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Back button placement on tablets and smartphones

Considering modern tablets and smartphones, why do some manufacturers (for example, Samsung and Lenovo) place back capacitive button on the right side, while the major trend is to place this button on ...
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Action button needed to trigger Drop-down list selection?

I have a question about when (if at all?) to include an action button to trigger the selecting of an item in a drop-down list for these 3 scenarios: Scenario 1 - I have ONE drop-down list that is ...
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Show nearby results first or search screen in search application

We are building a search app for finding nearby openings. I am currently debating on my choice of showing a map of nearby openings to give the user immediate value as soon as possible. The others ...
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Has user testing found that the “three horizontal bars” for main menu on mobile is commonly understood?

"Three horizontal lines" aka "hamburger icon" seems to be becoming a convention for the "main menu" button, especially on mobile sites: Has anyone done any user testing of this convention, or got ...
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Is the hamburger icon a recognized navigation symbol? [duplicate]

Do you think the icon "☰" is enough for users to know that a menu is underneath? Medium.com doesn't even use an icon, it is linked from its logo on the top. Other websites just use the word "Menu" ...
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A case against multi-colored navigation buttons

I am trying to find some evidence against multi-colored navigation links, however it seems to be surprisingly hard to find.. perhaps not so many people have come up with the "innovative" idea of ...
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Different Screens/Functionality after login

There is an app with screens such as products, events, news; all accessible from bottom navigation. However after logging in the bottom navigation changes and a different set of features are provided ...
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Can navigation (same content) be repeated in different sections of a website? What is the best way to do this to ensure the user is not confused?

I am putting together a site information architecture/structure and I'm not sure how to represent some content that could fit into two sections (it is relevant to two audiences who have been ...
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Do I need an extra home link when I have the logo on the right hand side

When I build a website I'd usually put the logo on the top left of the screen (or in the middle if applicable) and at the same time use it as the link to the home page. I think this became a common ...
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Is a hover tip with a slide out drawer that reveals labels enough to consider the cognitive load hit acceptable?

I'm exploring using icon only navigation for tasks/sub-nav on an education app. The interaction would provide a hover tip and also an arrow at the bottom would expand the menu to show the icon text. ...
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Should I use the Navigation Drawer?

I have an app in which I would like a slide out menu. It would not be in control of all the apps settings, just a simple menu with a few options. I will still have a settings menu so I don't want to ...
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How to show an item's context in a hierarchy

I'm trying to figure out a way to allow contextual navigation to nearby items in a large hierarchy. For example, say my hierarchy is countries, states, counties and citites. When viewing a county, ...
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Has anyone used a hamburger style left nav in a web application (not a website)?

Has anyone used a hamburger style left navigation in a web application (not a website)? We are looking to see how you handled? If it is even popular thing to do for an application (not mobile) but ...
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Best Practice for huge nav bar [closed]

Well I'am pretty new here. And hopes you guys out there can help me. I have got a work to recreate a website. In that i have a menu bar which contains 17-18 main menu items. The question here is to ...
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What is the best way to design an ecommerce search bar

I would like to design a search bar on my ecommerce website that would be the extension of the navigation. A user can navigate to a category and then search localy to it. Or search to to the entire ...
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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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UI for system model vs. user model, for developers

Background: Product I'm working with caters to developers, and I'm redoing the UI to improve usability. Currently, the UI behaves like the system model, which is fairly complicated because its a ...
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For usability testing - How do you handle external links in main navbar?

We are currently creating a new test homepage that we will divert part of the traffic from the main site to so that we can test conversion rates. This site unfortunately will not have all the pages ...
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Controls in the bottom bar of a modal popup vs. user's expectations

I work on an application where there are a lot of modal popup/windows. A lot of menus and functionalities can only be triggered through a modal popup. Some modal are big and require a scrollbar. For ...
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Should I use multiple dropdown menus in mobile design?

I am developing a documentation website for a JavaScript framework I've developed. On Desktops The main navigation only has three links: When you navigate to "API Documentation", there is then a ...
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Who used the Hamburger Menu as a Mobile UI-Element for the first time?

It probably existed way before Smartphones (in another context) but I'm curious on who used it on Mobile Devices for the first time. Was it Apple? Was it someone else?
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Fixed-position header and menu on a web page — is that okay?

A client of mine is insisting on two things for a website I am designing: That every single link is shown in the header – about 10 links or so with no sub-categories. ie. no drop-downs, rollovers, ...
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iOS sidebar menu and back button

When using a sidebar menu, it's a good practice to place a menu button on the app's "navigation" header to make it easy for the user to discover the sidebar. The menu button will be on the left, like ...
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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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What's the best way to keep all section headers visible in a long collapsible sidebar menu?

