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What should be taken into account when designing easily identifiable symbols?

I am currently designing a website with multiple filters. The first set will be Food, Shelter, Energy, Transport and Economy. Each of these will have five sub-sections and then there will be a long ...
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Does a site with a sticky NAV need NAV elements replicated in the footer?

Does user expectation of the footer pattern necessitate having NAV content repeated in the footer even if the site has a sticky NAV which might find the screen filled with 2 NAVs simultaneously at the ...
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Displaying search results for large hierarchical data

We have large hierarchical data which we would like the users to allow search on. The problem we are facing is in displaying the results. The search results can occur at any level and we would like to ...
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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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When is tapping back out of a deep hierarchy in mobile apps too much?

Are there any studies to measure frustration when tapping back multiple times to get out of a hierarchy? I ask because I am evaluating the most appropriate way to navigate a complex menu application. ...
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Need help to make this layout more readable

I am having trouble figuring out what is the best way to do this layout? Any suggestion on how to improve the layout would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Can I have a wizard on a tablet?

I'm designing this long process to be completed on a tablet interface. For simplicity, I want to break the process into several steps, and allow next/previous navigation. Since it would take around 4 ...
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Back Button and Menu Button in Top Navigation for iOS

We want to have users navigate our app using a side menu. Once a user leaves main app pages, the menu button (in top left corner of nav) would change to a back button. However, the content of our ...
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Is there evidence that users ever look to a website's URL as a breadcrumb for navigation?

On-the-page breadcrumbs often mirror the directory path anyway. To my mind, it stands to reason that that clear, human-readable, hierarchical URLs can enhance a site's usability[1]. But I have no idea ...
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Drawing attention to top navigation

I have been asked to draw more attention to the top or main navigation. Home page here. First question: How would you do that? (Boss suggested multi-color boxes.. bad idea to me) Secondly: Drawing ...
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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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What are common header navigation items on mobile websites in Korea?

I am not sure if I should keep our standard header or make some modifications. For example, do certain colors have significant meaning? is a certain eye movement more natural? What is the equivalent ...
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How to convey importance - most important to least important?

I have some 20 steps for planning an event. Say birthday planning. Some steps are very important(booking a hall), and some are least(fireworks). Important steps obviously should be executed as early ...
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Should I resume a scroll view to last viewed location or last intended location?

As with many apps, I have a scroll view for data. This data can be scrolled normally, and as with almost all scroll views like this, it has the ability for inertia scrolling — to keep scrolling once a ...
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Responsive Secondary Menu

I have a layout similar to the below screenshot. Where the top nav will get collapsed using hte Twitter Bootstrap Nav Collapsed. Also i have a secondary menu below the nav bar on the left hand side ...
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Fixed form button bars

Recently I've been designing complex multi-page forms for financial institutions and up until now they've been designed with a fixed navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, like so: The forms ...
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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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When a user registers… Leave his data empty or fill it with demo values or …?

So, i'm creating a web application for member management. So a user registers... And then they go to the dashboard, to see everything empty. What would be the best experience to let the user flow ...
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“Tags” vs “Topics” as terminology for the masses?

StackExchange uses "Tags" which I feel might be more geared towards a tech-savvy audience. For the mainstream users, do you think "Tags" works or would they understand "Topics" better?
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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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iPhone - User interaction flow ideas

I am trying to determine would the best user experience would be for a particular flow, and I though maybe getting a fresh perspective on it would be helpful. I have three screens that I am currently ...
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The Pinterest Trap

First a bit of context: I have been falling victim more and more to "Pinterestization" or the "Pinterest Trap" in my design. I have a feeling I'm not the only one. See this excerpt from Hana Schank ...
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Is there a best practice for blog navigation matching the rest of the site?

My company is currently in the process of redesigning the blog on its website for a web service product. Most of the site contains a global navigation menu with items such as: How it works, Plans and ...
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Inconsistencies in hamburger menu direction a mobile vs desktop problem?

This question isn't about placement of the hamburger icons nor is it about the usefulness. I've noticed on several websites/apps that the direction in which the hamburger icon opens a menu differs. ...
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Post-Wiki area: How to navigate a repository?

Currently I'm building the housing for a repository of WordPress code. It will be an open source project where the foundation will be housed on GitHub and participation on building the "curated ...
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What is the suggested width and recommended touch size of the iOS 7 A-Z / “rolodex” nav (and what does Apple call it!?)

