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What is a good web page resolution to design for? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Common screen resolution in 2011? What would be a good web page resolution to design for? I currently work according to 1024px wide resolution screens. and create UIs ...
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Recommended UI/UX conference in Europe?

Really liked @wnathanlee's USA-question, and it's UK-counterpart but I would like to broaden the field a bit. I know there are some great conferences/sessions/symposiums/seminars out there on the ...
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A way to denote possibility of multiple selection in table view

I'm creating an OS X app and during it's setup (the very first launch) I need user to select a few entries from a list (a one-columned table). Usually on OS X user is able to select a single line from ...
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568 views

What is the best way to spend a very limited budget on UX design?

We might be starting development of a web product in a couple of weeks. This being a startup, we have a limited budget. It's not zero though, we might spend a couple of grand on UX design. I would ...
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4answers
185 views

Discrete priority values instead of continuous ones in bug tracking tools

In bug tracking tools (and probably other similar applications), tickets are prioritized based on discrete categories rather than on continuous values. This can produce strange and counter-intuitive ...
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2answers
346 views

Which design pattern to use for showing users task completeness?

For instance I have some data like this: I have multiple users, every users has tasks which could be: not started completed in progress done When I want to achieve clear separation of users, ...
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Order of 'Country' and 'State' fields in Registration forms

Most registration forms seem to be to ask for the 'State' first and 'Country' after that, both being drop down lists. The 'State' list has the State names of USA by default, and this list is refreshed ...
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Is it time to reevaluate what keys keyboards should have?

I just got my Google I/O Chromebook and one of the most interesting things about the keyboard layout is that certain keys have been replaced by Google with new ones that are more relevant for an ...
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What's the most efficient/least troublesome way to scroll when reading on mobile?

For reading purposes on mobile devices, what is the way to go? Paging or scrolling? If I want to give the reader the option of a scroll, should the controls for that be on-screen or in a menu?
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Interaction with elements on cartography touch application

I'm currently designing a touch tablet application that deals with cartography and elements manipulation. We need to be able to touch interact with the elements on the map and : get info move item ...
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6answers
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How to represent optional fields?

I've read somewhere, that if you have more required fields than optional, best practice is to mark the optional form fields. However I think that asterisk notation for required fields is a widely ...
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Too many tabs - use buttons instead?

We have an admin page in our application that has toomanytab-itus (see the second set of tabs are stacking): I've been tasked with solving this issue. Reorganising/grouping the content to reduce ...
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1answer
477 views

Is there a resource for MMORPG trading interfaces?

I’m searching for some documentation/training/resource on MMORPG trading UIs (marketplace, auctions, changing items etc.). Is there any detailed documentation in this topic somewhere? ps. Google is ...
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3answers
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How do you choose which game mechanics to apply to a non-game system?

Is there anyone doing gamification? (apply game mechanics to non-game system) Just wanted to ask: how do you choose which one to use when gamifying a system? Because there are multitudes of ...
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9answers
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Do many spinners on a page look good?

Our engineers are making some changes to our RESTful service calls, so on one page we are making many calls to get different contents through different AJAX calls to fetch small amounts of data, ...
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3answers
337 views

How to minimise the biasing influence of stakeholders

I'm working on a large project where I am a UX consultant. The company I am contracted with also consult a domain expert (DE) but she is not UX. More than a few times now I have noticed her insisting ...
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3answers
410 views

guidelines for creating videos to demonstrate a web application's functionality to end user

In a previous question, a person asked: what are the Best/Standard Practices for Creating & Building Help Files for End User? My question is related, but already assumes that offering videos for ...
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4answers
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How to explain to a client that User Experience and web/graphic design is different?

My client is absolutely sure that there is no difference between these topics. How do you explain that making a UX adjustment plan is not the same as a web design task? You have to write a contract ...
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6answers
572 views

Rough and fine adjustments with horizontal slider

I'm used to scrolling being thrice as effective as arrowkeys in Firefox. I want to give the ability to quickly and roughly adjust values by hovering over the slider and using the scrollwheel. Finest ...
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13answers
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Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?

With the advent of Apple moving to auto-saving in its newest release Lion, should everyone start adopting the convention of auto-saving? At first it is definitely awkward and the user can feel like ...
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5answers
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Adaptive UI vs. recognizable UI

I'm reading a thesis which discusses Task-focused user interfaces. They discuss an application which adapts/filters views based on relevant items determined by an interaction history. They prove their ...
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6answers
423 views

How to get into accessibility consulting?

I’m a totally blind software developer who does mostly server side programming. I’ve had some experience with section 508 assessments and am an experienced screen reader user. While I have a full time ...
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6answers
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Hierarchical multi-state tree check box selection

I'm searching for a good/alternative solution to handle multi-state selections in a check box tree. A normal check box tree is mostly doable, because it has three different states. It might not be ...
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9answers
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What would be the benefits of knowing JavaScript as a UI/UX designer?

I'm a UI/UX designer and work for a start-up creating a web-based application serving a specific target audience. Although not required for my job, I'm trying to teach myself JavaScript and would like ...
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6answers
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Do I have the skills for UX? [closed]

I will soon be graduating with a BS in computer science with a focus in HCI. My goal is to land a job in the realm of user experience, but I'm not sure where I stand with regards to my experience and ...
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3answers
617 views

Has Captcha become common knowledge?

