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split screen layout pros and cons

I'm in the research and planning phase of a new website for a company that consists on 2 persons with different areas of expertise. I was thinking about designing a split layout inspired by this ...
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Navigation that leads to microsite with different layout

Currently I need to revamp a university website. The problem is some of the links actually go to different microsites (within the same domain) that have different layout. The only way to link back to ...
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Keyboard hiding lower buttons on small Android screens

I have a application (Android) which have scroll activity form. On which there is a button for next screen (lowest of scroll). It's looking fine on large screens of android devices. But keyboard hides ...
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Persona based navigation vs regular navigation?

In our redesign, our agency chose a persona based navigation where we had links to our top 4 personas in the primary nav (only items and no sub-menus). Each persona page provided content that are most ...
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Sidebars - How useful are they?

We're considering putting information in sidebars and are wondering how useful they are or do users simply ignore them? The project in question is for a heavy content news site.
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Should mobile navigation maintain state between pages?

I'm creating a typical mobile website, with top navigation revealed by the "hamburger" button. My questions: Should this menu maintain state between pages (you open it, click an item, and a new ...
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Sign Up and Sign In widget on every page: Slide-down Panel or Lightbox

I have a question about implementing a sign up and sign in widget that works on any page on a site (i.e. without redirecting users to a sign in page when they want to log in to interact with content ...
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Should a web-based UI rely on the browser back button?

The back button is a great "get out of a flow's dead end" option that browsers provide. Should a UI rely on the back button as the only method to allow a user to get to the previous page or should the ...
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Back button in Navigation Drawer on iOS?

Description Android’s Navigation Drawer pattern fits my needs pretty well for primary navigation. My app includes several child applications. Within child applications there are several tabs ...
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what happens when my vertical finger tab navigation is longer than my content area?

i'm designing a work area in a web application where i use a vertical finger tab navigation on the left (a bit like this: http://patternry.com/p=vertical-module-tabs/) The content tab with which the ...
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Differences of UX opinion for primary nav - which is best for my website?

I'm part of a team designing a new website - I'm by no means the UX expert on the team but there are two clashes of 'philosophy' around how the user will access the content. It is primarily a resource ...
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Product navigation versus marketing site navigation

Are there any best practices associated with integrating the navigation of your Web based product with the navigation of your marketing pages? Another way of describing this is: Does it make sense ...
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In a modification flow, should I allow user to delete the form while editing?

In my case, normally the flow is to first search and then modify/view/delete from the search result list. 'Modify' and 'View' need to open a new page as there is further information in the details. ...
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Does duplicate content/links make content more findable?

We're having a bit of a disagreement of where certain content belongs on our company's website. We have an Events page, where upcoming events are listed. However, this page was traditionally for ...
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How do i represent content in a really long navigation bar which cannot be sectioned?

Im working on this really complex product for storing people & company details. The people and company details has tons of different tabs for entering information (around 20 tabs). How do i ...
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Should closing a modal “blockade” of walled content take the user back to the previous page

The user navigates to content that requires registration to view, and a modal box appears over that (blurred) content and offers options to 'register' or 'not'. Should the 'not' option navigate back ...
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Help with chat feature

I'm building the chat feature for a web project. We have a couple of specifications: Support for general messages that will be broadcasted to all users subscribed to the room chat, and for that I ...
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Where to put 'Home' button in iOS UINavigationController

I'm currently working on an iPhone App that uses the UINavigationController as a means for navigating throughout the App. The navigation-stack can go fairly deep, so It's quite a hassle for the user ...
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How to make a contact list accessible from every screen of a mobile app

I'm working on app, something like intranet, groupware category. Though all the functionality is now here, I'm not quite happy with the navigation. There is a list of contacts, currently accessible ...
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Back button on iPhone

There is an opinion that in iPhone apps, there's no point in placing the Back button on screens that are directly accessible via the main navigation menu (at the bottom) - because the button just ...
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UI to quickly build a tree

Our users need to build trees with unlimited hierarchy containing several types of nodes, and they need to control the order of the nodes. A user will start with a root node, and add child nodes to ...
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Best practice for scrolling and orientation within non-touch displays: line-wise vs. page-wise scrolling?

I've been searching the web for quite some time now, but either I am always using the wrong keywords or there is no literature out there on this topic... What is the best way for a user to orientate ...
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Are there alternatives to hamburger + drawer menus?

On the internet there is a lot of bashing on the Hamburger Icon & the matching Nav Drawer. I realize it sometimes might be a pattern which should be avoided when simpler, more explicit options ...
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How much is too much when it comes to letting the user know what page they are on?

My site contains a list of reports that a user can browse. The main navigation of the site is done through a left-aligned menu. This is a mockup of the layout: The report name which they are ...
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Should I explore alternatives to the drop down menu on this site?

Before I say anything else, I should note that the use case is fairly specific: The site is security related, allowing the customer to manage remote connections, video libraries, and user access. The ...
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How to handle multilanguage when most of the contents will be available in one language only?

