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What alternatives are there for “My x”, like in “My Documents”

I'm working on a tool where people place work and other people choose to do that work. The menu now has the following items: Choose work (which lists all possible things you could do) Place work ...
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4answers
4k views

Activity transitions on Android

Since API Level 5, we have had easy access to overridePendingTransition, allowing us to replace the standard slide left/right transitions with all kinds of craziness. I just noticed that the latest ...
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5answers
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Is it correct to sometimes capitalize words mid-sentence in computer user interfaces?

I've noticed that many sites and user interfaces tend to capitalize certain words or sentences like so: Choose File Select a File to Upload Account Settings How to Format but in some other ...
3
votes
5answers
538 views

What are the most common UIs/Components? What are their Strengths/Weaknesses? How to improve? [closed]

Hm, I am fininding myself wishing that we had communitywiki After seeing this question: What is the most common user interface in the world? I thought it would be educational to not limit the ...
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7answers
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Is it bad practice to mark a field as required but not really require it?

I have a customer who wants a form on his site to collect address information but does not want to lose customers who are reluctant to give that information. Since many people are simply lazy about ...
9
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2answers
349 views

Most effective way to display the enable/disable part of a setup page

We have an admin section with a number of different settings users can go to. In the majority of pages there is an option at the top which initially allows the users to either enable or disable that ...
3
votes
2answers
730 views

Examples of magnification/zoom to see details [closed]

I'm looking for examples of interfaces where the user is shown part of the UI enlarged or magnified so they can perform a detailed task. One example would be the magnified text on an iPhone when ...
16
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6answers
885 views

Japanese people hate my site [closed]

I did some A/B testing on how language translations affect the ability for people to install a browser plugin. I got around 20 languages professionally translated. I use Javascript to default to the ...
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3answers
3k views

confirm email or email verification later?

I have a registration form, name, email, password. I also offer the Facebook connection and in the future all other Open ID ways but for now I would focus on the regular process: Currently, I require ...
8
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4answers
683 views

CMS Interface Logic. - Is this the best approach?

I am developing a cms system. Currently I am working on the Interface for adding new menu items to a menu. (Due to the cms Logic the menus are fixed, the user can not add or remove menus, only delete ...
11
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7answers
2k views

Who designs great UIs with usability testing?

If you want to make a usability expert twitchy and uncomfortable, ask her how companies like Apple can create acclaimed, wildly successful, and usable products using top-down design without ...
8
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8answers
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Why can't I use glass buttons?

I'm prototyping a new form, and it's got the 'glass' buttons on it. Several colleagues freaked out and went on rants about glass buttons being the ultimate evil. Objectively speaking, what's wrong ...
5
votes
5answers
501 views

Which is better - a summarized menu or a detailed menu?

I am redesigning a navigation menu for a web-based application. The current menu is a list of tasks, grouped by service. The list is growing steadily as we are adding new functionalities and now the ...
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2answers
229 views

What is the most effective way to passively monitor users in a complex web-based system?

Focus is on interface use patterns, not on raw page views.
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1answer
335 views

what factors would you use to rank the importance of use case scenarios as they relate to a cost-benefit ratio?

Examples: Users (# of) Frequency of Action (# per XYZ) Cost (Resource XYZ) Usability Problems (Hard <> Easy) Failure Rate (successful <> unsuccessful) And based on the factors you present, ...
12
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3answers
1k views

How do you calculate the cognitive memory load requirements of an interface?

If you break an interface down into elements and possible actions, how do you calculate the memory load requirements of an interface? Further, how do you relate the existing familiarity of an element ...
11
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3answers
664 views

Displaying a panda's family tree

I have a section on my website that displays information about all known captive pandas, (Nearly 700) in total. Each panda has a single page which display it's name, birth / death and where it has ...
17
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3answers
784 views

How to indicate a table is missing rows that have been filtered out?

Do you know of any aesthetically-pleasing and effective ways of indicating that a table's contents have been filtered, without the filter information getting in the way? Some background on my ...
6
votes
5answers
489 views

How do you recruit users for usability evaluation?

Pick random people? Use a service like usertesting.com? What do you do?
4
votes
4answers
362 views

How many users must be tested when doing usability, and why?

Please provide empirical data. Just to be clear, I will not accept Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, March 19, 2000: Why You Only Need to Test with 5 Users without solid empirical data to back it up. I find ...
6
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5answers
529 views

How do you know when an interface is complete?

Meaning that a usability test measures if an interface meets the goals it sets, but only test what is present. How do I know when an interface is complete? Meaning a test, or measure of completeness, ...
11
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7answers
4k views

What is the most common user interface in the world? [closed]

Please explain: (1) What leads you to believe the interface is the most commonly used, and (2) Why do you believe that it is an interface. UPDATE: Leonardo Herrera's answer "The button, and its ...
9
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6answers
1k views

Based on your experience, what are the capabilities and limitations of Axure? [closed]

Just started playing around with Axure, an integrated development environment for wireframes, prototypes, and specifications. Already I'm wondering why there's not integration for: business ...
2
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1answer
343 views

iPhone, description of values on a summary screen are long, need to provide a few words and a sort of popup with the full description?

