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What evidence is available from user testing to support the use of drop-down menus and in what circumstances?

I'm reviewing a site and want to look at whether or not the existing drop-down menu is appropriate. Do people have evidence from user testing sessions (that they can share) on the effectiveness of ...
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Where should the contact us link be placed in an Ecommerce site?

I just finished designing an Ecommerce site and the in the site design, I put the contact us link in the header as given below: The feedback I got was that they would like to add an additional link ...
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To search or not to search?

Having an internal search on a web site takes a lot of effort if you should do it “the right way”. You have to handle case sensitivity, visible results query, misspellings, result matches and ...
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Unifying Search and Browse

I am working on a part of a website right now. Let's just call it a Map for now. Every user has a map, which displays his or her interests as images in a grid. Quite obviously, the user can add or ...
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disabling the zoom in functionality on an iPad due to fixed navigational elements

I have an iPad-specific website which has had the "zoom-in" feature disabled on it as I have horizontal and vertical fixed navigational elements that I do not want to go out of view. I would like to ...
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How can I indicate that you can view more of a similar items or results?

I am currently building a web application with associates various questions and answers to a specific page in a book. Without going into too much detail, a question can be associated to multiple ...
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What tooltip text should I give to controls that move a map?

The application is a 3D map of a large work area (several rooms), with information tabs at the bottom. Users can rotate and zoom the map, click on a room for details, click a piece of equipment for ...
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How to show people where they are in a site structure on mobile devices

One of the oldest rules when it comes to navigation and page design is to make it clear where the users are on the site, where they have been and where they could go next. Usually this is solved by ...
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UX idiom for closing activity: X-icon vs up-button vs back button

We're launching a search activity when hitting the global search button (i.e. the hardware search key, if present, or a search icon in the Action Bar.) It should be noted here that the search activity ...
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Linking a Navigation menu item to external URL

3 of 7 links on my navigation menu are external links to others websites (same company but other services/not the same domain). Those websites are not the core of the business. Linking a navigation ...
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Why did Microsoft make Windows 8 hard to Power Off?

I’ve been using Windows 8 for a couple of weeks and am certain the new operating system will work great on tablet (i.e. Microsoft Surface). On PC some say the best tile is the desktop tile, where you ...
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Better to use generic verbs or slash-separated specific verbs in navigation?

I'm currently revising a menu that has evolved over time to include lots of generic verbs in menu items. The biggest offender is 'Manage'. Manage Users, Manage Portal. I feel like these don't really ...
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Different look and feel between administration and end user experience?

Lets say we have an app that performs something like surveys. There are two primary types of users, administrative users who set up and build the surveys, (who are actually the customers), and the ...
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Best Practice for navigating to details page based on a grid selection

I am designing a feature that has a work list displayed in a grid. The grid is 8 columns wide and includes a person's contact and demographics. The grid is used to select a person and load a details ...
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Is there a better solution than breadcrumbs to cascading categories on mobile?

I am working on a mobile application (Android ICS based) where I need to show a lot of products on screen. Now the products are categorized in several categories which are on X level, where X is ...
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Best approach to designing a long multi-level side menu

I'm currently facing a problem with designing an effective and user-friendly multi-level side menu for a client's ancient website developed in year 2000. This side menu is referred as a table of ...
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Implementing Single Sign-On on sites with different navigational structures

I am in the process of implementing Single Sign-On (SSO) across multiple sites and am intending on introducing a shared header. Two of the sites follow the same 'main site' navigation where as others ...
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Best practice for displaying no of records on datagrid

I am designing a banking application where i have a record count of over 1000 rows. I wanted to understand the ideal design patterns for pagination and displaying rows on a data grid. I am ...
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Navigation-back button and/or Cancel button in upper-left corner of iOS data entry screen?

I have an iOS screen that is usually used for data entry but is occasionally used to later view the data that's been entered. For data entry, it seems like the iOS convention (e.g. stock email app) ...
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On a click, show a stub or not?

Consider a click event that would cause a significant change of view (e.g. going from a list of items to a detail view of a single item). What is a better experience: Switch to a stub view which ...
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Action inside a table vs. Specific screen for the action?

So.. My webapp is targeted for Human Resources departament. The app has a screen that list Positions. Now I'll have two new requisites in the application which are: The user might be able to ...
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Can icons improve readability on a navigation?

Our app has many tools and we have a navigation of about 10 tabs. Tabs can be re-arranged and this forces the user to find them by reading the label. Would icons make it more usable?
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What is the value of FAQs on a product website?

I am re-designing a product site, and the client insists on having a FAQs section. I originally placed it in an area of low prominence on the site, but now the client is questioning it. What is the ...
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Why does the Google logo sometimes take you back to search and sometimes take you back to the product?

The title is a little lengthy -- I know -- but please bear with me on this one. I observed today that some Google sub-sites (namely Google Images, Google Books, Google Shopping) redirect to Google's ...
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Does navigation menu have to mirror the actual page structure in my site?

