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Distinction between saving and exporting

Some software makes a distinction between saving and exporting. Lets take the image processing software GIMP as an example. The save button will only allow to save the project file in the native gimp ...
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2answers
95 views

How to show why the button is disabled?

I need some ideas on how to show the user why the button is disabled. It is a very big system with a lot of rules and therefore it can be hard to fin out why. I would like to help the users but how? ...
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2answers
42 views

How to add UI elements that have a button which need a description and inform the user that steps will follow after clicking the button.

I have a button which requires a description. I currently have it as following But it looks unbalanced. Also this is not the final step of the procedure. I want the user to know that further steps ...
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2answers
84 views

Do we still need to add custom back buttons to our design?

I am building a website and I have a very light navigation. However within the navigation the user can go a level deeper without the navigation tab changing. My question is for the user to get back ...
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1answer
50 views

How can a webapp show whether polling is on or off, without looking like it is stuck?

ACRA's web client polls a server every N seconds. Polling can be on or off. The UI is currently a clickable GIF image: when polling is on when polling is off Clicking the icon switches on/off (on ...
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0answers
9 views

How can I make users more aware about tools and products a site offer? [on hold]

Newbie UX designer here. I just joined a ecommerce startup in India called BuyHatke that offers many tools such as comparing prices from different stores, automatically applying coupons, showing past ...
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0answers
17 views

Media queries vs relative units [on hold]

I am new to css. I got to know that relative units like ems, rems and percentages can be used to adjust the elements size, width, height and font according to browser or screen width. If so, then what ...
3
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4answers
133 views

Do nested hierarchies of folders make sense to novice users?

I'm wondering whether there's any evidence that nested hierarchies of folders make sense to novice users. I may be wrong, but I think the complexity or difficulty of finding a file in an organized or ...
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2answers
41 views

Editing functionalities in a voting system

In the current design, the voting system allows users to CRUD votes. What concerns me now is the editing part. Suppose a user created a new topic with 4 choices. All votes casted by different users ...
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1answer
31 views

What is a good tool to prototype Windows 10 programs? [on hold]

I am a user experience designer who is recently assigned to work on a Windows 10 desktop application. I am not sure with what tool I should use for prototyping and illustrating the interactions to ...
4
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1answer
37 views

Improving discoverability of advanced features

Most productivity and communication apps have advanced features (e.g. keyboard shortcuts, advanced search etc) to allow users be use the tool more effectively, but they are not readily discoverable ...
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5answers
236 views

Comparison website: simplest way to compare players through years

On a website of our local sports competition I am planning to have a section, where you can compare the players scores. (Everyone attended the same 10 disciplines.) The interface should be really ...
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1answer
52 views

What are some best practices for UI design in virtual reality? [on hold]

First person perspective games typically feature a four-corner HUD-based approach for displaying peripheral info to the player i.e. health bar, mana, radar, etc. This looks awful in VR. What the ...
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1answer
45 views

How should I display this information if not in a tooltip?

I've got a tooltip (image below) that when the user hovers over it, they are given a quick one line summary of what they hovered over and then 8 more lines of information. I already know that's way ...
3
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1answer
49 views

Limits on version numbers

This is a follow up question to What version number format would give users the most reassurance? I've noticed that many software programs have the tendency to avoid large version numbers... some ...
4
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6answers
94 views

Is there an English verb for making something dynamic that works in a web development context?

Not sure if this is more appropriate for Stack Overflow, but I'm a web nerd constantly using the invented word dynamic-ify to describe taking a flat, static web page and converting it into something ...
2
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2answers
53 views

How handle many sliders in the same page?

Context: a page where users, using sliders, can set different values to get personalized results. The page contains about 16 parameters that can be modified with the corresponding sliders. At the ...
2
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1answer
65 views

Second menu on mobile

I have a secondary nav which is related to the content on the current page as opposed to the primary nav which is a global menu. What is the best way to have two menus on mobile. Both have to be ...
3
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1answer
72 views

Links on a 404 page: simple navigation or natural-language help?

I'm designing a new 404 page and I was wondering: should a 404 page simply have a list of relevant links, or should it try to solve users' problems using natural language? For example, Apple uses a ...
2
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1answer
62 views

why do ads load before content on so many websites?

A lot of times when I'm browsing on a mobile device in an area with low reception, pages will seemingly load forever and then appear all at once. I've since learned to tell my mobile browser to stop ...
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0answers
25 views

Web Application vs Mobile Application [duplicate]

Last week my senior asked me this question but did not provide me with the answer :(. I researched the web but could not clear myself till the date. I even don't know if this is the right place to ask ...
2
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1answer
53 views

Asking an option to hamburger menu

In the recent years we can see that hamburger menus have gained higher user experiences. But these days we can see that hamburger menus are getting popular even in big screen devices. I have been ...
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9answers
5k views

Is the discount more important than the price?

I am working on a new app that list a lot of great deals and I was wondering what have the greater impact on user between the price and the discount. In other words : Are users looking for a low ...
0
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2answers
46 views

Project managemnt app what to show when user is yet to create his first project?

I am working on a project management web app. When a user registers on the site after successfull registration I log him in and redirect him to the Projects listings. Now since he is a new user and ...
18
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5answers
2k views

Can text shadow enhance readability?

