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2answers
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When is it appropriate to use fading animated messages for feedback and notification.

To clarify: these are messages (text or symbols) that appear right at the point of interaction, and then float away and fade out. You see this kind of animation when adding people to your Circle in ...
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graphics and indicators for drag-n-drop

I'm looking for a good indicators to tell a user something is draggable, and to some extent, to tell the user (once they are dragging), that they can drop something "here". What have you used as ...
21
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8answers
778 views

When should hyperlink text be used?

Should text links always be text or are there cases when it makes more sense to simply link the URL? Examples A text link might look like this: Responsive Web Design Techniques, Tools and Design ...
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3answers
1k views

Alternative sites devoted to UI micro features

Little Big Details is a microblog that shows screenshots of various user-interfaces, highlighting the the "little" things that make a "big" difference. For example, the latest entry highlights a ...
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3answers
220 views

Evaluation period with or without license key?

Are there any studies that indicate whether there is a negative effect of requiring users to apply for and enter a license key to e.g. a 30 day evaluation of (non-SaaS) software? My feeling is that ...
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2answers
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Fixing UI Antipattern “multiple menu levels”

My brain seems to be pre-programmed to make administrative UI's look like the mockups below. In the mockups I have 3 levels of navigation, with on the form another set of buttons for the form ...
14
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1answer
2k views

How do I improve my visual design skills?

I am a novice UX designer and I am fairly comfortable with information architecture, interaction design, and creating mockups (low, med., and high). But when it comes to creating the actual UI, I have ...
11
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5answers
793 views

What's the best way to get reliable user feedback on a desktop application?

Lately my company has been trying to figure out the best way to get reliable feedback from a our users. It seems that we hear things from our power users and mostly from those who have trouble, but ...
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4answers
435 views

How to prevent grey/black lines after effect?

I have made some new design for my private blog (a black design). However, If I now read a blog piece and then look around I see around me all kinds of black/grey horizontals bars as after effect, ...
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4answers
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On forms, is inline placeholder text better than a label outside each field?

I am familiar with research on label placement to the left or above. I tend to go with right justified with the label to the left of the field for my form designs. However, inline placeholder text ...
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4answers
757 views

How would you solve the column of check boxes problem?

So my question is a bit open ended. Basically, I am looking for possible solutions to the problem of lots of tabular data with check boxes. For example, if we look at Facebook's Account Notifications ...
14
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3answers
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Are tri-state checkboxes too complicated?

Normal checkboxes are easy, they have a checked state, and an unchecked state. But how do you go about indicating a third state for a tri-state checkbox? Is it too difficult for the user to discover ...
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3answers
228 views

Advice on website design layout

I have a website that has a menu at the top. On some pages there is a sub menu that is at the left hand side, but this is only on some pages. How then would be best to design the page layout given ...
2
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0answers
103 views

to have or to not have multiple categories [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Including unique content under multiple navigation trees It's simple - how visitors respond to one product/item placed in multiple categories? Is it considered as ...
12
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3answers
659 views

Do online-feedback tools generate useful feedback?

We'd like to gather feedback from our users after the re-launch of our website. We do usability tests and interviews but I'd like to provide an easy way to give feedback for any user. There are tons ...
10
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4answers
964 views

Alternates to the “play/pause” button

I've never been happy with the old 'iTunes' model ("flip-flop" buttons; see this question) where the play and pause are the same button, with an icon showing what state you can go to (Play when you're ...
7
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3answers
269 views

Why can't you update options in shopping carts?

I've been researching shopping cart designs, and so far it seems like the consensus is that the only thing you can update in a shopping cart is quantities. Let's say I've added a large t-shirt to the ...
4
votes
2answers
589 views

Design for data-intensive web-page and search criteria

I am very much a UX noob, but I need to design a web-page to display a large amount of numeric data, presumably in a grid. The users will be able to enter search criteria using the attributes shown ...
11
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5answers
843 views

What would be the best way to let a user add a URL to a form?

Currently our webapplication simply shows a textbox with no validation at all. There is a small icon placed next to the textbox that allows the user to open the URL in a new browser window to check ...
2
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4answers
525 views

Icon meaning 'requested/allocated'? [closed]

We're looking to get an icon that will convey the meanings of both 'requested' and 'allocated' for our website. The system is an e-learning service, and the icon is intended to be part of a series of ...
7
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4answers
982 views

What is the best way to create an eye-catching display of numeric values in a web page?

I am going to design a management level monitoring page for displaying some sums and counts. No interaction is allowed and it will be used as a monitoring page on a big LCD in the managers view. The ...
19
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6answers
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How to mark required (and optional) fields in a form where some fields are NOT editable?

I have a form showing properties of an entity in a web app: some of the fields in the form are read-only and some are editable. Within the editable fields, some are required to be filled with a value ...
4
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7answers
249 views

How to display a distinction between actions which affect the 'real world' vs. actions that affect only the information in the application?

I have the following challenge: I'm designing a web application that is supposed to manage IT components. Meaning - when the user creates an IT component in the application or updates an existing ...
4
votes
5answers
866 views

Most intuitive icon to represent “me” or “myself” [closed]

For example, in a shopping cart, I may buy this purchase for myself ("me" / "myself" icon), as opposed to gifting it to someone else (box with bow-tie icon). What is the ideal icon to represent ME?
3
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2answers
111 views

How do you determine a reasonable minimum window of time between actions as to prevent flooding?

