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Are round check boxes confusing or an accepted standard?

I was browsing dribbble.com today and came across a new post by one of the designers that I follow. He had posted a new modal form which was using rounded check boxes. I have never seen these before. ...
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What is the standard-practice for defining a monthly subscription service?

For my startup, I'm designing a recurring option that allows users to recur a payment method, one of which happens to be monthly (another is tri-monthly). Weekly should be fairly simple, since it's ...
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Files size units: “KiB” vs “KB” vs “kB”

I'm working on a web app that will show the size of certain files, and I'm wondering if there's any consensus about how to report the units of bytes. Technically the IEC has weighed in with an ...
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When do we establish an ongoing pattern/trend as a standard or convention?

I see a lot of questions here asking about established conventions or standards. This question has it roots in this discussion about an app drawer icon being a convention or not. I would like to know ...
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Difference between Notice and Info messages?

I designed a program that is used to send data through the socket. In each program action, I display a message about process state. I'm confused by when to display a Notice message or Info message. ...
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CE Machinery Standards for UI/Hard Buttons

In Canada, working on a machine for the lumber industry. The machine needs to be CE certifiable. I'm working on icons right now, and I've searched the subject to death and read through what I think ...
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Is the implementation of a stability index for a UI component or design pattern in a style guide useful/practical?

The concept of a stability index where the likelihood for the content, where it is code or a specification (e.g. in the documentation of the Node.js API) looks to be rather useful and can be adopted ...
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Standardized design patterns for UI?

In 2004, Jakob Neilson wrote about two studies that looked at a database of websites and compiled a list of standard UI patterns based on usage. The studies looked at 100's of web pages and ...
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Where is the best place to ask the user their ethnicity?

I'm building an enterprise mobile application for health and medical purposes, and due to the data driven nature of the app we ask users to enter their ethnicity. It's entirely optional but it allows ...
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Why are there not more interactive design / style guides out there? Aren't they more user friendly?

It seems like only the larger companies working on development and design frameworks are producing interactive documents that provide information about the visual and interactive design ...
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Optimal number of interactions or complexity on a card/tile element

The use of card/tile UI elements in responsive website design is becoming a very influential trend. However, the complexity of the products or services being provided is such that basic click and ...
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UX Designers - working with developers to resolve design or implementation disagreements [closed]

When working in a team environment where the UX designer is not the lead (i.e. Head of UX or a executive level role), or is a joint-lead working under a product manager or owner, is the business ...
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How to raise concerns about ethical issues in UX design?

Just wondering if there are any examples of processes or standards in place within companies to raise ethical concerns related to UX design practices that anyone is aware of. I don't think there has ...
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Color Emotion Naming Convention Standard?

So I'm using one of the UI frameworks for a project I'm working on and I notice that there's a general naming convention for use of specific colors that are represented as moods. e.g.; Assertive ...
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Is there an accepted standard for passwords?

It's frustrating how some websites require symbols while some don't allow them, some require a capital or number while others don't, some don't allow the same consecutive characters, etc. Every once ...
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Animation speed (formula - size/speed)? [duplicate]

I am looking for resources on animation speed, specifically around the speed of a reveal. Besides the basic foundation of not interrupting user interaction, is there a good standard? I believe I ...
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Are design frameworks, design guidelines and design languages essential for UX design work? If not, what is used instead?

A development framework such as Bootstrap and Foundation provides the set of guidelines, tools and components for building interfaces that can be standardized, maintained and extended. In the same ...
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White-Labeling PDF template issue

A white-label product or service is a product or service produced by one company (the producer) that other companies (the marketers) rebrand to make it appear as if they had made it. -wikipedia ...
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Standard representation of states for objects in software application

I am trying to come up with a standard to be included in a style guide for a software application. One of the difficulties with the guide is around documenting states/status that seem to have a ...
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Is there a standard hotkey list somewhere

There are numerous key combinations that can be considered as being part of an unofficial (as far as I know) standard. But is there a list of such combinations somewhere? Some examples: F1 - Help F3 ...
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Deciding on minimum performance

I work at a remote site for a multinational company. I am doing a software implementation that is having some major user experience issues due to very poor network performance. Our load times are so ...
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Implementing Google Material Design on non-digital products

Reading through the Google Material Design principles and explanations, it seems like they have abstracted the design of products to a high level that is applicable to a range of traditional and ...
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Energy Labeling Rule - how to make it user friendly?

Starting next, consumer electronic e-retailers will be required to display the applicable label or icon “clearly and conspicuously and in close proximity to the covered product’s price” so that ...
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Android back button - Global history back, or menu back?

On the Android, is the expected action of the back button to navigate backward through menus, or does it just go "back" to the previous screen you came from? I don't have an Android device to sample ...
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A standard / benchmark test for user familiarity or proficiency with computer technology in usability testing

When conducting usability testing, a variable that comes up is the competence or familiarity of different users with Internet or software application technology. It seems strange to compare different ...
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Is the ELMER form design guidelines still current? Any other good government guidelines out there?

