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665 views

Snoozing an alarm: should the alarm grow progressively louder or softer?

Hypothetical design question: upon snoozing an alarm, should the alarm grow progressively louder or softer? Case for louder: you’ve been snoozing too much; wake up now. Case for softer: maybe you ...
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4answers
382 views

Can you describe the attributes, properties, and/or elements that make a user interface pleasing to the eye? [closed]

I've read that beauty is subjective and I've read that it is objective (I tend to believe a mix of both depending on the context). However I've also read that scientists found that a person generally ...
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2answers
962 views

Preparation and plan for a day UX workshop

I am organizing a day workshop for an custom products online shop startup. They have cool graphic design and strong development team, but did not have any UX or general online marketing thinking. ...
6
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3answers
602 views

How to visualize a calendar with a vast amount of recurring events?

Many of the events are recurring daily or weekly but are only interesting to the user once.
3
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0answers
295 views

External link warnings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: External links: Whether & how to distinguishing them from internal links, and to open them What would be the best method of warning a user that the link they are ...
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1answer
215 views

What are common keyboard shortcuts for WYSIWYG form/report generators?

I'm re-writing a program I wrote right out of college, now I know a lot more about the programming language, but I'm not too up on common design issues and I don't want to leave anything out this ...
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4answers
8k views

Innovative alternatives to the classic “tabbed” window

Has anyone come across any online content that jumps outside the box and re-thinks how we can organize multi-windowed content more effectively than using the classic tab bar along the top of the ...
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1answer
454 views

Should an iPhone application scroll to the top of a table when resorting

My application has a table view with a segmented control in a navigation bar. When the users taps a segment in the segmented control, the application fades the table into it's newly sorted state. The ...
3
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1answer
519 views

What examples are there of animated toolbar icons? [closed]

Are there applications (including web applications) that have animated toobar icons? I would imagine they would only animate on hover/mouse over, but I'd be interested to show someone this so we can ...
2
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6answers
491 views

What should a local musician's website look like?

Last week, I found a client that is a Hawaiian local artist. His music is really good and I would love to design his site. The problem is, I don't really know what to design. I have all of these ...
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5answers
1k views

Visualize a “reset” functionality in a toolbar icon [closed]

We have a 3D model viewer application. The user can scale, rotate and translate the model. We want to add a toolbar button that allows the user to bring the model back to the original position, scale ...
4
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2answers
274 views

How can I place contents on the body of this site layout without making it look like it's floating? [closed]

I am a programmer and I need a designer's expert advice regarding the website layout I am currently working on. Here is the layout to start with: Click image for full resolution I have a full ...
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7answers
2k views

One website for multiple client resolutions

I keep thinking that although creating a single website for multiple client resolutions or screen sizes might be hard work, it's far more maintainable than creating a separate website for each device ...
76
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10answers
11k views

How to graphically represent a language

Websites often present language selection to users with flag icons, but I think this is simply wrong. Flags represent countries. There are two reasons for a user to change the display language (or at ...
4
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1answer
382 views

Is it appropriate in a touch-based mobile web app to place the equivalent of “apply” in the header?

I'm creating a mobile web app for modern touch-based browsers, and I'd like to know if it's appropriate to put the equivalent of an apply / search / go / view results / proceed button in a thin ...
4
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1answer
449 views

How to display a list of videos like YouTube?

I'm trying to find a nice way to display a list of video's in a way that'll allow the user at a quick glance get insight to the video's and easily let them navigate through the list of video's without ...
6
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1answer
274 views

How to get a consistent “perceived” color on a transparent BG? [closed]

I'm in a pickle. I have to make form controls (buttons, checkboxes, text inputs, etc.) on a semi transparent black background (85% alpha). Here's what they look like so far: Notice the ...
8
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4answers
665 views

What is a good replacement for the menu bar in a Windows app?

The old Windows menu bar (File, Edit, View, etc. ) is tried and true, but seems to be disappearing from popular usage. I have a new desktop/client application that I am developing and I would like to ...
1
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1answer
180 views

How should icon views (eg. file managers) handle multiple selections?

Some interfaces, such as file managers, contain icon views where several icons can be selected at once. What is the most usable way(s) to select multiple icons and why? I can think of a few ways: ...
4
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5answers
642 views

Good examples of websites that drive engagement for causes? [closed]

I´m looking for good examples of websites for government, NGO´s and such that have clear and specific functions in their UI´s that make it easy to get involved and that drive engagement. Example: ...
4
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1answer
726 views

What's the best way to find candidates for UX Designer? [closed]

Beyond the obvious (posting on LinkedIn, Craigslist), what techniques have you found to be the most successful in finding good UX candidates to hire?
6
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3answers
69 views

How can I get started presenting at conferences?

I would like to start presenting at UEx conferences about our experiences of combining UEx, web design and agile development. It's all new to me - can anyone suggest a good way to start responding to ...
8
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3answers
3k views

How to best display a long list of check boxes

In my application users are required to select from a drop down, a list of projects they wish to include in their custom search. The easy part is that users can select one project to filter on or ...
7
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4answers
793 views

What is the best way to manage windows?

There are a few possibilities out there for window management. In Mac OS, the bottom right corner of every window is draggable and will resize a window. There is no window border. Window controls ...
11
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4answers
7k views

Table usability/Readable font for a data table

What's the best font for a data table? Monospace is good but takes up more room, so you can't have as much whitespace between the items. Similarly, what are some good usability principles for data ...
8
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3answers
238 views

guidelines for creating interactive visualisations for the exploration of datasets?

