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Semantic structure of information within a website, desktop application etc.

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Daily maintenance tasks vs. set-and-forget

The scenario: An enterprise software product has a heavy navigation system and a vast amount of functions. It's important to keep the number of primary-level tabs at a minimum, because the menu is ...
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How is the first 'page' of a tabbed layout represented on a sitemap?

I understand that tabbed navigation is a lateral pattern, but I'm unclear on how this is represented on a sitemap? Is the first tab visualized as a parent screen to the adjacent tabs because it is ...
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Methods or Tools to Determine a Menu's Item (Command) Sorting

If user input is not available. Any tools or techniques to use to determine menu item order? Most used commands towards the top, but is there a way to determine this without end-user input?
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How to properly test hierarchy and order of the toolbar?

We are improving our toolbar in our web app. We are planning a tree test or similar to test the tools out. A bit stuck on how to properly test the hierarchy and order of it. Any available methods or ...
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What is a good way to display a list and editable list item on a detail page? [closed]

I have detail pages that are kind of like the attached image. An "entity" might have 1-15 children. Each child can be edited. You can also create a new child. I can think of two ways of ...
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Card sorting exercise for a complex platform that is more focused on actions than information

I am working on a platform that has very repetitive information but very different actions in different modules. Like: So there are multiple modules with similar clients but different actions module-...
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How do you explain information architecture to non designers?

I am working on a large financial application and would like to know few ways to present an IA or sitemap to other stakeholders (business development teams) Do you start by explaining the goal or the ...
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How do I solve the two column layout challenge for question and answer sections?

Overview We have a platform where students can take an online assessment anytime and anywhere. We offer this online assessment mainly for English, Science, and Math subjects. The students need to ...
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How do I conduct a content inventory/audit for a site that doesn't yet exist?

so long story short: I'm working my way through a side project and am at the stage of considering the information architecture of the site. From what I've learned, information architecture ought to be ...
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How should sub-items behave with multi-select controls?

The scenario: A user can add individual items to an order, or use a template to get started, which preselects several items. If a template is used, the user can de-select items that they don't want to ...
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Linking a sub-menu item to another main menu item

I saw this in a wireframe from a team that was designing the menu of a website and saw a weird behaviour where one of the item in the drop down menu linked to the next main element in the menu. I have ...
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Should a sitemap show how a web page is linked to all the other pages, and if so, how?

I'm starting out in UX design. I am attempting to map the relationship of the pages of a website, but am unclear if the sitemap is the best place to do it, or whether another way to show it is best. ...
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"Back to category" button for product belonging to multiple categories

I'm working on an e-commerce website and I'm faced with this issue: I need to place a "Back to category" button on my product pages but some of these products are linked to 2 or 3 different ...
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Responsive design for mobile phones looking like mobile app design

What do you think about the use of a bottom menu in a responsive design ecommerce site for mobile devices, resembling a mobile app?
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Effectively grouping context settings with global settings

I am currently working on a pretty old food ordering SaaS for restaurants. Part of the settings in our system is in the context of a particular restaurant (one account can manage multiple restaurants) ...
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Required fields on tabs

Scenario: There are four tabs on a webpage. Each tab contains a webform. Some of the fields are required. If a user doesn't complete a required field on tab two, and clicks tab four without saving, ...
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Where is the best place for settings in a product with a lot of them?

Suppose you have a software product with five modules. Each module has its own settings to configure. There are also settings around admin functions like User Account Setup. The settings won't ...
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How to showcase additional menu level items within the current menu UI without breaking it

We have an app that lets users modify their face as they are taking selfies. Under the Beauty option, users have the option to Smooth their skin, add Lipstick, edit Eyes, etc. The user can see in real ...
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Looking for advice on organizing an app which is basically just a collection of functions a user can trigger

I'm currently in the process of redesigning a mobile app, which pretty much acts as a launchpad for a variety of different payment functions. The app's current architecture relies on a bottom-...
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When is the best time to conduct a card sorting exercise?

When is the proper time to conduct card sorting in the process of designing information architecture? Is it better to do this before attempting to do any design on the IA, or afterward (so as to ...
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Are dynamic menus an anti-pattern?

I'm analyzing the menu of construction management software. I don't know if I don't have the same user mental models and what was the research behind those decisions, but I wonder based on HCI and ...
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How can I simplify this highly nested data structure?

I have this data structure Category 1 Sub Category 1 Medium 1 Language 1 Language 2 Medium 2 Language 1 Language ...
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What would users feel comfortable to see first in navigation

Reading about object-oriented UX and audience based navigation, I am still not sure how to approach the following problem: I am building a careers section of a web site, where I must present job/...
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Structured info with a stand-out element

Principal Element Our learning webpage / application will display various information organized in different structures. All of those information bits are displayed as cards. We are currently trying ...
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Evolution of authentication-based navigation

Consider the case where an unauthenticated user sees a main navigation with a few items: In the old days, someone with admin privileges might log in and simply see additional items exclusive to their ...
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Tree testing during a redesign - which answers are correct?

