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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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8answers
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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 ...
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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 ...
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4answers
551 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" ...
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2answers
588 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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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5answers
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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 ...
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5answers
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Single page or multi-page forms?

Would it be better to have one long form, and let the user scroll down the page, or split the form into 2 or more pages? Usability wise, one disadvantage I can think of for having multiple pages, is ...
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4answers
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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 ...
13
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6answers
651 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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4answers
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“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 ...
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11answers
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For websites, is it better to have a variable width layout or a fixed width layout?

Due to different screen resolutions, the user experience browsing a website might be different. Is it better to layout the website with a fixed width? (and if so should there be different static ...
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5answers
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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, ...
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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. ...
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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: ...
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7answers
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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? ...
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5answers
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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 ...
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3answers
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UX responsibilities

Is there a number of responsibilities that fall under UX (for example, graphic design, usability etc), or is UX a sub responsibility of design?
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5answers
665 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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3answers
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What to do when a page's content doesn't fill up enough of a fixed area?

An application has a fixed size, i.e 800x600 px. However, a problem I often run in to is that the page's content isn't enough. It's simply too little content on a big area. Consider the mockup below, ...
25
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6answers
681 views

How can I justify UX processes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you persuade an organization to value UX? Within the past year I have joined a large company as a 'one-man-user-experience-show' and am often called upon to ...
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4answers
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What is an acceptable response time for my ajax ui?

When I have to load new information from my web server via ajax after a user action, how fast should the information be displayed for the user in order to be a good working UI for the user?
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4answers
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Are there any statistics on what orientation people prefer to hold tablets at?

I was just wondering if there was any statistical study about what orientation (landscape or portrait) people to prefer to use on their tablets. I am working on designing a metro app and a feedback ...
15
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5answers
718 views

SUS Scores and Doubts

My team just started using the SUS to baseline our applications against each other. There are some doubts regarding the relation of the questions to web applications and web sites. At times study ...
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6answers
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iPad/iPhone alternative for hover states

I've recently updated my personal portfolio with some CSS3 and jQuery magic. I'm extremely pleased with the results and yes, it's fully responsive. But i have an issue. I've structured my portfolio ...
11
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4answers
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What research, patterns or techniques will help me choose the correct colors (or saturations) to the various UI elements of a page?

I am building a tool that will be used by call center agents. It is to help them support products on behalf of the customers who call up. It acts as a portal to many different types of product ...
11
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5answers
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Check all / uncheck all checkboxes with regards to usability

I'm just wondering as to your thoughts on the best way of providing check/uncheck all functionality for an HTML table with multiple rows, that has a column of checkboxes. Some possibilities: Extra ...
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6answers
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Save/Cancel/Close button behavior question

The attached image shows a dialog with a save/cancel button bank and a "x" icon to close the dialog. The question I have is this. Should the cancel button even be on the modal if it does not ...
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3answers
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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 ...
8
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3answers
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iPhone & Mobile Web: Pagination vs. Load more vs. Scrolling

We're working on a iPhone app and mobile website with search results loaded from the web. Several sorting options are available, every result has a photo. There are potentially hundreds of results. I ...
7
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4answers
420 views

How to convince stakeholders to invest in proper UX?

I'm working on a web app with a team of 5, including me. One database administrator, one project manager, two programmers and me the front-end designer. This project is an internal reporting system. ...
6
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4answers
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When did 1024x768 become the standard desktop screen resolution?

I need to justify my choice of screen resolution for a website that has to run on old PCs. When did 1024x768 first become popular? Are there stats somewhere about how far back you'd have to go to find ...
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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 ...
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23answers
957 views

Is there ever a good reason to force opening a new browser window?

As a power web user, I know how to use my browser and it drives me nuts when web sites force me to open a new page. My mother, by contrast, just gets confused when this happens. At the end of a web ...
24
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2answers
925 views

Should I follow the Android guideline or keep my app's own style when porting it from iOS?

My new project is to port an iOS app to Android platform. Before get started, I'm quite confused on whether I should follow google's guideline since some big titles on Android platform still keep the ...
24
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5answers
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Auto Advance to Next Field

When is it appropriate to 'auto advance' from one text field to the next, as in phone numbers and SSN?
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11answers
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What's the best way to present date of birth form fields?

I am building a form that requires users to enter in their DOB. What is the best practice for this? I have identified 3 basic options: Free Text Field Users are able to enter day, month and year in ...
17
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10answers
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Should I add a 'Home' Button to the navigation?

I know that it is common behavior to have the logo of a web page be a link to the home page, but should I also have a 'home' link in the navigation bar for it as well?
16
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2answers
647 views

What is User Experience (UX)?

I've looked at this site for the first time today. I've checked About, the FAQ and the FAQ and searched, and I don't seem to be able to find an answer on this site. These are the closest I can find: ...
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3answers
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How to structure Android app navigation with many levels?

The app I'm working on is a little like a set of sub-apps within one app, so the structure is basically as follows. Note that the subsections are a mix of tools and content (i.e. this isn't an app ...
9
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3answers
376 views

How can I defend and/or encourage white space as an effective design element?

I am a big proponent of clean designs and effective utilization of white space but it seems every client, developer, seemingly everyone, tries to fill all the available space with "something". I can ...
6
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4answers
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How do we validate our persona?

When we pursue our goal of ease of use for our users we sometimes use personas to test or guide our designs. And that’s all good – because it gives us a feeling of how a user would interpret the ...
6
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4answers
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Best Web UI for Large Amounts of Data Input

I'm looking for a good solution when users need to enter large amounts of data into a web application. Example A store owner wants to enter 30-40 new products into the system every month. The ...
26
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9answers
689 views

Are “print” links needed on a website?

What do you think, does a website for a general audience need a "print" link or will the users know how to print the page for themselves (using the browser controls)? Some background: It's not a ...

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