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When is endless paging appropriate?

When is it appropriate to use endless paging in a web application (e.g. auto load or a "see more" link)? Examples Google Reader Facebook This also creates a few issues for the user: Returning ...
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0answers
346 views

Implementing the iPhone alpha navigation in the browser [closed]

Curious if anyone has examples of the alpha navigation used in iPhone apps to jump quickly through long lists, but implemented in the browser? Think - a mobile browser version of Contacts.app where ...
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5answers
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What are some resources for designing slick iPhone UI graphics?

I am currently working the graphics for my iPhone app and would like to take in some tutorials and info about how to make it look as polished as possible. I can only find resources about iteraction ...
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8answers
1k views

Should Printer-Friendly button open a new browser window ?

Reading Common web app usability gotchas? I felt guilty when I read that using a target = "_blank" is a bad thing. I have developed a small web application that format Stack Exchange questions in a ...
9
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3answers
453 views

“Remember my password” and “Sign in automatically” on tablets

Is there a need to have "Remember Me" and "Sign in automatically" on mobile devices, especially for tablet based applications? Skype, Fring on iPhone/Android seems to not to have these options, ...
2
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1answer
182 views

Resources explaining how to approach UI theming

I'm looking for resources that best describe picking and using colors within a user interface. For example, elements that are good to color and elements that should have no or little color impact. I ...
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2answers
322 views

Legal stance on using application icons within our product

We're in the process of building an application that has the ability for a user to store their files within it. When they view a certain page within our product, we need to display a list of all the ...
9
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3answers
957 views

Usability and security for user access and password handling in a web application?

I'm looking at putting together a website aimed at ordinary users that will handle personal data which I don't want to be compromised. How can I make the site secure but also usable? It seems most ...
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4answers
261 views

Should application name relate to application icon?

Should my application name relate to app icon? For example if I want to name my application apple should the icon be an apple icon?
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4answers
1k views

hiring a web designer: design task

I need to hire a web designer. How do I test his creativity and skills before I hire him. Ideally I'd like to give him a fairly open-ended task i.e. I give him a problem statement and ask him to ...
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2answers
233 views

What is the best way to display when a user last logged in to an application?

What is the best way to display when a user last logged in to an application? We are developing a web app where the emphasis is on simplicity. Managers of the application are likely to be ...
3
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2answers
516 views

Select box in search bar

Well I was wondering what you might think of a select box inside of a search bar. As long as the text doesn't go underneath the box I think it looks really cool. Example: ...
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5answers
1k views

Best way to accept user input of multiple numbers?

I am building a (very) small WPF app that needs to accept user input in the form of a series of numbers. The user will be entering anywhere from 1-30 numbers (all 6 digit numbers) and then clicking ...
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4answers
3k views

Guidelines for autocomplete widgets

What guidelines exist when working with autocomplete widgets? I'm hoping for general guidelines that apply across different application types: web, desktop, and mobile. A response to a Search as you ...
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1answer
2k views

Using a combination of horizontal navigation with submenus and vertical side navigation with submenus in one website

I've been involved in a website redesign where the navigation includes a primary horizontal navigation menu with one level of dropdowns and secondary navigation in the left column that repeats the ...
6
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7answers
805 views

How to choose a success and failure sound

I create a math game where the user has to solve an equation. If the user is right, the application plays sound A. If he's wrong, it plays sound B. What criteria should I use to choose sounds for A ...
3
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3answers
186 views

Is custom manufacturer order confusing for users ?

I have an eshop that has in the menu a list of manufacturers available on the website. The default order for them is alphabetical, but due to marketing reasons the owner asked that several ...
2
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3answers
266 views

Good icon for configurable products [closed]

I have an eshop that has configurable products, what icon would be best suited for marking the products that have configuration in the category listing. My curent choice is this:
4
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2answers
160 views

Tracking/displaying changes in documents

Modern office products has a feature to track and highlight changes. Old versions of Miscrosoft Word used two colors (striked-out red for deleted and green for inserted text), while recent version ...
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9answers
7k views

Best way to select a subset of items in a long list

One of our clients wants us to build a web application to share information about the magazines he publishes. Each edition of a magazine contains a variable amount of advertisers. These advertisers ...
12
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2answers
618 views

Should there be a difference in the relative sizes of the buttons in a confirmation dialog?

I understand the idea behind having the more likely to be used action on a page slightly larger or in a different style in order to guide the user to it (for example having a button for save but a ...
2
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4answers
634 views

How or where to add an explanatory legend without the use of asterisk?

We are currently working on improving an online e-commerce website, and recently we bumped into the issue of adding an explanatory legend that had not previously been requested. There's a product ...
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8answers
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What is “eyebrow navigation”?

Just came across this term in a document I'm reading through, referring to "eyebrow links" in the context of navigation. Presumably it's a form of navigation at the top of the page, but what ...
6
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5answers
296 views

Accessibility in modern web applications

I'm currently part of a team that develops a complex web application for a German customer (sorry, cannot say anything about the project). We would like "to be a good citizen" and develop the ...
7
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1answer
1k views

Resources for building a UI/UX team and process

I'm looking for practical guidance (books, articles, blogs) on approaching team building and the development process. I'm currently running development teams using basic Agile and Scrum principals ...
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4answers
822 views

Are single page websites good for newbies and do they work ok for mobile users?

