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Is the folder structure dying?

In our digital world we have previously been forced to know the location of digital content. The obvious one being the local hard drive or a shared file server where sometimes extreme structures have ...
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What is the best way to paginate a large number of products, three at a time?

Some background: I have a large number of products that need to be presented like example below (3UP) and shifting by 3 each time (the layout and three at a time functionality is require). I am ...
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Why don't we use Left navigation for website?

Left navigation is becoming a more widely used trend in Web Applications; for example, it is utilized by Zoho Books, Slack, Gmail and others. More valid reason to move Left navigation, like screen ...
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Which type of navigation is more suitable?

I am working on a user interface design for an application on Android. Currently, I am struggling to choose a suitable form of navigation as it is my first time creating such a design. The design is ...
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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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The best pattern/solution for a detail page

I have a system where we have a hierarchical structure of items (x nr of child items) where data from the parent is displayed as a "header" and the child items (and data associated with them) are ...
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What is the best way to design a navigation view inside a navigation view

I have the following requirement for an iOS 8 app: I have a list of groups in the main view Selecting one of the groups takes you to the group's view (one level down the navigation stack) Every ...
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Which is the best navigation pattern for the Apple Watch?

I'm having a bit of an internal debate over which navigation pattern is more suitable for use on the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch enables you to use a) Hierarchical navigation - a list of items ...
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What approach the IOS user of my app would prefer?

We started the redesign of the app following Android guidelines. We are now trying to port the design to IOS, however I am not so sure what to push. Either a "Navigation Drawer" similar to 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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Is hamburger menu aka navigation drawer deprecated

We are in design phase of our new android app and for navigation we are considering navigation drawer but after some research I found that some apps are switching from navigation menu to tab based ui ...
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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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Use labels/text under icons in the iOS tab bar?

An example of Tab bar is shown below: I'm designing a new iOS app with tab bar as shown above. The tab bar has five icons of which three are generic and easily understood. The other two are relevant ...
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Subnavigation on iPad or Other Tablet

I have a navigation and subnavigation bar that runs in parallel across the horizontal width of the page. It works fine on desktop computers. As you hover over the main navigation items, its ...
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1answer
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Sub-menu dropdown vs tabs on mobile

I am trying to figure out what a better UX is on a mobile phone. Either having the sub-navigation as tabs, or have it be a dropdown. Method 1 - Dropdown on mobile In the following images, the ...
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1answer
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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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How to bring the detail view into a sidebar

I have an sidebar similar to this example Home Objects Management* Foo Bar Baz Objects > Management is basically a list of all objects. Each object has a detail view. Workflow: Navigate to ...
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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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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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Tabbed browsing. Why close the application on closing the last tab?

This happens in IE, Chrome and Firefox. When you close the last 'tab' when you're navigating, the application closes. I'm aware that Chrome (at least) has a really fast restart after that, but still, ...
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mixing and matching on-page and separate-page nav links

My personal website has a navigation bar where the first three links take the user to different sections of the front page, while the next three links take them to various other pages. I don't make ...
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1answer
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What's a good mobile navigation strategy for hierarchies with few children?

Say your IA hierarchy is like this: Main section A Feature 1 Feature 2 Feature 3 Main Section B (List/tableview) Item Detail 1 Detail 2 Detail 3 Main Section C The traditional iOS-style ...
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top navigation vs bottom navigation which is better?

We are thinking of developing a site with navigation after the main image and not the top of the page is that ok? Is there a best practice on this? Is top nav important or better
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Alternative to dashboard/portal page menu pattern?

Right now our application's opening page is a bunch of buttons vaguely grouped into categories which link to assorted areas of the application. Some of these links bring you to deeper application ...
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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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1answer
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Non-Linear Site/App Navigation

I'm looking for examples, or guidance otherwise on a good model to implement navigation for an application who's data is not linear or hierarchical. A few examples ... hierarchical information ...
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Navigation pattern between search/filter results on Single Page App

I have a Single Page App that runs in full screen without back/home/forward buttons and no URL bar. All navigation is done in a left column that updates a content area on the right. On one part of the ...
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Tabs under tabs in Android

I am moving away from a hamburger menu style app to use tabs. (This article basically summarizes why I want to do it.) However, under one of the tabs I have newsfeed, which has to sections: Current ...
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3answers
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Implementing a 'ViewCube' for 3d navigation

Autodesk has published a research paper (2008) on a ViewCube, a method for user navigation in 3 Dimensions. It is used in the software 3D Studio Max. When searching for viewcube, I found one ...
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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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How do I display a lot of account information in the Navigation bar?

My client wants to display several numbers: How much cash you have How much cash you saved How much cash you gave to charity My proposition was along the following lines. Just display your ...
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Why the material controls are displayed on top?

I'm working on a new web application specifically designed for android devices and consequently it needs to be based on the Material principles though this question is about IA in general not only the ...
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Responsive design - 3-level navigation

I'm currently working on a site with a quite complex information architecture. The IA has 3 levels and each level can have up to 12 items. Level 1: 4 items Level 2: up to 12 items Level 3: up to 9 ...
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Do average users expect the Esc key to work on websites?

I'm currently working on a fairly standard website where one page lists a series of projects - clicking on a project leads to an animation and then displays detailed info for it. I've got a back link ...
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What to do when a page belongs under two primary navigation sections

More of an information architecture question, but here goes... I have a page the belongs under two different primary navigation nodes equally. At least that's what the user feedback pointed to. But ...
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Back button look bootstrap which one to use?

I have a multi page web app where the user first selects some information and uploads a file to import, then the file will be sent to the back end for processing. After that the results will be ...
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9answers
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How do users expect dropdown navigation to work?

This question is in regards to expected behavior with drop-down navigation in web pages. This is part of an email I just got from a client: ("Admissions" is one of the top level navigation links) ...
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Home page content for a data aggregator website?

We're creating a data aggregator site for different activities one can do in our city. We're not sure of what to include and what not to on our front page. Right now we have a big search function on ...
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When to use the folder-metaphor?

For a top-level navigation I am currently working on, I was wondering if it would be a good idea to use folder icons to communicate that an item in the list is actually a container (a folder) of ...
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Navigation in your android app via Up and Back button

I needed some clarity on navigation via device back button and up button. The android app has a NewsFeed view, a Chats list view and a Chat window view. The app is minimized and user clicks on a chat ...
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What is the better way to create navigation for 2 pages application? [closed]

I am working on wireframes for small application, which has 2 screens. One of them is primary, the other one is secondary. Now I am thinking of what is the best way to create navigation for this kind ...
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Should navigation mirror side nav VS side nav being filtering only?

Should the top navigation of an e-commerce site be duplicated in the side nav or should that area be reserved for filters only? For example
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Displaying lots of blog articles

We have a blog on our Shopify store which we are pulling into our marketing site via RSS. It will display the articles' titles, date, and full content. We're using a Bootstrap 3.x template and are ...
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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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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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Animated scroll vs jump for a “back to top” button

I am looking at implementing a back to top button for documentation pages that tend to get very long. The button will be shown in a fixed position at the bottom right of the screen. My question is: ...
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2answers
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Horizontal Scrolling Menu or Tab Bar?

I am developing a mobile application supporting iOS, Android and Windows platforms. The app comprise of "sectional navigation". By sectional navigation I mean it has various sections such as: 1. Maps ...
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What is the way to display and navigate 40+ products at a time?

I've attached an image of the current implementation (custom control and arrows), but to me it feels too clunky and awkward because of the custom slide control. Our client seems to like the "3-Up" ...
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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 ...