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Is The HTML5 Search Form Useful In Terms of Usability

HTML5 (the new version of html) has a number of new features, and one of those features is that there is a new type of input that is basically the same as the normal input field (like the one you use ...
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Resources for UI Architectural Concepts [closed]

I started getting my hands around some of the following UI related concepts but I thought it would be wise to request the experts I am aware of along these lines… • UI Design Concepts (Principles ...
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1answer
414 views

How important is white space in an interface design? [closed]

I'm currently developing a social network using Rails. It's quite good and it works well, unfortunately something is missing... The design :-( The weakness of many developers (and I'm one of them) is ...
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5answers
433 views

What is the optimal position for a right click menu?

We're in the middle of designing a web application with a right click menu, and I was thinking where to position it relative to the position of the cursor. There are different solutions: Solution ...
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Is it appropriate to display the warning message “Caps Lock is on”?

Is it appropriate to display the warning message "Caps Lock is on" when focus shifts to Password field? In gmail and yahoo I don't see it. So, what does the standard say?
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Usability of hiding the submit button (and using the enter key to submit)

More and more commonly, I find that websites elect to hide or remove the submit button from forms. One obvious example is this site (along with other StackExchange sites), whose search field lacks a ...
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9answers
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Why might right aligned field labels be better?

For the longest time, I've used left-aligned labels in my forms, like this: I did this because I thought having the labels left aligned made it easier for readers to scan the list of labels. ...
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3answers
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How to show correspondence between two lists referring to the same data?

I am currently working on a desktop application handling photos. One of the screens we have is a view where you can see a list of albums sorted by date to the left, and when clicking on an album, a ...
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5answers
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Best Practices for UI design on Android (Usability/UX) [closed]

I'm switching for web development to Android development. I know some things about web usability and I see that UX is too often left behind on Android from my I experience with it. As the interaction ...
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5answers
301 views

How to signify tag synonyms?

My UI brothers and sisters, I posted a request at Meta.StackExchange about clarifying what (s) means when adding tags on StackExchange. I think amongst us UI designers, we can agree that this is ...
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1answer
533 views

Customizing iPhone app's navigation bar with custom typeface?

I'm currently designing my first iPhone application, and I've decided to go with a UI using the default UIKit controls, but customized with my own colors and textures. One area where I'm having ...
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2answers
989 views

iPad Overlay vs separate Page

What are the advantages & disadvantages between having a user click a button and get an Overlay or PopUp with additional content or having a separate page listing the content? So the user case is ...
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2answers
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When designing (UX/IA) a property search system what are some important things to remember?

I'm designing the UX for a property search system. The platform is FSIS. I am basically looking for best practices in doing a Faceted Search while being able to incorporate many refiners based off the ...
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6answers
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Difference between 'modify' and 'edit' buttons

Is there a difference between the words 'modify' and 'edit'? I am creating a form that will allow users to make changes to their order - what should the call to action button name be - 'edit your ...
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2answers
646 views

What are some best practices to follow when designing for users completely unfamiliar with computers?

In User Testing in the Wild: Joe’s First Computer Encounter, a researcher for Mozilla encounters a 60 year old man who has never used a computer and describes what it was like to have him use a ...
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5answers
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[sign up] vs. [sign me up], what's the best way to name buttons?

I'm a bit confused as to what the best way to naming buttons is. And if it needs to be consistent with the instructions (voice of one person), for instance: Example A (one person): Are you new to the ...
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4answers
162 views

What are the differences between tagging and Navigation?

We have our site navigation done. When we create a content we tag it with certain tags like images, sales, etc and we also assign it to navigation as to which part of site it should appear. Sometimes ...
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11answers
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Creative alternatives for word 'Home' on a web application

What could be creative alternatives for word 'Home' on a social network applications that implies as a default space/ a living space or a place where all the updates gather?
3
votes
3answers
775 views

When delivering wireframes to a client, what paper size do you output them in?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to present my wireframes to the client as I currently produce them at full resolution (960px width) but end up having them span multiple pages when placed into a ...
4
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2answers
193 views

What are some best practices when doing testing to compare different design ideas?

There's a particular feature of our (B2B) app that seems to be causing a lot of confusion. (It involves lists of urls, some of which can be quite long, and giving different statuses to different ones. ...
3
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3answers
357 views

Your most annoying user experience [closed]

Possible Duplicate: Worst UI You've Ever Used I'm trying to collect the worst user experience design mistakes (e.g. bad navigation, load time, links not working, ...) in order to make a ...
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5answers
3k views

Is there a well known ASCII character meaning “edit”?

When working with a UI that relies more on text than on icons it's common to find + to mean Add, - to mean Delete/Remove and X for Close (or also Delete/Remove). But is there a common character ...
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5answers
3k views

Which type of help system is best?

At my company we create Windows based desktop applications. In the past, we have created .chm files for our help documentation and have been happy with it. We have now been faced with some issues ...
2
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1answer
517 views

iOS grouped or normal tableview for categories

So I have tableview where I got different categories for huge amount of items. Would it make more sense to put the categories in grouped tableview or in a normal, or does it matter at all?
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3answers
3k views

Usability testing software with Eye tracking tools [closed]

I took a course in Human Computer Interaction last semester, and I find it very interesting. I am working on a website project, and thought I would try some user involvement. I was thinking about ...
2
votes
2answers
206 views

Facebook permission requests - when to ask?

