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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the name of this type of navigation?

I want to know whats the name of the navigation of these sites bellow: http://www.visitsuffolk.com http://www.ehow.com.br http://www.blogdoplaneta.com I searched for 'responsive grid', but its ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(How) does capitalization affect readability

TLDR In short, given the following two options: This is sentence case This is Title Case Has any research been done into which one is more user-friendly, especially considering dyslexia and other ...
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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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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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Swipe gestures in mobile news site design

On a mobile news site, should swipe be used to navigate between articles or should traditional buttons be used? E.g. swiping from right to left to go to the next article. The only issue I can see is ...
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How should I link-back to a website's landing page?

My client would like to include a link back to his landing page (Lawyer Jump Page) in case a user mistakenly clicks to the wrong website link (either Divorce Law or Personal Injury Law). He ...
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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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Infinite scrolling + back button

Sometimes whilst bored I read old xkcd's annd although I know all the comics, I do from time to time discover a title text I hadn't seen before. This time I came across Which had the title text: ...
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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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iOS 7 top navigation bar text alignment

I'm working on an app that has 3 elements in the nav bar: a "back" button the title of the screen you are currently on a "logout" button, when you're logged in Now I have some problems regarding ...
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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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Which of the following options best draws attention to the “buy tickets” action without detracting from the surrounding visual hierarchy?

I'm working on touching up (as much as I'm allowed) some of the design elements for a website. One client requirement is to draw more attention to the "buy tickets" link as this action is one that ...