly indoor navigation map should look like on mobile devices?

In 2014, Apple has undertaken an initiative to bring indoor navigation to iOS devices. It is expected that major venues, like airports,hospitals and museums will have indoor navigation at some point ...
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Should a self-guided tour app show the path taken by a user or just a pin for each visited place?

I'm in charge of development of a cross-platform, mobile device self-guided tour app using Google Maps. We have three options for showing users visited vs. unvisited locations: 1) Just show the ...
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Drop down list vs. clickable map

I'm working on a web tool that requires users to choose their region as a search filter. I'm trying to decide if it will be best to use a drop-down list (there will be 15 regions) or a clickable map ...
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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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Re-plotting items on a map

I am working on a map based system for a control centre. The operatives who work in the control centre work on various map based events such as traffic, roadworks etc. One of the tasks the users wish ...
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Mega-scale industrial resource management UI case studies

We are setting out to design a system capable of managing a system that is comprised of 100,000 individually addressable resources (electro-mechanical controllers). One very important visualization ...
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How to display ranges in a map legend

We need to display a map legend that shows ranges of pipe diameters. Currently we have something like this: The problem with this is that the edge cases are ambiguous. Does 50mm fall in the first ...
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Multiple map markers on one location

Have a map that shows reviews of parks. Currently one marker is associated with each review. Clicking the marker opens a pop-up with review text. Some members have multiple reviews at one park, so ...
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Making a legend Interactive?

I am working on an interactive map which displays various pieces of geographic information about a person - places worked, education, holidays taken, home addresses etc.. All in all there are 9 ...
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How should I ask users for their location and preferences?

I am building a website (non-commerce) that relies heavily on user's location and user's preferences. Think of it as a map where you want to see where your friends are, closest events you might ...
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I want to group countries on a map into different mutually exclusive groups. What is the best interactive way to achieve this?

I am in a process to create an interactive map which displays sales of a product by region. Based on the data shown there is a possibility that I may find similarities between a few regions and want ...
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Examples of Master/Detail UI for “Social-Style” data [closed]

I'm looking for examples of interfaces that allow users to explore complex, interconnected systems on a variety of levels, from high-level patterns to low-level details. In the mapping world, this ...
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Usability of map clusters?

Have there been any studies around the usability of map clusters? I am talking about the practice of grouping together map markers into one object on a map when there is a high density of individual ...
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Removing main menu on large map page

I have a small map on my page, and want to allow the user to look at a larger version of it if a link is clicked. On this new page, the map will essentially be full screen, covering everything except ...
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Any good examples of interactive map patterns? [closed]

The goal is to design a page that allows the user to easily find a dealer near his/her location. My initial idea was to map the geographical locations on a map of the country. The country map is ...
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How to manage scrolling issues of a full-width embedded google map in a webpage?

We would like to have an embedded map in a webpage. This map will have 100% width of the browser window meaning that there will not be any real estate left for the user to have the mouse out of the ...
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Popover vs Modal to display a map

I'm working on a small mockup for a list of items where each of them has a map. I think that directly displaying the map for each item will be a little bit overbloated for the users so I'm thinking on ...
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Zoom behavior - can you recommend websites with good zooming experience (not maps)

I am working on a system that presents a hierarchial organizational tree. Each node can potentially have 10 children. The tree has about 10 levels. I want to present information on each node when ...
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What is the best way to point the user somewhere offscreen in a draggable map?

Let's say you have a Google Maps like draggable map: I'd like to show the user that there is something waiting for him somewhere outside of the visible portion of the map, let's say to the left. My ...
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Best way to represent distance in a clear way?

I'm building a job board and the user can search for jobs around its hometown. It can adjust the radius using a slider. Example: 1) User enters "Brussels" in the input box. 2) User changes the ...
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Show a district map below an address

My web application references places (bars, restaurants..). The main page of the app is a map with pushpins, when you click on a pushpin, a popup opens up, then you can click on "more details" to ...
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Is it OK for scrolling interactions to not scroll content?

