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Keeping a consistent look and feel within an application. For questions about whether to break consistency and when or how to foster a sense of consistency.

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"Add" button on multiselection dialog when no selection has yet been made - active or inactive?

Looking at a dialog with a simple interaction (multi-selection table with checkboxes at front and [Add] and [Cancel] buttons in the Dialog footer), but complex data (two-level hierarchy, several ...
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Are there any problem with consistent among UI elements if I use floating label at Login screen but the others use top left aligned label?

I have an issue that needs your help. Is there any problem with consistency among UI elements if I use a floating label at the log-in screen but the others use a top left-aligned label? Can you give ...
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Best way to design custom apps to plug in Microsoft dynamics 365

We are a small team of 2 customizing a Dynamics 365 for our ~100 people company. Using built-in customization tools from dynamics for basic forms and actions works (fairly) great. However, for more ...
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Consistency VS usability

Hope to get references to articles/ideas to guide me in the following question The facts: I'm designing 2 different products under the same products family / suite. The products are complementary, ...
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When my page has multiple input forms with a range of options from 2 - 10, should i use dropdowns, segmented control, or a mix of both?

I have a form where the user select multiple different inputs. One input might have only 2 options (parent,child), while the next input might have 5 options (age: 0, 1-18, 18-25, 25-55, 55+), etc. ...
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Icon or text for "home" in a breadcrumb?

What is a better way to convey the home position in a breadcrumb - "home" as text or an icon representing a home? An argument for the sake of an icon would be that a picture is easier to ...
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Which way locks? / Which way is locked?

This is in regards to every lock that turns 90-degrees. Meaning, not combination locks and unconventional locks. Let's just restrict it to: Deadlocks Door locks The keyhole on the other side of a ...
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Is it okay to launch dark mode partially?

We are having discussions about redesigning our website (it’s a lot of work) and also going into dark mode. Some of the most high traffic areas of the site are currently in redesign (which does not ...
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Button position in equal height containers

I am designing card elements and struggling with the CTA button positioning: with equal amounts of dummy text the content heights and button positioning remained consistent and easy on the eye. ...
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Table - consistency for new row / edit

I am working on complex system with lots of tables; some with only few columns, some with many (~15+). With consistency being one of the usability principles and generally encouraged in UI world, I am ...
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How consistent should icons be in sizing?

New to UX and confused about size consistency. I know icons that belong in the same group are supposed to have the same visual weight, but what if there's different groups of icons on the same page or ...
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On a card UI with less than usual text, should I leave the card size as is, or make the card smaller?

I'm making a timeline with multiple card UI elements, and I'm curious as to what I should do with the card size (in particular height) when the subheader text is only a single line long as opposed to ...
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Breadcrumbs - what should they display?

I'm sorry for the mysterious question, I'll do my best to explain here. I do get the idea of breadcrumbs in general. But what should I do, if there a few ways for the user to get to one location? For ...
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Can I break consistency in behalf of UX?

I'm working on a big platform. It has many tables with consistent design. Now, I'm designing a new page, and I think it's better for these tables if the rows will be smaller than across all platform ...
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Should the order of add / edit / delete buttons be based on the frequency of their use?

In our application we have several places where users see a list of items and can add, edit or delete an item. For some of these lists adding new items is probably the most frequent used ...
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Should action buttons within an entry page be identical or different?

I am designing an entry screen and there's a few action buttons at the bottom of the page. Should they be identical for consistency or different since they trigger different actions? Behaviour: This ...
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Button position depending on situation or always in the same position?

I have two situations: A page with a table. The table can be short or long depending on user preference (items per page). A page with a form. The form can be short or very long depending on some ...
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Icon consistency in buttons

I am designing a page for apps. This page will show apps available for integration. Question Should I make them all text only buttons or it's fine that some buttons are icon+text? Default All apps ...
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Should Consistency or Semantics be valued more in terms of language?

In my application, there are several pages where the user can edit data or create a new entry all together. The main header of each page gives a brief description of the action the user is performing, ...
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Why is low contrast between active and inactive window title bars considered a good thing?

It seems like recently, there is a movement toward applications forcing a color scheme on the user as well as using custom-drawn windowing elements, particularly title bars, with very low contrast ...
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Inconsistency with a UI framework that changes its visual design - when and how to move away from it in the Enterprise?

I design internal web tools for a company, and we use Vue and Vuetify on the front-end. I use a material design plugin with Sketch and have created our own beginnings of a design system/style guide ...
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Does it make sense to have differently shaped buttons together?

Generally, buttons shown together are also visually similar. Are there situations where it might make sense to show together buttons of different shapes? E.g. a rounded rectangle button together ...
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Is Cumulative Layout Shift a consideration while the page is still visibly loading?

Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) refers to unexpected change in the position of content on a page, and usually happens because resources are loaded asynchronously or DOM elements get added to the page ...
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Dropdown menus: Should the parent item be clickable?

TL;DR In my opinion, the parent element (that which when hovered spawns the dropdown menu) MUST be clickable. Other items in the global navigation bar that do not have have dropdown menus take you ...
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Reducing unsatisfactory navigation states without losing consistency

I'm working on a fairly large analytics dashboard. One challenge that is occurring repeatedly is how to always display relevant information without losing consistency. We have a set of items that can ...
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Why don't <button> HTML elements have a CSS cursor pointer by default?

