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Horizontal menus, do they scale?

I'm a user of a popular website that uses horizontal menus for navigation. As the site's functionality grows, the number of menu items also grow. As the horizontal space is limited, the design choice ...
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Is the browser back button still the second most used navigation feature?

In 1999 Jakob Nielsen stated that "the Back button is the lifeline of the Web user and the second-most used navigation feature (after following hypertext links)". But the web has evolved since then, ...
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When to display a link as a previously visited link?

Websites of today contains a variety of links including logo link, global and local navigation links, supplementary or related links, other header links, footer links, inline related links and more. ...
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Relying on Android 'back' button to close a modal window

I tested an app yesterday that my team is working on. It has a hamburger navigation, and one of the items inside that nav is a callout to leave feedback. When you tap the feedback row, a modal screen ...
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Is switching to a selectbox navigation for mobile devices a good solution for complex menus?

An example of this functionality can be found in this site (shrink the browser viewport to see the selectbox navigation take over.) Is this a good practice? Wondering if anyone has any experience to ...
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When is it appropriate to split functionality into separate apps?

I'm a designer and my company has a single app that serves two different types of user. One group is the general public, who uses the app to navigate big events (e.g. annual user group meeting ...
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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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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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How to choose the better placement for Sidebar: Left or Right?

I have a question about sidebar navigation. I am designing a web page for latest news and placed the sidebar (news navigation) on the right side. My logic was that "On the news page at first people ...
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Two-level menus: Why? and When?

Two level menus: should they be used? Why are they important? I never found any resource explaining this. Should I avoid them and only use them when you really have too much stuff to present?
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Different styling for different tooltips on a single page?

I am working on a web application, and we are focusing very much on the consistency of the look&feel. When we are designing tooltip styles, we can see there is the 'plain style' tooltip and all ...
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When should you use task-based navigation over topic-based navigation?

What are the pros and cons of each?
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Plus icon for new tab not working in user testing. Anomaly or actually confusing for users…

For Context: So I am performing some user testing, and the interface is changing how tabs work with in the system. Currently tabs indicate the top level of different customer define hierarchies. The ...
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Should 'Home' be included in website breadcrumbs?

This may vary based on your site hierarchy and IA but when configuring breadcrumbs should they include home or stop the first filter (categories, for example). Which is better? I have seen both used ...
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Best Practice for Tab Placement on Widget?

Recently I have been working on restyling tabs on a widget. Some problems I have encountered during the restyle is our 960 grid system which with a side navigation included allows me a space of 12 ...
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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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Responsive website - navigation usability advice

I am developing a site which is to respond to different screen sizes. The site is fairly large and has up to 4 levels deep in terms of page/menu hierarchy. What I am wrestling with now is how to adapt ...
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Massive menu on website, how to solve it?

I must change the following menu in some web site. This menu contain almost 30 items! Screenshot: Any idea? Categories: Home, Games, Leisure Children, Openly Software, Recipes, Study Lessons, ...
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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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Do I still need to show a header if I'm just replicating the title of a tab?

I have a user management section in my CMS. The content is contained in 'tabs'. However as the title on each tab is basically the name of the page itself, do I need to still include a heading ...
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Card sort with 'Don't know' group

I've recently piloted an open card sort, and have had some feedback suggesting that respondents should be told that they can add a 'Don't know' group if they're not sure where to put cards. I'm ...
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Mobile Website: navigation at the bottom of the page with an anchor link at the top

On a mobile site I'll be putting the main navigation at the bottom of the page so that the main content is visible without having to scroll past lots of navigation options. (As per w3c ...
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Is the hamburger icon a recognized navigation symbol? [duplicate]

Do you think the icon "☰" is enough for users to know that a menu is underneath? Medium.com doesn't even use an icon, it is linked from its logo on the top. Other websites just use the word "Menu" ...
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When Back Button is Expected but Not Supported, The Least Invasive User Assistance?

Problem: I have a situation where in a browser-based web application the back button (and backspace key for that matter) cannot be supported or used. If it is used, the results can be unpredictable in ...
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Where do users expect to find the “create new account” functionality?

I'm developing a website where users will be able to sign in, and thus they need to be able to register. Is it sufficient to include the registration functionality (or link to it) on the sign-in ...
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Suggested mobile approach to dual actions

Let's say that you have a list of books that you want to show in a mobile application. From that list you want someone to be able to either drill down to a chapter list, or go to a page showing book ...
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Side Navigation Arrow Placement Right or Left?