I came across the ELMER form design guidelines published by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry, which gives a pretty comprehensive and reasonably well documented set of guidelines for the ...
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Spacing between UI components

I tried looking up previous questions but came up empty on this one. I am sure that there are various standards and guidelines out there for this (Android, Apple or Windows), but it also seems like ...
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Best way to label picker with multiple components?

I have a 3-component iOS picker where the user picks the section, row, and seat of a venue. What is considered the best practice for labeling the components? I also don't want a valid default ...
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How to specify or differentiate between finger and thumb interactions?

I came across an interesting research paper on the topic about the thumb's contact size for single-handed mobile interaction. It got me thinking about the difference in how we should be specifying and ...
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New Android UI color palette docs, don't understand some colors names (A100, A200…)

About color palette: Android UI Color Palette What are the color starting with 'A' (A100, A200)?
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How important is localization?

I'm designing a website to provide support for internet connected devices. The website will also allow on-line purchases and subscription payments for accounts. I don't want to target only a specific ...
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Is there a standard icon for web accessibility?

The International Symbol of Access is a standard icon for building and parking access for people with disabilities. Has this icon, by itself, gained acceptance as a standard icon for web ...
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What is the general meaning of a struck out hyperlink?

For instance, when I click on a colored underlined text, I am expecting it to be a hyperlink, redirecting me somewhere. When the hyperlink changes its color, I expect it to be already visited. But ...
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How do you document your interaction flows?

For many years I've been using an evolved version of Jesse James Garrett's Visvocab diagramming style for documenting information architecture and interaction design concepts. Today though we're ...
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Where can I find style guide for metro UI for web applications?

I am interested in the Metro UI that microsoft has used for windows phone 7 for web. I see that their site microsoft.com has been done with metro UI recently. I am looking for a style guide and ...
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HTML button Hover effect standards, principles or best practices

Are there any standards, principles or best practices to change the color or effect of a button on hover. Something like : Make it lighter Make it darker Change background and foreground color Add ...
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Which parts of the Eclipse Platform, if any, adhere to ISO 9241?

Has the Eclipse Platform implemented with any concepts of ISO-9241 in mind? If so, which parts? Is the menu functionality provided by the Eclipse Rich Client Platform adhering to ISO 9241-14:1997. ...
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Android - UX design conventions concerning “Cancel” and “Done” buttons

How should I display "Cancel" and "Done" buttons in an Android app, or should I even display a "Cancel" button in the first place since the hardware back button (or the action bar's up-navigation) ...
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What should be fetched if you “Search” with a blank query?

Almost all sites include a Search facility. The usual format seen is one of these two: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The Question is If the user keeps ...
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Should pressing Ctrl+C with nothing selected really clear your clipboard / copy the whole line?

It seems a bit counter-intuitive to me that in many text editors / IDEs, pressing Ctrl+C with nothing selected, clears your clipboard, or replaces it with whatever is on the same line as the caret. ...
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What are the standards for expected time to 'First Contact' with client for an electronic communication?

What industry standards exist for time (minutes or days) to contact a client after they have identified a problem and initiated an electronic communication with a service provider. I understand that ...
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What are the differences between features and components?

My boss asked me to change a software installation. He wants to change the word features to components. I'm not sure about the meaning of this change. I've gone ahead and implemented this at his ...
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Save & Add New, Save & Close, Save, Done, Cancel

This is something I've been struggling with, because there seems to be a lack of standard for it (as far as I can tell). There are two scenarios. Save & Close and Save & Add New We are ...
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Is there an optimal font size?

For most website projects I've been involved with, the font size for the bulk text is usually 12px - 13px, but I'm wondering if this is a good size. I remember reading an article saying that font ...
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How to best assign primary and secondary styles for multiple functional buttons?

I have a page that opens to a search bar with a search button beside it. On hitting the search button, a listing will appear below that section. There's a button at the bottom to submit after ...
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UX reasons for come countries not using SI units? [closed]

SI : International System of Units (meters, kilograms, etc.). Most countries use SI units, except USA and a few more. What are the UX reasons behind countries not switching to SI units even though ...
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Using mailto: links for email addresses…what is the practice these days?

When giving out your email address on a site, do people still use the mailto:email@example.com syntax for the link? Does this work with people using web mail clients? I use gmail and whenever I click ...
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On log in form, what should a password unmask button look like and say?

On the log in form, I want to give users the option to unmask the password field so they can see what they type. The phrase "unmask password" is too technical and its purpose may not be apparent to ...
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Why does Skype's “x” button minimize the application instead of closing?

I was browsing through the web and I came across this sentiment: Dear Skype, this (red X) button means close, not minimize I also found the same question on the Skype website. Why would a ...
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UX Organisation

I was just wondering if there are any organisations or groups which monitor or provide insight into User eXperience, such as the W3C for the World Wide Web, or the IEEE? Although they are not creators ...