Can I put items in a navigation menu list, that don't actually mirror the website pages structure ? e.g. if the pages in the site follow this structure: Homepage |--Products |--Product 1 ...
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Android app - Look and feel

I'm developing my first app for Android. It's a small productivity app for smartphones and tablets. (I'm using Flash CS5 and Adobe Air to build it.) Is it recommended to use/copy the native Android ...
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What's the best position for the global navigation of an application within an intranet site that has its own global navigation?

I'm designing an interface for an application that is most likely going to sit within our intranet. Users will access it from our intranet and we feel that it will make their jobs easier if they have ...
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How to tell the user to click to edit data

I'm developing a website which basically contains all the info about a serie of projects (a few hundreds). Each project has its dedicated page with all info about it (dates, classifications, schedule, ...
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Task-based navigation with menu-items expanding to Mega Menus

First let me apologize for the length of this question, but I want to explain it pretty thoroughly. Some background/rationale first: As part of the design of a new travel website I've gone with a ...
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Training Video Section of website

I'm looking for some help with my training video user experience. http://advantageanywhere.com/advantageUniversity.html I'm currently working on a training area where the new users of our ...
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Should links that bring up a jQuery UI dialog be uniform or different than site hyperlinks?

I have page containing two types of links: Standard Hyperlink: navigates to a webpage jQuery dialog link: displays a jQuery modal dialog explaining a term in more detail Here is a sample: ...
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Scrollbars in right-to-left layout

I'm currently developing the Arabic version of an existing iOS app. iOS always displays scroll bars on the right. Should they be displayed on the left in RTL mode? With right-aligned content (images ...
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What are some best practices in picking navigation bar background color? [closed]

I am using twitter bootstrap and I don't like the default dark gray background color for the navbar. So I was thinking of chosing a different color. But being a programmer and not a designer first ...
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Multi Select hierarchy for Mobile Design

I am working on a native application which will user to select multiple level of a hierarchy and perform some filtering. So for example we have multiple level of category of products like Home Care > ...
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Pros/cons: segmented control (tab) in the nav bar on iPhone?

I am considering having a segmented control in the navigation bar in the iPhone app. Are there any known drawback of having it in the navigation bar vs. body? Perhaps, less space for other controls in ...
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What's the proper iOS UI for switching between 2 views?

There two different screens, Live and Leaderboard, and I need to switch between them. Is there any sort of iOS standard for handling the UI for that? Right now I've just got a button at the top ...
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Is swapping out the entire Left-Local-Side-Nav a bad idea?

We have a large Website with hundreds of pages. We have a horizontal global navigation, and a left-local-side Nav to navigate through a group of related pages. As I was browsing clicking down from ...
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Under what circumstances will vertical or horizontal navigation work better?

I have just started taking UX classes and am designing my first e-commerce webpage. I was wondering what type of navigation works better for users? Do users prefer eBay's vertical navigation ...
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What is the difference between a Navigation Bar and Tabs?

Recently I found myself (potentially) discussing the nature of a horizontal/top navigation bar (h-nav-bar) and a tab set without knowing it. download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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How to make navigation bar clear?

I have a website titled 'Ibiza Party People'. I've made 3 buttons like: Ibiza(About us page)-Party(Photography page)-People (Blog page). This is a screenshot of how the menu looks like: I have ...
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Design of tag based filtering using interesting and ignored tags

Take the general case of entries classified based on tags - a QA forum such as SO, a traditional forum that's to be designed without categories, a list of articles or blog entries, or other entity ...
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How Many Tabs are Too Many?

The mockup below, has a screenshot of a software I stumbled upon last week. It grabbed my attention that it presented information in the following way. It had Many Interface Level tabs, inside those, ...
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Is it a bad practice to put the main web navigation on the upper right of the webpage?

My non UI savy client provides me with the webpage layout he wants via powerpoint. There's a header row on top. On the left is a logo image and then a line of text that is the company name. These are ...
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Side navigation menus for Android tablets

The new trend of side navigation menus has taken over Android apps - Facebook, Evernote and now youtube and google+ are all doing the side navigation menu like here: Though it seems like this has ...
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What is the ideal way to allow users to choose a category for their post

I'm working on a website where users are able to create a post in a specific category. Would the best approach be to do something similar to craigslist where you're shown a page with main categories ...
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How can I design navigation that also represents timed progression through stages in a process?

I am designing a system with the following characteristics: Users view challenges that require them to submit a response The challenges are broken up into 4-5 stages (e.g. submission, voting, ...
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Using a ribbon as navigation

Every use of the ribbon I have seen so far single panel 'canvas' programs, where grouped functionality is in the ribbon. I have been doing some analysis on some back end software which my company ...
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For a site with multiple different user-types should the primary navigation reflect all available options for all users?

I think there is a serious navigation problem on the website I am working on. I have four kinds of users (people working in fashion, interested in fashion, people that buy fashion, and people that are ...
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Level selection on dropdown

Designing a radio button interface for selecting how many sub-levels you would want to display for a website main menu dropdown. The options are: OFF 1 level 2 levels Considering that the default ...
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Should pagination be capped in web app search results?

Search results can be a funky thing to design sometimes when it comes to the value of results for a user. IN this Web App I am helping build, the global search bar, when searched, can lists results ...