I have been working on a project that involves reconstructing a page side navigation. Throughout the project i've researched current trends in navigation structure and noticed arrow placement on the ...
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If a microsite uses the same logo as the main site, which “home” should it link to?

Which 'home' should the microsite's logo link to - the main site or the microsite? Consider that... The content and layout of the microsite is the only differentiator Half the users reach the ...
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Is it a problem to have a link to 'View Your Basket' and 'Go To Checkout' that both go to the same place?

I have an eComm site i'm specing at the moment. When you add stuff to the basket the on-page basket at the top of the page will update to give you a running total with links to view the full basket as ...
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iPhone App: Tab Bar vs. Dashboard (aka Grid Navigation). Or both?

I'm working on an iPhone app (early stage) and we had some discussions on the best navigation system: Dashboard style (examples) This would be the home screen. What I like: Good feature overview; a ...
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Best way to separate navigation and search bar

I am in the process of improving an existing eCommerce site design. The client has asked that we highlight the best selling categories. Currently all the categories are under the heading Categories ...
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Breadcrumb menu in the footer

I'm a big fan of the Apple web site. However, I was wondering why they have put their breadcrumb menu in the footer. I thought the idea of the breadcrumb menu was to let the visitors to get a quick ...
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Better to use hover vs. click to display dropdown menus on main navigation of web app?

I work on a web-based medical records system. In the previous version, main horizontal menu employed ExtJS. It used the standard click to display the sub-menu found in ExtJS. I'm considering whether ...
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Easiest cursor move?

In relation to making a pie-menu. I've tried finding research on this, but to no avail. My reasoning is this: Put the most used features at the easiest places (although putting opposites.. opposite ...
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minimalistic top navigation + huge footer = winning combination?

Ive seen a lot of very successful sites of big companies like mailchimp and others with minimalistic top navigations consisting of 3-5 buttons, but big footers where detailed navigation is located. ...
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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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How to handle “Facebook style” slide in / fly in / side navigation menu in iOS7?

With the recent announcement of iOS 7 a new system wide slide from left edge to right gesture to go back has been introduced. This appears to affect applications that use navigation controllers. When ...
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Multiple Navigations - messy or necessary?

I'm looking at UEFA's website and seeing they have 3 navigations menus. Is there any support for this being a good UX? The organization does alot, and structuring their site this way might make ...
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Should we use ‘narrow and deep’ or ‘broad and shallow’ navigation pattern on mobile devices?

If we have a large content environment on a mobile device, we need some way to access that content with ease. One could implement a narrow and deep navigation pattern which gives the possibility for ...
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How large should the logo be for easy clickability?

I was skimming through some of the older questions namely Is 'Home' button still a must? and Home button vs Logo link? and there seems to be a general impression that the home logo serves as a general ...
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Where should navigation go for a linear process?

I'm working on a iPad project with a linear process. At the moment I have a 'link' style navigation sat at the top in the 'navigation bar'. I've been doing some early test and the verdict is ...
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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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Studies on the efficiency gains of Vimium-esque keyboard shortcuts

Probably my favourite Google Chrome extension is Vimium. One of Vimium's features is pressing Shift + F to overlay a short character sequence on top of all selectable items on a page: By typing ...
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Is it OK to have a global navigation tab link to another site?

My organisation, which provides information and advice, is starting to sell things online as well. The 'shop' will be run on a different platform and is effectively a different website (but will be ...
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Mixed classifications in IA — ever appropriate or effective?

I got to thinking about this question actually at the supermarket recently. I was looking for an item that I thought just had to be in the baking section ... because that's how brick-and-mortar stores ...
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Dropdown navigation menus - should top menu option link to content?

I have a client with a group of users which seem to have constant troubles using a menu like these two examples: Pages (links to a list of pages in a grid from where the user has access to ...
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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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What is the purpose of a website's homepage?

The title says it all really. While I realize the answer to this question is somewhat dependent on the visitors you're targeting, I'm wondering if there are any specific guidelines to follow. It's ...
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Save & Continue Button

In the app I am working on the user is presented with a list of item on the left and a panel contained with input fields on the right. The user will navigate the list and edit pricing criteria for ...
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Benefit of custom 404 error screens on website

Are there any UX studies on whether custom 404's and the like benefit or enrich the experience of the end user? Some good examples below, I was thinking the wording might be more relevant in this ...