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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 ...
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In a website, how to make two segments of users follow the desired path

I was asked to design a website for a company that has two different segments: B2C (business to customers) and B2B (business 2 business)... The company says both segments are equally important. How ...
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When do you link to content within a page and when do you make that content part of your sub nav?

I'm working on a website where navigation is getting down to the fourth level. I'd like to reduce the layers of navigation by linking to content from within a page instead of making this content part ...
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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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Why do we always need to integrate search with structure?

Jakob Nielsen posted in May 2009 an article called “Top 10 Information Architecture Mistakes” where he states that mistake no 2 is not having an integrated search with the structure of the site. I’ve ...
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How to make similar screens more distinguishable?

I'm designing a user interface for a Flash-based enterprise-level business application. I am restricted to using a corporate theme, so have limited ability to play with colors and so on. The ...
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Kiosk and back button

I'm designing a kiosk app, we have 2 navigation elements; 1 button for the main menu and 1 for 'back'. So my question is: When should we show the back button? For example, after selecting a menu ...
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Is there any research or data on horizontal vs. vertical navigational menus?

I've seen many sites using both horizontal (top) navigation, vertical (left) navigation, and both across web sites for a long time. My understanding is that they're both conventions, but I would ...
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E-commerce quickview with navigation, useful or gimmick?

A lot of e-commerce sites offer users a Quick View or Quick Look feature on their product listing page: I've seen a few sites where they offer user the ability to click to the next/previous SKU ...
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Is the back button in Windows 8 apps purely chronological?

The back button is ubiquitous in Windows 8 ("Metro") apps. What exactly is its meaning? The Microsoft apps I have seen and the Visual Studio page templates use the button in a chronological manner ...
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Is Tab Bar based iOS Design for feed driven apps a better UX?

Working on a feed driven iOS application and wondering peoples thoughts on Tab Bar driven iOS design for feed based apps. There is a large amount of evidence that supports the well integrated use of ...
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Are navigationbars fading into sidebars?

Several popular sites are moving the navigationsbar to the left side. This mainly because of the evolution of the portable devices with smaller screen sizes and also the widescreen monitors. The ...
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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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Responsive Web Primary Menu - Show as expanded or contracted by default?

For a responsive website where - at a set break-point - the primary navigation contracts to as single menu item that opens and closes the navigation menu (See the Starbucks.com site for an example) is ...
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Is it advisable to separate the landing page from the home page of a non profit organization?

I am helping out an organization on sparked which wants a landing page on which a video will be embedded along with some descriptive . However I am not sure if it is advisable to have a landing page ...
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What's the most preferred navigation type?

I'm creating a website for streaming music, viewing lyrics, music videos, photos, artists, reviews, news, etc. I've been wondering, what do users like best? I've been caught between a basic drop ...
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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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Global navigation - best practices

What are some of the best practices when designing global navigation menus that tie together multiple websites that have no common layouts, color schemes or typography? I've looked at examples such ...
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Arrows for Navigation/Menu/Expandables Misleading?

When a user visits a site they are presented with some sort of Navigation Structure. Typically the arrow is a standard convention that alerts a user that when this item is clicked an action will ...
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Slide out teasers near the bottom of the page?

On more and more sites now I'm seeing what I'm calling "slide out teasers" appearing at the bottom of pages. What happens is I'm scrolling down the page and nearing the bottom, and then a small box ...
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How should a breadcrumb behave?

What is the expected action when a breadcrumb is clicked? I have a hierarchy of data that includes meta descriptors such as: PersonName / Assets / House I have a page for a list of Assets, a home ...
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iPhone app - bottom menu vs hamburger menu

I'm working on a news and prices app, and I'm currently working on the menu. The team has 2 different approaches: a traditional bottom menu or a hamburger menu (like on Facebook app). Which approach ...
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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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Alternative to the tab bar (in iPhone app)

I have a project that has 8 different areas, e.g, travel, weather, etc. The front page is going to have 8 different icons; they will navigate to each section. I will then need something like a tab bar ...
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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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Should we call “Home” something else?

In the main navigation menu of a website, should we call "Home" something else? I am guessing that from a broad UX perspective, the answer is no -- but when are other names viable? When are they ...
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Navigation with or without sub-navigation?

Considering following site architecture, where each category has multiple products inside it: /Home /About /Products/Category 1 /Products/Category 2 /Products/Category 3 /Products/Category 4 ...
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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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Should a webpages header/navigation ALWAYS be the same across the site?

The question is, should the header/navigation of the site always be the same - no exceptions. Or should it generally be the same but allow for some exceptions depending on the page? Or is there ...
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Does the 'mile high menu bar' still apply to web apps?

In This Article from Joel on Software, Joel talks about how the easiest parts of the screen to click are the edges, and how putting menu bars at the absolute top of the screen increases usability. Can ...
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Where should a 404 page link back to?

This might be a no-brainer but I can't decide whether the 404 error page should link back to the page, from which the user has come, or should it direct to the main page where the user can navigate to ...
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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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How can I lead users to and use an unusual navigation

So, I'm making someone a high concept website. Basically, there's one of those old fashioned television sets with circular nobs, like those on a stove, to change the channel. You turn the nob, it ...
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Alternatives to More Tab Button in a UITabBar?

I am working on an iPad application that currently uses a UITabBar as the prevailing navigation element. The application has maxed out the number of buttons on the bar and is now forcing a More ...
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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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Best ux design for year selection in music chart radio/video app

I have this website called billboard.fm where people can listen to the top 100 songs from each year and recently launched a responsive design at http://beta.billboard.fm that uses YouTube instead. I ...
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Where to place the '< Back' link or button?

I am building a simple transactional site with two step process both on web and mobile (responsive). Target users both male & female age from 30-40 relatively tech savvy. First page is a ...
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Side panel navigation default on or off

I'm designing a web app specifically for all tablet traffic. I'm going with the very popular left side panel navigation like youtube,fb etc. The icon to open/close the navigation is the standard icon ...
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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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Using a TabBar with slide out side menu?

I'm working on designing the layout for an iPhone app which will contain three tabs. I'm trying to eliminate the tab bar if possible, but I'm not sure what my alternatives are. I'm considering a ...
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Breadcrumb navigation

I'm wondering if any one have any good knowledge about breadcrumb navigation and if you can use it as the only way to navigate backwards in a GUI (if you don't use the browser functionality)? And to ...
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Positioning the Open/Close Caret

While most of the more recent examples I've seen around the Web seem to prefer placing an open/close carat icon before its corresponding menu/selection label, there seems to be no standard on whether ...
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How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu?

How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu? Should you only link to the pages and areas that get the most traffic? How should you think?
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When to use previous/next vs. back/forward? (and what about back/next?)

Is there any standard recommendation on when to use previous/next vs. back/forward? Or is there any reason not to pair back with next? To me, previous/next make sense to use as a pair when ...
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Is a large breadcrumb good enough for a page title?

We have a breadcrumb under the menu and and the page title under the bread crumb. Can I get rid of the page title since it is really just a repeat of the breadcrumb? BTW, this is a LOB application ...
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User navigation icons or text based

I am working on a web based hosted CRM personal project which I will release to public ones it is done. My goal is to create a CRM with absolutely zero to none learning or training requirement. To do ...
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Navigation on a desktop website targeting mobile-friendly users

More and more people are browsing the web primarily from their mobile devices; similarly, most young people use their phone as their main browsing device. I'm part of the generation who grew up with ...
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Swipe to expand/collapse left hand navigation

My Android application has a left hand navigation menu similar to the Google TV left hand menu bar. I can programmatically collapse and expand it to make more or less room on the screen. In the narrow ...