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A timeline by nature is more of a visual representation and a filtering tool rather than sorting, because it is much more difficult to manipulate the individual elements since it is probably on some type of slider or graph like control. A: I think a timeline will add some value as a filtering option if used correctly B: It should not be used for sorting ...


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I would recommend either a block of sample text or a simple placeholder image. Pocket uses a similar layout that is capable of displaying text snippets, sample images, or thumbnails. When no suitable image or text is found by their algorithm, a placeholder image is used (see the left-most example in the screenshot below).


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I tend to like the symmetry in sites. For me, it increases readability. That's just my preference. Perhaps, instead of images, the 'image boxes' could be filled with medium-sized randomly-floated key works or a extract from the text?


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You should bring up the scenario to the designer. Sometimes if you are working with a designer with print background, they might not realize they don't have the same degree of control on the layout when working on the web. Content that gets displayed may vary depending on the user's browser settings or even content that the system puts in. e.g. Sliders ...


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Since your context is people and landscapes I would go with the latter for the following reasons: The letter-boxing is ugly (well, I think so), especially when a group of images is viewed as it takes away from their uniformity. Ugly or not it is certainly distracting. For landscapes it will not particularly matter if part is cropped. It will still ...


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I'm not sure how complex your rules can get, but this sounds comparable to the problem of rules editors in email clients. A common approach there is to display an extensible sequence of panes, one for each term in the rule. The nice part about that is that the interface starts out simple, and grows more elaborate depending on how complicated the user's ...


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2 suggestions: The advanced link might be better described with something like customize, or custom rules. Using the word "advanced" may put off less technical users (it makes it sound like something difficult). When one or more custom notification rules are set up for a service, I would replace the whole row of checkboxes on the overview with a link to ...


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Did you take a look at Venn diagram? They could be simplified into icons, where AND could be two circles with the intersection filled with your theme color, and OR having the whole area. As long as they stay next to each other. I think they should be clear enough. Or, just put AND OR in the icon.


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Although it means writing a lot more code, you should try to prevent the user from making those errors. The most popular example is the password field: as long as the password is too short, ther will be hint on it and the "save" button is greyed out. If the user can't add new items, tell him before he tries to add a new one. Also always tell the user what ...


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I would recommend a page error message, not included in the layout but as an overlay, that is strongly visible and disappears after a while.


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Also I'd recommend to add navigation to such huge forms -- the operator should have the possibility to access necessary group as fast as possible. We use in our hospital medical system this solution for patient registry entry: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Left menu allows to quickly scroll to necessary group ...


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Adding white space makes for a better reading experience for a number of reasons, but with a map you can better serve your user by letting her get a sense of the place's geographical context by maximizing the map space. For a page dedicated to a map functionality, I think it makes sense to: retain the page header and main nav the same as on the rest of ...



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