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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 ...
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4answers
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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7answers
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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4answers
363 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 ...
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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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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
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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7answers
481 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
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1answer
214 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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10answers
978 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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9answers
3k views

Can ugly be good UX?

It's heresy I know, but look at DrudgeReport.com. It's raw, hand written HTML, it's plain, boring typography, it's something any UX or Graphic designer would scoff at if you handed it across their ...
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1answer
378 views

How can I improve my copywriting skills?

I recognise the importance of good copy, but this is an area I often struggle with when working on my prototypes. I tend not to have to write large blocks of copy that often, the majority of my work ...
4
votes
7answers
540 views

Progress Indicator suggestions for multithreaded operations?

In the old version of our application, the operations performed during loading were sequential. We indicated progress by updating a single-line text string with the component that was being loaded. ...
2
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1answer
309 views

Usability studies about Unity-type interfaces

I've just installed (upgraded) Ubuntu 11.04. For those of you not familiar with Ubuntu, 11 is the year and 04 is the month. Ubuntu has a six month release cycle, so the next version is around the ...
2
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3answers
215 views

Name that thing: What should I call a 'person' in a case management system?

Think of a system that manages details about people--a case management system tracking hospital patients, or a CRM tracking phone calls by customers, or an insurance provider's system that tracks care ...
3
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2answers
450 views

Long lists to fill page

I have a task where I need to display a long list of categories (variable number). Underneath each category is a list of subcategories (once again variable number). Now I could just have a single ...
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3answers
170 views

How can I structure a usability study to produce findings that relate to the long-term use of a tool by an expert user?

I am building a tool that will be used in a call center. The users range from part-time temps to 5 year veterans. I have personas that reflect these. I have two (quite different) prototypes of a ...
4
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2answers
246 views

Allow list box to expand to browser height?

I'm designing a web app that includes a list builder. I've proposed that the height of the list box containing the available items should grow depending upon the available browser height. However, I ...
10
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3answers
324 views

On an unlabelled slider, why does right mean higher, and left mean lesser?

Horizontal volume sliders, for instance, are often unlabelled. Other than the VLC player volume slider, I've never seen a label saying that the right means things get louder. How did that convention ...
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3answers
397 views

Conventional keyboard modifier for expanding/collapsing hierarchical tree view

I have a large tree view where users will often want to fully expand or collapse a particular tree. I'm providing a context menu with both of these choices, but I'd also like to allow the user to hold ...
5
votes
3answers
349 views

What would this widget be called?

What is this control that is used to select an item in this screenshot called? This is also in the latest Facebook for Android update. What is it called?
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5answers
3k views

Shortcut for “Mute”

Is there some sort of accepted keyboard shortcut to mute the sound of a piece of software? I'm mostly interested in Windows, but an answer for Mac would also be appreciated. I was thinking maybe Ctrl ...
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4answers
3k views

Social Login adoption vs Traditional Login

I have implemented janrain's social login on my website. I am wondering how important it is to include a traditional login (email/password) system. I believe there may be a significant percentage of ...
5
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3answers
333 views

Should field labels be nouns or verbs?

On a web form should field labels be nouns or verbs? This issue arose from two fields on an account request form that currently read: Temporary Password Re-Enter Temporary Password There is debate ...
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11answers
3k views

Should people be able to change their usernames?

So, you want to change your username to something new. Should an application allow you to do this? Let's say that you have a unique URL that points to your profile. Let's assume it is human ...
10
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3answers
5k views

Guidelines for when to auto-save settings vs “save” button

In our web application we have a number of pages to do with user settings, in different categories. For most of them we have a display page with an edit button/link, which takes them to a form which ...
6
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4answers
309 views

Is it effective to ask users which design they prefer and why?

I have a few different options for the UX of a tool. Each is quite different from the other. They are currently represented as lo-fi wireframes. I would like to get feedback on them to decide which ...
5
votes
1answer
499 views

What is the best way to display per-tab commands or actions?

I am working on a multiple document interface Windows application. We're using tabs to represent open documents for editing. I have three levels of possible commands: Global Per-tab Per-sub-tab ...
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8answers
380 views

Name for a rule about re-using terminology

Does the rule "Don't use the same name/word to refer to two different things" have a name, and, if so, what is that name?
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4answers
211 views

Suggested mobile approach to dual actions

Let's say that you have a list of books that you want to show in a mobile application. From that list you want someone to be able to either drill down to a chapter list, or go to a page showing book ...
10
votes
5answers
1k views

Replace radio-input with “buttons”? (web forms)

Is it good (or okay) UX to replace radio input fields with something that looks kinda different (please look at the image to see what I mean). I think most people will understand that they have to ...
2
votes
4answers
82 views

Text for offering a free service and user engagement

Which is the better text to use in an image banner for offering a free medical examination service on a website: "Contact us for a free examination" OR "Free examination, contact us for more ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Android list pagination

I need to do paginated list of items in android application. What are the best practices to do this? I use cursor loader to get data from content provider(cache). If the data is expired the provider ...
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vote
1answer
996 views

Difference between a UX designer and a Concept designer?

These terms have only popped up relatively recently, and I've been doing this sort of stuff before they were around, so have been at a bit of a loss now as to what to call my job description. I design ...
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5answers
326 views

In a form, is Switching between advanced to basic a good idea?

I have a web page/form which users have to fill in before clicking the 'proceed' button. Same old story I guess. It looks like this: report name: [...] report type: (*) PDF ( ) HTML ...
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3answers
2k views

How can the classic footer elements be integrated into an infinite scrolling layout?

Infinite Scrolling is a fairly new and effective way to display practically infinite amounts of data in a user's window, but one page element simply does not suit itself to this method; the footer. A ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

When and how to validate forms in a usability perspective?

I am implementing a business application and wounder what's the best way to validate forms, and when. An example is a form where three textfields where a currency amount is expected. A valid input is ...
2
votes
3answers
162 views

OpenID login takes a second, how do I make it feel quicker?

Users on my site log in via OpenID. This is what loggin in looks like: Click the login link in the header Click one of 6 OpenID providers (wait one second) If they're there for the first time: Log ...
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vote
2answers
100 views

Time-aware customer service contact modules?

If a site has module that directs users to call a phone number to receive service, can the module be programmed to recognize the times the call center is open? For instance, the call center is only ...
1
vote
2answers
185 views

Load more posts with sliding effect?

I created a feed aggregator with a "load more" button at the end of the posts. When the user clicks on it, loads some more posts and when it is completed, the list of the new posts slides to the top ...
0
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4answers
264 views

Are there books explaining why software with good UX is not always well accepted by users? [closed]

I'm a big fan of About Face 3 by Alan Cooper and similar books about interaction design and how the software must be done correctly. At the same time, working as a freelancer, I observe daily my ...
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vote
2answers
1k views

What's an alternative to data tables for key/value pairs?

I have a list of 8 key/value pairs I'm displaying in a sidebar using a table element. I'm using a th and td element on each row. However, the td content is often too long and has to be truncated. I ...

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