I'm planning some code that will prevent flooding for a project I'm working on. I'm wondering, how do you determine what interval of time is necessary to wait in between actions? I've seen this ...
5
votes
1answer
315 views

Chrome Options UI Pattern Name

I've been looking for a way to organize hierarchical data. I came across the UI in Chrome Options. I really like it and think will work well for what I need. Is there a name to this pattern? As you ...
2
votes
2answers
228 views

Why would you not want to align the name of a user and their avatar?

It's a little thing but I noticed that both google plus and facebook do not exactly line up the name of the user and their photo-the name is slightly lower than the top of the photo. Is this a ...
5
votes
3answers
239 views

How to express in two or three letters how a column is to be sorted

On a just-now-coming-alive web page, I have two columns: change and change-percent. In the headers of the two columns, I want to give the user a small control so he can toggle between sorting the ...
36
votes
11answers
5k views

How much should a UX professional know about front-end development?

Apologies if this is too much of a fuzzy question, I was wondering what people's thoughts were regarding the level of front-end development knowledge a UX professional (Experience Architect, Usability ...
2
votes
1answer
129 views

Aggregating and charting different values

I'm writing a web app that allows the user to define his own questions, where each question has a defined type: numeric (includes ranged, like from 0 to 100, monetary, etc) options (like a radio ...
14
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8answers
2k views

When is double-clicking appropriate for the web?

I recently saw a website that required the user to double-click an item in a scrolling list to 'open' it for editing. It surprised me, as I don't usually think double-click is appropriate for ...
2
votes
3answers
255 views

title placement in mobile apps

What's best practice for placing page titles in mobile development? In jquerymobile it looks like header is great placement, however titles can be long (ecommerce products), and because they're ...
29
votes
6answers
54k views

International Currency Formatting Guidelines — Currency Codes

In developing a web application that presents monetary data for a variety of locales, I have inquired about the differences of currency formats. In particular, I'd like to know when it is appropriate ...
7
votes
6answers
418 views

Plus icon for new tab not working in user testing. Anomaly or actually confusing for users…

For Context: So I am performing some user testing, and the interface is changing how tabs work with in the system. Currently tabs indicate the top level of different customer define hierarchies. The ...
9
votes
4answers
1k views

What should the default volume of an in-line video player be?

Given that the volume shown in an in-line video player (e.g. Flash or Silverlight) is relative to the system volume (i.e. 100% volume in the player is 100% of the current system volume level), what ...
18
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2answers
1k views

Senior Usability and Navigation

Does anyone have any current resources for senior usability? I'm specifically researching navigation: tabs and accordions. The Jacob Nielsen site has a report that's over a decade old. I'm looking for ...
4
votes
6answers
667 views

Should I refresh result set after changing Dropdown values ?

I've encountered with this question many times: Assuming I have a table which displays results according to dropdown value. Should I refresh the results automatically each time a value is selected, ...
6
votes
4answers
713 views

Wizard steps - how should I label them?

I've built a 3 steps registration wizard because my user must fill in 19 (!) fields. (Its a regulatory issue that can't be argued). I split them steps to 3: 1. Account information 2. General ...
6
votes
2answers
219 views

How should I align field “format” markers?

Let's say I have a form with fields that accept data in very specific formats, such as currency (£) or percentage (%). How should I convey that to a user? If I use 'sub-labels' (symbols that represent ...
5
votes
4answers
234 views

How necessary is it to point out your call to action so obviously on a simple site?

I am trying to figure out, especially for returning users, the value of pointing out a way to add input to a site. Facebook and Google+ both have placeholder text and placement of the input for status ...
2
votes
0answers
202 views

What is the new user interface that services like Google/Google+ are using? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the top navigation called when it is common to a network or suite of websites? Recently Google/Google+ and other services have adjusted their menus to the top of ...
2
votes
1answer
183 views

Why is the following space highlighted upon double-clicking text?

I'm referring to when you double-click on the middle of a word in any sort of text editing situation (Google Docs, filling out this question, AIM, etc.) and the word as well as the space between it ...
3
votes
2answers
677 views

Methodology difference between UX and Usability

What methodologies do user experience professionals adopt that differentiate them from usability professionals.
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vote
1answer
468 views

Are there any examples of well designed applications on iPad with 3 column layouts?

I'm designing an iPad application and had an interest in a 3 column interface with 3 tableviews across the screen horizontally and I was wondering if this interface has been done anywhere well.
14
votes
6answers
654 views

What is more pleasing to the eye fade in or suddently appear

I have a pop up menu. What is said to be easier on the users' eyes? Should I just have it appear immediately using visibility = true or should I have it fade in using opacity animation?
5
votes
6answers
293 views

What phrase would you use instead of “Likes” for an airline related forum?

Implementing a socially driven forum for a major Airline (similar to stackexchange I guess) and trying to come up with a different name for the "Likes" functionality which is essentially like the ...
4
votes
2answers
96 views

What kind of useful information shall we keep in a closed place page on a reviews site?

I'm making an experience design for a place page, knowing that I am working on a reviews writing and sharing site. If a place in real life is now closed and no longer in service, what kind of ...
4
votes
4answers
730 views

Are Ribbons touch screen friendly?

All over the web, I read that Ribbons are touch screen friendly, that they are made for touch etc. But I never got a real explanation why the Ribbon is as touch friendly as people say. The icons are ...
10
votes
2answers
1k views

What is the name for the technique used on Yammer, LinkedIn etc profile pages?

The technique I mean is where the profile page will say "You have completed 60% of your profile, fill in your x, y and z to get to 100%". I think this is a very powerful technique but I can't remember ...
4
votes
3answers
325 views

good metaphor for deleting tags

I'm looking for a good example for the look and feel of tags. There are a small number (usually 0-3) tags. If there are already tags present on a record, how should the delete functionality be ...

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