CSS font shadows are often used to help make text stand out (or in, or colorful, or many other fancy things.) I'm wondering if it can be used to aid readability. I know finding the right amount of ...
49
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11answers
7k views

Should users be allowed to use any special character they want when creating a password?

I came across a number of login configuration settings where there is a list of allowable special characters and was wondering: Does this limitation cater for a specific security or usability need? ...
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10answers
7k views

Why are monitors only at neck height by default?

Most computer monitors are too low. Almost everybody, at least once in their lives, has put a pack of printing paper, a cardboard box, or something else under their monitors stand to bring it to an ...
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2answers
111 views

“Standard” or “best” UI element for “turn offline” and “turn online”?

We have a series of buttons in our administrative interface, for turning systems online or offline (context-sensitive). Currently these buttons are simply either blue "Online" buttons to bring a ...
41
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8answers
5k views

What is the reason arrows are interpreted as direction?

What is the reason arrows are interpreted as direction? Is this a cultural thing or is there something profoundly intuitive to it?
3
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4answers
261 views

Is there any conclusive research about mobile user scrolling habits?

I am interested if anyone has read or knows of user research studies around mobile user scrolling habits? I am hearing some others in my organization stating that "mobile users have a tendency to ...
3
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2answers
199 views

How to allow users to position newly created items in a sortable item list

Background I have a list of items that a user can create, move around, edit and delete. Each item can be a different type such as a textbox field or a header. To create a new item or edit an ...
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2answers
137 views

Selecting an item from a hierarchical tree

First and foremost this is a web application. Basically I'm looking at the concept of editing a record. Each record is tied to a tree node path. I'm kind of at a loss as far as what would be the ...
1
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1answer
98 views

Pros of cons of storyboarding tools and approaches for bringing user scenarios alive

What are the pros and cons related to storyboarding, as compared to other approaches for gaining an understanding of the problem space? I'm particularly interested in storyboarding scenarios without ...
2
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2answers
112 views

Forum - Threaded Messaging on Mobile

I need to display a threaded forum on Mobile. It's a fully fledged threaded forum where users can reply on any "reply". Currently I am displaying the forum in threaded order, but as it is a small ...
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1answer
203 views

Research/Data on mobile interactions vs. desktop forms?

I'm trying to find some usability studies or even anecdotal commentary on the difference in user preferences of interacting with a select list UI on the desktop vs. mobile. Traditionally, on the ...
8
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7answers
2k views

Why do the popular browsers copy each other's user interfaces?

Why do all the popular browsers blatantly copy each other's user interface? See these screenshots to understand what I mean: Mozilla Firefox (see Australis is landing in Firefox Nightly and ...
0
votes
2answers
155 views

Correctly manage user's settings

I am working on a system that connects a client to a database. I am both in control of the client (written in C#) and the database (most functionality is written in pgSQL). Users have to log in in my ...
152
votes
2answers
21k views

Why do movie posters use credit fonts that are hard to read?

Many contemporary movie posters typeset the credits in an extremely thin font: Is this just out of convention or is there a particular reason for deliberately making the credits hard to read?
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13answers
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
511 views

What are your views on having a button that says “Don't click this button”?

Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous but let me explain what I want to do! The app that I work on is quite massive but also quite out of date in terms of the front-end. The worst thing about the app is ...
11
votes
6answers
238 views

How to generate product ideas as a group?

I work for a smaller startup, and for the past several months we've been conducting weeklong "Design Sprints" which are a great group product exercise based on an idea from Google Ventures. While ...
5
votes
3answers
218 views

Logging in with email only

I'm working on a blog and there will be an option to post a comment. I could implement registration with username, password and email — the standard way. I could implement 3rd-party authorization ...
7
votes
5answers
714 views

What other UX processes exist other than user centered design?

What other well known processes or approaches for creating an user experience (such as an app or website) exist except the user centered design approach and what are their strengths and weaknesses?
19
votes
6answers
8k views

How to best indicate navigation menu on mobile

What's the best way to indicate the navigation menu on mobile devices? I see this three-bar icon being used a lot, but do users really understand what it means? Wouldn't a button simply saying ...
13
votes
7answers
957 views

How to incorporate a “never” value on a slider?

I have a slider in a web page (similar to this one) to control the the duration of how long to keep an item before it is removed: The range of values goes from 0 to 90, with the value 0 being used ...
8
votes
4answers
466 views

What's wrong with the old Firefox? [closed]

Firefox has changed a lot after version 3. I personally think the main reason is the advent of Google Chrome. For example, To open the Downloads window, one has to press Chrome's combination ...
14
votes
4answers
3k views

What's the reason behind fixed (position) navbars?

It's becoming almost customary for responsive designs to have fixed-position navbars, where the navbar is fixed to the top (usually, or even bottom sometimes) of the viewport of the browser. Don't ...
7
votes
5answers
721 views

Are Mailing list popups bad usability

I had a client request that they wanted a mailing list popup like the example given below where the popup is presented to the user as soon as they land on the site I am a little concerned about the ...
6
votes
5answers
425 views

What is a good way to display side navigation levels?

For the past few weeks I have been working on reconstructing my employers side navigation. While attending a recent meeting, discussion on side navigation hierarchy arose and there was a debate on how ...
9
votes
3answers
315 views

Identify different types of clickable shapes?

We're building an application that is like an interactive flow chart. When users are viewing the flow chart, they can interact with certain shapes: Link to another flow chart. Link to an external ...

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