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How to highlight the selected option when there are only 2 elements

Let's say there are two button's with icons, for example a typical "Grid View" and "List View" buttons, and I don't want to use bevels to create a "pushed" effect. Let's say I'm doing it in a simple ...
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How to handle users typing without input focus

An issue I repeatedly observe with novice web users is that they will occasionally begin typing without first properly selecting (focusing) an input field. A typical pattern I see is this: the user ...
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How to warn a user they are approaching the character limit for a text input field with a soft maximum?

I'm writing an internal web application to generate subtitle text for videos. Part of the requirement for this project is that each line not exceed X characters, except where circumstances warrant. I ...
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How best to show the 'weight' (importance) of bullet-ed items in a non-intrusive (creative) way?

I have a web page with a bulleted list of items each with an associated weight i.e. level of importance. The bullets are of equal width but not necessarily of equal height. Here's a graphical ...
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What is a good visual cue for drag and drop? (for reordering a list of items)

I'm wondering if anyone has any opinions on what is the best visual cue to indicate to the user that list items can be reordered via drag and drop? Here are a few options I've been playing around ...
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Timer for undos (aka ctrl + z for pointing devices)

We are in the middle of an endless conversation* in the office : Should undos have a timer before disappearance or should they be displayed until next action? In our discussion, closing or changing ...
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Shopping Cart - What information should you show while browsing?

Does anyone have any data whether or not showing the number of items and/or total price of the items in the cart increases the likelihood of users purchasing the cart? I have my assumptions, but I'd ...
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How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh

Say I have a page that has a continually-refreshed status on it. The idea for the service is that it's something you can keep an eye on in the background while it continually refreshes itself. How ...
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How to indicate selected item in table?

I have a table of related items. Let's call them orders. Users can select an item from the table and full details will be displayed in a separate section below the table. I move the currently selected ...
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How to differentiate users with accounts from guests in a ranking table?

In a game, I have a table with the max points of the players. Some of the users are registered and others are guests (anonymous). The difference is that the name of registered users has a link to ...
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How to make file download progress more obvious

We have forms on our site that we're using for lead generation. When submitted, the user is directed to the requested piece of content and the file begins downloading right away. We track user ...
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Hovering over an element to raise opacity

I'm working on a site where we display testimonials on the side of the page. We don't want these to be the main point of interest, so we dimmed the opacity, and on hover it goes to full opacity. We ...
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Which case is good UX? A Peugeot VS BMW Story [closed]

This question applies to a different product than most UX designers are used to discuss: cars. Long story short, in my short 7 year driving experience I've be mostly driving two cars: a 2005 Peugeot ...
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Does having WiFi spots and similar equipment visible improve user experience?

Suppose I'm planning an office or a restaurant or a city. I need to plan where I have wireless communication spots installed. Those may be WiFi spots or cell towers or DECT phone spots. I've planned ...
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1answer
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What does a folded corner mean to a user?

Lately I've noticed an increasing amount of folded corners as UI and/or decorative elements on several web pages. However, it seems most of the sites seem to differ in what they want to convey with ...
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What are standard visual cues to use for multicolumn sorted table

I am working on this bug patch for phpmyadmin I am specifically working on drawing these little icons along with a column name that show how that column data is ordered And I am kind of struck ...
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Links vs Actions

This question may be a little vague, but thought I would ask anyways. I'm working on application that has alot links and actions visible in my interface. Most of my actions are accompanied by some ...
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What type of visual cues can a GUI control panel use to effectively signal users that it is in the mode they are expecting it to be in?

I am working on an application that has a GUI-based control panel window that can be switched between several similar devices. Many typical use cases have users walk up to the panel, select the ...
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Best practice for sorting and being able to “check all” in a table with checkboxes

I have a table as part of a form for which users can click the header row to sort by that column (and click again to reverse order). The table also contains checkboxes, and clicking the checkbox in ...
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What impacts the user's visual flow on geometrically non-traditional web layouts?

I'm interested in making pages that don't conform to the traditional layout of a rectangular grid, for example: Using a grid of hexagons or triangles. Placing the title in the center of the page ...
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How obvious is it that an element that looks like a flick switch can be clicked?

When looking at a form element styled to look like a flick switch but that actually behaves like a clickable element, how likely is the user to realise that they can click the element to switch it, ...
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Is it acceptable to have an editable field visible on hover?

I have a chart that is mostly used for viewing, but can be edited. It is a bar chart of percentages (beneath the bars) that can be edited. Unfortunately, if I display the fields the table becomes more ...
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Managing User roles as admin

I'm working on a UI where there are multiple roles, with two (Finance and Legal) that are constrained to only support one user. I'm using a fairly standard matrix, with checkboxes that become ...
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What is the best way to handle close buttons in dialogs in a mobile app?

I have a small dialog where a user can add an email to subscribe. I am torn between changing the subscribe button to take 50% of the place and adding cancel or simply make the x bigger. Any other ...
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Is there a disconnect between the fields of neuroscience and user experience on the topic of horizontal-bias?

Jakob Nielsen says that: Horizontal Attention Leans Left While evidence from neuroscience, as described by Jeremy Tunnell (Product Manager for Stack Exchange) suggests that "the brain’s visual system ...
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Is there a good visual cue to replace scrollbar

I'm designing mobile application and one of the screen has a few objects falling out of a screen. There's only two rows of information so I think vertical scrollbar would not really look good. Height ...
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What is a space-efficient way to display two numbers next to each other while minimising confusion?

I'm working on a site that needs to show two balances next to each other, preferably in the header next to a user's name. The issue I'm having is differentiating the balances enough that they don't ...
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Distinguish the concept of an album from a song visually

I am trying to conceive an application that has the concept of "album" or "song" (from an album or single) mixed in. I want to create some sort of visual cue to distinguish between those 3 concepts. ...
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How should a “mains failure” indicator be designed on a UPS?

I've already faced this issue twice. There's a UPS and its mains cable is loose and all of a sudden the cable just falls out so the UPS gets disconnected from the mains. So it starts beeping which ...
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Mobile Augmented Reality App. What pattern for AR visualization and navigation?

I am designing a mobile app with an AR functionality that allows users to detect a product label and get a bunch of information about it. We want to display this content over the captured image. ...
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Is there a widely-understood visual metaphor for using part or all of an existing item to make a new one? [closed]

I'm looking to convey the following functionality to users: able to take part or all of an existing short text entry and make a new, related text entry from it. For example, if a user encounters the ...
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How can I do a better job of allowing users to reallocate?

I am designing a tool where the user sets a maximum total amount, and then can divide that up into smaller chunks as they so desire, based on a percentage. They may also want to adjust the total, ...
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How to indicate that certain columns are not sortable/filterable

I have a data table that can sort/filter columns, but there are certain columns that can't be sorted or filtered. I'm trying to find the best way to indicate to users which columns they are with the ...
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Indicate Which Item is Open in a List

I have a grid of items. I want to indicate which item is currently open (which one is the user editing?) The user can select other items in the list so I want the open indicator to be different than ...
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Button Styling to Indicate Severity of Action?

I am designing a multi-page form for creating course proposals at a university. Once the record for the proposal is created, the user has a variety of different options for what to do for the ...
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Should Checked-in People be disabled, or non-checkedin people

I am designing a backend roster system. The administrator scans the users barcode and then records the time they checked in. My question is which group of people should look disabled? My thinking ...
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What's the best way to get users to read a set of instructions for filling out a form?

I have a simple form that the user fills out, and I want the user to read a simple 5-step set of instructions on how to fill out the form and what happens after they hit "submit." I'd love to know if ...