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4answers
402 views

Icon for number of “lives” remaining [closed]

I am writing a game for which the user has a set amount of "lives". Each time he makes a mistake, he loses a life. When the "lives" counter reaches 0, the game is over. What would be an appropriate ...
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10answers
628 views

Best description for “tags”

Although the concept of tags has become commonplace on the internet in the last few years, there are still many people that don't know what they are or what the point of them is. You want to make ...
6
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3answers
843 views

What examples are there of Operant Conditioning in UI? [closed]

Like many cars, my car makes an annoying beep when you start the car with your seatbelt unbuckled; plugging in the seatbelt immediately ends the noise. I used to find this annoying, but I eventually ...
0
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1answer
65 views

Seeking suggestions for online exhibit platform [closed]

I am building a virtual exhibit, i.e. a web-based version of a museum exhibit. I am looking for a platform (free or commercial) that can create a rich user experience in the browser, with a ...
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1answer
388 views

Can this double picker be achieved by a web app (not a native app)?

Can this double picker be achieved by a web app in HTML (not a native app)?
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2answers
682 views

What is modal about a modal dialog?

I'm reading a lot about modal dialogs. I know(?) what modal means, having read Raskin's "The Humane Interface". I can understand what's modal about a toolbar in a drawing program (select mode, draw ...
6
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6answers
591 views

Making a legend Interactive?

I am working on an interactive map which displays various pieces of geographic information about a person - places worked, education, holidays taken, home addresses etc.. All in all there are 9 ...
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5answers
5k views

What research is there suggesting modal dialogs are disruptive?

It seems "Everyone" knows they're highly disruptive for many situations but often times clients don't. Particularly in desktop applications this form of dialog is often misused, often disrupting a ...
64
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10answers
12k views

Undo History - Why limit it? [closed]

Why do most applications have fairly limited 'undo' history functionality? I've been caught out on multiple occasions (granted its technically my fault) where I've needed to undo a number of changes ...
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4answers
301 views

In-Line Form Validation - Checking for numbers in a persons Forename / Surname field

If a user enters numerics in their Forename / Surname field should this trigger the validation - the same as would occur if Alpha characters were entered in a Phone Number field? I would suggest that ...
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5answers
1k views

Why is the “dislike” button going into extinction?

I've noticed that Facebook and now Google+ only have a "Like" (or +1) button, in spite of users wanting a "Dislike" button. This seems to be a bit of trend. Disqus also dropped their dislike vote - ...
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4answers
2k views

Design Patterns for Discoverability

What are some tried and true design patterns for discoverability in UI/UX, where information or a feature isn't necessarily overt at first glance, but is discoverable by using the interface through ...
0
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2answers
678 views

Is an easing animation recommended for scrolling the page to the top?

Should auto-scrolling to the top (or elsewhere in the page) be done via animation, or just as a fixed anchor-link 'jump to content' option? Currently I'm using jQuery UI to animate the scrolling to ...
2
votes
1answer
209 views

Is my UI for indicating the ability to add margins to text appropriate?

Curious. I have a Silverlight application where you can choose set margins for a piece of text. Thus you can choose set the margin on more than one side of the text (top, bottom, left, right). ...
3
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1answer
1k views

How to design a form that mostly is read-only, but sometimes editable?

Often in database-centric application I need to design a view for records e.g. something like: Name: __________ Phone Nr: _________ Website: ______ Email: __________@________ Location: ____________ ...
0
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3answers
158 views

Supporting older operating systems [closed]

How does the support of older operating systems on a new software release affect the user experience of a product? I'm working on a Mac OSX application. Should I support snow leopard? If I do ...
4
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4answers
200 views

Finding within a displayed set: winnow or focus?

We have a list of things in which there are exactly 4 or so categories of items. This list is fairly static, but slowly growing as new items get added. Think: a list of projects, or a mailbox, or ...
16
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1answer
6k views

Is there a difference between “login” and “log in”?

I always thought login is the noun and log in is the verb. For example, "you need to log in using the modal login window". Is this really the case or can they be used interchangeably? Does logout and ...
7
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4answers
218 views

Does allowing users to delay a change help them adapt to a new layout?

I've noticed that when Google and Facebook roll out a new interface they often either allow users to opt out of the new look for a brief period or they delay the release but allow users to opt in to ...
3
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5answers
207 views

How common is the phrase “context sensitive” outside of the computer science realm?

Upon the completion of developing a context sensitive help system for a new product, we have added a help button similar to this one (in addition to F1): The current tool tip text on this is "...
3
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2answers
2k views

What are some good resources for mobile form design?

I'm looking for some good resources on mobile form design. There seems to be a lot for web forms, and a lot of that translates well. But a lot translates poorly when you have restricted screen real ...
78
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8answers
10k views

Are round check boxes confusing or an accepted standard?

I was browsing dribbble.com today and came across a new post by one of the designers that I follow. He had posted a new modal form which was using rounded check boxes. I have never seen these before. ...
8
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1answer
255 views

How much text markup is good, before it becomes bad?

In 1997 Jakob Nielsen told us about how users read on the web. (Actually in a typically headline grabbing way, he says they don't and then tells us how they do!) Nielsen is a big proponent of using ...
18
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8answers
16k views

Symbol for “Swipe Left” [closed]

I'm working on an app that displays a list of ten items (text items) on the screen at a time. If there are more than ten items, the user should be able to "swipe" from right to left to see the next 10,...
2
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4answers
412 views

Disable combobox with one entry?

Imagine an arbitrary list of items. To execute a command, the user has to select one of these items in a combobox (if there are no items, the combobox is not shown at all). Should the combobox be ...
14
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6answers
3k views

How broad is the definition of affordance?

