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Is it good idea to send user password upon register?

I can imagine both ways - send / not send and still make it secure enough inside application. For instance: I get the password from "Enter your password" field, store it in email template and then ...
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3answers
246 views

Why does Balsamiq talk about mockups when it doesn't seem a mockup

I have read about the difference between a mockup and a wireframe and it states that a wireframe is like a blueprint of how an application should be built while a mockup is a more visually detailed ...
0
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1answer
154 views

What to do if a user accidentally clicks 'Deny' when the browser asks for Geolocation

There are two main points of view that I'm hearing: My preferred point of view is that if the user denies access to geolocation, we should assume that they have done this on purpose and will not ...
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1answer
191 views

PayPal's 'Logging you in security' screen

After using PayPal for years, this thought has only just came into my head. Why does PayPal display a screen, when logging in, that says: Logging you in securely. Please wait 5 seconds, and ...
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6answers
2k views

Does providing screenshots help with documentation manual?

I am documenting the site administrator and content creator roles for my web application which I am working on. The documentation manual walks the readers through how to add, delete, update members, ...
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2answers
395 views

Personal portfolio site - Information Architecture

I'm redesigning my own personal portfolio website and I'm wondering whether "About" and "Contact" pages should be separate or together. My about page would have one paragraph on my design philosophy ...
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0answers
292 views

Is there an icon for following/followers? [closed]

It appears most places apps write those words out. Am I blind, or is there not yet a commonplace icon that conveys "Number of Followers" or "Number Following" without those words? Note: I am not ...
1
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2answers
561 views

Usability of a mobile navigation consisting mostly of accordions?

I have a fairly simple site map with two levels of pages in several categories: Landing A - A1 - A2 - A3 Landing B - B1 - B2 - B3 etc. Would having a mobile navigation consisting mainly of ...
3
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2answers
180 views

Using a contextual drawer for form options on mobile

I'm designing an app for submitting media content to a site. This app is HTML5 for both Android and iOs and it is being developed with PhoneGap. The example below is for the iOS layout. Do you see ...
3
votes
9answers
586 views

What is the usability benefit of “drag files/images here”?

I often see upload dialogs asking the user to drag a file into a highlighted area: This is an alternative to the classic file chooser dialog. How does the drag-and-drop-option improve the ...
3
votes
4answers
312 views

How to deal with superfluous numbers in input text fields?

I'm working on input textfields for lab assistants, e.g. a textfield to enter a temperature value (in a custom designed UI, not a web-site). Users don't have to enter the Celsius or Fahrenheit unit, ...
2
votes
2answers
94 views

How to structure a form within a tab?

I'm developing a online clothing store where the user could save their measures of the body in the cloud, so we'd calculate the size of the garment automatically. Then I have a form to do this which ...
1
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2answers
69 views

Asking users to guess a distribution of answers, rather than a single answer

So, I want to make a (semi serious) quiz that asks users to guess what most other people think on a range of controversial topics. At the end of the quiz, users will be informed of where they were ...
0
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3answers
69 views

UI for parameter which can be defined in two different ways

I develop a desktop app with a wizard like dialog which requires several parameters to be set. Currently all parameters are displayed in a grid with a label and an appropriate control next to it, ...
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2answers
119 views

Possible (best) way(s) to provide feedback for an action of Google Chrome Extension ContextMenu

I am making a Google Chrome Extension called Duolingo Notes, this extension can help the Duolingo learner bookmark the sentence in Duolingo courses. I would like to use a ContextMenu (the ...
5
votes
1answer
188 views

We will have 20 users available for 90min during a client forum. How to use the time?

I am currently responsible for the enhancement of the user experience for an enterprise software in the airline industry. At the moment we are conducting fundamental user research stuff such as: ...
1
vote
1answer
326 views

Accordions or anchor links for grouped content?

I am torn between 2 UI patterns for how to present text content that is broken up into large chunks. This is a pattern I'd like to use across the site, so it could be for things like FAQs as well as ...
1
vote
2answers
318 views

Tags and User Experience

I want to know if there's any research on the evolution of tags, specifically in a social media context. I know when I first started seeing tags and learned of them, they were strictly for searching ...
0
votes
1answer
110 views

Onscreen keyboard standards [duplicate]

I need to design an onscreen keyboard for a touch device and wondering if there are any standards to follow especially pertaining to key sizes?
1
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1answer
251 views

Does text next to call to action buttons help or hinder the usability?

Should there be additional clarifying text near the button or should the button define the call to action by itself?
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2answers
251 views

Editable Row in Table. Should You Disable the Sorting?

I have a table that is sortable via clicking on the column headers. The table rows are also editable (by clicking directly into a cell). A really frustrating side effect is that when you modify a ...
1
vote
1answer
97 views

Which button to highlight: Checkout or Continue shopping button

Type of website: Apparel online store Here is my question, once I am a on product page and click on the add to cart I have 2 single choices: Continue my shopping or Check-out. What is the best ...
1
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2answers
170 views

How to present a long list of autocomplete items beside a short list

We have the requirement to implement the autocomplete feature for the search textbox. That's when user enters a certain search term, the web should bring the suggestions that let her/him do these ...
0
votes
2answers
84 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
199 views

Error message text/buttons?

