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Best ways to replace the combobox selection (aka single select) for touch interfaces.

The combobox has two benefits: a) fits in limited realestate and b) signals single selection to the user. What are the best alternatives for touch screens which minimize interacts? Combobox demands ...
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11answers
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Most User-Friendly Form Fields for Entering Date/Time?

What are the different ways to have fields in an application for date, time, or both? What are the pros and cons for each? The most common seem to be a combination of 2–3 drop-downs, or some form ...
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4answers
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Should I use user-generated Badges to reward users?

I am thinking about using badges in a system to reward users. In the scenario I'm thinking of, users would be rewarded for posting content that is appreciated/ranked high by other users. I am ...
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5answers
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Smallest button size and spacing for a touchscreen

For a touch screen, such as the iPhone, what is the smallest size for a button you could get away with? And how closely could they be shoved together? I've got an app thats going to have a lot of ...
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12answers
871 views

Separation of play and pause buttons for playing media

I seem to remember reading somewhere that having the play pause actions triggered from a single button that toggles is a bad idea It seems to me that this idiom works well (e.g. pressing space to ...
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2answers
418 views

iPad UI for selecting and configuring from many available options

I've had this rattling around in my brain for the last couple days, but I can't seem to come up with a smooth UX for this. I'm building a stock graphing application. Included are around 300ish ...
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3answers
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is there a name for the itunes selection design pattern [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: UI: name of multiple column interface? you know: with multiple select boxes arranged horizontally, with selection filtering from left to right....
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2answers
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How do I make a table row on a web page look draggable?

I have a table on a web page where I need to let the user reorder the rows. I was thinking of letting the user drag the rows to reorder them. But how would I let the user know that he could do that? ...
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2answers
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Good ways to make a dynamic GUI?

I have an application I am designing and it's in a pretty functional state at the moment. But the database I am using has 1000's of items and is constantly changing and growing. The application of ...
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5answers
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Is red text ever acceptable for use in non-error content?

I've always gone by the rule that red text should only be used in displaying error messages. Can anyone show me any usability blog/book excerpts that prove or disprove this rule? What are your own ...
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2answers
484 views

Dealing with Effective Dates in an Administrative Application

When dealing with Insurance based information, we often need to implement the use of Effective Dates on most of our data. There are numerous reasons for this that I won't get into, needless to say ...
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4answers
503 views

Usability testing for open-source projects?

I'm working (slowly) on an open-source project, and I was hoping to do some usability testing once it's a bit further along. Also, hopefully the GIMP devs will notice this question ;-). I'm not sure ...
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9answers
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Scrollbar on the left

Is there a deep study that suggests to place a scrollbar on the right? Personally I move it to the left whenever it's possible (firefox allow this, as well as xterm and emacs). I know that placing a ...
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2answers
3k views

Custom right click context menu on a web site

Are right click context menus that override the browsers context menu considered a good usability practice? If so, are there accessibility concerns? If so, are there any guidelines or best ...
6
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4answers
483 views

In a long list of customers, how can I efficiently mark which have been edited?

There exists a narrow table listing about 250 customers in alphabetical order. Each row contains the customer's name, account code, city and state. I need to indicate in each row if the customer ...
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3answers
301 views

Do you use a CSS framework? [closed]

If so - which framework do you prefer and why?
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7answers
295 views

How to handle account disabling and enabling

I'm currently building a small online dating service and am wondering what the best task flow is if a user disables their account. (When an account is disabled, all their data is retained but they ...
7
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3answers
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Recommended UI/UX conference in the UK?

Completely ripped off and copied from @wnathanlee's question, but I thought it was such a good question I wanted to do a UK version... I know there are some great ...
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2answers
4k views

What is the best UI design for hierarchical data?

This is such a common issue and I'm running into it in many projects. Let's suppose you have a system that tracks conferences: Conferences Venues -> Buildings -> Rooms ...
7
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2answers
276 views

Are there any design patterns for interacting with 3D objects on a multi touch surface?

I'm in a project were we would like users to interact with a 3D object. Users should be able to zoom, pan and rotate in all dimensions without using extra tools. I'm looking for best-practice design ...
4
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3answers
302 views

Pattern for navigating by typing text in a text-field

I am working on an application which has a very dense UI with lots of menu items. Is there a UI Pattern for navigating to different screens by typing text in a text-field? The keyboard focus is on ...
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2answers
213 views

Depended controls framework [closed]

I am looking for client-side javascript plugin for jquery(preferred, or maybe other framework) that can implement the dependency between controls. Here is general requirements: the dependency shall ...
7
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6answers
1k views

Handling multiple “alert” popups ?

An iPad application we are building throws an alert window for various error conditions. We are considering building a custom UI for the alerts since the default alert window is fairly annoying. My ...
9
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7answers
3k views

Recommended UI/UX conference in the USA?

I know there are some great conferences/sessions/symposiums/seminars out there on the subject of User Interface Design and Web Usability. If I had to pick one to go to within the next year, which one ...
4
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6answers
485 views

Is there a way to disallow multiple votes from one user without forcing authentication? [closed]

I'm looking for a way to prohibit voting rigging (cache/cookie-clearing, etc.) without requiring the user to jump through hoops (registration, authentication, etc.). Any ideas?
10
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3answers
387 views

Where can I find further reading or background information on Amazon's UI design decisions?

