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

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How to improve readability of highly-structured text

NOTE: This question explores methods for increasing readability for a target user group. Background: Readability is invaluable when dealing with large amounts of text. For some users, programmers, ...
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Should the help centre for my company's product be on a separate domain?

I have to design a help centre for my company's product. I noticed that many sites place their help centres on a separate domain. Why do they do this? Does it make UX better for users?
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When to save settings that span multiple pages?

Background I have a mobile app that employs both "multi-page" template and "single page" template. Specifically there is a “My Profile” functionality that is split across multiple pages. The rest of ...
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How to handle many tabs [duplicate]

If we try to create a page which contains tons of data about each employee. These data are categorized in tabs and every tab opens nested tabs! The tabs appearance looks overwhelming especially after ...
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What is this type of secondary navigation called?

I am wondering what this type of secondary global navigation is called - it is always placed above the global navigation. Since my organisation is thinking about implementing it, I would like to read ...
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Two distinct value propositions for two distinct types of users

I have two distinct types of users. I would classify them as "beginners" and "advanced" users. I want to describe the value proposition to beginners in one way and to advanced users a different way. ...
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Why is the “Print Screen”-button on keyboards actually named “Print Screen”?

Why is the “Print Screen”-button on keyboards named "Print Screen" when it actually takes a screenshot and copies it to the clipboard? What is the reason behind it? Shouldn't it be called “Copy ...
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The website is addressing 2 categories (employers and candidates), Which one should we be addressing more?

I am working on a website that addresses both employers and candidates, and the user should choose whether he is an employer or a candidate from the homepage. But i am lost here, If i want to add the ...
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How to map product functionality

At a start of a project, what is the best way to map out all the functionalities of a product? For example, an app? I've considered a Gantt chart, but I need something more "agile". What are the ...
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Are Index Pages Always Best Practice in Large Sites?

Traditional information structures for large sites (over 100K pages) make use of index pages, or section overview pages, placed at the top of a section hierarchy. There were good reasons to support ...
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Material design - where to place a global navigation draw button

The material guidelines say to use a Navigation drawer when you have over 5 main menu items (as opposed to tabs or bottom navigation bar). https://material.io/guidelines/patterns/navigation.html All ...
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IA mapping - Should I include filters in the IA map?

I'm creating an app and there's no need for a search bar, just filters to make the navigation easier to find. Should I include them the filters in the IA document?
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Product Catalog Layout - Best Practices for Mobile Devices

I'm designing a wedding dress collection page in my website. I have about 10 collections with about 20 dresses in each. The collection are distinct (each features a different model, photo location ...
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Brand/Product Architecture for scaling company [closed]

I have an interesting problem to solve. For a company that is growing and would like to move to a multi-product architecture. The original product has been successful and there are plans to build 2 ...
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Best bottom navigation elements order?

I'm creating the prototype of a mobile app, and I decided to include a bottom navigation bar. I'm trying to figure out what is the best order for the elements on the bar (in my case: home, ...
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Task vs object focused IA and navigation

I'm thinking about the best way to structure UIs for enterprise management tools and dashboards. Often, one could either choose a UI structure that is around the tasks of the users, or then one that ...
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How to make 2 side by side columns look distinct from each other?

I have a price chart like below. The 'buy price' is a listing on its own.. and 'sell price' is a listing on its own too. It just happens that they are placed side by side. E.g. The buy price is not ...
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How to handle settings that change (or needs to be reviewed) yearly?

I am creating a module for a school. Now a school has a lot of data like: school general info, grades, classes, rates, registration dates, etc. Now, there are some information that should remain more ...
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Are dashboards important or should users be directed to an information page?

I'm designing a platform where users manage multiple marketing campaigns. So there is a main page with the list of campaigns with minimal details (campaign name, active dates, etc). When you select a ...
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Visual consistency of in content headings and headings in/under tabs structure

I'm looking to define what makes more sense in a page visual hierarchy for both visual design / consistency & accessibility. We commonly have tabs under our h1 heading. Each tab content block ...
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How to layout / structure a page with a long sidebar but a short content section?

Basically, I have a data table in the main content area and a filter section on the sidebar. The filter on the left serves as a filter for the data that would appear in the data table. Now, each of ...
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Asking data from multiple users on the same screen - good or bad UX?

I'm currently working on a data enrichment flow for credit card holders. We're missing some (for us at least) important data for both main card holders and their extra card holders. Since the same ...
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What would be the best navigation label for a website section containing forms, documents and videos?

I'm having trouble coming up with labels for a navigation category and a page. Looking for input! The project i'm working on is a website redesign for a business's employee benefit plan. The site will ...
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Best way to switch between projects / teams in the same web app

I am currently working on the basic navigation for an online bug reporting tool. Users report bugs that are listed in tickets. It is possible to create multiple projects. For example, agencies use ...
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How to structure information when the top-level role may also be the lower-level role?

