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Why do you think interacting with select boxes is annoying? Remember not all mouse clicks are to be considered bad. Select boxes have been around for a very, very long time, and are a neat concise way to select a value. You can also set a default value (if it makes sense), which could be beneficial to the user because they may not even need to interact with ...


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The option with two select list is much better than adding 10 more options. Users do not like to read. They just scan, a big part of time. Considering the fact that you are gonna to use only two select lists with pretty small number of items inside, it is not such a big deal for user. Seeing a ton of similar information is pretty annoying and hard to ...


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You have heard the expression "Form follows Function"? You mention usability over design, but I suspect what you really meant was usability over visual design. Usability (function) always comes before visual design (form). If a third to half your participants struggled (even if they eventually figure it out) then this would indicate you have a usability ...


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I would recommend implementing an autofilter search box with match-highlighting and checkboxes for directory/database filters: You could have the filter automatically update the list of contacts displayed in case someone typed a name and forgot to select a directory or selected the wrong directory. It will prevent them from having to redo the name entry ...


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As you deal with regular user, try to combine both contacts and full directory in one tab, and change the title of the forms with some familiar one such : ---------------------------------------------- Message __________ Recent | More | --------------- -------------------- ________________ ...


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With 5000+ contacts you'll want additional filtering control. Depending on culture and country, lots of people can have First and Last names that are similar. How about: [First name] [Last name] [Directory]


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personally I would go for Option 2 - initially limiting the number of results per area (to for e.g. 5) but adding a link next to the area (or at the bottom) that says something like "... see more" which would then limit the result to the specified area.


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In my experience, there are often established naming conventions within a company that may not necessarily align to Nielsen's definition or other "standards" - so unless you are in a position to redefine how people talk about the various navigation structures, it's good to be flexible. Both "secondary" and "utility" are open to interpretation (does ...


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One thing that is missing and you should have is - information on total number of pages available. In your screen shot user does not know how many pages there are when the grid loads. Knowing that information is good but you still need validation. I suggest an alternate solution. I think this is simpler UI , no explicit go to buttons , it keeps controls ...


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I think both approaches are correct as long as the users knows the number of pages S/he can navigate to. Something like this...


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Did you consider using other ways to select a page number? One of the challenges of allowing a person to type into a field is they may not even type a number, so you will need to consider all sorts of other types of data entry field validation. If you use an alternate way for selecting the page, which doesn't involve typing, then the person cannot enter ...


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You can either leave the Go button enabled or disabled. But, disabling it without providing the reason might confuse the user which may ask himself "why is this disabled?". Your suggestion to highlight the box and providing the tool-tip is a common and good solution to validation of the page number.


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You could try presenting the primary hotel and alternate as cards, with the primary accommodation presented as the top card. Show some details of the hotels on each card. Label the primary hotel card "Primary hotel" or "planned accommodations" or something like that, and make the primary hotel card background color brighter than the secondary one. Label the ...


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A simple solution would be to mention the hotel which is most popular in bookings OR the nearest hotel to the user's selected or current location. Below, you can have a drop-down or a button that mentions View 1 More Location. As far as a holiday feel is concerned, I would advise you to switch to a better interface and use images to your advantage. The ...


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Avoid changing paradigms, as this is worse for user expectations. If a user is tracking progress with the progress bar you have provided, having it suddenly change to an indeterminate state will not be satisfying (in my opinion). Suddenly all information on progress goes away? I would think that things are going bad. To me this is worse than a progress ...


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For processes where the output is indeterminate, use a progress bar which is Continuous/ Indeterminate. Here's a good example to follow for different types of Progress: I believe the 4th transition above showcasing types of Progress bars answers your question regarding how to transition between Indeterminate to Determinate and vice versa. One can even ...


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Yes - It is because it helps to decreases eye fatigue, but also helps make grays and blacks on your screen seem richer. It is called bias lighting: https://www.avforums.com/article/do-i-need-bias-mood-lighting-tv.10747 http://www.howtogeek.com/213464/how-to-decrease-eye-fatigue-while-watching-tv-and-gaming-with-bias-lighting/ http://lifehacker.com/why-...