While discussing the need for affordances to be consistent, comments between me and JeroenEijkhof indicate we don't have a similar interpretation of the term 'affordance'. I claimed that something ...
5
votes
2answers
573 views

Icon based buttons or Color based buttons which is more UI attractive and Friendly

I am seeing websites increasingly switching to color based buttons and interaction elements rather than icon based is this a trend or do they have reasons behind the switch? For example see the ...
3
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4answers
237 views

Positive connotation Icon for number of errors

We have a game where we need to count number of errors as performance criteria. We are looking for a way to positively note the scores. One idea was to make an association to golfing by naming it ...
4
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3answers
297 views

Why does the upload icon have a down arrow on cPanel?

As you can see on the image below (i am on a mobile device) the upload icon has a down arrow. Shouldn't the icon have an up arrow instead meaning that the file is going up instead of down?
5
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5answers
266 views

Is “<Object name>: <quantity>” notation acceptable in most popular localization?

This question was originally asked in the linguistics SE (which is not a good place to ask this kinds of thing). Full question follows I follow the software localization guideline, that states ...
11
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5answers
835 views

Does SSL on a company's website make the company appear more credible?

I recently had a thought about the way many modern browsers display information about a site's security certificates. At least Firefox shows a very noticeable blue box in the address bar on sites that ...
3
votes
3answers
129 views

Changing my site theme often

I'm planning on selling website templates. My first thoughts were the development of my actual site. After thinking about it for a while, what if, instead of my site having one common theme, what if ...
0
votes
5answers
5k views

Tool for making attractive Org Charts and similar diagrams [closed]

I'm a professor who is looking for a diagramming tool that will make "org chart" type and flowchart diagrams that look really slick and attractive. There are many mindmap tools out there, but I'm ...
13
votes
4answers
1k views

Intuitive vs. Efficient: Which is more important?

When faced with a design decision in which one option is more intuitive, and the other is more efficient, what guideline should be used to prioritize one desideratum over the other?
3
votes
3answers
524 views

Representing the presence of short events in a long timeline

I am designing an interactive timeline that shows the durations of events visually categorized into a small set (<8 categories). This timeline is very long compared to the length of events: events ...
0
votes
1answer
379 views

Website Alignment - is it just looking good or anything else

Now most of the major websites are centre aligned. Example Google, Yahoo, Rediff, CNN, BBC etc. Some old websites are still left aligned. What is the role of the website alignment? Is it just about ...
17
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7answers
4k views

The psychology of everyday shapes

We know a lot about colours and how they affect people, but what do we know about shapes? When choosing icons or logos, how do the shapes in them affect their perception? Does anyone know of any ...
0
votes
1answer
94 views

What are some of the best e-tailer / catalogue iPhone apps or webapps you have seen, and what makes them great? [closed]

I've seen a few webapps or iPhone apps that have an enormous and heterogenous amount of items for sale, while managing information architecture / user experience so that is simple and easy to browse ...
8
votes
9answers
3k views

Which date format to use?

In an application when you are showing a date to someone (and you don't know their preferred format), what date format should you use? USA or Rest-of-the-world? For reference if anyone is not ...
2
votes
4answers
361 views

What icon to use for archive and for restore? [closed]

In our web-app there is a message centre with a time-line of communications. We let the user move instances of these into what we are calling an archive. On each of the listed messages there appears a ...
2
votes
2answers
410 views

Redirect root domain to subdomain for a yearly contest

We're on the 3rd year of a yearly contest and have a bit of a problem with recycling the domain. Year 1 We used "domain.com" as the URL for the contest. We didn't have any expection or forethought ...
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12answers
3k views

Should date validation allow “091011”?

Should I allow users to input the MMDDYY or MMDDYYYY format for a date? That is, should any date validation logic not trigger a validation error if the user just wants to put in the numbers without ...
2
votes
3answers
205 views

Many possible responses to content

I have an Event page, to which a viewer can have many possible responses (not mutually exclusive): accept, decline, nominate someone, propose a new time line, thinking about it, email host etc. I ...
1
vote
2answers
230 views

Page on inline frame VS Page in new tab

I am building a feed aggregator for and one problem that cam into my mind is whether to use an inline popup that show the external article page. In the first picture below is how my aggregator looked ...
0
votes
1answer
127 views

Facebook Page or Group [closed]

Say I was hired by a store to put up Facebook account. Since I do not know who are the people that could be connected to the store, I put up a Facebook profile so I can add friends. This is against ...
4
votes
7answers
480 views

Should we delay the website launch to work on improving user experience and accessibility?

Should we delay the Website launch to make it more and more better for User Experience and accessible, Is there any limit? I was making a website and i tried to make it as good as possible for better ...
2
votes
1answer
213 views

Ideas on displaying and editing 'Hours of Operation' for a service provider

OK--you've got a translator in Bolivia, and you need to know when she can provide her transportation services. And you need to store this in a system, for others to see and possibly edit. My ...
5
votes
1answer
230 views

User Response to Transposed Calendar Representation

I am investigating the use of a transposed calendar, in which the rows are the days of the week and the columns are the weeks. Has anyone researched this usage? Does anyone have any examples of this ...
1
vote
2answers
642 views

When to explain email verification process to the user?

We designed a new "Edit personal details" form in our system that allows the user to change his e-mail. Changing an e-mail sends a verification mail to the user's mailbox, and only after verification ...
14
votes
10answers
977 views

Is UX the same as Usability?

The two terms have seemingly become synonymous, but is "user experience" really the same thing as "usability?" It would seem that some sites, apps or products provide the user with an experience ...

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