Questions tagged [design-principles]

high level ideas that guide UX design.

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General design principle to assist functionality but be out of your way

I don't have the language to even ask this question appropriately. I am designing a spec for a design of a UI that will assist the functionality of another device. I'd like to state in words that a ...
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Design principles? Or will Tone of voice be enough?

I currently have a situation where my team are building a design system. Within them would be a set of design principles which extend from the brand guidelines. However there is a response from ...
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How to display a mnemonic phrase

I am currently working on a app that has to display a mnemonic phrase. A mnemonic phrase is a list of 12 words that act as a seed for a private key. Since the mnemonic phrase essentially is the ...
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Does a known principle exist for preventing inevitable misuse of a feature by actively supporting the misuse?

There are certain known and documented principles that apply to UIX design in general (and other things), such as DWIM, POLA, etc. I was wondering if there's a known and named principle for the ...
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Should I prefer “Earliest Prevention” over “Flexible Workflows”?

Intro I have a specification which explicitly mentions 4 (sic!) interrelated modal windows for a fairly simple use case. This seems to be a result of the old-school way of thinking, i.e. "let's ...
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Design principles: Lean data vs. bloated data

I've been tasked with designing tables to store civil infrastructure asset data. Users have asked for a multitude of fields in the tables. For instance, they've asked for 50+ fields in a roads table. ...
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How to provide an indication for partial success?

I am working on a system where the user configures a complex structure which consist of several layers of composition. When the user completes the configuration he clicks the 'Apply' button and then ...
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How to articulate the difference between design principles and aesthetic style?

One of the barriers I've encountered within UI design is a blurred distinction between implementing proven design principles and a designer's judgment for aesthetics and style. I would like to know ...
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How to apply the Pareto principle in UX design [closed]

Pareto's principle (80/20 rule) makes sense, but I can't think of a real scenario for it's application to UX design. How can we use this rule in the UX design process?
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Name/principle for designing to accommodate multiple use cases?

Is there a name for the practice or principle of designing an interface that can accommodate multiple use cases or approaches that users might have? For example, I am thinking of something like ...
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What are the disadvantages of Material Design?

I'm generally a fan of Google's Material Design UX framework. Its positive aspects have been well-covered by the press and Google's own design group and evangelists. But, the disadvantages of the ...
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Are there interface design principles that apply to mobile user hand/thumb positions?

Whilst on the train I observed a number of people with mobile devices but what was quite obvious is that no two person held their devices in the same way. On first thought it seemed rather surprising, ...
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What interaction design (or UI) principles are adapted from bionics? [closed]

Bionics is "the application of biological methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology." What principles do we use in interaction and ...
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UX principles for maximizing web page visibility at a distance?

This post is about maximizing visual clarity of a page, not SEO. Some info about my project: The page will be displayed on a 1080p 42" television. Users will be standing 3 - 6 feet from the TV. ...
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Is there any justification for different behavior of different ways of triggering the same action?

Something that drives me crazy in certain user interfaces is when different methods of triggering the same action have different behavior. Examples: In Microsoft Word, one can introduce a bullet ...
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Android Design Principles? [closed]

Hi I am getting started with building Android apps and I think I am getting good at coding, but now I need help with the design. So can you please help me by suggesting any tools or books where I can ...
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The “Mental Model Law”

I've read about "Mental Model Law", which states that it is significantly easier for users to understand and learn something new if they can model it off of something they already understand. Can't ...
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Principle in Hand Gesture Design

I want to design Hand Gesture. By hand gesture, I mean the form or movement made from wrist to the end of your finger, e.g. 'thumb up', 'peace sign', 'waving hand', etc. I design it to be tested on a ...
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HTML button Hover effect standards, principles or best practices

Are there any standards, principles or best practices to change the color or effect of a button on hover. Something like : Make it lighter Make it darker Change background and foreground color Add ...
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Is it always the fault of the designers?

