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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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Are Drop-Down Menus Outdated and Poor Practice? [closed]

I have read sentiments online about the demerits of the trusty drop-down menu. EDIT: By 'drop-down menu' I refer to the navigation bar on a home page, not a drop down list on a form. Is it really ...
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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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What is a good way to display side navigation levels?

For the past few weeks I have been working on reconstructing my employers side navigation. While attending a recent meeting, discussion on side navigation hierarchy arose and there was a debate on how ...
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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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Best way to display a nav item with a single sub-page?

I am working on a nav which includes a page that has a single sub page like so: Home > Careers > Profile. If I want people to go to the overview or landing page first which has the majority of the ...
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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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Best practice for scrolling and orientation within non-touch displays: line-wise vs. page-wise scrolling?

I've been searching the web for quite some time now, but either I am always using the wrong keywords or there is no literature out there on this topic... What is the best way for a user to orientate ...
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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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What is the common practice for app bar behavior when navigating from Home to child?

My use case is this: users enter the app and land at 'Home' - which includes a link to a child page, 'Element 1'. Element 1 is also accessible from the Navigation Drawer. So, when Element 1 is ...
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Should web mega-menus that open OnClick close OnClick or Mouseout?

I have been doing some research on this site regarding whether a mega menu on a web site should activate/deactivate via hover or click. I found a question with good answers regarding actuating the ...
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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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Having the “Hamburger Menu” to the right, shouldn't menu items be right-aligned as well?

It's clear that the Hamburger Menu should be to the right of a native app and web application. At least our community concluded (through voting) on the question Hamburger menu icons - should they be ...
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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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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 ...
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Up & down arrows vs Drag & drop for reordering elements

Something I often argue with a lot of dev & ux guys, I think for simplicity of use, arrows will always be easier than using a drag & drop action, Seeing normal people use drag & drop is ...
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Is it helpful to colour-code different sections of a website?

A design pattern that's been around for a long time is the tendency to use different colours to demarcate different sections of a website. For example, in the BBC.co.uk website, hover over the main ...
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How to resolve lengthy hyperlinks?

When you’re editing content and have links to organizations or frameworks that has many words, the link might exceed an entire row or break a row. These lengthy links look ridiculous and could ...
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Mobile App Back Button Placement

I am building a mobile application that uses a button to launch the navigation menu (much like the Path or Facebook interface). I also want to add a back button. The standard seems to be to place ...
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How to help users navigate a very long list on mobile

I recently came across SXSW's native apps on iPhone and Android. Both apps revolve around the conference's schedule. On the home-screen of both apps, you get the day's schedule, which is actually a ...
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iphone side navigation vs. tab bar navigation

when designing a mobile app, is there any 'rule of thumb' for when (and when not) to use a side navigation? (e.g.: ...
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Thoughts on mobile 'matrix' style navigation?

What I mean by 'matrix' style is something along the lines of But could potentially be a multi-page menu as well (accessed by swiping left or right). I feel these designs try to mimic the iOS ...
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Suitable alternative to trackbar control

I use a track bar control in two different places in an touch-screen application I have. The first to record a specific amount of Data. (lets say 260 samples) the second to record an unlimited amount ...
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Mobile navigation

A responsive approach has been taken to the current project I am working on. It is a corporate website with 3 levels of navigation. Attached is an example of the solution I have come up with for drop ...
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Select as title vs. Tabs

I'm trying to decide between using a custom css select as a title versus using tabs on a page I'm working on. I drew up two wireframes below: 1. Using Tabs 2. Using Select As you can see, the ...
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Back to search results

When a page has been reached from a search, rather than having a fixed location, is there any benefit to presenting a button to take the user back to the specific search they were in (and their ...
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User benefit vs. UI consistency

I'm working on a configurator tool with a complicated back end and a large selection of products and product options. In the current behavior if an option is selected that requires the selection of ...
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Why are “previous” and “next” buttons so often “switched?”

In many UIs, there is a list of items that each have a time stamp, for example a list of news stories or e-mails. When there are many items or only one item is displayed at a time, it could be a ...
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Alternative to dashboard/portal page menu pattern?

Right now our application's opening page is a bunch of buttons vaguely grouped into categories which link to assorted areas of the application. Some of these links bring you to deeper application ...
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What is the way to display and navigate 40+ products at a time?

I've attached an image of the current implementation (custom control and arrows), but to me it feels too clunky and awkward because of the custom slide control. Our client seems to like the "3-Up" ...
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Is swipe gesture in Mobile Application distracting users with vertical scroling page ?

Normally Vertical scrolling page that used with up-down gesture for Mobile Application to browse data but also have next page to browse too Example of Sitemap Categories (Table List of ...
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Passive tabs on a drop down navigation menu?

Asumming I have the case of a menu where I have several options in only some categories (products): Should I always put some content on the button "Products"? Or I can skip it so people go to ...
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Navigating backwards in Miller Columns

I've got a set of Miller Columns on a web application that could be wider than the page width. So this means the first level of the hierarchy might not be visible anymore. What's the most effective ...
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Is it necessary to use titles on the navigation bar of an iOS app, or could I get away with displaying the logo all the time?

Within my app there are several views accessible from a side navigation pull-out panel. Is it necessary to put the title in the navigation bar all the time?
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Back button logic

The app works with some abstract items. Those can be shown in list or on map Bordered button in list leads to map view and vice versa, bordered button on map leads to list view. Everything ...
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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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Multilevel navigation menus for mobile devices

We have a 5 level navigation menu that needs to be incorporated in Mobile devices with a good & best usability approach.. which does not cost multi click for the user to view the 5th level menu. ...
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Responsive Design, how to display two large navigation menus?

we are currently looking at redesigning one of our sites so it is responsive. The problem is the site generally has two large menu systems per page. One at the top as the main navigation and then a ...
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Navigation & Link Hover State

Note: Please link me if this has been asked, I couldn't find what I was looking for I just had a conversation with my mate who is an Art Director in regards to a website he designed, when it was ...
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Task-based vs topic-based navigation on travel destination-site

I've got a concept of a destination-site (about Paris) covering topics like: Hotels, Restaurants, activities, tripplans, and all other usual suspects. This topic-based navigation is the de facto ...
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What is the best way to allow users to navigate through a large amount of information on a website that is categorised in numerous ways?

As a web developer, I'm often given designs that look good from the web designer, but don't necessarily function as well as they should. This is especially true for navigation elements, increasingly ...