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Is coffee a good excuse for a slow application start-up time?

I was dragged into a meeting with a client to consult on any usability issues as we watched a user performing day-to-day operations with a software application. The first thing that happened was that ...
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15answers
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Why is it impossible to deselect HTML “radio” inputs?

Previous title: Default behavior of HTML “radio” inputs: Did they get it wrong? In HTML, there are currently two types of "checkbox" style controls: Checkbox: Allows toggling on/off, multiple ...
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7answers
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Re-thinking “hover” functionality with touchscreens in mind

Take the following page as an example (possibly in Firefox only): As you hover over each search result, an "+ Add to Firefox" button appears. However, that idea of the button appearing upon ...
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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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6answers
2k views

Documents similar to Microsoft's guide on creating the best user experience

For several years, I've refered back to Microsoft's best user experience guide document but I'm starting to think that by just using one guide as my, uh, guide, I may be narrowing my horizons a ...
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8answers
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What reason could Nintendo have had for putting the A and B buttons the wrong way round?

When Nintendo brought out it's first game system, the NES, it had a controller with four buttons: Select Start A B However, somewhere, a designer, in their infinite wisdom, decided that the A and ...
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11answers
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Search Vs. Filter- what is the difference

From the view of the user (not from a technical view)- What are the main differences between searching and filtering data, in order to get specific results? i.e.- in both cases the user is looking ...
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9answers
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How can you make a user experience addictive? [closed]

What factors and techniques contribute to making a user experience addictive? I ask this in the context of websites, games and other software. What makes people want to keep coming back for more?
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6answers
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Why don't ATMs give you cash before your card?

I live in Australia, so this might not apply worldwide, but here, when withdrawing money, the ATM will give me back my bank card, then several seconds later the cash comes out. This typically leads ...
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6answers
2k views

Should I provide feedback from a save button?

I'm currently in the process of developing a Windows Application which produces Word Documents. In the program there is the ability to save your progress (different to the "Save as a Word Document" ...
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3answers
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How did you create design guidelines for your organization?

As a newly hired UX specialist, I'm planning to create design guidelines for developers and QA testers in my organization. The problem is I'm not sure what's the best way to approach this. Shall I ...
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22answers
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Do we need good-looking design for a program internal only to our company?

Do we need to make the user-interface look good (adding images, animations, etc.) for a program internal only to the company? Making the user-interface look good might slow the performance of the ...
32
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9answers
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Is there an optimal font size?

For most website projects I've been involved with, the font size for the bulk text is usually 12px - 13px, but I'm wondering if this is a good size. I remember reading an article saying that font ...
25
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14answers
7k views

How Yes or No Questions Should be Represented in Forms

This question started out on the Pro Webmasters SE. See: http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/q/8578/1847 I am a web developer. My designer gave me a mock-up of a web form. In it, there are several ...
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13answers
24k views

Why do door knobs still exist?

As far as I know, in US, grip-and-turn style door knobs are still the most popular, as opposed to lever-style handles, which dominate in the rest of the world. Is there some UX advantage to door ...
17
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13answers
2k views

How to build a budgeting interface (sum of items must equal 100)?

I'm trying to build a visual web interface where users can distribute a budget over some (varying) number of items. For example, if the budget is 100 points, I might allocate: 50 points to 'Apples' ...
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9answers
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Good reasons to use bad UI

I know you just read the title, take a deep breath. I'll explain. When should we make a conscious decision to retain poor UI, even if temporarily? Not because of budget or time constraints but ...
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10answers
7k views

Is there an easier and more user friendly alternative to CAPTCHA?

I'm working on setting up a CAPTCHA on a project, and just thought about the user experience of it. I personally find them tedious, especially if they're too difficult. Even these are pretty easy ...
24
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5answers
805 views

When displaying statistics to a user, is it better to bold the data or the label?

The following picture shows some statistics. Here they bold the data, not the label. Which is better? Does it depend on the information being shown? What if you have a header on a report with some ...
53
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9answers
7k views

Undo History - Why limit it?

Why do most applications have fairly limited 'undo' history functionality? I've been caught out on multiple occasions (granted its technically my fault) where I've needed to undo a number of changes ...
51
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8answers
5k views

When should hyperlinks be underlined?

Have you noticed that more and more websites have removed underlines from hyperlinks? For example, the current beta test of Google doesn't have underlines on the search results. Google, along with ...
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5answers
2k views

Any Research on User Experience Perceptions of Native Apps vs Web or Hybrid Apps

My organization is looking at developing mobile applications, we have a wealth of web development resources. There are many factors to consider in making the decision of how to develop this ...
22
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6answers
2k views

How can I deal with diverse gender identities in user profiles?

I'm trying to work out the wording for (preferably) a gender dropdown in a user profile of a site I'm working on. I want to be inclusive of people who don't gender orient to either male or female ( ...
17
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3answers
2k 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 ...
34
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9answers
4k views

What are the drawbacks of designing a Windows application to look like a Mac application?

I'm working with a company whose product is a Microsoft Windows application. As the UI/UX designer (and as a Mac user) I want to redesign the application so it is more visually appealing. Are there ...
19
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4answers
4k views

Inline editing or modal popup

I'm interested to know what would be best the option from a UX perspective. I have a table in which i need to decide if i should edit each row with inline editing where you can click on each item in ...
14
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7answers
815 views

Minimalism, Maximalism(?) or whatever?

