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Anti-pattern where UX too closely mimics API/DB/etc. structure?

I'm researching a solution for a UX design issue that has plagued me for a while: when an experience closely mirrors the underlying API/database structure/etc. rather than aligning with what the user ...
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Are tips of the day, like in 90s Microsoft products, on application start an effective and non-deleterious way of improving discoverability?

I remember from using 90s and I think also 2000s versions of software, mostly from Microsoft that there would often be a window (like the screenshotted one, although with non-joke advice), that would ...
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Is it an anti pattern to have two UI input element for the same value?

Does having two different UI elements for the same input value considered an anti pattern? Both inputs represent the same thing, changing the value of one will update the other. For example, I wanted ...
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Are Collapsible horizontal navigation bars ever used?

There is an ask to have a collapsible horizontal navigation bar. This would be below the main horizontal navigation. This is not standard imo. And poor user experience because it is so uncommon. The ...
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What's the rationale behind Paypal's amount input?

This is something I've always wanted to ask because it's really frustrating for me. If you use Paypal, you will see that when you try to send money, the Amount input requires to enter the cents or ...
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What's the name and purpose for inclusion of secret elements?

I really don't know how to better enunciate this question. The best way is to go to your profile and see the "hats". This is something StackExchange does at the end of the year. And it's ...
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Is there a specific name for not getting back to the same content?

So we're working on a new social media app, and when discussing with the team the analysis and insights for different social media sites, we came to this one you can see on several sites,most ...
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Are collapsed filters an antipattern? or does it depend on the intended user?

So we are building a monitoring page intended for a specialized group of users who would like to keep an eye on their logs. We are implementing a filtering solution to help users find the type of ...
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Why is Google using this anti-pattern sign in feature? [closed]

Google has a feature "Sign in with Google" that auto appears on any site that supports it. This seems to have harmful UX repocussions? If Apple, Facebook, and others follow the same pattern we'll ...
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Is displaying the message of a new version available a good practice?

Today a developer mentioned that we should display a message to the users saying "A new version of the XX app is available, please refresh de browser". Like what Inbox did once. Is displaying this ...
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Multi language text area

I have a scenario in my application, where users have an option to view and edit a multi-language description of a given wine. For now, the solution is to have separate text areas for each language. ...
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Is there a name for this drop-down anti-pattern?

Recently I have seen a small UI issue in mouse-over drop-downs. Here is an example of such a drop-down (although Bloomberg is not the only offender): https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-08-...
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Is including multiple data types in a field an anti-pattern?

On Venmo's web app, you create a transaction by selecting a recipient and then filling out a field that includes a dollar amount and a description: Both the dollar amount and the description are ...
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Is the popularity of Hidden Object Games changing hidden behavior from an anti-pattern to a useful pattern?

I would consider Hidden Objects in a U/I to be an anti-pattern, but with the increasing popularity of Hidden Object games is this paradigm changing? If nearly everything is click-able, and there is ...
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Are there UX concerns with having two side-by-side buttons go to the same location?

In this case these buttons both go to a portal where the user must login. I feel like there's a bad "UX smell" (or anti-pattern) having two side-by-side buttons go to the same location, but I can also ...
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Is there a name in UX jargon for the "lose your work" anti-pattern?

Some examples of what I have in mind by "lose your work" (besides the obvious non-autosaving software where explicit files are involved): Web (or any other kind of) forms that completely (or ...
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Anemic user interface

Recently, while discussing the design of a user interface for a web app, I noticed a phenomenon in which people only think of a few simple user interactions like "type text there", "select an item ...
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Is address line 1 + address line 2 an anti-pattern? [duplicate]

The typical address block on a form contains two fields for address: Address ------------------------------- | | ------------------------------- Address Line 2 -----------...
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Are there alternatives to hamburger + drawer menus?

On the internet there is a lot of bashing on the Hamburger Icon & the matching Nav Drawer. I realize it sometimes might be a pattern which should be avoided when simpler, more explicit options ...
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What is the name of the anti-pattern in which information is hidden behind interaction?

There is a UX anti-pattern in which important information is hidden behind some user initiated function. For example: You have a menu with only images on the items and only on mouseover do you see ...
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What is an anti-pattern?

"Using checkboxes (or custom analogs) to initiate selection is an explicit anti-pattern for mobile." What does Google mean by anti-pattern? Source: http://www.google.com/design/spec/patterns/...
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"Your friend has sent you a message on our website, register to see it" - is there a name for this technique?

Sometimes I get emails like the following, presumably targeted to me as a friend/contact of some person, X: You have a message from X on our super awesome website! Click here to read this message. ...
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What is the name for the pattern where consecutive words link to similar resources?

What is the name for the pattern where consecutive words in a phrase are each hyper-linked to similar resources? For example: there are many sites in the Stack Exchange network.
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Is there a name for this kind of design flaw?

Consider the following question: Why do most public toilet doors open inwards? The general intention is to allow people to clear their hands after the use of the toilette, but even if they wash ...
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YouTube automatically switches to "Share" tab when the video is finished playing

On every YouTube video page there are two tabs below the video: "About" contains an author-generated description, the category and license information. "Share" offers sharing functionality for ...
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What UI design pattern for choice between 2 actions comes to your mind?

My goal: find optimal UX/UI pattern. Pattern's goal: give a user choice between two actions. Simple example: http://dribbble.com/shots/599154-Choose-Your-Option Here is UX/UI pattern I implemented (...
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Completing a process in linear steps - what should happen if a user changes one of the previously entered steps?

I'm working on a tool made for professionals to calculate advice for their customers. The user is following predefined steps. The steps are represented as tabs (with arrows) in the interface. The ...
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Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern?

Why do most of today's websites, especially news and blogs, use mostly vertical scrolling? Also why has it become a pattern, that the more you scroll down you find older material, rather than ...
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How to avoid "hover and cover" on buttons at the end of a form?

I'm working on an apparently simple interface: 2 input fields right above a series of action buttons. Each button represents a different way to perform the same task (for example wizard, upload a ...
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Fixing UI Antipattern “multiple menu levels”

My brain seems to be pre-programmed to make administrative UI's look like the mockups below. In the mockups I have 3 levels of navigation, with on the form another set of buttons for the form actions....
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Magic meaning of Apply button on a form

I understood that [Apply] button does the same as [OK] without closing the modal form. Is it a programmer's trick to see changes outside current form and still be focused to it? Maybe it is like safe ...
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What are the recurrent usability problems in web sites today? [closed]

Which problems would you say are the most common to occur in today's sites?
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What's a catchy name for "overly complex, barely designed interface"? [closed]

I think the title says it all. "Cockpit-like" is what I've come up with, but I'm looking for better ideas.
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Should I let a user copy/paste into a confirm e-mail field for a registration form? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Preventing a user from pasting from the clipboard into a mandatory form field There was a question of stackoverflow, that a programmer did not wont to let the new users just ...
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What are your desktop UI pet peeves? [closed]

There's already a question for WebApp gotchas, but there are also a lot of anti-patterns in desktop UIs.
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What are common UI misconceptions and annoyances? [closed]

I often use applications and electronic devices for which I think: "Why on earth did they engineer that thing as it is? They must have known that it is a pain in the neck to work with". On the other ...
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Common web app usability gotchas? [closed]

What are some common mistakes regarding usability for web applications?
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Is there any resource for UI examples? [closed]

I run a Usability/UX blog, and my biggest hurdle right now is finding examples to illustrate the topics I write about (bad error messages, good implementation of tabs, bad interactions...etc) So is ...
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