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1answer
105 views

Convert box-and-arrow (text) markup to an image [closed]

Sometimes, the quickest way to transcribe box-and-arrow diagrams on a computer is to use plain text markup. Unfortunately, this markup can be unreadable by people who aren't familiar with its syntax. ...
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258 views

When offering options, at which position in a sentence should be the desirable one?

When I ask the user a question with two options of which I want the user to choose a specific one, should I formulate the sentence so that the desired option it the latter or the other way around? ...
12
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1answer
171 views

What are some good ways to ban people?

I'd like to implement several types of ban of my website, not just the "classical one" (i.e. being unable to log in). My website is a Q&A one, if this can help. Some time ago, I read an article ...
2
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1answer
97 views

Design paradigm for order process where customer has no existing record

I'm creating an intranet app (MVC and razor) for a jewellery business. One of the forms is for creating a custom piece of jewellery, sometimes these are made for display purposes and have no initial ...
7
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2answers
414 views

What is the best way to visualize an org chart when people have multiple responsibilities?

I have asked the following question on stackoverflow around modeling an org chart. This focused on the DB modeling details, etc but I want to ask a related question here focusing purely on the user ...
5
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3answers
174 views

How should I alter my programs progress bar?

An application I have just been asked 'to take care of' has some interesting code features. One is that when it is loading up the login screen, it displays a 'splash' with a progress bar. This splash ...
15
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2answers
451 views

Slanted cursor+background for italic text?

In most applications that I'm familiar with, a text cursor in insertion mode is universally represented as a vertical blinking bar: As you can see, for some italic letters this creates visual ...
11
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2answers
944 views

Good UX for a page

I am working on a UI design. I have good CSS/HTML knowledge. But not good in UX. Attached image is the UI I created for one page. I tried alter it nearly 10 ways, still my customer says it looks ...
8
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2answers
230 views

Showing sub check boxes on a form?

I have a form where I have a group of check boxes that are only applicable if a 'master' check box is ticked. At the moment, when the check box isn't ticked it looks like this: When the text box is ...
5
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2answers
428 views

Should i line wrap my emails?

When my coworkers send their emails, some would diligently line wrap the body text into lines that are at most, say 78 characters wide, others would use no line break in a paragraph, and the ...
7
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2answers
1k views

Why do websites use “you are being redirected…” pages?

Frequently after logging in a website - specially old ones - I see the following: Welcome! You are being redirected, please click here if your browser does not redirect you. And similar pages ...
5
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2answers
96 views

In a website, how to make two segments of users follow the desired path

I was asked to design a website for a company that has two different segments: B2C (business to customers) and B2B (business 2 business)... The company says both segments are equally important. How ...
2
votes
3answers
203 views

Faceted search - auto vs manual update of results

Question about faceted search. What should happen when user clicks on some filter ? should it update results immediately or is it better to click on some button ? Examples: Lets say about Amazon. I ...
4
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0answers
69 views

Is it ok to give “OTHERS” as an option in gender category? [duplicate]

Normally we have sex as: 1) male 2) female I just added "others" option in the list.My teacher when checked the form, she was annoyed and suggested it should be removed. So is it really an bad ...
5
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3answers
3k views

Am I too late to become a user experience designer [duplicate]

I am a 26 years old graphic designer. My way into design industry was a kind of detour. I only did a half-year course for a certificate IV in graphic design after I finished my Bachelor degree in ...
3
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4answers
262 views

Better to Show Empty List or Default List?

This is a web application for people to manage a large database of stuff. When the user clicks on the a button/link to "View Their List of Stuff", is it better to present them with a populated list or ...
5
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4answers
239 views

Grid - Inline Editing and Sorting - How to handle the features together

The Dilemma: You have a grid/table with sorting (and/or multi-sort) and inline editing. The user modifies a value that should modify the sort order. What do you do? An Example: Lets take ...
2
votes
1answer
112 views

Submitting form to new window

On websites, links can be opened in new windows/tabs using the middle-click button, CTRL+left click or Context Menu->'Open in new tab' option. However, this behaviour seems to be not implemented for ...
5
votes
2answers
356 views

The Best Solution for Faceted-Search in Account Area

My company is launching a new membership site that displays data in a list. As the designer, I'm trying to design the account area with the user in mind. I'm having trouble getting the filters for the ...
42
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7answers
2k views

How should you show that an accordion is expanded?

When you have an accordion, you need some way of showing the current state is expanded. There are a number of different ways of handling this, and each is used by a number of respected websites and ...
6
votes
1answer
391 views

Modal window action buttons, top or bottom

Scenario: File upload process for a website on desktop(not mobile) launches a modal window. Question: Would it be better to place action buttons at the top or at the bottom of the window. Pros & ...
4
votes
2answers
243 views

Would Chrome's “Recently Closed” button in the homepage benefit from having a link to access “History”

Google Chrome's New Tab page has the Recently Closed button at the bottom which hasn't included a link to History. It will be good if there is link to History either at the bottom of the list or at ...
17
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3answers
921 views

What’s the origin of the metaphor “cloud”?

Today we use the term “cloud” without thinking about it. We use it mainly in terms of storage online, far away and unreachable. We can’t plug in a USB memory in the cloud to download data. We plug the ...
4
votes
2answers
128 views

Show filtered results in real time?

We are building a product category page with a couple of filter options to let the user remove uninteresting products. The filter options are for example color, size, specific product features etc. ...
5
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3answers
180 views

Select numerical value with +/- buttons or manually entering?

