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Ok, I admit I was skeptical but tried the working version and had so much fun with it!! This is an absolute great idea for a game sign up form or something for kids, I feel signing up with this is a challenge and the signing up itself is the prize you get so would be perfect for a limited access community. Less input fields, less rotation, nicer looks and ...


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As someone who has lived in this boring form world for far too long, I never thought I would live to see the day when someone would come along and completely break down barriers, cause a paradigm shift and rewrite the book on accessible and innovative forms... until now. Some of my favourite things from a usability perspective you've added I think the likes ...


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Hide it. Wizards are for the benefit of the user, not the developers. Your wizard should ask questions which can be answered to produce a result - a question with only one answer is not really a question. Quince has a post on post on the Wizard pattern (http://quince.infragistics.com/Patterns/Wizard.aspx), in which they define the problem: Sometimes ...


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You're pretty accurate already, yes. If you have an obvious distinct :hover state then you should replicate that for your :focus. The :focus is the most important one though, so make sure that exists in a clear style. Bear in mind that with the hover state, the user is (probably) visually following the cursor so is likely to already be looking at the item ...


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Designers should design using what makes sense for their product, their team, their skills set... and various other factors. So no particular method is universally right or wrong. As time goes on, we see new and often better ways of designing. When I was first starting out, many said not to use use FreeHand, Illustrator, Photoshop... to design with. Their ...


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First of all: you can not really design in a browser –– except you use some web based service or a sophisticated add-on or the like. A browser is basically made for displaying layouts / designs / webpages – and not for designing them. During a design process you can however (and should) check your design from time to time in a browser. This can be very ...


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We all do stuff differently, but whatever workflow gets you good results. For me, once IA and UX research is undertaken, I sketch on paper to find solutions before taking ideas into Balsamiq/Axure for lo-fidelity fast iterations on structure, navigation & interaction producing prototypes if complex. Enables you to sound out and test ideas quickly, ...


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Designing in Photoshop is easy for me. However, updating Photoshop is not. Updating multiple areas for responsive design is a pain. Photoshop is usually the first and last step for me. In between I'm using Balsamiq. It's also good to design somewhat in the browser because there are variables that you don't think about often without testing inside of the ...


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If you mean designing websites - kinda yes. You can achieve same result (now very quickly) using CSS and HTML 'directly'. Furthermore you won't waste your time for rewriting photoshop project into a code. If you mean other things, I guess you need to design eg. JAVA projects somewhere...


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I think it depends on the person. I am very familiar with HTML and CSS so I design in what feels right at the moment. Pencil and Paper, Visio, Photoshop, HTML/CSS (and sometimes Illustrator or Axure). I always start with paper and pencil but after that, for instance, I might make a table in excel and copy and paste it directly into Photoshop. I just, ...


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What do you mean by "designing"? - UX, Themes, Graphics? In my opinion UX is the easiest to do in wireframe tools, e.q. Balsamiq which is embedded is this site (or paper). For visual elements such as logos and icons are best done in vector graphic tools e.g. Adobe Fireworks. For large raster images, image editing tools like Adobe Photoshop are more ...


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The best way to handle this is to handle it gracefully. Communicate that the app couldn't find their location, but do it in a way that tells them how to fix the problem. "Unable to obtain location" tells me what the problem is, but it says nothing about how to fix the problem. Users see messages like this and think that the app is being rude and telling ...


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I also have no data but have seen a pattern for this type of interaction that seems to allow for the conscious decision of choosing individuals with a bit more (seeming) ease of adding a bunch of folks at once. It is this: Have the list, where each person is selectable, and a the button to follow the selected people. I believe that Facebook does/did this ...


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http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?design.4.541972.17 In REST terms, a link is a 'GET' action that can be backtracked without affecting the state whereas a button is a 'POST' that affects a state permanently


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I have been working on an application which is basically a web portal. From my experience try using buttons for all the strong actions such as "Submit", "Cancel", "Filter", "Search" etc. Whereas you can use links for certain lighter functionalities such as going back to a certain page. opening up a new form. update and delete options. Using too many ...


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Gay or not? He looks sooooo gay: You probably gathered that by gay I mean homosexual. But had it been the 1940s, you would probably think: "This guy doesn't look light-hearted at all! I don't know what you're talking about!" As the dictionary explains: Gay meaning ‘homosexual’ became established in the 1960s as the term preferred by homosexual men ...


