Questions tagged [customisation]

Questions about systems that allow the user to control the layout, menus or style to personal taste.

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Is there any reason not to change the style of web radio buttons and check boxes?

It's still very difficult to change the visual look of HTML radio buttons and checkboxes using CSS. For example, changing the check box's border-color does nothing on major browsers. Is there a UX ...
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What benefits are user avatars offering?

Lets say you have a website that has absolutely no social interactions between the users, your users usually visit the site to use different tools they get offered by being a member or read up on ...
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What is the name of the design pattern used to create, rename and load user-presets such as styles, favorites, and workspace layouts?

I want to find out what other people have found out about a very common design-pattern. However, my searches come up empty. The pattern is a minimalist save/load feature for things secondary to the ...
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Restricting user freedom of customisation

The context: Currently working on the redesign of an employee attendance app that's used by various companies. At the moment the companies that use the app can set their own attendance statuses to ...
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User uploading logo with no transparency

I am currently designing a registration journey where non tech-savvy users can build their own website. In one of the steps, users will have to upload their logo that will be displayed in the top-...
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How to offer to users several workflows to complete a task

Suppose we are making a medical software to support doctors to perform medical examination on the patients and store results in the system. What is unusual in this case, is that doctors often have ...
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How to indicate custom (unique features per client) in a UI

I have a (quite big) software, and some features are custom for each client. I want to highlight the fact that those features are handcrafted for them in the menu, but I don't have any idea on how to ...
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Deliberately make customisation features hard to find in order to avoid customisation

We have a mobile App and the main screen is a card layout. Users asked for customisation features in order to change the order of the cards or even hide certain cards. The cards show different, fixed ...
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Is it beneficial for users to be able to change the display location of user and system notifications?

Some back story. I'm working on a data science platform, and sometimes when working with Jupyter, RStudio, H20, etc, displaying notifications works for one type of notebook but not the other. Because ...
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Design consistency issues when allowing the user to change design

What's the best way to solve user design consistency problems inside an application that gives total control over the appearance? For example, user can choose font of element X, then later adds ...
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Multiple elements same action

I have a fundamental question. Is it gonna be a bad UX practice if I use two separate elements, with different UI design, to do the same task? For example, I wish to have a fancy button on the middle ...
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Why is it that almost all anti-virus software has custom built skins?

I am yet to see an anti-virus software that's using the native Windows theme. Why do they prefer custom skins over native windows skins? Does it have anything to do with security and/or consistency? ...
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Are more customization options truly better?

I am currently working on a widget that users can integrate on their website. While this widget has been tailored to be responsive in terms of width and height, it has ways for users to customize it. ...
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Adjusting website content according to searched query from Google / external search engine

I heard that it's possible to customize a website content according to the search query the user has entered before accessing the site through external search results page. It seems like a very smart ...
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UI customisation principles and guidelines

I am working on a project that requires catering for a large number of personas and scenarios. Key to meeting these needs is a UI that provides a customised experience. I was wondering if there is ...
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How much customisation should be permitted?

The team I work in are in charge of approving and creating new team document storage/collaboration microsites for business areas within the company. These are currently being offered as SharePoint ...
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GUI for creating a grid view of user defined headers that are based on a closed set of fields

Business need is for ability to see a grid of values for custom fields that are created by user. Example of business need. Take Microsoft Visual Studio for example. MVS has a closed set of fields for ...
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Site for 3 different target audiences

We are working on a service that is quite new and unknown to people. It's is oriented on small business. The target audience is divided into 3 specific different groups. As for now, we have one ...
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What is the best way to show that something expects a Collection (or array)

My general question is; Is they a way to explain loops (or the traversal of a collection) to customers, without any understanding in informatics ? For example an analogy that everybody could ...
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For touchscreen interaction, are there benefits to knowing a user's preferred hand?

The generally accepted answer to the question on Left-handed persons and usability is that rather than asking users which hand they use in order to determine your layout, you should let them choose ...
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best practices for toggling persistence (“pinning”) of choices made by users?

