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Screen digits are right aligned to maintain positional consistency between what a number represents (in base 10 that would be units, tens, hundreds, etc.). E.g. If I were to have 764 and then multiply it by 24, the answer would be 18336. By aligning to the right I've consistently seen the same unit representation in the same position, and when I've had new ...


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They have (slightly) different meanings and usage Although both icons are similar and both are popularly recognized, they do have slightly different connotations. ❤ The heart icon Is more emotive by its very nature. As such, it's more likely to be associated with positive feelings such as love, like, happy, etc. Is used by popular applications such ...


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We ran a quick user test and found that more people were signing up with their emails If you trust your test, then you should trust your users and design a solution that meets their desires. We are trying to encourage users to connect with their Facebook/Twitter accounts instead Why is that? Do you have sound reasoning behind this in that it will ...


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If the user can type it then it should be allowed in their password. Telling someone what they can and can't use in their password always feels wrong to the user. Passwords are currently the most universal way to authenticate. Preventing users from entering anything is, in essence, telling them who they can or can't be. 1. Any printable character that a ...


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The site Good-UI argues for Undo: Try Undos instead of prompting for confirmation. Imagine that you just pressed an action button or link. Undos respect the initial human intent by allowing the action to happen smoothly first and foremost. Prompts on the other hand suggest to the user that he or she does not know what they are doing by questioning their ...


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You are totally right As with many other devices (eg the QWERTY keyboard) the hot/cold tap persists not because it's the most usable design, but because of: Cost since proper temperature control requires an electromechanical feedback loop design, or calibrated thermostatic valves which needs to be periodically adjusted or replaced. This drives up the cost ...


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I think a start would be to make it clear the total number of tests and/or total number of cards at the top of each card. And also the breakdown of how many rows you seeing out of that total. e.g. Total Tests: 22 Page: 1 of 2, showing tests 12 of 22 Mockup 1


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This is perhaps perilously close to an off-topic icon discussion, but I think you could modify the arrow icons to make the outgoing versus incoming direction clearer. Essentially, you need to give context to the arrow: I would continue to use colour as an additional clue.


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It matches the user's mental model, which is more important than matching real-world circumstances. Users view a refrigerator as something that "makes cold". Therefore the number 5 corresponds to "more cold" and 1 to "less cold". The mental model of "a device that holds its interior at a constant temperature" is more complex and harder to reconcile with ...


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Because crappy designers are everywhere There is almost no excuse for this kind of ambiguous, uncommunicative control labeling when there are so many better patterns to follow with fridge thermostats. Here are some control formats that are far more effective. They communicate the polarity of coldness clearly They are color-blind friendly (some use shapes ...


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As per the official Google announcement, the reasoning behind this change is to try out methods which would complement new password authentication methods. To quote the post Today, you sign in to Google on a page that includes both the ‘email’ and ‘password’ fields on the same page. We’ll be gradually splitting those two fields into separate pages in ...


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I need to make it obvious to the user that it is a dropdown. By making it look like a dropdown. Don't make it so wide. The reason it doesn't look 'clickable' is because it doesn't look like a drop down because it's stretched across the entire width of the screen.


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Save is a byproduct Save is a byproduct of early hardware- and software design. It doesn't have a common equivalent in the real world. Consider: If you take a pencil and make a mark on paper, that mark doesn't require an extra step in order to become permanent. In other words, it does not need to be saved. The paper may need to be stored somewhere so it ...


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Delete with confirmation Delete with confirmation looks like this: Assuming the user tries to get from 1 to 3 (ie, she intended to perform action 2), the user has no interest in step 2b. We put delete-guards in place to reduce user errors, but if the action was intentional (which it is more often than not) step 2b is superfluous. Undo Undo, on the ...


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Create a repository with actions from where they can be dragged to days. The question is what happens when you try to drag an item to a day that is already occupied. Replace the item and send the previous one to the repository Swap both items. In this case, if you start with a preset for every day you don't even need the repository.


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I think "Did you find this review is more helpful" is more precise, and attempts to solve the disconnect between negative sentiment and a "like" action. In other words, a user may really dislike a product or dislike a reviewer's writing style, quality, etc. but at the end of the day, the review was helpful in their decision whether or not to purchase the ...


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If you implement the Ribbon, you are also supposed to implement the Quick Access Toolbar, where the user can add options they require. I find this useful in Office for example, where I can put common commands and not have to remember where they are on the main ribbon.


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They arrange the items depending on what you search for. I.E. searching for 'Tax' is likely to return many News results, so that is shown alongside 'web': Searching for 'Mexico Flag' is likely to return lots of images, so they set 'Images' as the next tab: Whereas searching for 'Bristol' (A city in England) returns 'maps' as the next tab: ...


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As a counter-argument to the (well-expressed) claims already stated in other answers, confirmation dialogs should be used when an action is not performed often and difficult to reverse. A common example is installing a program on your computer: Windows machines provide this confirmation dialog any time a program requests access to your administrator ...


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If a site requires that passwords only contain certain character codes, then a user will be able to enter the password into almost any device which is capable of producing those characters. If the password contains character codes which may be entered on some devices but not on others, then a user who creates a password on a device which could enter the ...


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Digits are right aligned for similar reasons as you would right align them in a spreadsheet or a table. i.e. when you see multiple numbers (and they all have a fixed set of decimal places), then it's easier to compare the numbers with each other because the digits corresponding to each place value are in the same physical position, thus making it easier to ...


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I suppose it's mostly a question of how much money you want to invest into your fittings. In most cases you'll have one pipe for hot and one for cold water. The knobs then just open and close those pipes – I can hardly think of any easier / cheaper solution. However there are actually different solutions that do exactly what you describe: Visiting Canada ...


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Show the true state of your application In your scenario it sounds like Scenario A - Example A is the way to go because it clearly indicates to the user which features are Active and allows them to turn off features that they aren't using. Instead of asking Which of these features do you have? simply show them what is active and allow them to turn some ...


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Click button to create. Two major columns of UX design are ensuring that the interface serves the users' will, and that users are totally in control of their environment (bokardo.com says it better than I do). By automatically creating the next entity, you're making the user question what action has just happened to them and their environment. The link ...


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The first problem with having multiple 404 pages, each dedicated to a particular area is that you assume users were in the right part of the website at the point when they fell on to the 404. Bearing in mind that many links come from search engines and not necessarily from within the website, then I don't think you can guarantee that a dedicated 404 is ...


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If the UX Team and Graphic Design team are separate, then that's the problem. Your concerns are all valid, but are concerns that happen when the UX team isn't integrated with the other teams that need to be part of the team. IMHO, a UX team should have a wide range of skills on the team...including graphic designers...who are a part of the process from ...


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Where is the best place to ask the user their ethnicity? Honestly -- in the doctors office. Unless the benefit to the user is clear then don't ask for it. You wanting to keep track for your own records isn't clear benefit to the user. If it turns out that a user sees value in telling you their ethnicity (like in a doctor's office due to ethnic ...


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Simply adding the arrow at the bottom will help. Check the below img


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I'm not sure we can we specifically answer the question with the information given, but below are some ideas of what to do and what not to do that may help you determine the best course of action in your own scenario. Automate the sign-in after sign-up. I really dislike those sign-ups that gather all the site needs to use an account then redirect users to a ...


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"Users are stupid" is a programmer's mantra. I think it has persisted because it inspires defensive programming and defensive design, which is usually a good route to take. However, it's not true, and it's a little bit harmful. I think the sentiment should be broken up into the following better notions: Always assume that users won't understand. This ...



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