As a web developer I have often found myself explaining to clients and users that it is not their fault when something is broken. Aside from the obvious fatal code errors and suchlike, I have had to ...
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iOS - UIAlertView: When to use and when not to?

I've gone over Apple's Human Interface Guidelines and I think I've got a firm grasp when a UIAlertView should and shouldn't be used. Although I also wanted to get some feedback from other app ...
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What are the main contributions of Apple Inc. in the advancement of user interfaces in the last 10 years? [closed]

I often hear people saying "apple has pushed forward the development of usable interfaces", "apple products are examples for great usability" and so on. My question is: is this a proven fact? And if ...
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What is the difference between UD and UCD?

Is Universal Design the same as User-Centered Design or are they different principles?
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Usability Principles for Mobile App Design [closed]

Have there been any principles developed for Mobile App designs? Any 'dos' vs. 'dont'? Any templates anyone can send me in the direction of?
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Source for: “Users get a sense of accomplishment discovering features on their own”

Users get a sense of accomplishment discovering features on their own I have a vague memory of reading something very similar in a bullet point in an article from one of the public eye usability ...
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What design principles and/or guidelines we should use for vote-up/vote-down and counters?

Several times I have clicked the icons next to the counters totals (vote-up/vote-down) on YouTube while trying to vote up or like a video. What are the design guidelines and/or principles for placing ...
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Wizard UI / Sequence Map. Skipping a step

I have 4 step process. At the top I have a typical sequence map... step 1, step 2, etc.. The contents of step 3 depends on what happens in step 2. 90% of the time the 3rd step will be full of content ...
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iPhone - popup dialog for user input: when it's worth using it?

I tried to ask this in another thread but, apperently, my scenario was covering the real question. So I try again here, addressing this specific issue. I noticed that, normally, popup dialogs in iOS ...
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How to design identical UI for cross platform Mobile app?

One client wants to make a native apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and and Windows phone. But he wants to make the look of UI identical on all devices as much possible. 1) Is it technically ...
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How to design an IDE? [closed]

I am looking for professional advice including blogs and papers on how to design scalable Integrated Developement Environments (IDEs) and different approaches to it. By scalable I mean that the IDE ...
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Advice on layout/presentation of information to user in web page

I'm developing a website that helps connect nightlife promotion companies with consumers. Each night life company hosts events and various venues and on various nights. I want to give users/consumers ...
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Why might right aligned field labels be better?

For the longest time, I've used left-aligned labels in my forms, like this: I did this because I thought having the labels left aligned made it easier for readers to scan the list of labels. However,...
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Resources for learning Gestalt principles

I've seen the Gestalt principles or laws referenced often when it comes to graphic design and even UI and UX. Is there some definitive guide, book or original research about this subject that I can ...
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How to decide between “consistent user interface” and “adequate user interface”?

I'm currently struggling with the design of the new user interface for a rather large application. The current version of the software consists of ~150 forms, and they are neither pretty nor intuitive,...
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Can you describe the attributes, properties, and/or elements that make a user interface pleasing to the eye? [closed]

I've read that beauty is subjective and I've read that it is objective (I tend to believe a mix of both depending on the context). However I've also read that scientists found that a person generally ...
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Designing a Fluent Ribbon for a CRUD Application

I'm working on designing a Fluent ("Ribbon") style UX for a CRUD application working over a database. There's lots of information about how to design a ribbon for document based applications. The ...
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Documents similar to Microsoft's guide on creating the best user experience

For several years, I've refered back to Microsoft's best user experience guide document but I'm starting to think that by just using one guide as my, uh, guide, I may be narrowing my horizons a little....
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Interesting user interfaces from sci-fi movies & tv? [closed]

This Ars Technica article discusses the design principles of the Star Trek LCARS touch-based user interface from The Next Generation as it was imagined in 1987 and how it relates to Apple's iPad. ...
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Guidelines for Semantic Content & Content Strategies?

Been looking for articles/posts/Books that include what others consider important about Content Strategy and the principles of Semantic Content (and accessible content) and how others are working ...