I'm working with another UX person on reorganizing the information architecture for a large website. The IA work may eventually lead to a complete redesign of the website and will certainly impact ...
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Determining Information Priority using digital Survey

This question is regarding an event/activity booking mobile application. The content users are served (offers and vendors) can be grouped by Regions (multiple) & Interest categories (6). Users ...
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What sort of progress indicator would you use for this task?

I have checked online as well as on the forum here that touches on my specific scenario and have not had any luck. Context: User downloads a third party app from our platform but they are missing ...
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How do I handle lots of optional inputs in a form?

I have a form with 11 input fields - Some are dates, some are text, some are range sliders. 5 of the inputs are optional. Tagging all five with the "Optional" text looks really clunky. Is ...
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How do you manage creation of a heavy and complex Information Architecture?

Please share your techniques If you have ever been working on a design or redesign of a bigger website or an app that has a complex Information Architecture. While drafting it all manually (and ...
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Is there any reason why software version number is not written alongside software name in the main navigation panel?

I have realized that finding the current version number of any tool takes effort, like going into preferences/setting. It makes sense to me to add it alongside software name, like instead of just ...
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Should the taxonomy of forms and publications search match the site IA?

We have a search for forms and publications feature on a wide range of subjects on a government site for our users. We're trying to develop a filter option that will narrow the results based on a ...
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Assign people to organizations, or organizations to people?

We're designing a system that allows administrators to create an infinite number of users, and create an infinite number of organizations. Most users will only belong to one organization, but some ...
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Show all 6 features on home screen, or only the main 2 with the rest hidden inside?

Let's say there are 6 different features for an application. Should we show all 6 features on the homescreen for better accessibility? or should we show only the top 2 features which helps the user ...
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Multiple tabs vs multiple menu items

I am in the process of designing a new settings part for a section of our Saas. With my non-ux team, we are discussing wheter we should change the overall navigation of this section by removing the ...
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How to organize nested groups of forms where a user can just keep adding to them?

Here's how it works: The user uses the dropdown in the gray "new service" area to select a service. Once one is selected, let's say Web Design (cuz why not?), then they can click "Add ...
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What should be considered when deciding on the order of input fields for a contact tracing form

I'm working on a contact tracing form for a travel booking website. The following fields are required to be filled in by the user when they book their travel tickets. email address phone number my ...
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How can I improve hierarchy of information?

Any insights / ideas as to how I would be able to improve the information hierarchy on the screenshot below? The headliner's data and questions data (Development / Company's benchmark / Comments) are ...
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Good way to present wireframes to stakeholder for application concept?

For a lesson-making application, I have designed wireframes with multiple user flows to help illustrate the important features within the application (i.e user creates a lesson , user clicks and drags ...
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Display old value and new value on forms and grids

In my application if user modifies the existing value then we need to show the previous value (existing) and also the modified value. The same feature is also needed for fields which are in the grids. ...
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Careers links in mega menu

I am designing a corporate website career page. Should I use a mega menu for the career page? Here are some of the items related to the career page: Who we are! What we do? Life at Our Company! ...
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How to battle for UX over Marketing with regards to product navigation?

We just completed some card sort and tree test exercises. One of our main nav labels was clearly more successful when using the label most commonly suggested by our study participants (which were ...
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UX Approaches to Competitive Analysis for a University Branding/Communications Toolkit Website?

I'm being asked to do a "competitive analysis" for a university website that has communications and brand guidelines/resources. This is meant at as a solo project done in a few days, I don't have many ...
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What are the best macro-areas for an Editing Tool Dashboard?

I am a designer, working on an editing tool. The tool will be an online platform used by a team of instructional designers to create presentations. You have an editor where you create the ...
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Browse and select from a list at the same time

We're looking for a way to cut down on pogosticking - users popping back and forth between a summary view and various detail views. One pattern we're experimenting with is pager arrows, for when users ...
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How to show better hierarchy for inter dependent fields in a table?

[Might be an existing question, couldn't find a better match] User scenario I have a list view that shows column headers ( fetched from a separate table ) User has the following ability to do. Can ...
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Developing good UX for handling configurations of multiple objects

I am developing a dashboarding system that lets users drag and drop charts of interest. Some of our users may want to have 4-7 charts on a given page. For each chart, there are certain parameters that ...
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What are the UX Patterns for complimentary roles in a mobile app?

Consider an application where there are two parties with different roles that co-operate with each other. For example, rider and driver in a ride sharing scenario, or a client and a coach in sports ...
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How to manage many level navigation before the main operation

I am designing web application which needs 4 levels to manage the flow charts which is the main purpose of the application . The structure is something like this: Company names - folder ...
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UI design: Selecting pre-filled max value or a part of it

I have pre-filled available displayed in tables data such as: 1 [80.00] [Input design here: Select whole row (default) or part of part of 80.90] 2 [4.65] [Input design here: Select whole ...
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