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Utility Navigation definition from Nielsen: Summary: Utility navigation consists of secondary actions and tools, such as contact, subscribe, save, sign in, share, change view, print. These activities strongly affect website visitor satisfaction, user experience, and engagement. Put utilities where people expect and need them. Primary vs ...


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Both options seem valid for me, it all depends on the business rules behind it. You cannot compare a content website like youtube to a brand website like wacom of pg. A brand website usually create this kind of pages because they have different localised website across the regions. The websites might look really different in terms of look and feel and ...


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It might also be interesting to try to access these sites with restricted browsers (say lynx or with JavaScript disabled) or from a machine equipped for blind users. Having a dedicated, static HTML page might be part of the strategy for dealing with these situations.


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I don't think you are missing anything, the above site 'http://us.pg.com/ or http://www.wacom.com/' options are handled very well. My analysis on apple.com, country selection must be in new page because the country list is more than 140+. Its hard to handle such a big number selection on same page. My suggestion on providing the Country selection option ...


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I would say combine both option 2 and 3. Give a dropdown of department list to a user and keep "create new department"/ "dont see your department"/"not finding department"/"other" as last option. Since department list will be more, its better to have a button near to the drop down as suggested in prev comment. Once User clicks on that, you can show text ...


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This is a pretty common interaction on a lot of shopping websites and the norm is pretty much always: If user clicks/taps on open icon (default), turn open icon to filled icon and add to favorites. If user clicks/taps on filled icon, turn filled icon to default and remove from favorites. Moving the products to a separate section during the interaction ...


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The problem is not with the autocomplete field, but with the creation of departments. Right now, registering a new department and picking one from a list take about the same amount of effort. To minimize double-listed departments, it should be considerably easier to find one than to register one. There are two ways to do achieve this. A: make the finding ...


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Don't move it automatically. If I'm halfway down the list and think "Oh, I like this one!" and click the star, I would be very frustrated if it disappeared from sight. I would instead just provide feedback that it was added to the user's favorites list by filling in your "favorites" icon. Additionally, provide a way to filter by favorites. If the thing I ...


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I would add a ♡ when the item is not selected, then give it an action color like this ♥ when its favorited. Use a bright success color like green or yellow or anything else that works with your theme or template, when the user clicks add some transitions or animations so that the color eases into the outlined heart and the user registers the ...


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Autocomplete functionality is great for advanced users who don't look at the keyboard whilst typing, however lots of users need to look at the keyboard. This can cause them to not even notice the autocomplete suggestions, this type then hit tab or return. A UX pattern of search then select for a list (ideally not a <select> one) with a "don't see your ...


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I come across this all the time, so I have a prepared answer for this. We are not building solutions for the benefit of the developers - we are building them for the benefit of the users. Making something easy to use is rarely easy to do. So if you want an easy, usable solution, it might be difficult to do. Option 1 - difficult for the team to build and ...


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Warning: This is an opinion and have no way to demonstrate the validity of the answer other than the Duck Test or Occam's Razor. It's not that they don't know what they're doing. They did have easy to find logout buttons before. Now they don't, for what it appears to be another chapter in corporate wars The whole philosophy behind this is to keep the ...


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I like Splatz answer, but I'd like to add why some deliberate attempts make sense: The logout function is not that used on some websites, such as some email providers. Lots of users only read their emails at home on devices they trust, so they never logout. When using a public device they use the private mode of the browser they're using, so closing the tab ...


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I like the way Ubuntu has solved this problem. Admittedly it's a bit wordy, and may confuse total tech illiterates a little bit. But it's very technically accurate, and I find it a good solution. This screenshot is from the native disk management tool in 16.04.


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If you look at it more closely, most of the redundancy consists of different "access vectors" to the same functionality. You may be able to achieve the same thing through the menu, through a context menu, a toolbar button or a hotkey – but you are unlikely to find multiple menu items or multiple hotkeys for the same thing. These access vectors cater to ...


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scottishwildcat's answer already touched on Jensen Harris's excellent blog posts about the "new Office UI" (the Ribbon debuting in Office 2007), but there is one article which I think is particularly pertinent, titled "No Distaste for Paste": Early on, we were toying with the idea of not having buttons for Cut/Copy/Paste in the Ribbon. Everyone “knew” ...


