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Does “ink is expensive” apply in a user interface context?

Edward Tufte in the book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information states, more or less, that ink is expensive. Any ink which is not used to actually convey information is chartjunk and it will ...
2
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2answers
162 views

Are there any survey tools that are optimized to render correctly on mobile devices? [closed]

My company would like to run a NPS survey off of our Mobile experience (app and website), are there any tools that will work well with mobile screens? We use Vovici, cvent and surveymonkey in house ...
7
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4answers
368 views

How big should an image be on a computer for you to clearly see someone's face?

I have a website where people need to be able to clearly see each other. What is the smallest that say, a PNG, could be, while allowing the viewer to clearly see the features of a face?
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5answers
634 views

CMS interfaces: forms based vs click and change?

In regard to CMS interfaces I would say we could split them in 2 main branches [*1]: the ones with a control panel, where you go and usually see a list of pages (blog articles/ecommerce products), ...
9
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6answers
319 views

Is the idea of user registration flawed if we can't provide any real value for it?

I work in a newspaper publishing company and currently, all the contents in our site is free and no user registration is required. Recently, the lifestyle column team propose to implement a small and ...
0
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1answer
266 views

Usage of darker shade to show selected/focused button

Consider that I am creating an interface for a mobile app which shows a list of buttons on the main screen. I can move through the buttons using mobile keypad (feature phones) or screen touch (smart ...
16
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5answers
693 views

Is it a good idea to add tooltip to some text that says exactly the same?

Having tooltips on icons and images is understandable and the same goes for small pieces of links where tooltips may elaborate to the user what that particular link would do. Sometimes, however, ...
0
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5answers
301 views

Best practices to prevent distracting and overwhelming design?

I'm designing a discussion forum. I want to build something that doesn't look too much like a traditional forum (I want it to look more StackExchange-like): Initially I placed the categories like ...
2
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5answers
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How to accomodate a large set of filter controls horizontally on a page?

Since the left column is occupied by the left navigation, this leaves only the middle area for placing filter controls. But there is a need to provide for more filtering options in future. In such a ...
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3answers
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Why does * (asterisk) mean Required on a form field

Watching a video from DIBI conference and Jared Spool mentions the mysterious origins of the asterisk (*) on a required form field. Where does this come from, why does an asterisk mean required?
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1answer
1k views

nice way to display data row by row

I often see many tutorials about how to make forms pretty, but I don't see as many showing how you can display the result in a pretty way. I mean, when the data has been input and you'd like to ...
4
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3answers
765 views

How does a “visitor counter” on a web site affect user experience?

Many amateur sites have a "You are visitor number X" counters on them. What effect does this button have on visitors to the site? Does it increase their trust in the site?
3
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2answers
262 views

How to perform field studies and usability testing when your target group is e-commerce managers and business executives?

If you are working on a project aimed to this type of difficult to reach user and you still want to keep a proper Lean UX approach, how do you face the problem of finding users for gathering insights ...
2
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3answers
4k views

Keyboard shortcut for “Submit form”

I use a form maybe 100 times a day. I can tab between the fields with no problem but most of the time I don't have to fill out the entire form and would like to submit it without having to touch the ...
2
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2answers
123 views

Identifying a fair and representative set of users for interviews and persona development

How do you make sure you have a statistically representative and accurate sample of users from a population and what criteria would you base that sample on? I want to make sure that the people we ...
8
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2answers
2k views

How to search using tags - know any good examples?

I'm working on an application where tags are structures hierarchically - so while the list of tags is organized as a tree (just like categories), the items can appear under several such tags. The ...
2
votes
1answer
134 views

Are conditional forms good practice on the iPhone?

I want to allow the user to enter data on an iPhone. I've got a screen that will look like: New Animal Name: Enter Name Type: [ Mammal ] | Amphibian Number of feet: 2 Or when ...
3
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5answers
3k views

Menu in right sidebar vs left sidebar

What do you think, is it better for handheld device users to use site menu when its in right sidebar (can click it with thumb/right hand doesnt block view when user click on menu item)? The reason i ...
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4answers
739 views

OS X: what menu bar to show when a modal dialog is shown

My application shows a small menu bar if no window is shown. Of course, when a window is shown, its menu bar is visible. When now showing a modal dialog on top of this window, what menu bar should be ...
6
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6answers
2k views

Would putting a submit button at the top of a long form be usable?

I have a form with 3 long columns of checkboxes where the user needs to check whatever options she/he needs. Sortening the amount of checkboxes is not an option Im afraid. Our users are mostly in the ...
9
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5answers
608 views

Does logging in turn away visitors

We are toying with having a user login so we can customise the experience for a specific website. However, I feel this comes at a cost. My feeling is that this turns visitors off straight away as ...
3
votes
1answer
316 views

tooltip in the form

Lets assume we have a simple form like label: <input> label2: <input2> and we want to place a tooltip icon: "?" there. Does it matter where we place it, for example: label ?: ...
19
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3answers
860 views

What is User Experience (UX)?

I've looked at this site for the first time today. I've checked About, the FAQ and the FAQ and searched, and I don't seem to be able to find an answer on this site. These are the closest I can find: ...
3
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3answers
144 views

If two ways of signing up are possible, should it be stressed that there are two atlernatives?

If you have two ways of creating an account, for example via facebook or by filling a form, should it be stressed that there are two options or not necessary? Here is an example form: Is it clear ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

When using a chevron should I use one or two?

I am using a chevron for hiding and collapsing an area on my interface. I have found versions of chevrons out there that use 2, and others that use a single: Is there any standard or reason to ...
9
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6answers
2k views

How to mark a tooltip-containing word in a paragraph?