The design I'm working on has the user assigning a value to each Item, then if the value is more than 1, a second dependent attribute appears (as shown). I want the numbers to be large and not default ...
7
votes
5answers
207 views

How to lay out a screen with dozens of fields and have help for each

We have a screen that has a form that gathers a lot of input. Many of the terms and questions are confusing so we have help for them. We are trying to put a little (?) help icon for each line. We ...
15
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6answers
524 views

Will a Paste button increase usability?

There comes cases where it's quite obvious that users are most likely to copy and paste a value into a given text-box. One of those cases is a URL fields. This made me thinking of adding a paste ...
10
votes
1answer
116 views

Marking contact as primary?

Currently in the application that I am designing, we are displaying just a short amount of contact information, which means that if the contact has 4 different numbers (i.e. mobile,home,work,fax), ...
2
votes
5answers
338 views

3-state control on/off/suspended

I’m creating a prototype for a system which will give the user to control a specific feature in the system by switching it on and off. To control the feature we have a 3-state control: on off ...
3
votes
1answer
175 views

why must point of sale have a bill-preview on the same page as product selection?

Most of the POS system images I see from google image search on "Point of Sale' have a bill- preview section on the same screen where the products are selected. Is this driven due to user-habit of ...
4
votes
1answer
93 views

How present only two buttons on a tablet screen

My application has need of only two button with around 15 characters for each, on the main screen. The problem is the screen is large on tablet. How can I present these two button ?
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2answers
82 views

Which label is better USP or “About me”? [closed]

Which label is better USP or some thing else? USP(unique selling proposition) is a marketing concept that was first proposed as a theory to understand a pattern among successful advertising ...
6
votes
4answers
444 views

Should a username be truncated?

Is it ever OK to truncate a username? Is there any good solution / trade-off? Site shows username as: Username: Shrinivasuk View: Shrinivasu... Username: Ritesh View: Rite Username: Poonam ...
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votes
2answers
71 views

Which label is a better option CSV or attachments? [closed]

Referring to the image below, should I use 'CSV' (Comma Separated Values) as a label or something else?
7
votes
3answers
201 views

Should we use Microsoft's feature names, or our own? “Autofilter” vs “Column filter”

Many Microsoft softwares, like the Office suite and the Windows Explorer, feature a type of column filter that they have dubbed the Autofilter. It filters rows based on column content. It adapts the ...
7
votes
2answers
253 views

Best way to separate navigation and search bar

I am in the process of improving an existing eCommerce site design. The client has asked that we highlight the best selling categories. Currently all the categories are under the heading Categories ...
7
votes
1answer
171 views

Saving: Global save vs Sectional save vs Item save vs Instant save

I have been modifying my Facebook and Gmail account settings when I come across several types of saving strategies. Take for example, at the time of this writing, Facebook: Instant save - saves upon ...
3
votes
5answers
211 views

I have to track activity start and end time shall i track in mins and sec?

I have to create a form to track activity start and end time. Which format is more appropriate. While filing the form the time passes by and it gives a warning - "Start time should be greater than ...
2
votes
4answers
353 views

Do “add” or “edit” functions need a confirm button?

I am designing a UI that includes a list of items that you can add to or edit. When you click on an item it turns into a text dialogue. When you click off or hit "enter" it saves the changes. Does ...
3
votes
4answers
409 views

Combine edit and action column?

In the table below, you can see the first column contains what I called the "action menu" and some examples of action could be: email, create task, send letter, create paycheck... The second column is ...
2
votes
2answers
112 views

Indicate mixed good and bad rating

I have an app that allows users to self-evaluate decisions. At the most basic level, events will be marked positively and/or negatively indicating whether the decisions were good or bad. For ...
8
votes
5answers
5k views

Use up or down arrow to represent “sort ascending” at table header

To represent "sort ascending" (a -> b -> c -> ...) , my first sense told me that, I should use ↓ to represent it. This is because if I lay my data a b c It seems like thing is moving naturally ...
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votes
2answers
193 views

What's the best color to represent authorization? [closed]

I need to represent a color for authorization, right now I have a green like #8CBE29 but does not conbine with the other colors on the table
3
votes
4answers
138 views

Syntax conventions for search terms: wildcard, literal, options, etc

I have an application that presents a list of items and multiple filtering criteria. Some of the filtering criteria take a string value for the filter, and the application currently supports basic ...
6
votes
6answers
467 views

Effect on usability if I use green and red colors (for meaning) in an app whose color scheme does not include those colors?

I am working on an application that models physical hardware to the user. As such, showing things colored red seems to be a very natural way to communicate an error state, and showing them green ...
5
votes
3answers
98 views

When do you link to content within a page and when do you make that content part of your sub nav?

I'm working on a website where navigation is getting down to the fourth level. I'd like to reduce the layers of navigation by linking to content from within a page instead of making this content part ...
23
votes
7answers
1k views

Should progress bars show percentage

In the application I am designing we are currently just displaying a circle that rotates clockwise from gray to green. Inside the circle is a number indicating where in the process it is (20, 50, 90). ...
1
vote
1answer
264 views

Difference in Button Placement in Gmail Inbox and Spam Folders = Bad UX? [closed]

Like most people, I spend more time in my Gmail Inbox than I do in my Spam folder. But when I do check out my spam folder, I always make the mistake of marking a message as 'not spam' instead of ...
6
votes
2answers
314 views

Can I reformat personal names obtained from a single form field?

I have been reading this excellent question and its answers, about collecting names from people in forms. The best answer (the accepted one anyway) seems to be to follow the W3C's advice on ...
5
votes
1answer
230 views

Screen resolution causing wave effect in background image

I'm in the process of developing a website that is reminiscent of an old CRT monitor. To achieve the effect, I've taken an image that consists of a horizontal black line and a white line repeating ...

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