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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Pattern for navigating by typing text in a text-field

I am working on an application which has a very dense UI with lots of menu items. Is there a UI Pattern for navigating to different screens by typing text in a text-field? The keyboard focus is on ...
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double tab navigation - what are your thoughts on this exprience?

UPDATE: I ended up getting rid of the double set of tabs to simplify the experience. You can see the result on the site. I have a UX issue I was hoping you could help with. I'm redesigning our nav ...
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Should mobile navigation be aligned to the left or right?

I apologise if this question is a duplicate. On a quick browse I couldn't see anything referring to this. I've always aligned my navigation icon on mobile to the right. Mainly because I just assumed ...
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Unintentional link clicks in table rows

The problem In a desktop application, our users browse a lot of tables. Some cells contain links. Link texts look the same as other cells', except from when hovering, when they turn blue and ...
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Best practice for displaying no of records on datagrid

I am designing a banking application where i have a record count of over 1000 rows. I wanted to understand the ideal design patterns for pagination and displaying rows on a data grid. I am ...
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Is it ok to have the secondary navigation in the right-hand column?

I've noticed this on thefader.com. my concern is that this is a uncommon place for a subnav and will be mixed-in with ads. further, our site is pretty content-heavy. thoughts?
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Scrolling vs. Pagination for a Mobile Order Form

Ok here is my windows mobile application for ordering system. As client requested i added a next page button (the button after the +). This turns a page with preferences of a product. However most of ...
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Disabling navigation links in a wizard style interface (but not visually), is this an accepted practice?

While doing research for a current software project, I have come across Ford's car builder web application. It has a wizard style navigation across the top, and disables future links until the first 2 ...
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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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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 ...