I'm wondering: if there were to be a button (such as a "detail disclosure" button ) directly to the left of the A-Z navigation/slider, how much space would need to be between the two? In other ...
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Rules for primary navigation in content-driven web sites

I mostly work on content-heavy web sites (as opposed to more app-like products). I tend to assert some ground rules regarding primary navigation for menus for proper information design without having ...
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Should users be able to navigate a relational Data Model?

Background: I'm primarily doing database, data-quality and data modelling development at my department. I'm trying to get people to integrate all their separate data into one data model, with the ...
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How should I allow a user to browse images by time and location?

Let's suppose I have some application where users around the world can submit pictures corresponding to a geographic location and date and time. I want people to be able to browse these pictures, ...
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Changing the sort order of episodes in a season when browsing to watch a show

When selecting a video to watch, and the current season lists episodes in descending order (newest at top), should previous seasons (which appear in a different page), list episodes in ascending or ...
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How can the word “feedback” in the header affect potential new customers?

Background of my project I was recently asked to implement pages for customer feedback. This is aimed at customers who just bought one of our products. It is a major purchase of medical equipment. ...
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Up navigation android app

I am now designing an android app, with tab navigation between three activities, where I need to decide how to handle up navigation between different views. Each of these three activities, can lead to ...
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Feed-forward on a multi select mode menu button

I have a mode button in menu of zoom tools on a desktop application. With the button you can change the mode of the cursor between select, zoom in, zoom out, and pan. When you hold the button down, a ...
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How to collectively refer to Followers and Following?

In an application I’m working on we have a user profile which has currently two tabs — Followers and Following. This lists the people that are following the user and list of people that the user is ...
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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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Responsive Nav: How to show user login status on mobile phone width?

I building a responsive navigation, and I'm trying to get a nice clean simple mobile portrait menu. In the enclosed illustration, we have a standard nav. The business requirements state that the ...
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Is Repeating a Word in a Navigation Panel Bad?

On a clothing website (in one of the navigation panels). I have sorted the dresses according to their colour (example and snapshot is listed below). Below is the example **Dresses by Collours** ...
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Should we ask browsers to open a link in a new window/tab?

In the past five years more and more people have been advocating abolishing the use of target="_blank". They reason that when people want to open a link in a separate instance they will do so manually ...
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How do I direct user's attention to navigation in sidebar?

My client publishes 7 industry directories. The website has pages that are common to all of them such as the product page which explains the different formats. It then has a section for each industry. ...
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Responsive design pattern: Navigation at the bottom + jump link

I recently discovered an interesting design pattern for a responsive design. Instead of collapsing the navigation and show it on click/tap, the navigation 'is there' the whole time in the footer and ...
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Navigation on side – dealing with link lengths – different font sizes?

At the moment I am building a webpage where the main navigation is located on the side, not at the top. The page uses a CMS where the user can create own menu links. That means if someone enters a ...
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When is a bottom, fixed, main navigation appropriate?

I am creating a UI for a client, they are looking for a UI that includes a dashboard and several other pages for their clients to monitor their own accounts/sales. I've been playing around with a ...
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Do web users understand the 'sandwich icon' for side bar when used on a desktop site?

I'm aware that the usage of the sandwich icon and side bar for mobile apps is wide-spread and well known by the users (so it seems, anyway), like this one from the Facebook app: I'm developing an ...
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Several buttons in navbar on iOS

I'm currently working on a app that basically follows Apple's HIG with title, back button and an additional button in navbar on all pages, but it's where my questions start. It is a search/browse ...
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How do I best maintain top level nav links when they open a dropdown on click instead of hover?

I'm working on a Bootstrap site and having difficulties figuring out the best solution for structuring the nav. There will be about 5 top level items, each with their own subpages accessible through ...
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Session is about to expire

I am in the middle of building a system that will require a session time out. Anyone have a best practice here as far as time to give before it actually times out? Currently I am planning for a pop ...
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Navigation Drawer - Tablet - Push or Overlay?

Using a navigation drawer that is off-screen, and will slide in when a user clicks the 'hamburger' icon, should that drawer push all the content to the right, or be an overlay on top of the content. ...
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Any thoughts on a seasonal navigation?

We're considering changing some items in the menu based on the season. For example, during the winter, in the sports section of our site, it means removing 'Golf' in the menu and adding it in the ...
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What type of users use exclusively the keyboard to navigate a site?

A little background first At the company I work for, we're working on an e-learning application, aimed (exclusively) at dentists and their teams. While trying to decide how important accessibility ...
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When is it acceptable to have *no* main navigation item selected?

In our web application, there's a very conventional top navigation bar, with five or six items. As is pretty common, the user accesses their individual Account Settings form by clicking their username ...