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Slide out teasers near the bottom of the page?

On more and more sites now I'm seeing what I'm calling "slide out teasers" appearing at the bottom of pages. What happens is I'm scrolling down the page and nearing the bottom, and then a small box ...
2
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2answers
108 views

UI for audio synced with text

I'm working on an outlining application that syncs items in the outline to recorded audio. The ideas is that you can play the audio from a specific place in your document, or get to an item from a ...
5
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4answers
813 views

Software startup screens [closed]

I know there is advice (and very good advice at that) to generally not have startup/welcome screens in software. Our software I think has a legitimate need for one, our free download is served from ...
1
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3answers
86 views

Using “real looking” data for video tutorials

I'm creating video tutorials for a project and I'm not sure if I should take the time to load the demo accounts with realistic-looking information. I'm talking about phone numbers, addresses, ...
52
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2answers
19k views

When to use “join,” “register,” or “sign up”?

For a user, when is it better to be asked to do the following: "Sign In" vs. "Log in" "Join" vs. "Register" vs. "Sign Up" "Sign Out" vs. "Log out" Different websites seem to use them differently, ...
2
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1answer
438 views

iPad UI: 2-Player Multi-touch Decisions Affecting Game Play

I am working on a game project that resulted from a summer game jam session. I had the "brilliant" idea to try and port the game to the iPad and I now find that I have painted myself into a corner so ...
1
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1answer
486 views

How to display interactive notifications inside a pop-up?

I'm currently working on a small shop inside a website. To keep the shop simple and clean there will open a pop-up when the user adds a product to their cart (to specify the product). The thing is ...
2
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4answers
252 views

“Learn More” or “Download” button on software website

Assume that a website offering a free application desires to place a button in a very noticeable part of the homepage. What would be the best choice for the label (and link) of the button: "Learn More"...
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2answers
333 views

What would be an intuitive icon for expectations? [closed]

Orders in my application can have expectations of the customer associated with the order. For example a customer may expect a certain dresscode, he'd expect a follow-up call and so on. The seller will ...
5
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2answers
276 views

Password and in place editing

I decided to support in place editing for a simple user table. I am not sure what i should do about password... When i create a new user i can have a textbox to type... When viewing i can hide then ...
5
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3answers
1k views

Jumping progress bar or running process indicator?

I'm developing a process with a predefined number of steps to complete so while process is running I can know how far the process has gotten and how much is there still to be done. My process ...
4
votes
2answers
362 views

Best way to shorten item's names in lists, but retaining per-item uniqueness?

We have a drop-down menu for the user to switch between several accounts or profiles, and these accounts are identified by their legal entity name. There's a higher than random chance that many of the ...
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5answers
3k views

Should I use country flags in language selection fields?

My users can create content in different languages, and I need to provide an option to choose the language when they enter new content. Right now there are only 5 languages (en, fr, de, pt, es), and ...
0
votes
3answers
237 views

How to undo up-vote/down-vote [closed]

Undoing an up-vote / down-vote on the Stack Exchange sites is achieved by clicking the original button twice. Since the voting widget is a spinner, when I up-vote an answer, and later change my mind,...
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9answers
4k views

Progress Bars - Why are they never “useful”?

I'm sure many people have noticed this before and I can't be the only one to be annoyed by this, but progress bars (I'm referring typically to those that display the progress of the execution of ...
1
vote
2answers
633 views

When should an ellipsis be used in menu items? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the significance of the three dots “…” on menus and buttons and how to use them right? As a simple example, in the file menu of Notepad the first ...
0
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3answers
410 views

Should a web browser indicate “year” near the lock icon to encourage more safe/secure website?

There are many important technologies coming to web browsers in the next few years. Not to mention that where we are today is a culmination of lessons learned and several security pitfalls. However, ...
5
votes
2answers
172 views

What is an elegant way to distinguish a normal link from a bookmarklet link?

How do you visually tell to your user that a given link is a bookmarklet so it should not be clicked but just bookmarked? Is there a proper and recognized icon to use to alert the user that a given ...
1
vote
3answers
9k views

A grid system (Photoshop/Pixelmator) for designing for the iPad

I am designing an iPad app, so I could really use a grid template. I could probably just work with the 960 grid system; however, I'd love to find a solution that is tailor-made for the purpose (that ...
3
votes
3answers
213 views

How Would You Collect More Information on THIS Website? [closed]

How would you design the extra elements on this site if it were necessary to encourage the user to rate more information? I mean, you can vote over there on the left << But what if you wanted ...
4
votes
1answer
353 views

Effect of allowing users to give both positive and negative feedback vs. giving positive feedback only

When allowing users to provide feedback on other content, most websites allow users to provide both positive and negative feedback. StackExchange, for example, allows users to both upvote and downvote ...
4
votes
4answers
240 views

Highlight most used menu items

Usually I actively use only 10-20% of menu items, especially in different kinds of catalogs, so I wonder if there in any practice that highlights the menu items that are most chosen by a certain user. ...
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votes
4answers
2k views

Best way to combine sign in and sign up in the same form?

I want both forms to be extremely simple - sign in much like facebook in the header with 3 inputs side by side - email, password then "sign in" (or is "log in" better?). I also want to USE THE SAME ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

What are the benefits of non-QWERTY keyboards?

I'm stuck with QWERTY, but have been tempted to try Dvorak. Dvorak advocates claim it's faster. Are there any studies that compare these two (main) keyboard layouts? Are there other layouts out there ...
6
votes
4answers
1k views

In place editing and advanced editing?

I am wondering what is the best way to support both in place editing at a datagrid and advanced for properties that cannot fit into a row. My first idea is to have a pencil at the left for in row ...
2
votes
3answers
722 views

Should we ask for first and last name or a generic display name?