What are best practices for UX that allows users to toggle whether a user's choice in a dropdown box in the chrome of a web app will persist across multiple pages and and multiple sessions? ...
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Multiple Themes for your product - why should you offer them?

When you're selling a product, do you think it's important to offer the users various themes (in order for them to choose the one they like most or to customize it to their brand)? What are the ...
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How much choice should I give users?

I am considering adding an update to my iPhone app that allows the user to choose many new features such as the background image, where certain buttons are located, button colors, button design, ...
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are skinned or custom dropdown downs good or bad UX design

I would like to know if the use of "skinned" or "custom" dropdowns is seen to be bad UX or not? I am aware that notable successful online retailers (who carry out Hallway Usability testing), do not ...
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Interface for managing public and private profile fields

I realized that my previous question was somewhat confusing and a bit hard to answer. I have thought about the situation and decided to delete that question and ask this one (which is better set out). ...
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Should I let my users chose between multiple themes?

I run a relatively successful website made with Twitter Bootstrap. I've heard from the users saying how they love the design and the responsiveness that my website has. Much of said responsiveness and ...
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When is themeing applicable in web application?

I have seen few applications with the ability to change themes, for example, in my case, a HRMS application (there are many such). But, people seldom use custom themes or care about them in such ...
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Should users be able to customise everything or should the UX team decide for them?

I am developing two interfaces for my product that will allow users to customize a booking widget that they place on their sites. One is for choosing colors for the widget elements. The other for is ...
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Setting safe defaults for user interface configuration by client

I am currently a consultant working for a software development company who is building an application for their client. The dev company feels that every aspect of the ui should be customize-able, ...
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What do you call the customizable boxes like in my.yahoo.com?

If you haven't seen my.yahoo.com, see this screenshot I can customize my page, by adding more boxes, removing or rearranging them (I can rearrange using drag and drop, something like WYSIWYG), or ...
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Personalize generated content for user

I'm developing an app that automatically captions photos. One of the main results of a usability survey was that users would insert a funny personalized comment in their captions. In order to give a ...
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Interface for image editor app with many tools for small touchscreens?

I'm making an image editor app for phones with touchscreens. It will have tools that are similar to related desktop applications like brush, pencil, rubber, mask, smudge, crop, text etc. tools. For a ...
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Can customisable dashboards in web-apps enhance user experience?

I'm currently in the process of redesigning the dashboard for one of our products. One of the requests I've received so far is that it should be customisable. Instinctively, I oppose the idea as I ...
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How important is the ability to change the color theme on a desktop application?

At my company we create Windows desktop applications using Microsoft's .Net (WPF to be specific). The window or "chrome" is completely customized, meaning that we do not use the standard Windows ...
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Generation dependent icon set?

When I started my computing carrer in the 1980s the tool we used were very different from those used today. At first there was no possability to even save ones work. You had to write down your code on ...
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the benefit of a separate preferences application

The best example of this is on the iOS platform (although you can see it in Mac OS X and Windows to some extent too). Why does Apple allow (encourage even) apps to have their preferences in the ...
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How design a dashboard for mutiple-role users?

I'm developing a dashboard for a client, and we have some users who fit into multiple roles within the company, ie. a Project Manager and a Department Manager. In this case they function as two ...
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Seasonal changes to the user interface? [closed]

Partially adapting the UI for the holidays is not an uncommon practice. This is also humorously known as the season of: "the client wants snow on the logo". Do you have any good, funny or dreadful ...
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Tips to give the UI more of a professional and polished look? [closed]

Currently developing a WPF application with a completely customised UI. Just wondering if anyone has any tips to allow the UI to be unique, but still look professional and polished.
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Custom UI vs Default UI [closed]

This question is mainly for iOS/Android developers, but anybody can answer. Do you prefer using the default UI provided by the OS or do you prefer using custom UI. I've heard many developers argue ...