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Best resources to make great reusable UI elements (icons/buttons/etc)? [closed]

I'm new to "crafting UIs", but I've been doing User Experience / Interaction design for a while. Being unable to design my own graphics has been a serious handicap for my work as I'm dependent on ...
3
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1answer
308 views

Guiding user on two separate choices that begin with the same first step

I am working on building a site which has two steps as the basis for the main functionality of the site: Asking a question Creating a new page Before they can ask a question or create a new page ...
4
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1answer
154 views

What should flagging do?

Given a pretty simple site with controls for flagging posts which are inappropriate, what exactly should the action do? It seems that It should preferably "hide" that post from the user. ...
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1answer
147 views

Is there a best practice for attaching zero or more records to a parent item?

Things I need to do: display a list of items related to a parent item (contacts on a quote) be able to remove an item from its list (remove contact from quote but not delete contact) be able to edit ...
12
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6answers
6k views

Alternative UI patterns for a large, shallow tree

In our app, AdminUsers can be associated to Editions, which are part of a Course. A Course would be something like Ruby 101, and an Edition would be French - Online or English - Classroom. So an ...
8
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4answers
449 views

What is a good clean way of notifying the user their action was registered?

I am developing an internal website for managing company resources. The user sees very few full page refreshes. Therefore, when they click "Save" to save their changes, they don't get a refreshed page ...
3
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4answers
399 views

“Edit” or “Change”?

In the interests of speaking more like a human, I'm working through some of the terms used in an application. One of the terms is "edit". It strikes me that "change" is a much more human way of ...
5
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1answer
292 views

Writing the welcome page in the style of a letter [closed]

I am trying to make the welcome page for the company I work for as helpful and friendly as possible. At the moment, I have written the text in the style of a letter, in the sense that I start with "Hi....
3
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1answer
931 views

Dashboard resources [closed]

We are developing a dashboard for a web application and I wondered if there was a web resource of any do's and don't of dashboard design? I know there are some good books on this subject (which I have ...
2
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2answers
140 views

Animation on Handheld: How Much is Too Much?

In web applications in the 1990s, it was pretty common to see animation (animated gifs, marquees, etc.) -- since then, the industry has pretty much established this as a no-no for (professional) ...
3
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2answers
312 views

Enabling spell check in the UI

We are building an application which will contain spell checking features for areas where users will enter input. We have already implemented the feature for our rich text editors, whereby spell ...
1
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3answers
1k views

Are there some sites that look and feel like an iOS interface? [closed]

I have one specific and rather strange question. Have you heard or saw a website that was designed to look like an application for iOS (iPhone, iPad)? Do you think that's a good idea? Note: this ...
2
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4answers
272 views

How to deal with different screen sizes when your theme is all about design

We know that not all people have the same screen resolution in their computer monitor. Some people prefer widescreen display in 15'', when other uses 17'' and more for their computer experience. I am ...
7
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2answers
566 views

Suggestion for a UX book [closed]

I'm looking for a UX book that has content similar to UX Myths. The book should cover frequent user experience misconceptions and show ways how to do it better. It would also be great if there are not ...
10
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8answers
579 views

How to make the relationship between two related lists more obvious?

I've got two horizontal lists - one that contains Chinese characters (list A) and the second that contains the decomposition of the selected character (list B). Currently, when the user clicks on ...
1
vote
1answer
63 views

Applying research on the ‘signposting’ of categories in a system with a large number of different items - to a physical world environment

Does any body know of either: 1 / Any research which looks at the best ways to categorise and signpost items in a system with a large number of items ? (This could be in a standard software ...
1
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4answers
631 views

What UI design should I use for a smartphone app?

On desktop platforms, using the system's control styling, etc. is a very common practice and changing it ("theming") is usually looked down upon unless the application specifically calls for it (like ...
0
votes
1answer
795 views

Is a fixed footer menu in a web app bad practice?

We are building a (non-native web app) that looks and behaves like a native iPhone app (using jQuery Mobile). Now the client wants a fixed footer menu which reduced the screen estate. Is a footer menu ...
1
vote
4answers
139 views

Where does one look for and what should one look for in hiring an icon designer? [closed]

I've got a small app I wrote, which is open source. I'd like to put a nice looking icon on the app; one that isn't going to be used by every other program on the face of the earth for being a stock ...
11
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6answers
2k views

What's the best way to implement product comparison on a mobile web site? [closed]

I have found only one example of this so far (Best Buy) and it is not very well executed. I'm wondering if there are any good examples of mobile sites that allow product comparisons, or if perhaps ...
4
votes
3answers
215 views

Displaying/presenting options neatly

I have a Windows application which has some options regarding notifications. Each type of message can be turned on and off for the statusbar and for pop-up messages. Here is what it looks like now: ...
4
votes
5answers
586 views

Should social media sharing icons be placed on the homepage as well as article pages?

I'm working on an online magazine, and we are considering which pages in the sitemap should have social media sharing icons. We have looked at four examples of related precedent sites throughout this ...
1
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2answers
130 views

What's a good way to show previous versions of records?

I'm designing a typical database application. Now I wounder how I should present previous versions of records. I have two views for records now: Create/Update view Read view But how should I ...
16
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8answers
3k views

Icon for “factory reset” [closed]

I'm having a hard time finding an appropriate icon for "factory reset". At the moment, I have a "warning" icon, but I am looking for something less aggressive and more to the point.
32
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4answers
10k views

Character limits on fields - pros and cons and best practices?

