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

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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 ...
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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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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 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" &...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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", "...
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Classify legal content in health services

The health service of a county have content scattered across different environments in different software versions. Users are confused of which application to use for what content and try their best ...
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Why are material design controls displayed on top?

I'm working on a new web application specifically designed for android devices and consequently it needs to be based on the Material principles though this question is about IA in general not only the ...
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Alternate term for customised version of a document

We are currently using the word "Localisation" (sometimes "Localization") to mean a child version of a document (or folder) that has been then customised to fit a specific situation. In this case ...
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Mapping “Reports” under Master Web Application having multiple products

There is web based application which has bad experience issues with reports and mapping. Currently application is mixture of 4 different products and they provide service to customer as per needs. ...
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Best way to setup search for large amounts of PDFs etc

My first post here and hoping to get some useful insight and feedback. I'm working on a redesign project (UX & IA) for a local gov't client with a large amount of PDF documents. One of the project ...
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Displaying information on minimalistic long panels

I had a question about displaying information on long panels. For example, the first is an empty panel and the second is what I'm doing right now: The main issue here is that putting text ...
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Categories Description: Secondary Information for Categories

I want to add some secondary information in all products categories in an e-commerce website. The text is around 4-5 paragraphs (sometimes maybe more) and it's something like a description for the ...
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Changing navigation based on task completion?

There is some conflict in my team regarding site navigation for a tax product. Specifically, one group wants to have an wizard-guided action, "Complete Tax Organizer", as an item in the primary ...
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Navigation / Information Architecture

In the application I am designing, I have 4 entities, customers, contact, employees and organizations. Each of these entities has their own profile. Within each of their profile's there is an ...
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Information Architecture and Navigation

The Main Screens of an application are listed in the main navigation. When a user goes to one of these screens they have the ability to open the navigation and get to another Main Screen. If a user ...
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Different label for “diff” (e.g., change history, etc.) via GitHub

I'm working on a tool that allows a user, with proper permissions, to view the "diff" between a staging and production release for a device configuration. I know GitHub has a "diff" concept that ...
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Personal portfolio site - Information Architecture

I'm redesigning my own personal portfolio website and I'm wondering whether "About" and "Contact" pages should be separate or together. My about page would have one paragraph on my design philosophy ...
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When you take on an existing site how much should keep all content / function?

We have been battling a little with our own conscious and some client expectations on quote and then build of sites that have existed for 4-10 years already. How much when you take on a project ...
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Should the iOS slide out menu link to all features or should it avoid duplicates?

On my home screen, I'm linking to a few of my main features and putting the rest in my slide out menu. I'm wondering if I should list the features available in my home page on the menu as well. It's ...
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The prominence of informative information on product pages

So the question is: is it better to keep the main target of a product page such as selecting a size, colour etc and 'Buy Now' button in view and dropping other information such as returns policy, ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of hiding sub-levels of navigation ref. DIY.com?

I'm specifically referring to DIY.com here and I have not seen this type of navigation before (have you?) My question(s) is(are) this: what are the reasons why www.DIY.com have hidden some of their ...
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Wireframe and prototyping comptability with Oracle ADF user interface components

I really hope this question does not get closed as its pretty important to me:) I have recently started a big project in which Oracle ADF is the backend. Having said that, Oracle ADF has it's own ...
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Display + Ordering Issues w/ Inventory at Two Warehouses

I am building out an e-commerce site for a screen printing ink manufacturer. They have around 300 SKUs and warehouses in two locations - one on the east coast, one on the west. Generally when ...
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Which design for internal pages not represented in site navigation?

On a simple (static content only) website I want to add a page titled (translated) "Press articles". On this page all press (online or print) articles about the sites' organization are to be collected....
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why we need multi-column page layout? Why we do need sidebars? [closed]

Some websites only have one column. Some websites have multi-columns. So why we need sidebar, or why we need multi-column page layout in web /print media ? Is there any UX principles?
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Image thumbnail representation for paragraph text

in my app, a user would have a set of posts. Some posts (like 50% of em) would have media attached, while some of them would not. There are several instances where I would like to give thumbnails ...
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Which of these two ways of browsing are better for the user?

I am creating a simple web page application and in my question are involved 2 pages and there are two scenarios. Scenario No 1 On page1.php I use php with MySQL to get a product's data to the page. ...
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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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Best place for notification preferences

Today I am working on a new feature inside our web app to allow users to set up their notification preferences. However, I am struggling to find an appropriate place to include this feature, which ...
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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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Best way to inform users about file updates for items that are updated weekly?

We have a central repository (static website) that catalogs various icons and graphic templates our customers need to create their products. The user can go to the site and pick and download what they ...
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Are there are any studies about displaying user opinions?

I'm working on big e-commerce site (consumer electronics) and we decided to put user opinions on every product page. I'm looking for some studies or some tests about information architecture in user ...
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Which of these options is the best for a long registration process?

I am designing quite a lengthy registration process. Has anyone had any negative or positive outcomes in terms of conversion rates, using the following three solutions: A Progress Indicator with ...
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How to communicate that an element on a low fidelity wireframe needs color

What is the best way to indicate color on low fidelity wireframe? I'm creating a low fidelity wireframe and I've been instructed to not use any specific colors aside from the basic (the visual ...
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Information Architecture: Social Proof [closed]

Here's a high-level blueprint of my website. Social proof (testimonials, interviews) should appear on which page? I'm considering adding an "Interesting Facts" page. The unique thing about me is I ...
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Contact form in a web app for registered users

When someone is not registered (or someone needs not to be, if it is not web app) on a site, then the contact form usually has 3 fields: name sender e-mail message body When the user gets registered,...
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Progress tracking/Stepper UI/UX research

I'm currently working on an application where users complete a flow of tasks, divided over multiple pages. For this application, I'm considering using a progress tracking/stepper UI element. However, ...
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How to handle multilanguage when most of the contents will be available in one language only?

We are designing a large institutional website with lots of content. The site will be in Spanish, but the client needs some of the content to be available in English as well. Most of the content, ...
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Truncated string usability

I am faced with a tricky situation in a data-driven application. I have really long names and a short field for them only available. My idea was to use css-ellipsis to cut the length to appropriate ...

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