Tufte & Nielsen believe that screen real estate is one of the most important asset for a (UX) designer. Utilize available screen space - Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox: May 9, 2011 & The Visual ...
25
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8answers
8k views

How to tell the user his login credentials are incorrect?

When a user has entered incorrect details into a login form, is it better to tell them: The username or password you have entered is invalid. or The user name you have entered is invalid (for ...
20
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7answers
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Has Fitts' Law been adapted to Touch screens?

The question Is there any difference in element minimal sizes on 10 and 24 inch touch screens? made me wonder; has Fitts' Law been successfully converted to Touch related events? There's 3D movement ...
20
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4answers
590 views

Does the average user understand the difference between “tagging” and “categories”?

Which is more user friendly for the "mass population" on the internet? Is it better to present the traditional "category" pattern when having them post something on your site, or is the "tagging" ...
15
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2answers
650 views

What is Cross-Channel?

Cross-Channel is described in the following way by Mr Andrea Resmini, President of the Information Architecture Institute: Cross-channel offers a different stance from both multi-channel and ...
14
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4answers
2k views

When is it better to paginate and not to paginate?

I've heard some people say that if you have a long document you should break it into relatively short pages. Others (including the curmudgeon Jakob Nielsen) say that pagination is common practice but ...
14
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6answers
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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 ...
10
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4answers
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Formative and Summative Usability Testing

I bumped into this document and it suggests the use of (a) Formative and (b) Summative Usability Testing. To be honest, is the first time that I bumped into this kind of terminology, and I while ...
34
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10answers
2k views

What's the point in electronic devices beeping on keypress?

Many electronic devices, mostly cell phones, by default beep on keypress. What's the point in that? Once a key is pressed their state is changed and that's reflected in the graphic interface anyway. ...
23
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7answers
3k views

Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it?

This is just one example of an article promoting use of the golden ratio in design. Over the past few years I've seen quite a few similar articles, but none of them really seem to go into depth beyond ...
19
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5answers
4k views

Is left-aligned text generally preferable over centered text?

I am currently reviewing the usability of some internal reports. One thing which strikes me as odd is that all the text is centered. I always prefer left-aligned text. But apart from my personal ...
17
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6answers
2k views

Combining all the address fields into one?

Both customers and companies want a quick and easy checkout experience. From what I've seen, a big UX bottleneck at checkout is the billing and/or shipping address(es) because there are so many input ...
16
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9answers
13k views

Symbol for “Swipe Left” [closed]

I'm working on an app that displays a list of ten items (text items) on the screen at a time. If there are more than ten items, the user should be able to "swipe" from right to left to see the next ...
14
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5answers
1k views

Best way to combine sign in and sign up in the same form?

I want both forms to be extremely simple - sign in much like facebook in the header with 3 inputs side by side - email, password then "sign in" (or is "log in" better?). I also want to USE THE SAME ...
11
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5answers
2k views

Where should form instructions or hints be placed?

I was browsing Forrst and came about a screenshot of a form designed with Twitter Bootstrap that had the label on the left, the input field on the right, and the instruction that it's required under ...
10
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5answers
2k views

Is only having a single unmasked password field (no confirm) on a registration page a bad idea?

Some sites allow you to register and only provide a single password box, which is protected with stars. Traditionally a "confirm password" box is used when registering which allows you to confirm ...
10
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4answers
611 views

“Selling” the management on need for UX focus

After the novelty of finding this SO section wore off (and being rightfully shamed of asking a duplicate question), I'd like to rephrase this question so it would target what I feel is a gap in ...
29
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6answers
1k views

Should “dangerous” buttons be big and red or small and inconspicuous?

In a web app, some people think a "Delete" button should be obvious and bright red, signifying danger. The trouble is that this draws the eye to the button and may make accidental clicks more likely. ...
28
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5answers
2k views

Why do we have OS names like Mountain Lion, Jellybean, and Quantal Quetzal instead of numbers?

Less of a pressing question and more a "what happened here"? At some point in the past decade (most) OS's have switched over to these codenames for their versions with names like Mountain Lion, ...
28
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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: ...
23
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7answers
1k views

Most intuitive favorite icon [closed]

Similar to Stefan's most intuitive delete icon question. I'm designing a web app that allows users favorite pages. A lot of big sites use either a heart or star symbol -Which one is most intuitive? ...
14
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5answers
2k views

How to make it obvious that you can drag things that you normally can't?

My interface allows users to move things that usually have fixed positions in other applications, such as text boxes. What can I do to make it obvious to the user that they can move certain objects? ...
9
votes
3answers
8k views

Table data in Mobile phones

I want to display a table with 4/5 columns and possibly 100 rows (as in desktop app right now) in smartphones. The table cells are also editable. Now we want to port this desktop app to smartphones ...
4
votes
5answers
693 views

Where do people get web design patterns/inspiration from?

I like to think I come up with original concepts as and when I can but I do find it really gives me a kick start when I can see examples of what other people have been doing to inspire my own design ...

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