Reading this question about the best e-commerce check out flow, I wondered, "What Would Amazon Do?" For instance regarding the check-out process, most people agree that you'd prefer an inline tip ...
2
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3answers
260 views

What is an intuitive method of providing the user with a means of viewing an enlarged version of an image via a lightbox?

I've been working on this plug-in to be included in an iFrame on a real estate investor website. However, I am torn in the decision of how to provide the user with the action of viewing the full size ...
2
votes
5answers
177 views

Speed enhancement at the expense of not working with JS turned off

I have an image gallery that currently loads the images using standard img tags and since it has a lot of large images it loads quite slow. I can speed things up by having the gallery script ...
164
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17answers
51k views

Using “Sign in” vs using “Log in”

Is there any research in this area, it seems "Sign in" is more common and hence more recommended.
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19answers
50k views

OK/Cancel on left/right?

Should OK button be on left of Cancel button or vice versa? Are there any studies suggesting either of the solutions?
7
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3answers
1k views

One scrollbar or two for content + sidebar?

I'm working on a website design and trying to decide whether to have the sidebar scroll independently of the page content, or have just one scrollbar control both divs. What principle should I use to ...
3
votes
3answers
349 views

Lock screens and password recovery on apps

This is partially "UI", but probably falls more into the realm of "UX"; I'm not sure if it'll fit in here or not. One of the applications that I have runs on the iPad. The information stored within ...
33
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10answers
2k views

Should you place the “add a comment” form above or below the list of comments?

There seems to be very little consistency across most sites when it comes to placing the comment form. Which do you think is the most usable, above the comments list or below? Above the list: ...
3
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2answers
566 views

How to use topic maps

Some time ago I found a very interested technology: Topic Maps. It solves to find information and to share knowledge. One of examples of this technology is presented on this site. See "tags", ...
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10answers
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Is a cancel button necessary in a web form?

Personally I have never used it. I don't put information in a form and then decide everything needs to be cleared. I would edit one field. Plus cancel in a UI suggests canceling an action which is in ...
3
votes
7answers
731 views

Does this site use a good UI for shopping cart? [closed]

Does this site use a good UI for shopping cart? How do you drop something in the cart? Is it intuitive enough to be used?
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votes
17answers
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Adding USA at the top of dropdown list of countries. OK practice or not?

Some web sites have a country dropdownlist where USA and Canada are listed at the top of the list (as well in their normal positions). I read once that this was insulting to non US/Canada users. The ...
3
votes
2answers
117 views

How can I make a preference window that is good at tweaking theming settings?

I'm working on a file manager where the user can change text properties, the same way as in programming editors: font-family, font-size, antialiasing, background-color, foreground-color. Currently I ...
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votes
5answers
2k views

Mixing percent and fixed CSS [closed]

I cannot delete the question but I have moved it to SO: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3600204/mixing-percent-and-fixed-css Should you ever apply percentage and fixed CSS together? Will it cause ...
8
votes
4answers
634 views

Designing for mobile web browsers

What is the best approach for designing a web site to run across most all modern mobile web browsers? Is targeting WebKit based browsers enough?
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34answers
15k views

Interesting user interfaces from sci-fi movies & tv? [closed]

This Ars Technica article discusses the design principles of the Star Trek LCARS touch-based user interface from The Next Generation as it was imagined in 1987 and how it relates to Apple's iPad. ...
13
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6answers
1k views

Icon for cancel action to distinguish from delete icon [closed]

I'm dealing with a space sensitive environment where I have a Save/Cancel actions that need to be icons. In the same area the user can also delete items, using something similar to the one in this ...
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7answers
3k views

Using color in wireframes…is this a “no no”?

Recently, an internal debate was started at work regarding the use of color in wireframes. A junior designer had finished a nice set of wireframes and was told at the end to turn everything into ...
5
votes
2answers
253 views

What are some good concepts to be mindful of when integrating two separate websites?

Background: I am working with a client that is not ready to let go of their archaic website. We are designing a new feature that will be hosted on separate domain under their branding with the ...
45
votes
8answers
26k views

What are some alternatives to “hover” on touch-based devices?

Came up recently in a 37signals podcast: http://37signals.com/podcast#episode18 The straightforward, "brute-force" solution is to just use the first touch on a UI object as the hover. ...
46
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14answers
4k views
3
votes
5answers
5k views

How to display the hierarchical data [closed]

Some real ui javascript library wanted! I have to display some hierarchical data on the web page. It should not be a classical tree view with the text items. I am looking for a graphical ...
5
votes
4answers
581 views

What is the best acknowledge UI?

What is the best acknowledge UI? Ie. confirmation by the user. 1) A simple checkbox on a form or 2) A pop-up with a message and OK/Cancel buttons
5
votes
5answers
335 views

What's the name of the design technique where you make something clearer by using contrast?

For instance, choosing a background color that makes all text stand out better, or giving all hyperlinks a background color the opposite of the color of the actual hyperlinks. An example of this is my ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

What are the differences between Progressive Enhancement and Graceful Degradation?

What is Progressive Enhancement? I'm not able to understand this concept. How it works, and how it’s a model different/better(?) than Graceful Degradation?

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