The first screen in my app will show a summary of the values held / derived in my app. The descriptions for each value are going to be quite long. I don't want the screen to be cluttered with lots of ...
4
votes
5answers
1k views

In a grid, how to manually reorder rows?

I wish to let my users reorder elements in a grid - not do automatic sorting on a column. They select which element is the first, which one comes after the other, etc. I thought of and saw some ...
0
votes
2answers
537 views

What are some wpf specific design resources for best practise in themeing controls? [closed]

What are some wpf specific design resources for best practise in themeing controls? Could you design legends point me to some sweet resources for themeing of WPF controls? I'm familiar with some of ...
2
votes
6answers
878 views

WebApp User Login Screen

I am currently considering options for a web/intranet application login screen and this seems like a good place to share. Not much work has gone into the current screen since creation and it exists ...
14
votes
26answers
2k views

What's a catchy name for “overly complex, barely designed interface”? [closed]

I think the title says it all. "Cockpit-like" is what I've come up with, but I'm looking for better ideas.
2
votes
2answers
467 views

How to differentiate between vertical and horizontal splitting of a view

I'm working on the programming interface (public functions) to an API for graphical UI layout. The API does everything in terms of frame objects - simple rectangles in which stuff can be displayed. I ...
10
votes
3answers
683 views

How to indicate a text field is autocomplete capable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to tell the user that an input box is autocomplete-enabled? Has anyone come across any kind of visual indicator that suggests a text field will autocomplete? ...
12
votes
5answers
754 views

Making it clear which items in a long list are selected

I'm trying to design a portion of a web interface that allows users to tag items and view all items with a tag or set of tags on them - think gmail, if gmail allowed you to easily select multiple tags ...
3
votes
4answers
750 views

What are the benefits and drawbacks of dialog sheets as seen in Mac OS X?

Introduced with the original Mac OS X were dialog sheets: As I understand (not being a Mac user) these sheets are modal, requiring user interaction in the current window, but not limiting the user ...
5
votes
5answers
211 views

Putting critical but low traffic link in primary navigation

Our site (veetle.com) requires a video player plugin to be downloaded before you can play any video on the site. We've always had an inline install prompt when you enter into the video page: Now ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Dropdown Button and disjunct options

At the top of the application we have a function bar that (almost) contains all functions that can be done on entries in a table below, quite similar to Office Fluent UI. We try to minimize the amount ...
13
votes
5answers
2k views

Pros and Cons for having same form for login, register and forgotten password

I have notice some sites have the same form for login, register and forgotten password. Below the form you have 3 buttons i forgot my password register log me in What are the pros and cons on ...
10
votes
2answers
582 views

Are “Thank You for Unsubscribing to our Newsletter” emails necessary?

I am about to disable the "Send a Thank You for Unsubscribing to our Newsletter" message for some of our clients as I think it's superfluous and unnecessary. My suggestion was to have an Unsubscribe ...
14
votes
6answers
4k views

Alternatives to a dual list for selecting a bunch of items from a long list?

What alternatives and examples are there for selecting a bunch of items from a long list of items instead of a dual list? This question has some nice enhancements on the traditional dual list, but ...
3
votes
6answers
529 views

UI design app for programmers.

I am looking to do some basic UI elements for my website, eg a logo. I am not looking for anything really fancy, something like: and this sort of things. Besides photoshop, was program do you ...
11
votes
8answers
1k views

How to solicit feedback from customers

What can I do to get customers to contact me and give feedback on my application? I sell a downloadable Windows desktop application, I also have a web application that is under development (so I'm ...
3
votes
4answers
1k views

Need smallest possible images for iPad that can zoom to 200% without losing quality

right now I'm using 2048x1546 images at 132dpi, PNG files. they look amazing but they are huge in file size. any tips on how to get around having such large images in both dimensions and file size? ...
11
votes
4answers
539 views

What is the most effective way to solicit and manage open source project UI feedback?

I'm planning to release a project which will integrate with several popular content management systems as a plugin and operate as a stand-alone service - beyond providing users with a simple contact ...
5
votes
3answers
626 views

I want to let the user toggle a column heading to sort a grid by a date field. How can I make ASC/DSC intuitive?

I want to let the user toggle a column heading to sort a grid by a date field. How can I make the ascending/descending dichotomy intuitive? EDIT: I was looking for date-column specific solutions.
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Icon Ideas for Logging Out but not Exiting a WinForms Application [closed]

Firstly, I am going to put text with the icons, so the user won't be completely clueless and as confused as a whale hurtling through the air from a great height. Our WinForms application's user ...
6
votes
3answers
434 views

Interaction design for copying subtrees

Suppose we have two data trees A and B visualized in the UI along these lines: The user wants to copy the highlighted subtree nodes from A to B. The two trees have some shared nodes as indicated by ...
4
votes
4answers
200 views

Is it necessary to have microcopy text to accompany a loading/progress image?

Is it necessary to have microcopy text to accompany a loading/progress image? Is the word "updating", or "loading", or even "wait a sec" necessary to support an animated loading/progress image? with ...
35
votes
6answers
6k views

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 ...
3
votes
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 ...
4
votes
5answers
5k views

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 ...
13
votes
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
votes
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, ...

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