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

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How do I make sure the user enters a (sometimes mandatory) value before allowing them to proceed

I need to force the user to enter a (sometimes) mandatory parent value before allowing them to proceed with the actual form. This is dynamic UI form powered by Angular 2. I am confused because ...
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Best practices for unifying a product suite

I am working on a suite of subscription based products under the same brand. Some are content driven, and some are data driven, but the users are mostly the same. Currently, the interface and ...
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In e-commerce mobile app, Should I put price before product name or after?

Which is better from IA perspective and UCD, to put the product name before the product price or after ? I noticed that some of apps like instacart, honeybee put the price before and others like ...
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Are nested tabs acceptable on mobile?

There's an app in which the users can see all the services scheduled for they which has the following architecture. My services Day of the week Appointment Messages My profile Right now, the app ...
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When is it helpful to have a home menu on a mobile app?

My initial app flow was as follows: Welcome screen > Login > Home Menu (5 options) However I've noticed that most apps direct users directly to a menu section, keeping the menu behind a hamburger. I'...
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Should all tabs in a data table necessarily contain the same column names?

For example we have these tabs for a data table: Basically, All tab will display Drafts, Pending and Processed. However, individually, Drafts / Pending / Processed may have columns that the others do ...
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Is adding number to metro map a good practice?

The metro map of my city recently added numbers indicating which line and what station is this in the metro map. Some argue that this adds visual complexity to the already crowded metro map. However ...
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Multiple Contact Us forms and how to handle them

What is the best approach to organize multiple forms? Simple websites might only have 1 contact form for any type of questions. However, some sites have contact forms for difference users. For ...
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Collecting parent-child information in a form without repeating any questions

I'm looking for a way to collect information about a person's child(ren) and their their other parent(s). I would like to do this without asking any questions twice. Also, asking the names and ...
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Organization hierarchy vs labels

I am building a location tracking app for enterprises. An organization has hierarchy like CEO → Department Head → Region → State → City. Anyone in parent group should have visibility over all its ...
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Optimizing Heavy content and data based website to mobile responsive

I was working on a product which deals with data of companies where there are lot of views and lot of data. At this point my client wanted it to be responsive on mobile and tabs and ipads. How do i ...
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Menu categories are both on the page and the hamburger menu.. is it redundant?

I am creating the responsive version of a website and I ran into some issue. The website has 3 main categories (say, Cat 1, Cat 2, and Cat 3). First I thought of putting the 3 categories on the page ...
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Best practices for settings - frame in positive or negative?

I'm working on a settings panel where the user can control what kind of content is displayed on a home page. These settings can be displayed in a positive frame (selecting what to include) or a ...
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With 4 different user type: should I create a site map for each user?

I'm currently working on a new project that has 4 different users types. Each user has a completely unique experiences in the application depending on their role. There is very little to no overlap in ...
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How to display multiple t-shirt fabric options with scalability in mind?

So I'm making a website (and web app for mobile) to sell t-shirts, and the client wants to be able to display all the fabrics available. Right now we have a displayed sample shirt and below it is a ...
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Very branched information architecture

I have this site with a big architecture of informations with a huge number of branches. Currently the navigation is like the classic folder-and-files navigation of PC operative systems. With many ...
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Proper usage of terms for a webapp

I've been tasked to wireframe a user management component for multiple applications and was having a concern about the proper naming of the included sections. download bmml source – Wireframes ...
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Feedback on how to compare two groups of data visually on one page?

I have a site that allows you to set up two groups of criteria (here it is two categories of products) by searching and refining, then allows you to view data and analysis of these two groups of ...
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Better way to compare two data sets visually on a page?

I have a site that allows you to set up two groups of criteria (here it is states in the USA) by searching and refining, then allows you to view data and analysis of these two groups of criteria on ...
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On a knowledgebase homepage, how much information is too much?

I am involved with putting together a knowledge base website where users of a suite of software products can go to learn how to use certain features and to help troubleshoot problems that may arise. ...
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Do negative words impact UX?

I'm interested to know if using negative words impacts the UX. Let's say you have a headline for your website. Should you consider "We can help you" instead of "We solve problems" because the word "...
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Identifying objects within a group by something that's not a name

I'm stuck with a rather odd information architecture that I'm trying to untangle in a crowd computing platform. Essentially, my platform has the concept of a "Use Case" - a task definition containing ...
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Best set of elements in footer?

We're working on a side site for a project, which is based on WordPress. The site has posts, pages, photos and videos, most of this content is of informational nature. However, the site's intention is ...
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How to improve naming for Tasklist and Task

I have a section in an application, that lists all the Task Lists (or ToDo Lists, or Check Lists) assigned. Each list has several Tasks (or ToDos, or Checks) inside. What do you think would be the ...
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Tabular vs Card-based presentation, which is better for lots of data?