We are designing a large institutional website with lots of content. The site will be in Spanish, but the client needs some of the content to be available in English as well. Most of the content, ...
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Information architecture for a restaurant menu for a mobile application

I'm currently designing a mobile application (android) for ordering food. The purpose of the application would be similar to the justeat app. The biggest challenge as yet is structuring the menu and ...
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Navigation in one page view

I am trying to design an ecommerce iOS app. I want to show the list of categories, sub categories and the products in just one screen so that I don't have to navigate from one screen to another. The ...
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What are the UX design considerations when placing all navigation and action controls of an Android app in the Main Action Bar?

Google's Android design guidelines include detailed information regarding Layout Considerations for Split Action Bars. While it doesn't seem to go aligned with the guidelines, some apps have ALL their ...
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How do I make a lot of steps (and sub-steps) on limited space?

I'm looking for a better solution to visualize the steps shown on the images below. With ~5 steps it works just fine, although when I use more they start breaking the grid. I really want to keep the ...
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Usability of a mobile navigation consisting mostly of accordions?

I have a fairly simple site map with two levels of pages in several categories: Landing A - A1 - A2 - A3 Landing B - B1 - B2 - B3 etc. Would having a mobile navigation consisting mainly of ...
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Navigating through app with follow-up screens

For my internship assignment I'm making a (iOS) reporting app for a client that will be used in-house. My client and I both have little experience in the design of iOS. I went to my client with paper ...
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Wayfinding and Orientation on Nonlinear site structure?

I have an interesting quandary. We are building a web application that is structured in a way whereby there are many ways to get to the "destination" pages. Some pages can also be part of multiple ...
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Drop-down menu navigated using hand gesture

I wanna put hand gesture on webpage. Usually, in webpage, there's navigation bar that located at the top of webpage. Often nav-bar is in a form of multi-level menu, like drop down menu. And by hand ...
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Best way to indicate which application you are currently on, in the top navigation

I've seen a couple of link related posts but I feel this one is a little different. I'm currently working on an application where we have links to other products at the top of the screen, and we're ...
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Design tips and best practices for visual navigation on mobile

I'm designing a visual drop down menu something like this: Any suggestions on how to adapt this for mobile and tablets? I'm struggling with balancing the imagery vs making it fast and functional. ...
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Best UX approach to redesign the information architecture of a website?

I'm going to get started on a new project mainly focused on information architecture. The IA of the site I'll work on is extremely messy, complicated and not logical at all. We need to completely ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of hiding sub-levels of navigation ref. DIY.com?

I'm specifically referring to DIY.com here and I have not seen this type of navigation before (have you?) My question(s) is(are) this: what are the reasons why www.DIY.com have hidden some of their ...
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Navigation where one set of items is more important

I have a webapp where users can create different "events" and manage these events (assign employees, edit date, edit location, etc.). Apart from these event objects a user can also interact with other ...
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Should primary navigation items always link to a page?

I'm always a bit thrown when a primary navigation item doesn't link to a page. However I do sometimes see primary navigation items used as category headings for a drop down menus. Should primary ...
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Good design patterns for tiered multi-select [duplicate]

How should we go about re-creating a tiered multi-select? Are there any good variations on the example below? I think we'll need to cater for 4 or 5 levels in the hierarchy. The primary use will be ...
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What is an effective method for in-page navigation when none of the other pages have in page navigation?

I'm updating a help page that is sectioned and navigated using a list of links at the top of the page. Since there is so much content in the help page it is easy to get lost, and the only way to ...
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Do I still need to show a header if I'm just replicating the title of a tab?

I have a user management section in my CMS. The content is contained in 'tabs'. However as the title on each tab is basically the name of the page itself, do I need to still include a heading ...
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Adding “submit your story idea” to navigation bar

We have multiple websites that have similar designs, just for different industries. Recently, to all our sites, we added a series of forms where people can submit photos or information to give us ...
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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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Is using an accordion in a mobile footer better than a long list?

I'm working on a mobile website and I have to consider quite many links within the footer - depending on the country version from 13 to 18. The links have to be in the footer, so there's no discussion ...
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Is it better for website accessibility to have the menu before or after the content

I have seen two approaches to menu/content markup order in relation to accessibility for keyboard only users: Menu first then content with a skip to content link at the top Content first then menu ...
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Home button vs Logo link?

Is a "home" button on the navigation required if there is a link to the homepage using the company's logo? Increasingly I have noticed more and more websites using the logo as a link to return to ...
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Acceptable to use the logo as the only link to the home page? [duplicate]

I would like to remove the Home Page button in the navigation bar from a website. My reasoning is that the logo itself can act has a link to the home page. Is it reasonable to assume users will know ...
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Using a section title as a link to deeper navigation

After selecting data and filters to narrow it down, the user is taken to a 2nd level of the navigation where he is presented with content displayed in a table like in the following image: Each row ...