I am working on a 'fun' Facebook app that asks ten questions and presents you with a 'fun' result. We need to ask permission to access some of the users data, this consists of their 'Basic ...
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4answers
1k views

Good examples of notification systems (other than iphone/android)? [closed]

Has anyone seen any good examples of notifications systems out there, aside from iphone or android? I'm looking to design a notifications system that will give the user a gentle nudge (as they work in ...
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4answers
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Likert Scale scoring - can I assign negative scores?

I am going to conduct a survey with a 4-point Likert scale. The questions are divided into headers. The responses will be scored and each header will be given a score. I would like to know if its ok ...
3
votes
3answers
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Task-based navigation: Find a document vs Search for a document

Our web application has a task-based secondary nav bar which, for the "Documents" primary nav item, offers... Documents Find a document | Add a document The "Find a document" item links to a page ...
2
votes
2answers
219 views

Is it a good practice to show a sign-up or registration form as seperate parts rather than in one go?

I am designing a registration form for a site with multiple sets of information required from the user. I have categorized the data fields into relevant groups. Now should I present the form sections ...
5
votes
1answer
445 views

Requirement gathering in absence of user involvement?

In typical UCD we begin requirements with methods that enable us to capture the wants and needs and get a fair idea about the user's mental model. Which helps us in developing the requirements for the ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

I'm looking for good examples of Welcome pages, and any good theory on how to go about it [closed]

Kind of a discussion based question, but bare with me anyway. I am working on a web app that provides reporting. It makes reporting fun, honest! I am struggling to design the Welcome page. It's a ...
5
votes
2answers
403 views

Best practice for in-page search algorithms (not SEO for Google or the like)

my team and I are working on a football hub website and we would like to make the in-page search engine as powerful as possible as many uses would like to use search. Q: Are there any best practice ...
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4answers
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Toggling two-way relationships between objects

A user can manage relations for an object within a modal window, which lists every other object as rows in a table. For each of these, a user can toggle the relationship status by clicking the ...
0
votes
1answer
279 views

Data entry auto complete vs search

The problem: One of the fields (Account code) have thousands of possible inputs, however one would not typically remember the code (its there for accounting purposes). However, long time users do. ...
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1answer
494 views

Backend Order Status colours - any ideas on best practice?

I would like to know if anyone has any ideas on how best to style up an eCommerce orders grid. (Magento). The idea is that the orders that are new and requiring action get highlighted, the ones of ...
2
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2answers
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With straighten, do we really need rotate?

Related to Combining rotation and straightening of images. Rotate: Grab a corner, drag it to its new location, rest of image follows. Straighten: Either click-drag-drop a line on a horizon, or click ...
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3answers
195 views

The listing in web pages, how it can solve ?

I have more than 50 links in Medicine Category and I need to list them but don't want to show them all at once. because the main content of the page become under the fold . Initially I display 6 ...
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3answers
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How do you source your persona photographs?

Like many of you I'm sure, I consider the creation of user personas to be a crucial part of the UCD process, particularly when starting a new project. While we all have our own techniques and styles ...
2
votes
1answer
139 views

Is there any testing methodology similar to A/B testing, but without a specific goal?

Please forgive me; this may be somewhat long-winded. I work in an academic library. I'd like to study how well assorted features of our site are serving our users' needs; for example, labeling of UI ...
6
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4answers
478 views

Better way to build a list

I've got an app in production where the user builds a list of beer prices to later on make into a PDF of shelf tags (it's for the beverage industry). The user picks a brand, then a package, types in a ...
2
votes
1answer
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Why is SunBurst background so popular and are there any other ones?

I keep seeing SunBurst Background Pattern for years, literally! and it is still trendy. Why is it still so? Do we lack creativity for similar generic (or focus drawing) background patterns or human ...
9
votes
6answers
944 views

iPhone like UI for Desktop apps

Is there any reason why an iPhone like UI paradigms shouldn't be adopted while designing a desktop application? Let's say you're developing a windows application, can you not use something similar to ...
2
votes
3answers
273 views

Active tab state

I found myself confused today using the Adobe Reader Android application when navigating it's tab interface. I wasn't sure which tab was active becuase the active tab state was recessed and dimmed, ...
4
votes
2answers
279 views

Including unique content under multiple navigation trees

I have a navigation based on categories and certain pages appear under the same categories. That means they appear twice under two different menus. Does anyone see a particular problem with this, ...
3
votes
3answers
499 views

inspiration for thin interfaces

I've recently seen great talk by Aza Raskin - Don't make me Click. It's in the sense of "Best UI is no UI". Are there any other articles/videos like this one? I'd like to read/watch something further ...
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4answers
360 views

Should I use a Dashboard for a mobile website

Should I use a Dashboard, in the style of an app, for the mobile version of a website? Is it considered a good or bad practice? There is some images associated with the news feed on the home pages of ...
4
votes
5answers
183 views

Allow users to choose visualisation type?

Wondering if anyone has any recommendations or articles on this. Basically we conducted research into the best methods of visualisation are for particular datasets. Basic example, data plotted over ...
1
vote
1answer
85 views

Idea for providing unique Themes inside an E-commerce Platform [closed]

I have an e-commerce platform, that will launch very soon. One of the things that differentiates this platform from the competition is the built in content editor, that builds on top of the 960 Grid ...
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5answers
1k views

Why Not Use a Real Person as a Persona?

My understanding of UX Personas is that they're descriptions of fictitious people designed to represent the common traits and attributes of a broader audience demographic. If that's the case, in what ...

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