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Simplicity is a quality of being simple. It is the opposite of being complicated and simplicity has great impact on usability.

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Mac OS X Finder's UX drawbacks

As you may know, there is no way for a newbie user to find out how they can do a very simple task in Mac OS X, I mean, rename a file/folder. There is no sign for it, there is no option when you right ...
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Best Way to do a Character Counter

I am bound to an infinitely wide command line. I have one line of text that my user will likely spend hours analysing for whatever reason. It is important that they can tell very easily and very ...
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How to reduce complexity of nested form interface?

I have a complex design on my hand which is essentially a wizard. Following mockup should give you a fair idea: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups ...
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How many clicks is too few?

I'm analysing the users on a website and notice there are lot's of options that are almost never clicked on, which have the same prominence (so I'd assume as easy to find) as some much more popular ...
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Main Menu in Popup window

Am working on a software product that have up to 100 view, so my main concern is simplicity and quick access navigation. My idea is to put all the menu items in a popup window. The user can access ...
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Removing Value Proposition from Registration Form

Are there any sources out there that shows the benefits in removing the value proposition from registration. I remember reading an article a while back about this, but can't remember the source. I ...
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Intuitive way of presenting options on toggle-able items

This question is a little hard to explain so I'll do my best to explain. I'm creating an alarm type app where a user chooses a location and has two options they can decide if they want on or not. Each ...
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What is a good definition of simplicity that can be applied to user experience?

Everyone in my organization wants to make our products & website as simple as possible for our customers. They've seen articles like the one in the Harvard Business Journal (2012) showing that ...
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How to represent medium difficulty? (fitness)

We have several video fitness programs with difficulties related to the intensity of the workouts. When categorizing them by difficulty "Easy" and "Hard" are clearly communicated by these terms but ...
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How to allow for seamless creation of new keywords with a mandatory category?

I have an application which describes animals. A user can attach keywords to the animals. Each keyword has to belong to one of five categories, four specific ones and a "Research topic" category which ...
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Why the design moves toward simplicity, maybe too simple? [closed]

Around the time when the Windows 8 is out, the design is moving toward simplicity. In Android, in iOS, in everywhere. A rounded rectangle button with visual cues that it's a button, often changed into ...
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When should a website show only a headline on the first screen a user sees?

It's very trendy to have one page sites, where the first screen the user sees is a beautiful image with a single headline. For example, http://www.squarespace.com/, http://playgroundinc.com/, ...
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Why are normal water coolers so low?

A lot of water coolers look like this: You usually have to bend down in order to place your glass under the spigot and fill it, which is annoying it if you're doing it more than a few times a day, ...
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A system supporting state of emergency [closed]

Situations regarding terrorism, floods, epidemics etc. are quite improbable yet real, so there must be systems dealing with them. In movies, a 15-or-so feet tall screen presents either a map with ...
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Necessity of y-axis label on a line graph?

I'm currently designing a line graph to provide a relative, "quick-glance" view of data trends, rather than the granular stock-market-style view. There will only be one trend line. Currently each of ...
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What are the key elements for clarity and simplicity of a web application GUI?

We work on a web application. We have spend more than two month to simplify every process and workflow. Now, we would like to make the User Interface looking more simplier and clear, working only ...
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Usability vs performance vs Look and feel - 2D vs 3D Interfaces

I read an article about 3D capabilities increasing but UIs getting flatter. Also something similar is suggested here. I am not talking in terms of any particular company , OS or platform, but in ...
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“Millions of colors” vs “24-bit”: should technical concepts be simplified to ease understanding at the cost of precision?

Macs indicate 24-bit color depth by using the term "millions of colors", while Windows calls it "24-bit" or "32-bit". (I'm aware that Windows "32-bit" color simply adds an alpha channel that doesn't ...
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Simple registration vs security

I'm doing a reminding service about new episodes of series. The main idea is to make it very simple to register, like this: The problem is about the security, I'm not using CAPTCHA nor confirming ...
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Is database too technical a term for user?

Are these terms 'Database', 'Record', 'Table', 'Field', 'Row', and 'Column' too technical (or even relevant) for a normal online banking application user, especially when talking to a customer service ...
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When is simplicity good in web design?

I'm currently working on a B2B website targeted to the city I live in and I started doing some research and looking how big B2B portals (such as alibaba.com, globalsources.com, etc.) are designed, and ...
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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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Registration: Parent and child

currently working on redesigning a registration that serves three different audiences: Parent and Child Self (adult) Third party paying on behalf of someone else I am less worried about in which ...
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Reinventing a habitual process: When can it be justified?

A process that a user has become accustomed to, can sometimes receive reinvention for a number of reasons: The process can be simplified The process can become a experience unique to a certain ...
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Should we be aware of bandwidth concerns given recent data-plan pricing changes?

Recently, it's been reported that mobile providers have decided to change the pricing models of their data plans (namely Verizon and AT&T, but perhaps even others; charge per GB of data used). ...
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Simplicity vs. Conditional Views

I'm working on a SAAS platform. All users must login, so user ID, location, affiliation etc. are almost always known. The platform also has substantial game components, recording user progress and ...
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Legal disclaimer on search page

I have a search screen I've created. I want the design to be very simplistic (google/amazon style) and I feel like I've achieved that. The problem now is I've been asked to attach a visible ...
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How to display a connected boxes with inputs and outputs in a smartphone?

Imagine the concept of a black box, that can have inputs and outputs. A box can connect with other boxes. We have something like this: Now imagine a smartphone. "Ok, this guy is crazy." You ...
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How can I make a form look simpler?

I am designing a web-based application where you can add entries, and each of them have some 20 fields. For the most part, after adding an entry, it won't have to be edited afterwards. But the option ...
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Elegant, simple and obvious sub-tabs?

I have a simple navigation setup that requires tabs and sub-tabs. I have the main tabs ready: But I don't know how to make the sub-tabs fit in and still be user-friendly. What's a good way to ...
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Is it a good practice to have a subdomain for a big project?

We're (a company) designing three big projects: One is used for purchase products, one for educational matters and the last but not least is our social network. Some of our colleagues think that ...
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Any actual reason for complicated UIs? [closed]

We all know there are very good interfaces out there, some of which we use everyday:               And now and then some make our ...
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Design patterns for Complex Financial forms.?

I have a very big financial form of a budget, where it has lot of information spread across months of a year or future years. To just give you guys some background, budget is created for every year ...
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Android a lot of information on one screen - how to simplify?

I am new to Android development. I am working on application where Sql-lite is also involved, its a database application. The application is used on Android Tablets In of the screen we have a lot of ...
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Signup form on front page?

Will you get more signups if you put the signup form on the front page or on another page that users access via a link on the front page? Form on the front page might make it a bit cluttered - I'm ...
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Short phrases vs. long phrases?

I just found this while verifying my email with Tumblr. The simplicity of the message just shocked me, in a good way. I kept on thinking that is usually to deliver messages directly, in short ...
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inspiration for thin interfaces

I've recently seen great talk by Aza Raskin - Don't make me Click. It's in the sense of "Best UI is no UI". Are there any other articles/videos like this one? I'd like to read/watch something further ...
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What are the most common UIs/Components? What are their Strengths/Weaknesses? How to improve? [closed]

Hm, I am fininding myself wishing that we had communitywiki After seeing this question: What is the most common user interface in the world? I thought it would be educational to not limit the ...
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Simplicity vs. Flexibility

You can create a great UI, but it will always piss some users off. The more flexible your UI, the more complex it will seem. So what's the best thing to do? Create a simple UI that's easy to use for ...