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Pros and cons of a Single Page site versus a Multi page site

I am working on trying to re-design the site for the agency I work for and a recommendation was made that we should move to a single page site with a vertical scroll which which walks through all the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Redesigning a My Account Page, What kind of navigation is best?

I have had this low priority pet project to redesign the My Account page on our site, http://www.yousendit.com, and since this has been on the back-burner for so long, I cannot determine the right ...
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Nested dropdowns in mobile view

So i build a website using bootstrap. The problem is that i have nested drop downs. The link below is image for dropdowns that look nice and not cluttered in desktop version. However this is how it ...
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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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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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What's better than »More …« as a main navigation tab?

I am looking for a solution for the following problem: We have a horizontal main navigation showing some of the most important topics covered by the website and a tab called "All Topics". So far so ...
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drop down navigation for web/mobile

I'm in the process of a website redesign and I'm not really sure what to do with the navigation. The goals of the redesign are to simplify the site and make it more mobile friendly. The existing site ...
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Where should the user end up when clicking “Previous” or “Next” on a search result?

I´m having a discussion regarding how our site filter should work. The requirements has been the following: User enters the site and makes a search for eg. "jackets" Let´s say that we get 10 ...
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Combine categories and tags in a blog-like website

This is a pretty specific question, but I really am not sure if it's the right way I'm thinking. It's about a music blog with lot's of different kind of articles that needs a better way of ...
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Hiding main navigation on secondary pages

What is an effective design to hide/minimize primary navigation to focus the user on secondary navigation, while still providing access to the primary nav? (rephrased from below to make it more of a ...
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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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Need help Displaying an Elimination Chart on a small display (iPhone/Android/etc..)

I'm building an Application for mobile device that needs to display an Elimination Bracket for a tournament (16, 8, 4, 2, 1) I haven't seen any application doing something similar and I'm "jammed" ...
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Is the left or right side of the screen “more clickable”?

I'm in the second year of fine-tuning a homebrew CMS, and I've been going with this theory (which I imagined) that it's best to have interactive elements like submit buttons, back buttons, and links ...
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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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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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Alert window, navigating to the right button

Working on both Windows and OSX, I have some habits on both. In alert dialogs, there is a huge usability variance between both operating systems. In the latter, you can either tap enter and have the ...
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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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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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Is it a bad idea to put the logo in the top-right corner and the navigation in the top-left?

Firstly I would like to say that I don't think there is a concrete rule about where the logo on a website should be – but intuitively I think it should be in the top left at least for continuities ...
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What's this called and how does it fare from a UI perspective?

The Facts About Coventry website has a flash plugin app for navigation of data (bottom half of the page). It's a big circle where you can hover over the icons to get a description of the category and ...
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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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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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'Contact Us' in Navigation bars

So looking at a particular site's analytics, you usually find 'Contact' very high on the list of destination page views. My question is... Do you think people expect 'contact us' to be the last ...
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Drop down consistency needed on navigation on site header?

I am building a website which has a horizontal navigation in the header. Only some of the top level menu items sub-pages, so there are only drop downs on a few of the navigation options. I didn't ...
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Removing all nav links from the order/signup page. What do you think of this practice?

If you go to Assistly, you'll notice their pages have a navigation bar at the top... except for the signup page. I have seen this practice where all links are removed from the order page. This ...
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How do you deal with too many bullets in a slider?

I have an issue with a simple image slider on a mobile application. The slider uses bullets to indicate the pages of the slider. Now, it became quickly evident that the navigation bullets could easily ...
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what's the design pattern for the sidebar navigation used by Amazon, NewEgg and LightInTheBox?

See the below navigation examples currently used by Amazon, LightInTheBox and NewEgg. What's the pattern called? The content containing the subcategories would slide out when the mouse is hovering ...
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Alternative label for “Solutions” tab in main menu?

Analytics and heatmap testing show that users don't really click on the "Solutions" tab in our main menu. My guess is that this is because the "Solutions" label is overused and users are a bit blind ...
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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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Show camera feature on iPhone when there is no camera?

In my iPhone app I have a root view with some options, one being a "Camera" option where you can take a photo to send to us. My question is should I either A: Show it "grayed out" or B: Not show it ...
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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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Putting critical but low traffic link in primary navigation

Our site (veetle.com) requires a video player plugin to be downloaded before you can play any video on the site. We've always had an inline install prompt when you enter into the video page: Now ...
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Adding D-pad navigation to an existing web application: Resources?

I have a web application (HTML5) which works well in Google Chrome with mouse navigation, and I am adding d-pad navigation support. I have asked on StackOverflow about programming models for d-pad ...
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Categories or tags based navigation ?

I am not sure if tags based navigation would be easier for users. In our web we categorize software (like download.com) and categories maybe are hard to understand.
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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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UXD Methodology - Best practices for identifying a Global Navigation Toolbar implementation

I am part of a large webapp project, but a small UX team (we just went from 1 to 2, a few weeks ago). We were brought in terribly late in the process, to the point where there was literally no chance ...
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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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On Click or On Hover for mega menu in responsive design?

I am working on designing a responsive site which will have a mega menu for almost all the menu items. The initial consensus was to show the mega menu on hover but the challenge is that that the ...
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User-friendlier dropdowns with hoverIntent?

Is it a good idea to use hoverIntent (which introduces a slight movement-predicted delay to prevent accidental hover-offs) for user-friendlier dropdowns? ...
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Determining when to use questions vs. statements in a navigation

I'm working on a project with a psychology office and I'm mulling over an issue that I haven't seen a lot written for. Namely, when is it best to use inquisitive categories vs. statements in a ...
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Having settings in edit mode across multiple tabs - confusing?

I'm trying to make an area where users view/edit the info for their customers less confusing. The current arrangement (which I've inherited) is below. The user clicks an "edit" button and the fields ...
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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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Positioning Back, Cancel and Next in a full screen wizard

Hi I have a full screen wizard that like many wizards has the back, cancel and next buttons. What is the optimum way of positioning these buttons on the screen? Are there any studies that have ...
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On Android, how do you design a very shallow navigation?

I need to create a simple account section in my mobile app with 1-level deep navigation: ___ Register / Account -- \___ Login On iPhone, I'm using a grouped table ...
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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 ...