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3answers
269 views

Can placing dark and light elements or blocks next to each other in a UI lead to problems in visual perception?

A designer on my project has proposed something that uses both light and dark backgrounds within the same context (basic mockups below). A short background for the app: It is a platform on which ...
5
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2answers
380 views

Arrows for Navigation/Menu/Expandables Misleading?

When a user visits a site they are presented with some sort of Navigation Structure. Typically the arrow is a standard convention that alerts a user that when this item is clicked an action will ...
6
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1answer
164 views

Account activation in mobile app

I'm designing iphone app which allows users to pay bills. To use this app the user should register and activate their account via e-mail. And here is the problem: Which model I have to choose for the ...
5
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3answers
135 views

Why do we always need to integrate search with structure?

Jakob Nielsen posted in May 2009 an article called “Top 10 Information Architecture Mistakes” where he states that mistake no 2 is not having an integrated search with the structure of the site. I’ve ...
12
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2answers
2k views

Do iOS / WP users recognize the Android share icon?

I've been assigned the task to add an icon / CTA to enable users to invite people to our application from their contact list. Due to width restriction, especially with localization, one of the ...
4
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5answers
2k views

Is “chars” a universally understandable abbreviation for “characters”?

I'm trying to limit instructional text in a form. Can I shorten "75 characters" to "75 chars" and have it be clear to a fairly inexperienced Web user?
4
votes
2answers
236 views

List of values vs radio button group vs drop-down list

In the thread on GUI Design - ComboBoxes Versus Lists or RadioButtons and Dropdown vs radio button, I've read about comboboxes vs. radio button groups. In our legacy application, we also use lookup ...
4
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1answer
158 views

How to add a details link on a table when each cell is already a link?

I have a table on which each cell is already a link to a different section (eg. the row contains 'Name', 'Location' and 'Type' columns and clicking the name cell takes you to the Show action of that ...
4
votes
3answers
263 views

Refresh button on a website

Is it useful/sensible to display a 'Refresh' button on a website's page (simple page, not dialog!), like the picture below? First I thought it's a good idea, but know I start to think it's not so ...
4
votes
1answer
161 views

How many “related content” options to offer users?

One of the projects I'm working on at the moment involves offering users related content once they've consumed whatever content is on the page. It's a bit like the Amazon-esque "users who liked this ...
5
votes
2answers
870 views

Alternatives to pop-up in JSF

Modal pop-ups feel like ugly work-arounds in web applications. They seem to be hard to manage, can have problems with pop-up blockers, and the modality can create user confusion. What are ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

Should we use ‘narrow and deep’ or ‘broad and shallow’ navigation pattern on mobile devices?

If we have a large content environment on a mobile device, we need some way to access that content with ease. One could implement a narrow and deep navigation pattern which gives the possibility for ...
22
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8answers
2k views

How do you deal with very long dropdown values?

Usually, dropdown menus are made as long as their longest value. However, that works well only for dropdowns with a predefined set of values. How can we deal with a dropdown that receives its values ...
19
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6answers
873 views

Why doesn't pasting (Ctrl-V or Command-V) default to unformatted text?

Like most people, I use copy and paste a lot in my day to day life, but I can't think of a single time that I have wanted to copy the formatting over with the content. Instead, I always seem to have ...
6
votes
2answers
5k views

List icon vs menu icon

As of Ice Cream Sandwich, the new standard icon for menus is three vertically aligned squares as such: Before that, the menu expansion was three horizontal lines like this, but without the ...
2
votes
2answers
89 views

Is it good for user to auto-hide scroll?

The scroll bar is hidden on MacBook if the user doesn't move the mouse for some time. This pattern is also used in other devices too, for example Android devices. The scroll bar does not take much ...
5
votes
1answer
313 views

Drag and Drop: Better to avoid drag-n-drop to offscreen elements?