A friend was asking me why <button> HTML elements don't have a CSS cursor pointer by default? It is the default behavior for links, and can be achieved on a button with button { cursor:pointer;...
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Is it okay if the primary action after an operation is visible after scrolling

I am designing a web app which contain many different tools this particular tool has two fields one in which user uploads a single file and other where user can upload multiple files. The problem is ...
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Hover styling for non-clickable elements?

In our system, currently we have good styling and effects for buttons, for example submit button, cancel button etc. Now we have a different element. Let's say it is a summary tag element. Which acts ...
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Is it okay to break button consistency?

Currently have all buttons left-aligned in a dashboard. The alignment makes sense for filling forms. However, within a wizard and needed to add a 'Back' and 'Next' button, it makes sense to position ...
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Consistency Within vs. Across Devices

I have a question geared more towards UI/UX Consistency rather than Branding Consistency. We have an ability to "Save to Lists" on our website. On our desktop site, it is a dropdown. On our mobile ...
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Consistent position of Save button in multiple layouts

I'm currently working on a system aimed primarily at desktop users that has a wide range of layouts: some grids, some forms, and a variety of custom interactive interfaces with different designs. ...
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Differentiating pages/views which contain similar data

Consider profile information views for different user/item* groups. These profile information views all contain and display similar data and the aim is to keep a consistent layout between different ...
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What are the pros and cons of using 2 fonts on a single page/throughout an application?

As a very relatable example, we have Android OS (since which version I do not remember) using 2 fonts, one for headlines and one for the rest of the text. As in the image, we can see that it uses 2 ...
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A method for consistency comparison of multiple products

Are there any good methods / tools / templates for evaluating the consistency of multiple websites from one product family in terms of UI components, patterns, button placements, labelling, date ...
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Is it ok to Quick Nav selectively, not universally?

First, to keep us on the same page this is what I mean when I am saying Quick Nav. (Example from Lonely Planet) It is supplementary navigation to inform you what is on the page and send you down to ...
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Importance of cohesive consistency of product, support and service experience

When designing and developing a user experience, how much weight should be given to matching its qualities with those of existing products, support and service from the same organisation?
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Concept of research debt in UX design

It seems like the concept of tech debt is very familiar among developers and programmers but when it comes to research we are still struggling to understand how to avoid a similar problem that arises ...
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How to represent a list with one item?

I have an application which generates a table of information. One of the columns may contain more than one business name but often only contains one business name. Semantically, the column contains a ...
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Can I customize app bars on each destinations in a bottom navigation bar?

I am designing an Android app with 5 destinations in the bottom navigation bar. The main screen is one of them. It's a list of events and the app bar there is pretty custom - prominent with the logo, ...
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Is it a bad practice to display both editable and non-editable fields together in a CRM-style interface?

Hi! I'm designing a CRM-style experience to help nurses manage their daily tasks, and I'm running into a bit of a dilemma. I want nurses to be able to quickly edit the "Due Date" and "Task Status" of ...
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Is it ok to use some button labels with verbs from the user's perspective and some with verbs from the system perspective in the same project?

In some cases I have "See/view all" or "Go to comments", and then I have "Show details" or something like that. I feel like the first set (See, View, Go to) is the system telling the user what to do, ...
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Update notifications content after they're sent

Let's say that I have a notification system embedded in a forum. Whenever someone creates a thread, we'll send notifications about this new thread to some users. But, if it happens to the thread owner ...
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Animation of files moving from one folder to the other is what? [closed]

Consider the animation that appears when you drag and drop a bunch of files from one folder to another and you can see the files moving from the first folder to the second. Is that an example of any ...
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Which is more important, less mouse distance to travel or visual consistency?

I have an interface that I am currently working on that asks the user to make a choice of a single item. These items are divided into 3 separate categories and the client has insisted that each ...
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Jumping progress bar or running process indicator?

I'm developing a process with a predefined number of steps to complete so while process is running I can know how far the process has gotten and how much is there still to be done. My process ...
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If controls show different type of information, how much can they resemble each other?

I'm developing a UWP app to remotely access linux machines, and it includes a remote file explorer, and a simple editor. On both of those windows, I've got a status bar at the bottom, but they don't ...
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Can I display heading below its tabs?

Look at the navigation. In the upper mockup I have User's profile with a few tabs and there's no header, just the information about the user below (something like here on UX Stack Exchange). Also I ...
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Is it ok not to place headers on pages?

Do I need a header on the top of every page I have or is a prominent indication of category in the sidebar enough? I keep jumping back and forth and cannot come up with a permanent solution. It also ...
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How to solve navigation in this case?

I am working on a game-related web app which has a global navigation in a sidebar. There are going to be a few categories, with currently "My profile" and "The games" on the mockup below. Those ...
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Food menu legend consistency

Should a food menu legend have "Gluten Free" and "Contains Nuts" or would it be better to be consistent with "Gluten Free" and "Nut Free" or even "Contains Gluten" and "Contains Nuts." Each of the ...