Let's say we have a list of subcontractors. Now subcontractors can either 1) hire workers to do the manual work or 2) do the manual work themselves (they're subcons who are also carpenters). Normally,...
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How to visually format questions/answers to easily follow the story?

I'm designing a booklet about science facts and stories for kids. The format is based on questions and answers between a teacher and a student. It's text based; few images/graphics are used. The ...
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Modal Window with Tab Menu font sizes (Prominence)

[![enter image description here][1]][1] I'm currently developing a UI, and I'm just wondering if it is acceptable in terms of prominence or in general. If the font size of the modal title and its ...
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How to convince a client that a homepage doesn't need all the content displayed simultaneously?

I am currently working on a homepage for a site listing many different types of products. The products sold are what they have currently acquired, meaning they never have the same things once it's ...
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Input info tooltip in material design

Where do you accommodate the field explanation for the input element when following the material design input design. The problem I'm encountering is whether to show the tooltip icon only when the ...
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Best practice to display operating hours in a web design? [duplicate]

1st Example: Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (no longer show Saturday & Sunday as closed) 2nd Example: Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday - Sunday: Closed 3rd Example: Monday - ...
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Modal or New page for “Configuration area”

I'm sketcking a new tool. I have a litle problem. All tool is in the same view, like a Dashboard. Now, I have to prepare the "Configure area". I have been searching examples about this (Modal or New ...
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What methods can be used to give additional important information in a web app/page on mobile?

When you're designing for mobile, you have to convey the same information in a lot less space. Right now I'm designing a website that I want to be responsive, but I'm having some difficulty. We want ...
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Are there any usability evaluations of Scrollytelling article formats ?

I've been seeing a trend in the online news and data visualization world of presenting information paired with some sort of data that changes dynamically as you scroll down. Here is an example from ...
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Navigation to and from non-menu pages

Context I'm working on a group management application that's built on a three-level information architecture; User Group(s) Content A user can have multiple groups and every group has it's own ...
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Integrate multiple forms as optional steps in one form

Context I'm working on a CMS portal that supports content in a set of categories. The categories important for this questions are in particular; Media Pages When adding media, the users has to ...
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What term to use to show / hide pre-filled fields in a form?

We have a form that is about 70% pre-filled. However, in between the pre-filled input boxes, there are a few ones that needs to be filled-out manually. However, when we show the form, we only want ...
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“Can you make it more prominent?” stakeholder phenomenon

I'm designing many features for a product, where many of these features are shared across the real estate of a screen. It's common for each stakeholder or product manager to feel that their feature is ...
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How to differentiate the menu of a small organization nested within a larger organization?

I'm designing a website that's nested within a much larger organization's site, and I've run into a problem with designing the navigation. The parent site's nav has the links "research" "education" "...
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“Starred” or “Favorited” items in an organizational app

I am designing an organizational app, and, per the specs, it has a "favorites" tag/shortcut/folder. This would exist alongside folders and tags. In your experience, is it a good idea to include "...
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Duplicate links in a navigation structure

Does anyone know of any research or studies regarding usability concerns of duplicating links within a navigation structure? When I say "duplicating links" I mean repeating a menu item within the ...
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User experience and Agile Modeling

I have a question regarding architect modeling and how an UX designer can use them to deliver better documentation to the developers/software architects. Has anyone used a component diagram to ...
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My users keep naming things with special characters to thwart alphabetization

In my application, there's a long list of user-created objects in a master-detail setup. All we show in the master list is the name of the object, and the list is alphabetized. I've noticed that my ...
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Representing a change in data collection

I am working on a product that outputs data visualizations based of the responses people give on a survey. Users are then able to filter this output in many different ways (ie: date) This data can ...
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How to consolidate two web platforms with slightly different IA?

I need to consolidate two web products that have some similarities and many differences in labels and groupings. For round 1 testing, I plan to do open card sorting with content from both sites. I ...
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Search Filters & Sorts vs Result Set

I have an application that is based heavily around a users ability to search. A user can search for 1 or many entities, which includes: Businesses, People or an Animals. For each of our result sets ...
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Which layer to end tree test on?

I'm doing a Tree Test on a product that runs embedded software. I am faced with a dilemma on how to design the tree and where to have the designated "correct response" be. I am using Optimal Workshop (...
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How to merge two similar but not entirely the same tables into one?

I have 2 tables that display orders to be processed. Top one is through Delivery, while the bottom one is through Self-Collection. I don't want to keep them into 2 separate tables because all of them ...
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Wizard UI - empty steps

I am working on an enterprise application for a telecom domain. In this application, we have a catalog of templates for software to be deployed/installed. Deployment usually needs a lot of parameters ...
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When should a web application be avoided in favour of a website?

I'm working with an organization who wants to make a site that visualizes accessible government data as graphs. Currently they have an early version created in the form of a web app. Right now I have ...
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How to represent 2 dates on a gantt chart?

On a gantt chart that I'm doing, there are 2 dates to show: target start/end date and actual start/end date. I'm not sure what's the best way to represent these 2 dates without it seeming like the ...