I have a particular web interface in which drag-and-drop may be useful, however, the problem that I see is that the list of items to be dragged could potentially be very long (below the fold). Is it ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

any software or online service to draw web page layout sketch? [closed]

any software or online service to draw web page layout sketch? I want to construct a website , the first step is that I need to sketch a contents layout for every page . this job can be write done on ...
8
votes
4answers
704 views

What skills (if any) differentiate UX from Design?

I recently came across a poster on UX careers, where the bottom of the poster lists some specific skills and their prevalence in UX jobs. I found it somewhat disturbing that usability testing was ...
14
votes
4answers
269 views

Is it ok to force a user to reenter data instead of editing existing

Is it acceptable to force users to delete and recreate data they entered incorrectly or should they be provided with a way to edit every instance of that particular data? Use Case: The wireframe ...
8
votes
2answers
195 views

Grouping best practices for list with international data

I have a grouped list of items sorted alphabetically. Groups are created from the first character of each item title. All characters that not belongs to any alphabet are grouped into a unique group ...
1
vote
3answers
252 views

Text layout in forms [closed]

I'm in the process of creating some design guidelines for a big form based application. The application has its fair share of "this information is vital to the users and can't be missed". I've seen ...
8
votes
3answers
139 views

Sorting options in list with choices

If you have several options behind a button with list, how would you sort the options? The button is shown at the bottom of a form, so the list will collapse above it. Let's say that the options can ...
-3
votes
1answer
97 views

using custom css rules while surfing websites [closed]

Everyday I visit some websites regularly. Some of them have great content but terrible design. So is there a way to use custom css rules for that ones, without changing every time in Firebug? For ...
6
votes
2answers
125 views

What's better than »More …« as a main navigation tab?

I am looking for a solution for the following problem: We have a horizontal main navigation showing some of the most important topics covered by the website and a tab called "All Topics". So far so ...
8
votes
1answer
620 views

user interface for multiple selection filter?

I have a user interface where there is a field with multiple options. There are a great many options so I'm using a type-ahead filter to assist discovery and selection. Is there any another good way ...
9
votes
1answer
369 views

Studies showing the impact of response time variability on user experience

Have there been any studies, or results, focusing on the impact of variability in latency of response times on the overall user experience? I'm aware of the research on the "generally accepted" ...
4
votes
2answers
86 views

How to place text and a gallery side by side without giving more relevance to one or the other?

I have some galleries and some text (2 o 3 word pages) attached to each gallery. Until now I've had a gallery and the text in two different pages, with a link bar to switch between one and the other. ...
4
votes
2answers
487 views

Can a mobile application be made using a totally flat design?

In a current attempt at designing a mobile app using a "flat" design à la Windows Modern UI, I noticed that some aspects of the application feel weird to the average user. The main aspects here being ...
25
votes
3answers
941 views

What to do when a page's content doesn't fill up enough of a fixed area?

An application has a fixed size, i.e 800x600 px. However, a problem I often run in to is that the page's content isn't enough. It's simply too little content on a big area. Consider the mockup below, ...
9
votes
3answers
212 views

Reputation Scoring Signals

My Question: How is the UX of the best, or any, web reputation systems capturing and representing offline influence within a community? What are the signals that are quantified or illuminated in ...
13
votes
3answers
238 views

Cross-platform HIG. What do you use for html5 apps?

When designing an Andriod or an iOS app, it is clear that you should follow their respective Human Interface Guidelines (HIGs). But what do you do when designing a Html5 app? What cross platform ...
6
votes
2answers
219 views

Coloring Schemes

I am very new to mobile programming...basically just starting to fiddle with it today. :) I remember a project I did back in school that surveyed people (at a mall lol) and I asked them which text ...
2
votes
2answers
156 views

“Pharma” UX Model? [closed]

Is there any known "Pharma" like UX examples or flows out there in the digital world? Example: Doctor recommends a drug to a patient, hands off prescription to receptionist to make a copy. ...
4
votes
4answers
113 views

What would be a nice way to distinguish a user's items from other users' items?