I have a sentence in which one word has a tooltip. The data in the tooltip is supplemental and putting it into the main UI isn't required. However, how can I mark the word to notify the user that it ...
22
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7answers
2k views

Are hover menus in headers easy to use?

Do users find it easy to use headers/menus like the one displayed below?
5
votes
3answers
377 views

File manager on a mobile device

I've termed the question "File manager" because it most closely relates to what I am looking for. This question is for a mobile web application but as it is a UX/UI design question any native app ...
11
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5answers
388 views

Button placement while others ones are invisible/disabled

I have a tool bar of buttons. The state changes every time user interact with it (fig. 1). Fig. 1 Sometimes application allows user to refresh view only, so other buttons are invisible (fig. 2). ...
6
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6answers
542 views

What order should we place buttons on a login/sign up screen?

Should it be [Login | Cancel] or [Cancel | Login]? Some people say Login should be on the right, since we are "advancing" forward. EDIT: Removing Cancel is not an option. I just used Login|Cancel as ...
0
votes
1answer
131 views

How to make a background match objects in the foreground?

If you have a game, in which your character moves around, and cannot move past walls, and has to collect keys, it may look like this: Now the question is, what steps can one take which would ensure ...
4
votes
5answers
295 views

How to design a Win 7-like dialog for choosing One of N options without a confirm button?

The Copy file dialog of Win 7 constitutes an approach to presenting One of N options choices to users. This dialog, however, has been accused of being too hard to scan, and lacking click affordance. ...
4
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6answers
552 views

In mobile website when we use “Back” button then should it be always the titled as “Back”?

If we use Back button in website inner pages should we always use the text Back all the time or we should use the title of the last page. But title of last page can be longer than Back For example ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

What is/are best practice(s) to align an HTML checkbox on a web form?

Consider this HTML form: The checkbox in the form is really a pain in the ..., because no matter what you do, it can't be aligned in a good visual form with the rest controls of the form. For ...
15
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4answers
1k views

What reasons are there for “go to bottom/top” links no longer being used much? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do people use back to top links? Some websites have links like Go To Bottom or Go To Top. It seems like this technique has fallen out of style. Are there good reasons ...
5
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4answers
544 views

Disabled buttons while long running task

My application has a toolbar and a lot of buttons on it. Some buttons start a long running processes(tasks). At this moment every task executes asynchronously to allow user to do something else while ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

WCAG vs 508 - which one to use?

Are there any statistics if companies prefer 508 compliance vs WCAG guidelines? What have you guys used during your projects? I saw WCAG guidelines and seems like it is more exhaustive but wasn't sure ...
14
votes
6answers
822 views

What's the best way to handle deleted user accounts on a social app?

When users delete their accounts, what should you do with their stuff? I see a few approaches: 1. Recursively delete all their stuff This causes problems. We run competitions, and if someone ...
5
votes
3answers
840 views

Which is the best way to display priority in a large list of items?

We have a list of approximately 50 items. The item at the top takes highest priority, and the item at the bottom takes the least. These items can be re-ordered by selecting the item and clicking the ...
5
votes
3answers
281 views

Preventing impossible clicks

I've posted a discussion on MSO with the same title (but the title was changed). It's about disabling elements that can be clicked but lead nowhere. For instance dead links. Currently, the 404 error ...
254
votes
15answers
38k views

Are carousels effective?

Go to just about any eCommerce site and the homepage is nearly guaranteed to feature a carousel - an auto-rotating panel, usually with some sort of small navigation, usually highlighting new product ...
6
votes
5answers
3k views

What does “end-user” mean?

UX folks like to talk of the "end user" (examples in 1 2 3), because that is whom they are advocating for. However, the term is somewhat ambiguous: assuming I write an UI library, is the end-user the ...
4
votes
3answers
895 views

Web Usability: pagination and column sort

I have a table of books with this data: name, description, cost, year. I show 15 rows and pagination using AJAX. Each header of each column is clickable and let the user sort the data. The problem ...
7
votes
4answers
865 views

Is it good to hide url bar from Mobile websites?

Is it good to hide url bar from Mobile websites? By default it shows. but there are some JavaScript tricks which can hide the bar on page load. but user can get back by dragging from top. For a ...
3
votes
4answers
290 views

Does changing behaviour of a link depending on which mouse button is clicked affects usability?

I have a link in my webpage that opens up a dialog that contains some content. Besides showing the content in the dialog. I am also planning to allow that if the user wants to open this content in a ...
2
votes
7answers
413 views

Icons to indicate Usage and Dosage [closed]

Looking for suggestions for an icon on our website to indicate correct dosage and usage of medication.
10
votes
5answers
5k views

What's the best and most intuitive way to have a user enter a height value in feet and inches into a web form?

What's the best and most intuitive way to have a user enter a height value in feet and inches into a web form? The major choices seem to be: Have one text field where they can enter values. This ...
2
votes
1answer
169 views

What do you call your non-admin role?

I've come up with these. Basic User Regular User Default User Other ideas? Which is best?
2
votes
7answers
276 views

Why would a key icon not a padlock icon be used to indicate a device keypad is locked?

My cell phone when its keypad is locked (so that it ignores keypresses) displays a small picture of a key on the display. I find it rather confusing - IMO it should be a picture of a padlock which is ...
8
votes
2answers
456 views

Should a progress indicator be clickable?

I am developing a 5 step process for a health insurance provider for an international audience. currently this is a display with three states: 1) completed 2) current step 3) future state (greyed out ...

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