I'm thinking of making my future project a single page website. It's not going to be something simple. I want to include membership, comments and views in the same page or in modal windows mostly ...
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1answer
407 views

does this design have a good usability?

i asked this question on stackoverflow and has been redirected here. sorry about cross-posting. i am writing a financial application and i need to write a specialized file open dialog for the user to ...
3
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2answers
253 views

How should I allow my members to delete their membership from my site?

What is the best way to allow a member to delete their account if they wish to not be a member of our community? Should I simply have them click a delete button on the site? What other measures should ...
0
votes
1answer
265 views

ui controls for asp.net [closed]

i have been using the basic toolkit that is provided with VS 2008 I am currently looking for UI control toolkit from third party. I am basically concentrating on Gridview, treeview, textboxes, ...
2
votes
2answers
906 views

Best way to handle primary/secondary navigation

I'm working on a site right now where I need to handle both primary and secondary navigation. Unfortunately, in this case the secondary navigation is more important than the primary... Primary ...
4
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6answers
242 views

Web site which allows users to provide feedback/rate web site design variations [closed]

I've come up with several mockups for a design refresh of one of my existing sites, but I'm having a hard time selecting a design. Is there any web site which allows to submit a number of designs and ...
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vote
3answers
285 views

Criteria for choosing fonts for a tree in a utility that everyone likes and can read?

So I've got a utility that really only needs to be ran internally, but I want the guys who use it to not complain about it all the time. I don't think that style particularly matters to them ...
15
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7answers
2k views

Constructing personas without user research

I'm in the position where I can not do proper user research for an upcoming project. I do have some information from the customer (their RFI and RFQ) but I don't feel that is really enough. How would ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

Software creating user interface prototypes on Linux

I'm looking for user interface prototyping software. I like Axure, but it is not available on Linux, so I'm looking something similar with it. What open source project do you use for basic UI ...
0
votes
2answers
394 views

Improve the User Interface of Website [closed]

So I am using Visual Studio 2008, ASP.net 3.5, with the basic toolkit provided. Now I have made the GUI with a lot of functionality but the design is very basic and looks too old. I need to give it ...
12
votes
4answers
2k views

What is the best voting system

I'm wondering what is the best voting system for site that have ranking like top 10 / top 100. Like/dislike stars rating (from 1 to 5) single thumb up thumb up/thumb down What you think? ...
34
votes
5answers
31k views

Preferred format to display negative currency (US English)?

Which would be the more readable way to format negative numbers: -$99.99 ($99.99) Some other format I haven't considered Details: Most of our user base has finance experience and but some have ...
59
votes
8answers
7k views

As a programmer, how do I move into User Experience Design?

I've been a developer for over 6 years, mainly working in the web context, and generally distributed applications, services, and also front-facing apps. I got into programming originally through ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Best Text for “Select All”/“Unselect All” Buttons with CheckLists

What would "better" text for buttons that select all items in a checklist: "Check All" / "Uncheck All" "Select All" / "Unselect All" or perhaps other text
47
votes
6answers
10k views

Is scrolling better than clicking to reveal more content?

Which is faster? Scrolling down or clicking a button to reveal more content? Currently, our site requires clicking of page numbers to reveal more content. We have 9 channels per page, which fits on ...
12
votes
4answers
6k views

What is the best way to visually present a sitemap?

Do you know which are the common patterns for a graphical representation of a sitemap?
3
votes
4answers
916 views

Two-Step Operations and Button Conventions

Our web application has three different operations that proceed as follows: The user is presented with a popup where different settings are selected. The user can click on a button labeled with the ...
10
votes
7answers
1k views

Any examples or suggestions for working with timelines [closed]

I'm going to be writing an application that needs to handle linear work flows. For simplicity, there are two types of entries: Events: A trigger condition that allows you to move forward. It may ...
2
votes
2answers
590 views

How do I lay out non-rectangular UI elements?

Does anyone have a good reference for laying out non-rectangular user elements? I don't just mean circular buttons which are laid out as if they were in a square box, and I don't mean placing them ...
7
votes
4answers
470 views

How to handle inter-related dropdown choices?

I've got a form containing (among other things) 3 dropdowns, each with about 5-10 choices. The choices in these dropdowns are closely related and some of the permutations will be invalid. This also ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

Is it ok to hide the TabBar for some detail views in an IPhone App?

I'm working on an iPhone app with a detail view that fits exactly on a (vertical) iPhone screen. Here's a screenshot of the view in question: http://screencast.com/t/NDBjZWRkMWQt The problem is that ...
2
votes
4answers
501 views

Need an algorithm/template for implementing a question-answer-progression

.. for a telephonic help service. Typically the client will phone in and the help-operator will drill down a series of questions & answer pairs to refine the client's problem and eventually arrive ...
2
votes
1answer
725 views

Toggling UI Mode, Show/Hide

I am currently working on an enterprise web app. In the invoice entry screen, I had some UI trouble. Basically the current invoice entry screen is something like this: Default mode/state Item ...
101
votes
7answers
19k views

When to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links?

Are there any rules on when to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links in a web application? For example: vs. save vs. save Extra question: Is save -or- save preferable?
5
votes
4answers
346 views

Finding a set of stock icons that match existing icons [closed]

We have a web application with a dozen or so icons for various functions. The icons were provided by a web design company during a redesign of the site two years ago. The company no longer exists. We ...

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