I am working on a (web-based) application that shows a list of items. Each item belongs to a particular user. When a particular user logs into the application, they see a list of their items. When an ...
7
votes
5answers
547 views

How useful is this coffee cup “hot contents” warning?

I came across this on Dan Pink's blog. This caption on a coffee cup is supposed to serve as a warning sign to caution people that the coffee is hot and care must be taken to avoid burns. The ...
2
votes
2answers
145 views

What is the relationship between customer experience and user experience? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should “Customer Service” be considered a function of user experience? Recently I've seen the term Customer Experience (CX?) popping up in a lot of places. This is a ...
4
votes
1answer
113 views

What is the term for making one UI component better but is not in sync with whole of UI?

Individual UI component owners (developer/GD) tries to make their component more useable/shining in the process losing the focus in the overall picture. I have somewhere read this to be something like ...
4
votes
1answer
606 views

Idea for improved usability for HTML form checkboxes and radio buttons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should the cursor change to pointer over radio buttons, checkboxes, their labels and selects? My problem is that the little checkbox and radio buttons for form controls ...
3
votes
1answer
101 views

Is it correct to put together an affinity wall with stakeholder information from multiple groups?

When I've done affinity walls in the past, it's basically been analyzing a process where all of the interviewees/data comes from people working relatively closely together or at least from the same ...
-3
votes
3answers
137 views

how to get the colors list of a website? [closed]

how to get the colors list of a website? sometimes I see some beautiful website, they are colored view look,I want to anylize what colors is it used.then record color to photoshop for mysef later ...
0
votes
1answer
130 views

Showing read only data in a label on a form (508 implications) [closed]

One of the definitions of a HTML label is: The HTML label element associates a piece of text to a control What is the correct way to render HTML when the label itself is NOT "for" another label? ...
4
votes
4answers
228 views

Forcing the user to view the entire disclosure before continuing on a kiosk

For a KIOSK application, the user is required to view the entire disclosure before they are allowed to continue. This is a legal requirement, the legal team also turned down an 'I agree' checkbox. We ...
2
votes
1answer
230 views

Feature Matrix: Compare Products by Date/Time Range?

Problem Statement It is common to allow a user to compare two or more products in a matrix that lists features/benefits down one axis and the selected products along the other. But how do you ...
-4
votes
1answer
469 views

Best practices for Cross Sell & Upsell [closed]

I am working on adding a cross sell and upsell experience in a banking product similar to mint, yodlee money center. Now have to bring in upsell & cross sell into the user flows. My intent is to ...
2
votes
2answers
73 views

What metric should I use for A/B testing of a blog homepage?

We are launching a blog about web design. The goal of our blog is of an ordinary content site - to get visitors to read as many articles as possible (NOT to get ad impressions). Our designer has ...
3
votes
2answers
234 views

Segment control with NULL selection

In our Android application we have a list view of items. The items can be members of two different groups, Group 1 and Group 2, but can also be without group. To filter the list to show the items in a ...
20
votes
4answers
2k views

Are there any recent studies of the “Keyboard vs Mouse”-issue?

Back in the late 80's, Apple Human Interface concluded that the mouse is faster than the keyboard, objectively. But also that every test person subjectively thought that the keyboard was faster. ...
7
votes
3answers
176 views

How are GUI and User Experience issues, approached by open software developers?

In my opinion, among open software developers there is not much attention given to the GUI or how it is used. With very notable exceptions of course, Blender, Ubuntu, VLC, and maybe others I've not ...
6
votes
2answers
421 views

Keyboard shortcuts on non-QWERTY keyboard layouts

I've been using the Dvorak keyboard layout for a few years, and something that's always bothered me is keyboard shortcuts. On a QWERTY keyboard copy and paste are conveniently positioned as Ctrl+C and ...

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