Basically, we have a long list of stuff that has, on its on, a lot of details. We are wondering whether to use a table or put each set in a rectangular card format. See below: On one hand, the table ...
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What is the difference between hierarchical tree navigation and nested doll navigation?

Wondering about the difference between these two types of organizational models when it comes to parents, siblings, etc.
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What is the best way to prioritize information, with your team colleagues?

I intend to do a group activity here in my company to list the avaliable information in an e-commerce product page. Example: buy button, product image, product description, other users comments etc. ...
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Good usage of top AND left hand navigation?

I am trying to build a page that has search, a profile, a few pages and many sub-navigational pages within those pages. I was thinking of doing drop-down menus along the top, but felt a left side ...
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At what grid dimension does a user change his scan pattern from L->R to F?

We know that English-speaking users read from left to right, top to bottom. We also know that on a web page, users scan using an F pattern (https://www.nngroup.com/articles/f-shaped-pattern-reading-...
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IA Structures Similar to Salesforce?

Scenario: I'm working on the information architecture a new product that in many respects has the same design considerations as Salesforce; a platform that has it's own core functionality, but the ...
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Recommendations for organizing Solutions & Products

I'm trying to find the best way to re-organize solutions and products information for users. This is a very common organization focused classification system but as such can be confusing to many users ...
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What is the difference between Shallow Information Architecture and deep Information Architecture?

I am new to User Centric Design process, wish to learn Information architecture in detail. Please help me understand difference between Shallow Information Architecture and deep Information ...
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How to tell a user about an option to move file out of a folder?

In my web app, I have a file/folder tree structure. I want to give a user ability to move a file out of a folder into the 'root' of the file/folder tree. So the file won't be inside of a folder. ...
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What's the name for different navigation elements in a page?

We got into a debate about what to call the different areas of navigation, specifically what the definition of Secondary and Utility navigation is. And I was unable to find much on Google about ...
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How to create a task flow after scenario?

I am trying to create a user experience design for ATM users. These users are semi-literate. I have created a Design strategy, Persona and Scenario. My next step is to create a Task flow and then ...
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How to show linked entity inside another entity

I need to show some way to indicate that the green colour entity is linked and not owned by the parent (blue) entity you were currently in. Currently i'm using colour variation like here and wrapped ...
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Same page different sections

i'm designing a a site an i need to use a page across the site's inside subsections , i'm trying with several approaches but don't want to mess the breadcrumb navigation , and i also don't want to ...
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How to best organize multiple taxonomies when the content resides on categories?

I'm working on a website about public health that has a somewhat confusing data structure. It currently opens up to a list of location categories (one-to-many) that contain a content page and a list ...
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Overlay Vs dedicated page or separate section within the page?

Context We have this situation where we need to display additional information about products that users has selected. The page in question is the page that houses the products, each product is ...
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Web application & scalable left side navigation

Background I am redesigning the navigation for a B2B web application, we are currently using a dropdown menu to help users navigate to different products. I would like to move towards left side ...
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Is it ok for a landing page image to take up a full screen?

My landing pages have large images, each of an individual building. I'm worried about information scent issues causing usability problems. The images have a parallax effect. Any suggestions on best ...
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How to handle a bunch of downloads? (information architecture)

In a current project I'm working on, is the following in the request list: In the Footer-Menu should be an link to a download center, where users can download materials about the company (brochures, ...
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Are multiple navigation menus really better?

I like the interface design a Lyric a lot. It's designed mobile/tablet first, and has a lot of big, clear buttons that make navigation easy. However, one thing that I've been wondering about is how ...
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Greyed out text field

I have a sign up form where the email address needs to be displayed, but cannot be edited (it is pre-determined, like an invite). Is it sufficient to grey the populated email field out to signify that ...
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Can content/navigation appear only in a footer?

I was wondering if people can settle an argument about the relation between content pages/navigation found in the footer vs the overall site structure and hierarchal parent categories in the primary ...
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What to do when process diagrams become too big?

I use process flow diagrams and find that the value they provide – the ability to scan, parse, and understand a system – starts to diminish when they become too big and unwieldy. Can anyone suggest ...
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Should an API documentation include When-to-use and when-not-to-use list?

The target user base for the problem described below is one of the most neglected and underrated one - Programmers/Developers/Coders. Consider, for example, this java doc which is explaining about ...
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Looking for something definitive on the structuring of language in 'propositions' or 'calls to action'

I'm currently doing some IA work on a website, and I'm putting together, along with a 'lexicon' of sorts, a series of rules for the application of words for our content editors. Currently, we have ...
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treejack tree-test - pages that are not in main navigation (access from in-page links)

I'm planning a tree test using Treejack. I'm testing the current nav structure of a site to gain insight before re-designing the site including nav and structure. The site in question has ~150 pages....
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Designing a website with several independent hierarchies

I am designing a personal-academic website in which the material is organized in two ways: By type, e.g. "Publications", "Working papers", "Demos", etc. By topic, e.g. "Bible", "Algorithms", "...