I have a sidebar menu with 4 expandable sections. Each section can potentially expand to the point where it will push the other section titles off the screen. At the moment, I've got the section ...
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New navigation pattern - Time.com

Recently I ran across Time.com's new navigation pattern. What do we call this? What do you think about it? What is the use case for it? My first impressions for the large screen are: the site is ...
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Alternate Navigation options for my web app?

I'm working on a Desktop Web App. (Mobile is in future planning phase) I have a dynamic page that can change depending on the compination of the dropdown and tab buttons. Here is the diagram: ...
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Why does dashboard navigation pattern doesn't have 2nd/3rd level menu?

As I've noticed on some dashboard navigation pattern like Pure andFoundation, they don't have 2nd/3rd level menu. What is the reason why does that type of menu doesn't have 2nd level? If I'm going to ...
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What type of menu is this? And is it good to use?

Does anybody know what this type of menu is called? Something like on SitePoints website and maybe the one on Pure. The colorful menus is what I'm asking about. And are they good to use?
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What content to put on parent page when it exists only for the subpages [duplicate]

On tree structure website there's always the problem of what contents to put in the parent page, you know, the page that exists only as a point to subpages to attach. Write some general descriptive ...
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Compact vertical menu navigation ux

I have a compact vertical menu that's app-drawer style. It works really well since I only need the menu for basic navigation but need it small otherwise, but it has a navigation visualization issue. ...
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Benefit of custom 404 error screens on website

Are there any UX studies on whether custom 404's and the like benefit or enrich the experience of the end user? Some good examples below, I was thinking the wording might be more relevant in this ...
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Should Slide in/out navigation be restricted to tablet/mobile?

I am in the early phase of a project, brainstorming the overall design and it involves putting together a collection of different web based applications under the umbrella of one application ...
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Three level hierarchical data - How best to structure hop navigation at any level when wizard is stepping at the second last level

Here is the structure of my data: Here is how the first step of the wizard would look like. Here is how they can skip to any further step in the wizard by either selecting a different group or sub ...
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Actions and navigation buttons in the same toolbar?

In our application, each view has a title bar and a toolbar. The toolbar contains two types buttons: Actions: e.g. Create new project, action is performed in the same view Navigation links, e.g. Go ...
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Does displaying images on level 2 menu enhance UX?

Here is the context: Type of website: Apparel e-commerce Thoughts: I am wondering if displaying any images related to a product category on a level 2 side menu will improve my UX ? Example: Any ...
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What is the name of this non linear navigation control?

I have seen this control used in a number of apps, but I do not know a formal name for it and any of my attempts to search for it are failing because of a lack of a concise way to describe it. I have ...
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Is there a standard name for ios-style cross-sliding lists?

I'm looking for a name of iOS-style nested <ul>'s. I'm simply talking about the extremely common navigation where you tap a list item (usually with an arrow next to it) and then the screen ...
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How to combine tab bars and navigation controllers?

I'm working on an iPhone app for musicians. It allows you to import songs from several sources, select one and do different things with it, like display its lyrics, control playback and other things. ...
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Navbars that hide when scrolldown and show when scrolling up

I've noticed this trend on several popular websites (linkedin, Google+) and personally really dislike it. I'm wondering what other people's experiences are. Basically, there's a navbar on the top of ...
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I'm not sure what to put on my desktop app's home screen

I've got a desktop application which has a sidebar that takes the user to each section where they can perform different tasks (see figure 1). I'm having trouble deciding what to put on my ...
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How to present 3 options: not selected, selected, locked

I'm working on consistent way to show 3 types of tests user can choose from. One type of test is always active (user is doing this test). Options are: Flashcard Test (not selected) Guessing Test ...
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Should nodes without pages be included in breadcrumbs?

Often times there will be nodes in a navigation tree that do not warrant a page, as their main function is to categorize the content found beneath them. When a breadcrumb nav is present on a site, ...
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Navigation drops down immediately

Yes potentially a cardinal sin, however, we were wondering whether our navigation should drop down immediately on our website when the user visits it? For example, Amazon.co.uk drops the navigation ...
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Mobile App: A Detailed View with a Fixed Top

I am working out the details on how a user can see a 'Detailed View' of something, and then navigate back to the 'List View'. This is usually simple, using the Navigation Bar in iOS or the Back ...
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How can I show the user where they are in a non-hierarchical page structure?

I am working on an interface for a system which enables users to browse a large model of a business' processes. The many items in this model are arranged in a "net" structure. When viewing a single ...
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Who invented video timeline thumbnails? [closed]

I’m trying to figure out who invented the video preview thumbnail that pops up e.g. on YouTube when the mouse cursor touches the timeline. The first time I saw this UI element was on a porn website ...
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Displaying search results for large hierarchical data

We have large hierarchical data which we would like the users to allow search on. The problem we are facing is in displaying the results. The search results can occur at any level and we would like to ...
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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 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) ...