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In most cases, the way that you would advertise the existence of these options would be to show badges like that on the homepage of your website or wherever your app is acquired. If your app is downloaded from a site somewhere, that's where I'd put some kind of note or badge. If you app is distributed through some other means, you may need to look into ...


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Since the tool doesn't know the ideal value, it can only tell the user if they are doing better or worse. They can use this information to find the best value (like "hot or cold" in Huckle Buckle Beanstalk). Option #1 - Simple UI This UI simply shows the current value. (No mock-up provided ;) As the user turns the ring, they see the value changing, and ...


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If this is pagination for a search result, keep in mind that the most relevant results are in the first couple of pages (I never really paginated Google search results beyond 2-3). So, the best experience is to show the most relevant results at the top and keep the focus on pagination low. If you are displaying an archive, then categorization is preferred ...


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People come to your service (web site, software etc) to reach a goal (listen to music in your case). To log in is not a part of their "to do" list. Ask them to log in only if necessary, and if it's not clear to them why they need to log in - tell them the reason! Many sites require login if you are a paying customer and wants to access what you paid for, ...


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For a simple reason that instead of giving your user and idea of what your site provides and what kind of content he can expect on your site, you are forcing him to login/register to view any content at all. Personally, if a site has some kind of a demo or trial section for me to explore (no doubt with partial content) then I will be keen on exploring it ...


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As a user of the websites, I would not prefer videos getting autoplayed as and when I scroll to that frame. It's really annoying in cases e.g. You are at home having your speakers turned on, or at office where accidentally your laptop speakers are unmuted. Many news websites start autoplay of the news hour stuff as soon as you load the page. Some of the ...


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Videos overcome everything else on a webpage. You can either read content, or watch a video at a time. Also, many times before I play a video, I grab my headphones and plug them in. So surely from a user's perspective, videos shouldn't auto-play. Background videos without sound seem to be okay, without considering how good or bad having them is. Sydney ...


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In my opinion, Youtube, Vimeo etc are exceptions to the rule. If it's a video site, autoplay is acceptable. However, if it's an embedded video on a non-video based site, autoplay is a bad idea. I absolutely hate when videos autoplay. Especially when I have my speakers turned up from some other video that had poor audio quality. It's jolting. If the video ...


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It's not only music sites, but also video streaming sites (Youtube, vimeo, wimp, etc..), blogs(tumblr, medium, etc), news sites (The New York Times, Washington Post, etc). Think of the user flow for a second. People go to those sites for mainly one purpose: to view/listen to content. Creating a login system for that will steer people away from what they ...


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Many sites are adopting the partially logged in state when the site recognizes your email address or other account identifier. Maybe the user has not cleared cache and cookies and cache are still good, or maybe he's come from an email. The user is neither fully logged in/authenticated NOR are you logged out. The "Hi Vincent, Sign In" indicates you are in ...


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To me, this user interface element reminds the user that he or she has a relationship with the website in question, even if he's logged out of the site. For example, I've used various travel-booking sites, and for some I might have an account, and with others I may have transacted as a "guest." So it's hard to remember where I have an actual account. If, ...


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This is a common and effective pattern if done correctly. Essentially if there are a few sensitive actions and other less sensitive then delaying the authentication check may allow the user to perform low risk activity unhindered. Examples of sites that do this well are: Amazon: Browse and add products to your cart. Try to check out or view account / ...


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It sounds like when a parent already exists, your "add a new parent" isn't so much an "add a new parent" as an "add a node between the parent and child". Acknowledging that there are really three distinct actions, you could put an "add parent" on every root of the tree(s), an "add child" on every leaf, and an "add between" on any connector. ...


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In regards to the 'half-authenticated state' being a good idea or not, I believe that's mostly a security "feature" to prevent unauthorized users from mucking about in your account too much. Like if your kids jump onto your computer, you don't want them adding stuff to the cart and buying $347 worth of pool noodles for some unknowable reason. Being ...


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What user scenario(s) could prompt the inclusion of self destruct button? An orbiting research facility, housing an extra-terrestrial contagion capable of wiping out every living species on the planet loses power. Airlocks on containment cells are losing pressure, all staff aboard are infected. As routine maintenance slows to a halt, the station begins ...



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