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friendly version of date formats

The users of my application have the ability to choose their prefered date format between: dd/mm/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy yyyy-mm-dd The 1st one (which has the Java pattern dd/MM/yyyy) produces 31/12/2011. ...
4
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1answer
400 views

Comparing data with two sets of dates

Has anyone seen an interface that allows users to select two different sets of dates to compare data? And then the corresponding data in tables and/or graph form?
6
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1answer
2k views

Does anyone have any good examples of a Heuristic Evaluation report? [closed]

Looking for something that is well laid out & easy to read.
5
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1answer
972 views

Are there any colors that should not be used in UI design? [closed]

Are there any colors that should not be used in UI design? Which one(s)? Why?
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1answer
1k views

How does one create Website UI guidelines? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How did you create design guidelines for your organization? What points do you need to consider while writing the UI guidelines for a website. How much in depth should ...
11
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7answers
2k views

Academic Papers about UI [closed]

Are there any academic papers (thesis, dissertations, etc.) that discusses topics about User Interfaces? Best if you post links. I am just curious if such topics are accepted for research...
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1answer
514 views

iPad app UI help

I'm making an iPad app that, for our purposes here, runs a slideshow and has a settings panel to configure the various slides. The app uses various templates for the slides and as such must have an ...
2
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2answers
215 views

Learning Curves on experimental sketches.

This is my first shot at UIs. I drew some sketches of a web browser that combines a menu button with the title bar. I placed the menu button beside the MMC (Minimize-Maximize-Close) buttons, puts ...
5
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4answers
1k views

Should a light switch be small or big, or does this depend on other factors?

Small and big light switch compared: It's strange that this usually differs by country. The big ones are easier to hit, but the small ones provide better feedback (if you don't immediately see the ...
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6answers
485 views

Resource/advice for deciding a design process?

I've been having a debate with my peers as to which is the best process to use when we're designing web apps. Our development phases are working well but I think there's room for change in the ...
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4answers
4k views

fixed-width vs full-browser for web app

I'm in the early stages of designing a web application (a network management application). And I can't really decide if to go with a fixed width layout (say 960px) or a variable (full browser width) ...
12
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3answers
4k views

How did you create design guidelines for your organization?

As a newly hired UX specialist, I'm planning to create design guidelines for developers and QA testers in my organization. The problem is I'm not sure what's the best way to approach this. Shall I ...
0
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0answers
200 views

Are there any advantages on skinnable user interfaces? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When would you prefer a custom/skinned user interface in a desktop application? Many applications are skinnable. Firefox, Chrome, WMP, WinAmp, many other media players… ...
2
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1answer
1k views

Icon for rename button [closed]

To add some context to this question, I am currently developing an iOS application and need some advise on the interface. What is the most suitable icon for a 'rename' button? When this button is ...
4
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1answer
402 views

What video players/sites are fully accessible?

I am in need of a video player that is fully accessible, but I'm hoping not to have to code it from scratch. How accessible are the youtube/vimeo players? are there other ones pre-made online that ...
1
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2answers
350 views

Should you disable more complex features for less-savy users?

The other day I was working on a basic HTML editor bar that floats right above a comment textarea and adds some insertion code. It's just like the one right here on the StackExchange sites, except ...
1
vote
2answers
464 views

Coloring Buttons

I have a application that presents the user some information about an appointment and allows them to perform any one of various actions that the user will decide on based on the information presented. ...
5
votes
3answers
647 views

Breaking down complex processes

I'm currently developing a CMS for a booking agency that puts together multi-day music festivals. Rather than posting news or articles, the bulk of the content being managed are just these festivals ...
6
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4answers
707 views

Multiple or Single Checkbox for ToDo List?

Would you suggest for a To-Do List section of a project management app I am working on have multiple checkboxes? Or keep things simple and "common" using single checkbox? I think that multiple ...
9
votes
4answers
520 views

Error message that always appears in the same place

Is it okay if error messages always appear in the same place on a website? I know the right thing to do is place errors inline, close to where the error occured. But there's hundreds of errors that ...
11
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3answers
1k views

Readability - what is the best way to display a stand alone date in an email?

I have an application that is sending an email to someone reminding them of an appointment. What is the best way to display such a stand-alone date? The reason I have such a question is because (as ...
3
votes
8answers
830 views

Most appropriate icon for user responsibilities? [closed]

What is the most appropriate icon for user responsibilities/roles (a.k.a. 'charges')?
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4answers
1k views

Best way to add items to a paginated list

I have a long list of items sorted by date that is pageable. When a user adds an item it is shown and highlighted in the list. The problem I have is that the date entered affects where it ends up in ...
13
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10answers
1k views

What are some good books for learning about typography?

I really want to learn the basics of type. However, there are so many books on the subject that I get overwhelmed while searching.
10
votes
4answers
1k views

UX of Quora vs Stack Exchange [closed]

Quora has been gaining momentum. They actually have decent traffic for user experience topics. The UI is eerily similar to Stack Exchange's, but not exactly the same. No reputation points that I can ...
18
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1answer
470 views

As screens become wider, should navigations and toolbars go away from the top, to the sides?

The counter-example to my question are the ribbons that MS introduced with Office 2007; they take up a lot of screen estate at the top of the user-interface. Since the screens become wider and wider ...
4
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4answers
529 views

How to decide between “consistent user interface” and “adequate user interface”?