I am doing a business site for a web company, and was wondering if Captcha has become so well-known, that it no longer needs an explanation ? Right now there is only a input box, the captcha image ...
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How could I handle product returns through this interface?

I have a dialog where users allocate product on an order to various available lots of product. So basically if there are 100 units on a line item of an order, the user would have to allocate this ...
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5answers
761 views

Limiting customer credit cards to a single account

Is it a good idea to limit a customer's credit card so that it can only be used on one user account? The user can have as many credit cards associated with their account as they like, but they cannot ...
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3answers
421 views

Should we call our achievement system something else?

The company I work for has two public sites; one is just our main WWW site and the other is a site dedicated to our members. I'm a developer there and I'm working on an achievement system for our ...
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6answers
626 views

How to design user evaluation tasks without leading people to 'the answer'?

By way of example: on the site I am testing I have a page that shows a piece of information; and a side panel that shows related / similar information from other areas of the site. How do I test ...
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2answers
415 views

How can I encourage users to authenticate?

I am working on a post-sale customer support project for a US high street retailer (for the rest of this post I will refer to them as 'Jon's Cellphones'). The program will enable customers who ...
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2answers
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Ratio of search vs. browse on consumer web sites

Where can one find referenceable stats or industry research which highlights the percentage of users who search vs. browse on consumer web sites. Are there any known studies in this area?
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What is the significance of the three dots “…” on menus and buttons and how to use them right?

Adding three dots after the title of items in a dropdown menu seems to be a common practice (as you can see on the picture of a drop down menu in Google Chrome). They generaly mean that there is ...
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4answers
483 views

Have you used Markdown for large content editing?

I am putting together a system for writers/editors to efficiently add — fairly rich — content to a website. I've previously used standard WYSIWYG editors but find that often what you see isn't what ...
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6answers
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What do you put in a country list for countries with more than one common name?

I'm from England, which means in drop-down lists I have to search for United Kingdom, then England, then Great Britain... it's generally the UK, but it does vary from site to site. What is the best ...
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1answer
164 views

How important it is to consider the background of audience while designing a web GUI?

While we have to develop web applications for general public, sometimes it happens that we have to target a specific type of audience. I'll use a theoretical use case to elaborate my question: A ...
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4answers
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How important is it to consider color for color blindness in a design

In response to this question about iconography, I was wondering about how much it is necessary to factor in color usability for people with color perception difficulties into a design. The first ...
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3answers
371 views

What kinds of personality archetypes are taken into account when designing an application?

If somebody were to look out on the landscape of applications available, the amount of options is staggering. However, it's pretty easy to see that two applications that have the same basic functions ...
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4answers
955 views

How important is feedback?

I think (I don't want to influence you) that feedback is vital. Both for the user as for the design team. I'm trying to convince a team that they should put feedback at the core of every user related ...
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2answers
2k views

Examples of a zoom/pan on hover [closed]

I've got this user interface idea in mind for my dashboard app, and I swear I've seen it before but cannot find an instance of it on the web. The essence is that you present a thumbnail image to the ...
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4answers
257 views

How do I quickly convey the concept of organising the cloud using images?

I am working on https://datkey.com, and the UI design and UX aren't working out. How do I build a good quick set of images for a simple splash page or convey quickly to the users the concept of ...
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2answers
311 views

Tell mobile users that there is an app available

Some people come to my website with their phones or tablets. I would like to convert these web users to use my app instead. What would be the best practice to advertise the app? A modal popup. A ...
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7answers
330 views

How can I lead users to and use an unusual navigation

So, I'm making someone a high concept website. Basically, there's one of those old fashioned television sets with circular nobs, like those on a stove, to change the channel. You turn the nob, it ...
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8answers
502 views

Is clicking here to stay?

I remember seeing a really interesting site a while back that challenged the convention of clicking: http://www.dontclick.it/ (it's a safe site, it uses mouse movement instead of clicking for ...
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14answers
4k views

What's a good icon to represent how difficult a task is to do? [closed]

I am working on an application where users get to rate various things. In one category, they are rating how "good" something is, and so I put together a little 1-5 rating system with star icons, like ...
3
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2answers
158 views

Duplicate information vs. proximity in mobile apps

In the mobile app we are currently working on, we have a table view that shows certain information. When you press any of the cells, another view shows expanding the info. The regular behavior pretty ...
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2answers
520 views

How would you define 'levels of complexity'?

In the 'blog' about the ribbon design, Jensen Harris talks about complexity. I've always thought the levels of complexity were the number of 'clicks' needed to arrive at a certain submenu or screen ...
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3answers
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Mental model vs Conceptual model — what's the difference?

I'm reading Apple's Human Interface Guidelines about Mental models and I can't understand what is the difference between Mental and Conceptual models. I prefer a short answer if possible :)
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3answers
952 views

Difference between Requirements Engineering and Usability Engineering

What arethe main differences in methodology between "Requirements Engineering" and "Usability Engineering"? Where do they overlap, where not? Which activities are common between the two and which are ...
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Horizontal menus, do they scale?

I'm a user of a popular website that uses horizontal menus for navigation. As the site's functionality grows, the number of menu items also grow. As the horizontal space is limited, the design choice ...

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