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Both ways seem to pose a false-positive paradigm. This can be simpler and not have to force the user to spend time making sense of the color-to-label association. Simply make the "Delete" button more prominent. Make the "Cancel" button less prominent. In regards to the labeling within the buttons, there is no need to put much context into what essentially ...


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I'm not so sure you should be thinking only in terms of red and green. Red has typically been associated with danger, potentially dating back to the middle ages (citation needed). A quick Google image search for "delete" yields almost entirely red images. To me (and to bootstrap) green indicates success, red indicates danger. As deleting is a dangerous ...


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Looking at this from a slightly different angle, where possible you could consider removing the confirmation entirely and switching instead to an "Do/Undo" process. This method is often used across the Google services: It has the advantages that it's culturally neutral and more efficient for the user (one-click rather than two to delete). Disadvantage ...


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I'm guessing they viewed the button on the right hand side as the primary action button as it's closer to the users thumb, with the button on the left for secondary/less-used action, as it's slightly further away from the thumb (more of a physical exertion on the user). They then may have wanted to label them accordingly - so A for primary button, B for ...


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With all due respect, I think every answer so far has missed the mark somewhat. First of all, based on the Context section of your question ... Context Before deleting an album, the user is asked to confirm the action. ... we can deduce that this is not a success or error modal, but rather it is a confirmation modal, which implies a warning or ...


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I think the process of producing software is much more efficient if the designers (or those that contribute to the design) have a strong technical understanding of the medium. For instance, in designing a website it helps to understand what can be achieved via CSS because if you design things that can't be expressed with CSS and require images instead (or ...


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I was on the Excel team when this was designed. If you remember the version of Excel right before you could have multiple worksheets, that version had a concept, IIRC called WORKSPACES, that let you link multiple worksheets into a workspace which could be opened and closed together. The idea was that if you had 7 spreadsheets, one macro sheet, and four ...


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I would argue the answer is neither. Firstly, your assumption that an analog and digital clock take up the same space is wrong. Analog clocks are circular, and fit a square, while digital clocks are more rectangular, unless you intend to have an unintuitive layout. Allowing a user to pick one or the other means having wasted negative space horizontally ...


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This is a similar question to the one about ATMs, and a similar approach could be adopted. Since modern machines can detect that there is an original on the glass (or in the ADF), it would suffice to prevent access to the copies until the original is removed. For that, the completed copies would have to remain inside the machine behind a door which is only ...


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For anyone mathematically inclined, the answer is to use a log scale. For non-mathematical people, you may be better off showing a break in the chart and then the extreme value.


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It depends on what is more vital for users — «love to retrostyle» or effectiveness (speed of reading without mistakes). The following illustration from Handbook of Aviation Human Factors represents how effective are digital visualizations of altitude in comparison with classic analog gauges both for expert and novice users:


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It's not psychology; it's purely physical. The reason is that the perpendicular ridges are easy for pedestrians to walk on, but bumpy for cyclists; and the in-line ridges are easy for cyclists and harder for pedestrians. Note that this is at the entry of the cycle lane. It's not designed to alert cyclists that their lane is ending; it's designed to make ...


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To answer your questions very directly: Is it acceptable to have a 4.0-like layout on older versions of Android (e.g. 2.1)? Yes. It's fine, in general, to use Holo styling on earlier versions of the platform. There are certainly elements of the Android 4.0 interaction palette that may be a bit jarring to users at first (for example the contextual ...


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Users are more likely to think twice before clicking on something that is red. For which one of the two options do you want them to think twice before clicking? Which one of the two choices will potentially trigger more irreversible events? Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red#Warning_and_danger


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Disable the submit button as soon as it's been pressed and show a message (or similar) to indicate the action is being processed. Disabling the button prevents repeat clicking and feedback lets the user know that something is happening. Sometimes it can seem a bit like the feedback comes back too quickly, and users can feel more comfortable if they see a ...


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From a historical viewpoint, I suspect the reason is simply "because someone thought it would be a good idea". In fact, I did a little bit of digging. The padlock icon for HTTPS links was first introduced to MediaWiki in 2004 as part of the then-new MonoBook skin by Gabriel Wicke. Specifically, it first appears (along with a generic link icon and special ...


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In addition to my other method, a cheaper indication would be to have the copier beep when it's finished until the original is removed from the platen. Accompany the beep with a display message and warning light indicating the cause of the "error"1. This would also allow the original to be removed after scanning, while printing is happening (there would be ...


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Because the simple system works. You set it when you go to bed, and if you don't want to be woken up the next day, just don't set it. More complicated ones with more features are available if you like, but the common ones do the job in the simplest most intuitive way. Good UX design.


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Design the copier so that the original is deposited with the copy. The user will already need to pick up the copy to leave or to verify that the copy is satisfactory. Updated below for books & bulky original Alternatively - a conveyor mechanism that gently deposits the book/or push it out the end where you would look to pick up your copies. You can ...


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I did a bit of research after reading through your questions and the current answers, and found that there is some evidence to suggest that preference for the color red in humans, like in other nonhuman primates, depends on the whether the context is friendly or hostile (Maier et al., 2009 and follow-up studies). As summarized in the abstract (emphasis ...


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In some parts of Thailand the traffic lights have a large second timer which counts down to the next traffic light change. I found this amazingly useful and intuitive to use and wondered why other countries don't adopt it. So the light with the timer tells you how much longer you have until the current light changes.


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This sounds like a case of HIPPO (HIghest Paid Persons Opinion). I would recommend throwing together a quick wireframe with your ideas on. Get together some of your team to discuss the new wireframe proposal. If you find some other staff like these ideas it may help change your bosses decision. Break up how a user would achieve a certain task and work out ...


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You could use logarithmic axes. This allows you to compactly visualize wide ranging variables. To illustrate, here is a very simple logarithmic visualization: 6 942 535 341 23 598 419 203 8 201 3 The length of each datum represented as a number is (roughly) log_10 of that number. So just printing the numbers in a ...


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How about something like this? It removes the confusion between occurring one-time and repeating once by changing the terminology. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Find out how your users think about this. If it's important for them to know the total number of occurrences rather than the total number of repeats, ...


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Three possible solutions I can see: One Hire a barista to man the coffee machine daily, justify the cost by explaining each employee saves 5+ minutes per day not making coffee. Two Develop a disposable stirrer/steam nozzle made of high temperature plastic, you need to connect one to use the steamer and it detaches and is used for stirring the drink then ...


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1990's design is a symptom of a poor design aesthetic driven by the fact that computers were at the time constrained by what the end user could handle. This led to design with three main flaws: loud color choices designed to be "web-safe" poor font choices often involving Comic Sans, Papyrus, or Viner Hand ITC, as these were three of the "fanciest" fonts ...


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Not sure if this is the primary reason, but it can help partially sighted users. Tactile surfaces are used in the UK to provided information about the environment to partially sighted people. For example "blister" surface is to warm people that a footpath is ending and a carriageway begining. Further information can be found here: ...


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It's a trend and, like any trend, governed by nobody. In every generation you have people who want to move away from the established, who want to renovate and innovate. Old trends come back or new trends are being formed. Flat design was a logical reaction on skeuomorphism. It's the exact opposite. In every trend somebody is the first, but that's not the ...


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User Experience is not devoted to suppress revolutionary ideas nor innovation. In fact User Experience is the opposite: making sure new ideas and innovation works the way users expect. User Experience has nothing to do with the business plan of Foursquare, but rather how to make the check-in User Experience as simple, easy to understand and joyful as ...



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