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An interface is the point of communication between user and system, allowing for input to the system and feedback to the user.

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Intuitive interface for Composing Boolean Logic?

I'm interested to know how people have, or would construct an interface which simplifies constructing logical boolean conditions? (Yes, it's a database query builder) In my mind a bad interface has ...
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Best error color on blue color?

I have the color: #4285f4 and I'm looking for a easy to read error color code. I'm using Google's default error color: #dd2c00. However this doesn't read very well on the page...
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Why does the space bar do page down in browsers

Why is the space bar doing a page down in some viewer apps, especially browsers and PDF readers? For me this seems to be a bit counter-intuitive, and also this behaviour affects games and other ...
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Best way to show search results for different content types

On a website that has different types of content on the same topic, how should this information be displayed after a user searches. Let's say a site's topic is "trees" and the content types are as ...
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What is the iOS alternative to a radio button?

There is a radio button in android and WEB but what is the best alternative in iOS? And please don't say segmented control becuase it's not working in my case. The case is a list of items 3-6 which ...
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What is the rationale for the design of search input fields?

Having read through a whole bunch of literature on search behaviour and looking at different design patterns, I am interested in the large variation of search input field on the web. Specifically, I ...
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Are there any special design guidelines for big touch screens (30–50 inch)?

I'm about to develop an application for a large touch screen (around 40″). Now to my question, are there any special design guidelines for such a large screen? I have read Android/iOS/Windows RT ...
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Getting the real name of an user

Currently, when registering on my site, users are presented with a first name field and a lastname field (plus an email and password field as usual). My reasoning behind this was to encourage users to ...
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UI simplicity vs complex requirements

I'm in the process of crafting a relatively complicated interface for a niche social networking website and I'm struggling to achieve a satisfying level of simplicity for the UI. Given that "modern" ...
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Displaying Opening Hours

I'm designing a website for a client that has some irregular trading hours. Some days they remain open until 2am, others they close at 10pm. They want these hours displayed on their landing page, so ...
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How to get many questions in single flow without using the Next button causing server interruption till end of question set?

I am working with many questions and want a way by which users don't need to use the NEXT button for every question. It should be flexible, so that the user can move any where on any question he ...
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Multi shapes buttons damage User Experience / User Interface?

This is a question I have been thinking about in the past few days. I'm making a social app(Similar to Facebook or Instagram etc). As I started working on the design and I though of a question. The ...
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Why are keyboards still the predominant input device? [closed]

While reading about the history of the computer keyboard I was a little surprised to hear that it is still the primary interface between humans and computers... Despite the development of ...
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Toolbar buttons - to be or not to be?

I need to create a toolbar for my application, and let's assume that due to external constraints it must be a regular toolbar, not a ribbon. The application itself has a significant number of ...
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Sorting tables after multiple columns

I want to add a sorting functionality to a table. It should be able to be sorted after multiple columns. A standard approach is something like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created ...
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Purposefully obscure user interface design to encourage behaviours

Installing Windows 8 makes it seem that it is mandatory to create a Microsoft account, however the option to install without one is there, albeit wilfully buried. Logging out of the Windows Phone ...
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What is the term for a numeric input field of a specific format?

There are new HTML5 input types being defined for commonly used numeric input types such as date, time, telephone number, etc. These terms refer to a specific input format based on the type of numeric ...
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Name the on-click menu-in-circle-around-object interface

What is the name for this type of interface? I would like to learn more about it but first I need to find it's proper name. Any links to related reading are welcome. EDIT: While adding tags I have ...
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Should I display UI asap and populate it later or show a preloader until I get my data?

I am working on a data-rich webapp using Meteor. I was previously considering that everything I can load should be loaded asap, and every part of my page depending on data should have its loader while ...
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Should we keep the native feel for a cross-platform app or not?

When developing a cross platform application should I try to make the application look exactly the same on both iOS and Android or try to keep a native feel to it depending on the platform? I've read ...
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What is good alternative to show modal dialog with very long forms?

I want to see the alternatives of modal dialogs containing long forms so that the design don't break.
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Ideas on dismissing a popover without a Close element

I have mocks from a designer showing an initial form for searching a location. There are fields for location (business) name and city (pre-filled) and a Next button (disabled at first). When the user ...
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What is the minimum waiting time after when should a page loader be displayed to the user?

I haven't been able to find answer to my question from the internet, so maybe someone knows how to help me. What is the minimum waiting time after when should a page loader be displayed to the user? ...
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Icons only vs list with icons

I'm wondering what's the UX point of view of using only icons or a list with text + icons. Only icons List with icons The only icons options provides a faster way to access to the action, as you ...
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Labels in a zoomable interface

I am working on a zoomable Sankey diagram hoping to be able to display small and big elements at the same time and I con not decide if labels should zoom or keep constant size. Firstly the whole ...
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The 'uncanny valley' of artificial intelligence in an interface

It took a while before the research and discussion around human intelligence evolved from the basic IQ based testing and evaluation to what is now a multi-dimensional view of intelligence from aspects ...
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Radio buttons or Toggle switch for one out of two options?

I am a bit confused on what should be used when you have to select one option out of the two possible options. Working on a touch screen interface For ex 1- Selecting a Tax type in a retail store, ...
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When to use reversed/mirror arrow cursor?

Is there an established pattern for when to use a reversed (right-pointing) arrow? I most frequently notice it in Outlook on part--but not all--of messages in my inbox: My Google-fu failed at finding ...
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Difference between UI and Visual Design/Style Guide?

From looking at some of the style guide for web applications that are available, there is a distinction made between the visual (icons, colours, logos, etc) and UI (look and feel of user interface ...
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How to improve anonymous statistics reporting rate?

There are many different organizations starting to collect usage statistics in an attempt to improve the usability or user experience of their software. One of the common frustration when designing an ...
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How to design a UI for user to declare injuries?

I was discussing with a friend about a healthcare application he is working on and he tell me about a UI his team was working on. Users' task The application is used by independent/self-employed ...
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Why do video monitoring system UI use a dark background?

I am working on designing the UI of a video monitoring system. After I did some research, I found out that most designers use a dark background to be the primary color. Does anyone know the reason ...
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How to build website mockups / interface design? [closed]

Is there any other way to design websites besides Photoshop? I want to quickly build wireframes / mockups of the new user interface and I want to move the UI elements and rearrange them.
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Giving positive/negative connotation to two textual options/buttons

I'm developing an "photo editor'ish" mobile application. After the user has finished processing their photo (such as choosing filters, shape, etc), the user should save the outcome to their camera ...
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Editing related text groups

Consider an application which allows an administrator to enter information about cities which could be viewed by others. There are only three groups (continent, country, city) which they can (but not ...
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What objective arguments can be provided to prove that a colour scheme for an app is bad?

We have a design for an app developed by an external agency and our business people seem to be happy with it. But it’s really terrible - the colours are too bright, the text is difficult to read and ...
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When To Vertically or Horizontally Align Independent Checkboxes

Given a form and a series of sequential checkboxes whose values and context are independent of each other, how should they be aligned on the form; vertically or horizontally? download bmml source &...