Is it better to ask for both first and last name from user, or a generic "display name" field? Which do users respond to better, and are there any downsides for either? In our case, we are allow both ...
0
votes
2answers
349 views

Need an icon to represent a “Certification Authority” [closed]

I'm (desperately) looking for an icon to represent a Certification Authority, like the ones that sign X.509 certificates we use in secure e-commerce. I need something which is concrete (not an ...
3
votes
2answers
931 views

What are the use cases for advanced search?

I'm working on a search engine for bibliographic data, and I'm trying to understand the use cases for an advanced search feature. Typically seen on the web, this feature will search specific fields (...
1
vote
11answers
991 views

Icon resembling “History” [closed]

I wrote a application for smart phones (it'll be opensource, so no money involved in case you mind) which displays historic events which happend today some years ago, in other words, you would call ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Billing Form: Credit Card details first or last?

Background Info: I am designing a new credit card form for my company and I am happy with the result. In the design I had the credit card details first because users can choose between CC and Paypal (...
3
votes
1answer
113 views

What are factors in the Visual Design of a Language? [closed]

Just to be clear, I'm talking about something like typography, though in most cases typography relates to the redesigning of a set of symbols, not the designing of a set of symbols. I'm guessing that ...
0
votes
2answers
131 views

Tune the radio or tune in?

I'm in doubt whether I should use buttons or radio buttons combined with a single button. I could go with the buttons, as shown below, but I think this confusing. Another option would be the radio ...
3
votes
2answers
122 views

How to mark cells in a spreadsheet that are meant to be edited?

I just put together a spreadsheet to demonstrate how some calculations work. Three of the cells act as inputs. The values in those cells kick off a cascade of calculations in other cells containing ...
1
vote
1answer
962 views

Displaying List with large amount of data in each item

I have a list of Schedule items to display. Each List item has a Name a schedule period and then a whole bunch of times, places and things that are scheduled. The amount times, places and things ...
2
votes
3answers
116 views

XY pad and explaining labels

I need some advice on how to implement a XY pad and explaining labels for x and y axis. A XY pad is a 2 dimensional controller that can replace two knobs (which each is 1 dimensional). Here's a ...
3
votes
2answers
128 views

For programmers, what's the most intuitive keyboard shortcut for switching between programming logic and unit tests?

I'm developing a browser-based application for programming and unit-testing. What's the best keyboard shortcut to switch between the programming pane and the unit-testing pane? Ctrl+T would seem good ...
21
votes
9answers
5k views

Why do alarm clocks not all come with 5/7 day alarms for the working week?

In all the advances in usability why do alarm clocks still wake us up on Saturday? Why not only Monday to Friday instead of being set every night? Do we have to rely on our mobile phone if we want ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Are google plus notifications slow? [closed]

I'm not really a social network person but the google+'s notifications are terrible slow compared with the facebook's notifications. When I enter to the facebook's home page notifications are the ...
2
votes
2answers
411 views

Easiest way to tag content

What's the most user-friendly way to provide tagging functionality to a website? I like SE's tagging system: You can use type it in but there's also autocomplete It shows each tag separately It's ...
2
votes
1answer
113 views

Which one output format is the best for the user?

I am creating a feed reader ( I posted in another question some info about it, nothing related to this one) that gets about 10 different sources. In the my front page, I show the image, title, date, ...
0
votes
1answer
125 views

Customizable Menu Shortcuts [closed]

I need to write a UI so users can edit the default menu shortcuts. All the UIs I know that do this are terrible. Is there an example of an elegant solution for this? I don't want my users to have to ...
25
votes
7answers
3k views

How can a TV Remote's UX be improved?

TV remotes have the astounding distinction of having about half as many keys as my keyboard and one thousandth the functionality. The problem stems from the (perceived) need to present every possible ...
7
votes
2answers
341 views

Why does ESPN subtly change the color of some of its article text?

This is something that's bugged me for years: I'll be reading a story on ESPN and notice that the first paragraph is dark gray, and the second paragraph is often black. I've even taken a screenshot ...
3
votes
3answers
368 views

Do users make use of “expand to read more” feature?

I am building a posts feed aggregator, where when a user wants to visit/read a post he is interested in, clicks on the title and the original post opens in a new tab. My post previews contain Title, ...
4
votes
6answers
280 views

Objective-Unclear Multi-choice design

I was asked at work to create an interface for a web application which could let users browse through 19 templates, initially as thumbnails only, giving them the ability to see the picture in detail ...
4
votes
4answers
168 views

Are edit-form-only interfaces effective for CRMs?

What do you think about the user interface with only an edit form—where there is no separate interface for viewing data—like in Microsoft CRM? Is it effective? What problems do such interfaces tend ...
13
votes
10answers
1k views

Alternatives to having an excessive number of radio buttons on a form?

I have a form which dynamically creates the user's choices as radio buttons. It functionally works, but it does not look that pretty. It looks ugly, particularly if the number of radio buttons grows. ...
8
votes
4answers
1k views

Correct length for login timeout?

My company has created lots of computer software but one issue we have is with login timeouts. Some developers want to make them shorter for security, while most users want it be infinite? Is there ...
10
votes
6answers
1k views

Floppy disk icon for “Save” [closed]

It's funny that we still use floppy disks icon for save operation association while floppies have long been outdated, unused and many computer users nowadays don't even know how floppy disks actually ...
3
votes
2answers
388 views

What are some iPhone app examples that successfully use progress indicators [closed]

I am designing a iPhone app and the main function of the app is a 3 step process (steps most likely don't happen all at once (there could be a period of time between steps, unlike a signup flow). I ...

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