This is a general question about scrolling behavior with a trackpad or mouse. I've been discussing this with my peers, and it's become quite a debate. Our conversations are specifically about the ...
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How usable is it to present user with map rather than a list of places, on mobile phones?

I'm interested in seeing a tested study, or at least something more valid than personal opinions, if smartphone users find it usable or not usable to be taken onto map view rather than to a list of ...
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How should locations without exact addresses be represented on a city map alongside locations with exact addresses?

I have a dataset of items I'm interested in mapping over a greater metropolitan area, with multi-item cluster markers at a zoomed-out scale and single-item point markers when zoomed in. Users would be ...
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A user's input doesn't match what he think it is

I'm new to UX design, got a question bothering me for some days Hope you guys can give some tips Prolem: my app is kinda a calendar app with a map, and I pull data from a user's native calendar, an ...
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Is there any problem having a left scrollbar on a 2-panel web window?

I'm building a web interface with two panels. On the right one there would be a map, on the left one there would be some places, similar to Google Maps. We are considering having the scrollbar of the ...
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Google Mapping: Any guidelines or research

We are using Google Mapping functionality more and more in our site builds, mainly because its free but from a UX perspective, users seem to be the most comfortable using it and have already learnt ...
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Selecting overlapping objects on «3/4 perspective» map

I am in process of making the UI of application, that has a 2.5D map (3/4 perspective) made as image, which displays equipment in rooms and areas of power plant. There are no multiple views of the ...
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Best practice for navigating a detailed image like a map on mobile

We have done a piece of offline activity that is basically a large folded, printed map with some featured elements and content around it relating to the map. I am working on putting this map online. ...
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Interaction with elements on cartography touch application

I'm currently designing a touch tablet application that deals with cartography and elements manipulation. We need to be able to touch interact with the elements on the map and : get info move item ...
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How should a user remove vertices from a polygon?

I'm working on a GIS web app where a user can draw a polygon on a map (a Microsoft map) to define a region. The vertices are placed by right clicking on the map placing vertices at each click and when ...
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Embedded Google Maps or static stylized map

Embedding Google Maps on your website doesn't always have the right effect on the design. With some effort you can stylize Google Maps, but I have bad experiences with that. To me, the only real ...
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Restrict Map to a specific area

For an Android application, I have to display points on a map (with the Google Maps API). All the points are in one country (in France). The question is: Does it make sense to restrict the map to ...
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How does the d.school's framework for Design Thinking map onto IDEO's?

Here's how I'm thinking about these DT models. The Stanford d.school describes the Design Thinking method in (5) steps: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. IDEO describes it in (3) modes ...
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Should I put the map on the first page?

I want to make an application to find parking and my question is if I should place the map on the first page. On the one hand the map shows you where you are; if you're in a city that is not yours it ...
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UX considerations for interactive mobile maps?

Embedding a mapping service like Google Maps into a website is pretty easy (i.e. using their API, which has recently been updated for mobile performance). What are the most important UX ...
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Get user Birth location

So i need to get the exact location of where a person was born. Currently, I have two maps on a page and an input field. So you can basically use either one. Right now the top map is a view of the ...
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Pattern for geolocation

I need to design geolocation in an app. This app allows to search in two ways: textual search, by inserting the address; or geolocation search, knowing the user's position and showing it in a map. I ...
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How to indicate that the pin on a map can be hidden?

In our mapping application the user is able to look up an adress which is then indicated by a pin on the map. In cases where this pin would cover some underlying icons (can be clickable) I would like ...
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Navigating between map and list representations of data

This question is of an Android bent, but the answers could probably be applied to other domains. There are a number of examples out there where locations are shown in both map and list view. For ...
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Google / Maps for Mobile Web

Does anyone have experience with embedded maps for Mobile Web? (NOT APP) My experience is that it introduces another frame into the page with a separate set of scrolling behavior - not a good thing. ...
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What kind of UI metaphors can I use for this game-like community map interface?

I'm developing an interactive map for a local community WiFi network, where upcoming groups/meetings/alerts/etc. can be "dropped" onto the map, based on location. Through user engagement over time, ...