Some of our form fields have character limits. We're debating whether we should reflect the current size of data entry, or to simply hard-limit and inhibit data entry beyond that size. In HTML, ...
9
votes
3answers
3k views

Reason for blinking laptop power light on suspend

My HP Pavilion laptop has a power light on the switch (a slide-and-release switch). This light is off when the computer is off or hibernated, constantly on when the power is on, and it blinks when the ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

Tooltips for Icons/Buttons

So it's mentioned frequently how icons and buttons might not always be 100% intuitive in what they mean, and that ideally they should be accompanied by a label. What about a tooltip, like in HTML ...
9
votes
7answers
395 views

How to choose the text on the submit button in forms?

REGISTER Username ----------------------- |_____________________| Password ----------------------- |_____________________| .------. | Submit | '------' When designing forms, do you customize ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

Displaying a large data set in a table cell

What is the best way to display a large data set, e.g. 50 words, in a table cell? I am thinking maybe a linkable piece of text such that when clicked, displays a popup box with the full text. ...
3
votes
3answers
354 views

Ask to show tutorial on first start?

The help system of my desktop application contains a "first steps" tutorial to introduce the general workflow and some terms. The tutorial can be found directly in the main menu and in the help ...
2
votes
4answers
3k views

Questions to be asked in a survey for Desktop Application

Can you experts please let me know some questions that can be asked in a survey? We have just released an updated version of our data security (encryption) desktop application but the response is not ...
3
votes
3answers
788 views

Should I use customized social buttons

I am facing a cornelian choice. Should I use custom social sharing buttons for UI consistency or should I keep them original for better recognition ?
0
votes
1answer
147 views

How to allow filtering Films in my app intuitively? (GUI design)

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this but I wrote an app that shows all the movies in one's computer with the appropriate info such as genre, director, rating, etc. I am wondering how ...
4
votes
1answer
600 views

Is having more then 1 label for a form element really against web accessibility guidelines?

I'm working on making my pages compliant to us section 508, and wcag 2.0 aaa. I've got a bunch of fields that have ghosting on them, like date text boxes. they use the labelOver plugin that can ...
5
votes
3answers
341 views

“File” for name of drop-down menu

In Windows mostly, a lot (most?) applications have a "File" drop-down menu, with things like "Exit", "Import/export settings", "Preferences", ... Is "File" a blindly accepted standard/default? ...
15
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2answers
2k views

Should web users see the http:// prefix to websites?

Chrome seems to have been the first to start hiding the http:// prefix last year, and there seemed to be significant contention. Rather than show the full prefix chrome lops off http:// and displays ...
8
votes
2answers
216 views

Is F1-F12 the same for every keyboard/language

I have little tooltip graphics, each with a picture of a keyboard shortcut. Sometimes, the picture is a F5, a F10, etc. I was wondering (for accessibility reasons) if everyone has a keyboard with "F" ...
4
votes
3answers
469 views

Is offering more than one openid/social-sign-in option a good idea?

Lots of sites nowadays offer the option to log in via Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and so on, and sometimes a standard username/password option as well. While this goes a long way toward helping users ...
4
votes
3answers
380 views

Windows directory picker: why need an extra button?

The standard directory pickers are as follows. They have a long input box with the current chosen directory, a '...' button next to it that opens a directory picker to chosen a new direcotry. Why is ...
3
votes
1answer
5k views

How to simplify a long form

We are designing a web app for tour operators and the initial data looks like the attachment, any ideas to simplify. some of the fields will be calculated those will be removed, and some unneeded ...
1
vote
3answers
214 views

How to convert a visitor/ browser to a user?

I run a social learning network that enables anyone to create a class/ workshop on almost any non-academic topic and allows users to register online. Anybody can be a teacher or learner. Its free. ...
2
votes
2answers
467 views

Dialog asking to save changes when doing a selection change?

In our desktop application we have a viewer which shows the content of a selected item (both, viewer and list, are located in the same window). When the user selects a different item, its content will ...
1
vote
1answer
197 views

Detail page with different main-navigation dependent on inner-link vs. landingpage

Consider product detail pages of which some rank pretty good on long-tail keywords. However, some testing has shown that visitors often 'leak' to more general pages through the main navigation. ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

Filtering and searching with UISearchBar on the iPhone?

For iPhone development, is there any UI/UX pattern I should be following with the UISearchBar to permit both filtering and searching? My use case is one screen were we display nearby in a UITableView ...
5
votes
4answers
461 views

Recommended training/conferences for UX designer?

We would like to invest in a couple of our team members to give them training in UX and GUI design. I realize UX is a fresh and rapidly changing field, which is why I'm hoping to get some advice ...
5
votes
4answers
364 views

Balance between mandatory fields and optional fields

I am working on the project part of which is building a user profile page that is used to collect some information from the user so that this can be used to display better matching results for that ...
3
votes
1answer
356 views

Search input on mobile device

I'm designing an mobile-web-app (ie: not a native app) for touchscreen smartphones. When you add a search input, do we need to add the search button (for processing the search) or use the one present ...
1
vote
2answers
112 views

Which input layout for choosing between Option1, Option2 and (Option1 or Option2, dynamically)

One setting in our app has to be as follows: For a certain scenario, the user select whether he wants: Always use option X Or always use option Y Or, depending on a dynamic flag, use X or Y (he ...
2
votes
4answers
1k views

Why show the global menus only on mouseover in Ubuntu Unity?

The new Unity interface in Ubuntu since version 11.04 has a global menu bar. This menu bar shows a behaviour that I find very surprising, it hides the menu entries as long as the cursor is not above ...
7
votes
2answers
823 views

What's the best positioning strategy for dialog boxes?

In a Windows application, there are many options for determining the starting position of a dialog. In the center of the application's main window In the center of the screen where the application's ...

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