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Solely based on my opinion, I think there are very few cases where adding the excerpts would be more valuable than just good titles alone. The only great examples of excerpts over titles that I've seen are usually reporting articles like the New York Times, or Scientific American or short story forums like THRESHOLDS. The content is what makes the excerpts ...


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Microsoft's Jensen Harris wrote an extensive series of blog posts about the MS Office 2007 UI design as it evolved, which went into a great deal of detail about (what was then) the radical new ribbon design, why they kept what they kept, and why they changed what they changed. Obviously a little dated now, but well worth a read.


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Wordprocesors such as MS Word and text editors such as Notepad ++ have to cater for many different users. The extra functions to cater for all of those other users are comparatively cheap to implement, the extra features not needed by the majority is refereed to as software bloat. As someone above mentioned "normal" users only use something like 5% of the ...


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I think you are talking about something which is available in jQuery, which they call "Easings" https://api.jqueryui.com/easings/ In this website the movement is communicated using a diagram which animates the movement when clicked. There are variations which include things like bounce and elasticity. Basically the variable you are missing is the rate of ...


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As a PO I was responsible to launch the button on a German news website. The reason was: direct inflow shifted from the homepage to the article page. Mainly due to search engine and social media inflow. As a result a lot of users don't visit the homepage anymore and see which other article the website has. The (mobile) article page has to do the job and show ...


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Maybe it can be some sort of substitute as the field of VR Therapy makes advances. ( See TechCrunch or WSJ for example.) However, often VR is not a substitute for real life experience but an augmentation of actual experiences, i.e. AR, not VR. My answer can only be opinion based (although I did work in VR during its first uprising in the 90's) and I ...


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I would not recommend using VR to simulate your daily life activities. Let me reflect my experience with VR so far. I have so far had 3 VR Headsets (Can't call them headsets to be honest, since they are all Google Cardboards) and I have also used an Oculus Rift. Each one of these, I must have used maximum for 5 days. They are based upon constant head ...


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Generally, I like it. One suggestion, depending upon number of "Event Staff" you have, "Add a team member" button will keep scrolling down and down. If your list of staff us is 5-8 members long, that might do but for longer list, consider putting a static button upfront (probably as a small button on the right side or after "People invited & their ...


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You can go with the tab menu but just reduce the image size because page will have too much scrolling and it will be irritating if you have many members. Change the image size at least show 3 in one row. Another suggestion is to add this two tab in menu like for public : Attendee View Private : Staff view and set the design related to this. Because at a ...


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Many ways to access functions are always good. Take this text editor as example. You can write bold text at least in three different ways. Select the B icon on the toolbar. Type Ctrl+B. Write two asteriscs (*) before and after the text to be emphasized. Nice.... I recently had one of the worst user experiences using latest MS Word versions (2010 ...


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Keyboard shortcuts The fastest. Tool bars It's the fastest if it is impractical to set a keyboard shortcut for everything. And if it wasn't an editor, people sometimes just don't want to use a keyboard for whatever reasons. Context menus They are more likely showing what the users intended to do. Changing the tool bars too much on the fly may distract ...


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If a user can't find an option or feature, then it doesn't exist There has to be some means by which a user who is looking for a feature can reasonably expect to find it, and by which users can browse features to learn what is available. Well-designed menus are really good at this. Clusters of related buttons and displays too, especially with tool tips. ...


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Often this can be summed up with 2 words. Backwards Compatibility The original Word users likely migrated from WordPerfect.. Which was very keyboard focused cause when you type that's where your hands are. Thus when Word first had its menus and toolbars they had to support hot keys too. When they came out with "personalized menus" where options not used ...


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It's simply very painful to remove features from established software. Featuritus is often a marketing advantage. The initial redundancy of being able to invoke an action via menu or keyboard is proven useful pattern - some people prefer to use the mouse (menu) and some prefer the keyboard. The menus are more discoverable but the keyboard is faster. This ...


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You'd probably needs someone who works at Microsoft to answer this one, but from the outside observer, there are a number of reasons why this might be the case: They cater for a very diverse group of users: think about the audience and users of Microsoft products and perhaps this is a way to accommodate all the different ways that people might use the ...



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