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The use of distinct colours (e.g. green, orange, red or bronze, silver, gold) can be subject to interpretation, as there are usual meaning associated with specific colours depending on cultural, language, context or any other number of factors. A similar question was asked previously on UXSE, where the target audience was for young children: Which colors ...


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First i believe you are well prepared to use only star rating system. As there are other ways around to compare products or profile (artists in your case). Side Note: YouTube switched from a star-based system to the binary thumbs-up\thumbs-down, their ratings shot up many-fold. It could be same in your case, Up-votes/Down-votes would be fine i guess. For ...


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When you are choosing icons, they should be the same style with the rest of the interface. If your interface is glossy, use glossy icons. If its flat design use flat icons. The important thing is not to mix them. For example, if your interface has 3D shapes or elements, don't use 2D icons, because they contradict the look and feel. Also, the primary use of ...


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Test it That's all there is to it. Every feature has to have a purpose. Clearly state the reason behind this terrible thing marketing did and identify a way to measure it's impact. If it fails the test, it has to go. That's just good business. Choose the right metrics Kerry Rodden at Google Ventures developed the HEART framework to assist in determining ...


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Try using outlines but personally for your case here i feel two colors is better than one. It shows some sort of visual hierarchy when it comes to a user making a decision.


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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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The time element is a machine-readable element. So it is mainly used to help out the computer not the user directly. https://css-tricks.com/time-element/ The element in HTML represents a machine-readable date, time, or duration. It can be useful for creating event scheduling, archiving, and other time-based functions. and The uses of ...


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Unlike B2C shopping sites where you can display a list of popular items or new promotions, there is nothing useful that you can display when it comes to finding employees, so a simple search field would suffice. You might also want to consider including a department filter if it help the user to narrow down the search criteria (assuming your data model ...


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This is a complex matter pertaining to some principles of gamification. If gamification is what you are aiming for, then your concern might be justified. According to Gartner, gamification is such a sensible matter, that recent gamified applications were bound to fail meeting business objectives, primarily due to poor design: Gamification at Work The ...


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My usual advice for a situation like this is to suggest going back to the core concept of what you're trying to convey... and then to look at other places where colour is used to convey a similar concept. In this case, if you're looking for a visual metaphor to convey a level of mastery in a given field then the metaphor that leaps immediately to mind is ...


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Here's a different idea, what about a department list? Just brainstorming in terms of what people might be doing when it comes to looking at a list of employees. If I know the name of the person I'm looking for, I'll directly search for that. I'm guessing the 2nd most common case would probably be "I know the person is in XYZ department". Instead of ...


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You can consider few ways to go about it. Simply just display a alert box saying "Item added to to list successfully". when the item is added, automatically scroll it down to the position where it is located in the list, highlight it (may be with a color fade), for few seconds.


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Be careful when using colors because your choice on colors has an impact on your entire presentation and brand. You may want to use this opportunity to reinforce your brand by using its colors to symbolize the different levels. Also, you want to make sure the colors you pick are pleasant and in harmony. To create good color schemes and you can use one of ...


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Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug is the golden standard to read here, especially if you don't have a lot of experience and need to get something done fast. The process tends to be: Look at your product and see what needs to be tested, prepare some tasks and situations to test. Find participants that fit your target audience -- don't underestimate ...


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That is a very broad, but interesting question. To be honest, I'd simply follow an established set of design guidelines than try to re-invent the wheel. You also appear to be overthinking this a little bit. Of course text input needs to be styled accordingly (border, shadow, size, etc.) and inactive fields have to be displayed differently (e.g. grayed out). ...


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If you think about it with some imagination, the graphic designer is also driven by a "user-centered mindset" (please notice the quotation marks). In this regard, you are both the same. A good graphic designer won't design something aesthetically pleasant for himself only. When he designs something, his purpose is to please people. He does it so that "...


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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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@Ameen, that would require NFC and not all devices have that. Answer: pairing devices require security and thus increasing the number of steps. For Android devices it is possible by skipping the step of asking password and just asking permission in yes or no.


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This solution might not work for all cases, but if it was possible to physically TOUCH the 2 devices you want to pair for a brief moment. This would be quite an intuitive way of pairing devices provided we can come up with a technology for this.


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I agree with other answers/comments that indicate that you'll want to keep with the consistency/theme of the OS, however I'm going to add some "food for thought". The trend of "modern" flat icons is good from the standpoint of simplicity however I feel that sometimes we throw away some usability factors like discoverability just to get a flat look. I ...


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I would suggest using multi colored star ratings because in the first example where it is single star, I had an initial assumption that the last star is badly formatted or the interface is buggy/not finished. Actually it was half a star but I interpreted it wrongly. That may lead to confusion and decreased credibility for the site. Since most of the ...


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Any interaction is only useful if the target users understand it. I'd suggest making a quick and dirty prototype that just has the radial slider and asking users to input various values and see how they get on. You should also test inputting the same values using two sliders, two text fields with number pads, and any other methods you can think of that ...


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First of all, there is a need to prove it does have a negative influence on usability. So yes, test or study is due. It might uncover marketing team was right or that nobody was right. Then there is a question on what exactly you mean by "what to do with this". If this is about go/no go, it should be a decision of the Product Owner. If the marketing is ...


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In terms of a users experience whatever is fastest will be best. If you can get all records on the page and search them in the memory of the browser faster than you can send a search request over the wire that will be the better way of doing it. Unless you can know why people would be searching the employee records in some way I don't think you can possibly ...


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All the gestures are hidden from the user until they either are taught them or accidentally discover them. Gestures have no affordance. Obviously it does not help if app developers don't follow platform conventions. Onboarding techniques and TV advertising (I am thinking Apple here) can help with education. From a design perspective gestures should only be ...


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Looking at the image, the first thing that is somewhat similar came to my mind was, Windows Registry Editor. According to me there are 2 changes you could do, they are: 1) Keeping three columns as it is and just removing (replacing) top and below buttons of ADD,DELETE, SAVE & CANCEL. 2) Changing layout to two columns and on double click of attribute ...


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Oh! I thought menu 4 & 5 weren't tappable because of the missing arrows. So based on this new information and your comment on Big_chair's post I have the following idea: User will be sent to "Menu 1" screen when tapped on Menu 1. On the Navigation Bar of Menu 1 a cog will appear, making the user able to edit the settings (either on the same screen or ...


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There are many types of tests you can make! It depends on your goal/feature... For example, you can conduct focus groups, do user observations, have user interviews.. or you can do something less direct like running A/B tests. My favorite is to conduct user interviews because if the user can explain something, it means it has caught their attention! ...


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The first thing that comes to my mind is that text field adds unnecessary cruft while being needed in only one situation. Consider showing this field only when "Constant" is selected. Once "Constant" is selected, it might be a good idea to focus the associated text field, so that the user doesn't have to work to target the newly appeared field. To comment ...


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You could have an empty text box mean "I don't need that field" and use a checkbox to use a value for all files. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups



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