I'm currently struggling with the design of the new user interface for a rather large application. The current version of the software consists of ~150 forms, and they are neither pretty nor ...
6
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4answers
4k views

Best Web UI for Large Amounts of Data Input

I'm looking for a good solution when users need to enter large amounts of data into a web application. Example A store owner wants to enter 30-40 new products into the system every month. The ...
7
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4answers
4k views

Alternatives to Datagrids

I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations of alternative ways of presenting data that is "tabular" than a datagrid. Can anyone point to some examples of this?
3
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3answers
1k views

Ways to display table-like data that contains list of options to select/deselect

I currently have the following data in a table-like layout: First Name | Last Name | Email | Phone | Services For each person, the last column, Services, contains a list of services the person can ...
4
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7answers
575 views

Visualization ideas for progress on a project with thousands of steps?

I'm working on an interface to do transcription of a collection of handwritten index cards... a lot of index cards, something like tens of thousands of them. I'm building a site where several people ...
3
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2answers
231 views

Expected behavior of an outline

The other day I was discussing outliner behavior and thought I'd bring it over to this venue. Consider the following outline: Now, let's say I want to decrease the depth of I.A ("First Point") to ...
5
votes
3answers
655 views

Best icon to represent transparency? [closed]

What would be the best image/icon to represent transparency? It should be as compact as possible and fit in a 13x11 area. I see that I should add more information. I need this image/icon to be ...
3
votes
2answers
754 views

Alternative way to displaying unordered list items in 3 columns

I'm trying to find an alternative way of displaying 50 unordered list items in 2 or 3 column layout. I feel the pattern I've using looks quite "blah." Sample layout: Browse by Featured Topics ...
8
votes
1answer
262 views

Keyboard shortcuts versus mouse usage

I've read about Keystroke Level Monitor and I believe that for the (call centre) application in question the keyboard is, without doubt, the correct input tool for the job. However, there are so many ...
2
votes
4answers
410 views

Tooltip to indicate keyboard shortcut involving cursor keys

In our (web) application, we want tooltips (read: title attributes) that also indicate shortcuts for buttons. We have some button that involve the cursor ('arrow') keys. We've tried using characters ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

Multiple launchers

Is it a good idea to have 2 launchers for one app in Android? What I am talking about are 2 launcher icons in the applications list. Of course the labels for both will differ and the icons may or may ...
0
votes
3answers
174 views

Trying to decide which page should be my home page [closed]

I'm not a UI person and would love to get your recommendation - which page should be my homepage? myvoternation.com or http://myvoternation.com/mvn/questions
6
votes
2answers
505 views

Availability calendar

On our website, we need users to have an availability calendar to set the availability of items they have for rent. We of course want to keep the use of the calendar as simple as possible. What is a ...
5
votes
3answers
365 views

Why do you need to keep users engaged through your site?

I hope this is an appropriate forum for this topic. If not, I apologize. To rephrase the question, I am debating a new tactic that some marketers are trying to implement that goes against everything ...
3
votes
6answers
854 views

How to create bands of number ranges for a field?

I have a field in a system called "Score" which ranges from an undetermined negative number to an undetermined positive number. I am trying to figure out a UI for the user to create "bands" of ...
6
votes
4answers
731 views

How to represent a one time action

I am doing serious games and simulations and I sometimes have the need to represent actions to the user that they can only do once. Basically the user issues a command that only needs to be done once. ...
9
votes
7answers
2k views

Best Icon for minimize [closed]

I'm always struggling with choosing the correct icon for minimizing action. For ex: In accordions menu or on panels that can be minimized what would be the best icon : An arrow that rotates like ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

DataGridView row: Semi-transparent selection or row border on selection

I have a DataGridView where the background of each row is different depending on the data bound item. Though, when I select a row, I can no longer see its original background color. To solve this, I ...
11
votes
4answers
817 views

What UI designs are a good fit for the Kinect / PrimeSense DevKit?

Now that the manufacturer released the open source drivers, I'm interested in seeing what User Interfaces work well with this platform. Please share any links, source code, or commentary relevant to ...
1
vote
1answer
411 views

Simple design for a phpBB forum [closed]

I'm looking for some examples for a better design of phpBB. I would like to redesign a forum which is targeted to people with a minimal experience with forums. Now the forum isn't working well. No ...
3
votes
3answers
596 views

What are best practices for labeling navigation?

What would be considered best practice in the following situation in terms of usability? Each section on a site has a "home" page, and several related pages as "children". Each page has a sidebar ...
2
votes
3answers
430 views

Light source direction

It seems to me like the light source direction in most UI designs comes from the top or top-left. This is like the de facto standard, but I'm curious as to if anyone has ever successfully made ...
1
vote
3answers
324 views

Geek-friendly website design for a software shop [closed]

We are in the process of branding our start up. Our target customers are technology shops around the world. Thus we want our logo and website's look and feel to be appealing to techies and geeks (Not ...
2
votes
3answers
173 views

On date select field, should the weekday be displayed after selection ?

I have a date selection field in a reservation field. The standard popin calendar is there to help users select a date, with a the top the weekday names in short form. After the day is selected, there ...

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