14
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26answers
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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
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3answers
685 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
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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
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2answers
583 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
627 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
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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, ...
2
votes
1answer
183 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 ...
1
vote
2answers
323 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
votes
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 ...
5
votes
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?
2
votes
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 ...
4
votes
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
votes
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: ...
8
votes
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 ...
17
votes
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 ...
10
votes
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
votes
7answers
809 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
votes
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
votes
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
votes
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 ...
29
votes
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
votes
2answers
619 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
votes
4answers
635 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 ...
23
votes
8answers
4k views

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
votes
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
votes
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 ...
8
votes
4answers
829 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 ...
1
vote
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
votes
2answers
254 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
909 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
votes
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 ...
1
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 ...

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