Does anyone know any guidelines in creating interactive visualisations for the exploration of datasets? I can find lots of material on why particular instances are good or bad, but the actual design ...
11
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4answers
506 views

How does a “random page” option help an application to succeed?

Some documentation applications, particularly wikis (including, of course, Wikipedia) have a Random Page function. My question is - how important and useful is that? Is there any objective data ...
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0answers
213 views

Is it necessary to double-check a user's password on registration? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a “repeat password” field necessary in a signup page? (Migrated from Stack Overflow) Do you find it necessary/worthwhile to make a user repeat his ...
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4answers
1k views

How do you define interactions in a mockup?

I'm both a programmer and a UX/UI designer. When I design things, I generally make static images of what the interface will look like. The problem is, most UI's aren't static; they change and resize ...
12
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4answers
643 views

Is search a necessary navigation element?

I often have arguments about navigation at work with programmers who think search is a required part of any navigation. I think this is because programmers are advanced computer users who use search a ...
8
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10answers
843 views

Should a “search results” return the number of items found?

Is it recommended to add the number of items found on a search results? In my opinion it is a useful information that gives a quick idea on what you are going to read. Could it be omitted?
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2answers
699 views

What font is used in this image? [closed]

Can someone tell what font was used to write "november"? I really like the look of it but cannot tell the font ...
3
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1answer
213 views

How best to display a point of interest extra information?

I need to show points of interest on a map, and extra information when the user clicks the marker. For the extra information, I am thinking of either a popup on the map, or showing the information ...
6
votes
6answers
354 views

What can I do with my interface to get users to read the directions?

I've got a simple web page from which my users can install software. It's a 2-step process so they must click on two different links (No, I cannot make it a 1-step process). Example: Short ...
3
votes
2answers
202 views

How to setup UI for a program to split up the quantities in C#?

I have a list of items that will be chosen in the program and then need to separate the quantities of the number into different amounts. Here is an example: 10 pipes get separated into a set of 3 ...
6
votes
4answers
662 views

What objective qualities or elements of a website design can help build trust with users?

I've seen some anecdotal evidence of trust seals or security badge helping improve conversions on ecommerce sites by boosting the user's confidence in the site. Companies like Verisign, TrustGuard, ...
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3answers
704 views

How do I force the user to select a date on iOS?

When creating a new entity in an iPad application one of the mandatory properties is a deliver date. There is no way to predict this deliver date. Choosing the wrong deliver date leads to all kinds of ...
9
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4answers
197 views

When to omit zero from numeric table presentation

Give a table of numeric data in which many cells contain zero, under what circumstances would it be appropriate or preferable to present the zero-value cells blank or otherwise obscured (eg. in ...
19
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11answers
28k views

friendly format for Phone Numbers

Currently on my website users are required to input their phone number in a very specific format (555-555-5555). If you forget the dashes it breaks. Does anyone have a good suggestions for how to be ...
4
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4answers
330 views

Labeling an advertisement

Management at my company said we needed to start labeling our ads. We need to make it clear that an ad is not part of our site by putting the word "advertisement" near the ad. (A) Is labeling ads ...
5
votes
7answers
636 views

Should I include the month name in my select list for credit card expiration month?

When presenting a select list for the credit card expiration month on a form, is it good practice to include the month name in the select list? Or is it better to just put the month number? Any ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

Name of this design pattern for Dynamic Search - easily add/remove/alter criteria

I'm looking for the name of the pattern or technique whereby one can dynamically choose to add, remove, or alter search criteria. I'm thinking it is mostly (if not fully) rule-driven, but I'm not sure ...
6
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7answers
2k views

Solutions for dealing with really bad user entering wrong data?

This question I'm going to break into two parts, the back story, and the real question. The Back Story I work for a consulting firm, and we've developed a piece of software that allows a company to ...
67
votes
8answers
10k views

What's the best way to view a deep hierarchy?

I've been pondering the best way to show a deep hierarchy for a desktop application I'm working on. Here are some alternative designs I'm considering... Mac OSX Finder: If you understand what ...
5
votes
6answers
385 views

Removing all nav links from the order/signup page. What do you think of this practice?

If you go to Assistly, you'll notice their pages have a navigation bar at the top... except for the signup page. I have seen this practice where all links are removed from the order page. This ...
4
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1answer
442 views

Material for inspirational workshop

I've been searching around for the last few days looking for resources for a inspirational workshop. What I have in mind—and haven't been able to find—in a set of "cards" with different ...
6
votes
3answers
162 views

Expert usability

I am struggling with a project and am reminded of a lecture at university that plotted two applications with differing rates of 'learnability' and 'expert usability' against each other: a) Harder to ...
7
votes
1answer
172 views

How does community volume affect the interface of StackExchange?

I've always said that interfaces assume a particular volume of activity. Too many or too few and a different interface is appropriate. I was looking at StackOverflow users vs. ui.stackexchange.com. ...
6
votes
2answers
432 views

How to show related data together in one diagram?

Let us have the following three sets of information Now I want to combine all of this data and show it all together. Telling it like a story. Giving inter-relations. Showing similarities ...
25
votes
8answers
9k views

Should hyperlinks be blue?

I've built a site where all hyperlinks have the default colors: blue for links, purple for visited links. They turn red on hover. I believe that always using blue for hyperlinks is a good thing, so ...

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