I have an iOS app where users can save contacts. There is a minimum of first name and last name to save, so when they try to save without filled out all the required fields, an alerts pops up that ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

Multilingual Comments on my website

I have a website which contains description, title, cover of movie or some other things. On the bottom I have Facebook comments. I have a 2 questions. Should I change Facebook comments to Disqus ...
3
votes
3answers
453 views

Why are email notifications editable in desktop clients but not in mobile apps (i.e. Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest)

If you open (on your desktop) Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, you can edit your email notifications settings, but obviously not your mobile settings. If you open your mobile app, however, why are ...
2
votes
4answers
141 views

Description and Value, which should be bold?

On a single detail page, which is better? Or should we not bold anything? (bold descriptions) Screen size: 960x480 Dimensions: 8mm x 102mm x 64mm Battery Life: 18hrs Capacity: 32gb Processor: 64bit ...
5
votes
5answers
263 views

Displaying prices, where lower is better, in a graph

When displaying prices (where lower prices are better) in a chart, should the lower price be at the top or bottom? I'm asking, because usually higher placement = better result, but it's ...
3
votes
3answers
345 views

Presenting data in a grid form versus a tabled form

Is there a general rule when displaying data in a grid form versus a simple tabled list? Since modern screens tend to be wider now, it makes more sense to me to start utilizing grids instead of normal ...
0
votes
1answer
240 views

What is a 'good' timeout value?

In Android applications, the default AndroidHttpClient uses a timeout of 60 seconds. My guess is that no person sits around waiting 60 seconds for his or her device to display a timeout message. What ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

Is it ok to allow tab skipping of terms and privacy links on a registration page?

I have a registration page containing the following fields, links and button: Name: Email: Password: CAPTCHA (third party): privacy link for CAPTCHA (third party) Site Terms link Register button ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

Improving a page to warn users about the impending closure of a service

We are currently rolling out a new remote access solution (based on the Citrix ICA protocol) to replace the current remote access solution which has been around for a few years (based on a Java ...
63
votes
11answers
10k views

Why are the profile pictures rounded nowadays?

Why are many websites and applications using round profile pictures? Even the top players like Google and Apple use round profile pics over conventional rectangle frames. Why?
1
vote
1answer
77 views

What is the name for the pattern where consecutive words link to similar resources?

What is the name for the pattern where consecutive words in a phrase are each hyper-linked to similar resources? For example: there are many sites in the Stack Exchange network.
1
vote
6answers
882 views

Axure's worth in responsive design

I'm just wondering on the wider audience views on how worthy using prototype tool Axure is when designing a responsive site. I have project where the deliverable is a responsive site. However, I'm ...
1
vote
2answers
448 views

Does it make sense to combine select2 dropdowns with regular select dropdowns on a single form?

I have a form that has a number of select dropdown boxes. Some of them have large number of items (200+) so I have converted them to using the jquery select2 plugin which works great as you can ...
2
votes
2answers
151 views

How to indicate a Male choice / Female choice of identical content

I'm working on an app that will be used for therapeutic purposes. Some of the excercises include audio tracks, and those audio tracks have been recorded twice (one with a male's voice and one with a ...
2
votes
2answers
196 views

When to circle a symbol

I was wondering, if you have any basic rule whether to use a symbol, e.g. +, just plain or in a circle, e.g. (+). One example is the star (★) to favorite this very question (on the left hand side), it ...
1
vote
2answers
243 views

Intranet best practices - resources?

I am redesigning and restyling an intranet the first time. I looked at the Nielsen-Norman articles on the web (free version) and while I came across many papers talking about the major steps to take ...
4
votes
4answers
129 views

Should distinct parts of a system share the same login?

So let's say we have a web application for an autoshop. The employees use this application to keep track of cars and other related work as it moves from checkin to diagnosis to repair, and then back ...
7
votes
3answers
301 views

Applications without title bar: how to show the user which application they're using

Many modern applications have no title bar, starting with the menu at the top of the window. How can you keep the user aware of which application they're using without a title bar? Here's an example ...
1
vote
1answer
250 views

Alternative UI to Spreadsheet

I'm working on a an app that has a large spreadsheet of data - individual and office sales stats to be specific. X number of rows and about 13-14 columns of data. User selects the office to view stats ...
1
vote
2answers
77 views

Autopopulating Search Fields

Are there best practices or guidelines on when to autopopulate fields? I am working on designing a multistep task, where aprox. halfway through the user goes through a search step. Everyone on my team ...
2
votes
2answers
904 views

iOS: Alternatives to UITabBarController

I do have an iPhone and iPad native application that mainly consists in a login screen after which comes a UITabBarController with 5 options/parts. My problem now is that I am about to include new ...
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votes
4answers
208 views

Design Patterns for simplest, easiest to use website Feedback/Contact us form? [closed]

I'm looking for some canonical examples of Feedback forms. (Sort of Best Practice kind of thing). Goal is to make this as easy to use and gather only enough info to respond to the user. I've looked ...
1
vote
3answers
67 views

Iconography for verbatim vs. paraphrase

The system I'm currently working on includes phrases which the operators (call centre) must read to customers. Some can be paraphrased (i.e. "Your installation will happen on 01/01/2001" may be ...
0
votes
2answers
58 views

Next step to help an organization hold designers responsible when management follow specs?

If an organisation just started measuring the user experience, what are the next steps to also begin holding designers responsible for product quality and user satisfaction when management think that ...
2
votes
4answers
310 views

Is sidebar really needed

I was thinking about this subject since i started in web design and usability. Is left/right sidebar really needed or is it used just to fill blank space? I'm talking about news/how-to websites.
1
vote
3answers
129 views

Making users upload vertical images into a horizontal container

How can I improve the experience for the uploader & viewer when dealing with a horizontal container and a vertical image (uploaded by a user)? I would like to avoid scaling and centering the ...

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