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Questions about how a system informs the user its state or status. How and what a system tells a user about the state of the system can have a meaningful impact on the system's usability.

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Wizard component - current state vs active state

The system is used for executing tests. Each test has to go through a number of stages that include user interaction with the system, meaning that each step also has a dedicated screen. We have in ...
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How to best show an activity state transition adhering to google's material design component framework?

I have an application which consist of three views for an activity. A list View, A chat view. Every activity has a status , which a a user can either mark completed, pending Example of list view: ...
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How to convey that the feature has complicated connectivity requirements in a mobile app?

I have a complicated iBeacon based mobile app. To get to the end of the “happy path” -app functional, the following has to be true: Internet reachable Bluetooth enabled Bluetooth permission granted ...
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How do you show a current table row selection when there's multiple table pages?

How do you show that a table row (data choice within that row) has been selected in a multi-page table if you are viewing another page within the table that does not contain the selected row?
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How to show a connection status in material design

I have an app that basically is just a "tv-remote" for a device, that the user connects to via Wi-Fi. One thing to consider is that half of the app users are blind or have bad vision. Because the app ...
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Pros and Cons of using Progress Bars on lengthy online applications?

I'm considering adding a progress bar to a 7-page online application form. 50% of users choose "Provide later" for uploading documents. This pushes most of their work to page 7. My options: • Don't ...
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Repeated verification showing last status

We have just about completed building a verification system for one of the systems we maintain. Their clients must complete verification of their account and we need to show to the administrators ...
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Dual color iOS status bar / Alter width dimensions

What is the best approach for dealing with the status bar when an app screen has two columns. One column is dark whilst the other is light. Can the status bar show light over the dark content and ...
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Interpretation of job status

I am currently working on a landscape mode mobile app, and one of the screens needs to show the state [active, paused, pending, completed] of the jobs. In the following image I have added the icons ...
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Do modern web applications need warning states?

I'm just curious about the system status in the modern web app design. In some old windows applications, they have warning(yellow colored), error(red colored) and success (green colored). In the ...
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What's a good 'empty state' for a Delayed Buses display? [closed]

I am designing a screen display wireframe that will show late buses on the screen. But I am wondering if the buses are still en-route, what would be good to show in the screen as there is no ...
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Using “Void” as a status instead of “Void” as an action

I'm having trouble deciding what the status of a document should be once a user clicks the Void button. Using "Void" as an action seems to be common in the industry, but it feels wrong to use it as a ...
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How to visualize status where a lower number or a zero is better than a higher number?

I am in the process of designing the user interface of a ticket system. There will be a dashboard view which displays the most recent number of open ticket. One user need is to be aware of open ...
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Best chart type for giving smallest value greater importance

I'm building a dashboard, and the client wants some charts to monitor severity of a number of issues. If urgent status requires immediate action, it needs to be instantly noticeable. If I am using a ...
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How can I visualize deviation from the standard as a badge?

I have an icon-button on my website. When clicking on it, the font size can be increased/decreased. I want to visualize that there is a deviation from the normal font size when the user clicks to ...
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How to indicate that an item in a data table is urgent / very important?

We have a system that receives certain requests / tasks from customers. There are 2 types of tasks: Urgent and Non-Urgent. What is the best way to display the task list so that it's easy to see which ...
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How to differentiate between two types of status changes?

We have several rows of data (in a CMS) that change in status. There are two types of status changes: type 1 requires action from Admin but type 2 doesn't. My issue is differentiating between the two ...
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Enable/Disable indicator

What do you think is the best general way for an icon to be shown disabled , that behaves well in all color circumstances ? e.g desaturating the icon is a good way, but does not behave well in an ...
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Selecting new status vs. Triggering status change?

I'm designing the control panel of a booking app. Guests will be able to enter some reservations, that the host will have to confirm or reject. A reservation can be in one of these stages: Pending ...
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How to indicate that an item has been moved to another tab?

We have an app that have 3 tabs: Pending, In Progress, Closed. Now one "issue" will go through all these 3 stages. First it's Pending, then it's it's in Progress, then it's Closed. However, we find ...
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Placement of a status area

I have read with great interest this discussion relative to web applications. Now I'm facing a very similar problem with respect to notification/status information inside Desktop applications. There ...
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Design suggestion for status on card view

Alternate design suggestion for showing different statuses on a card view.
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How should I visualise 2 different estimated waiting times?

I am working on a feature for a screen which shows our clients a list of legal certificates they have ordered with us, but they are produced by external authorities. Our turnaround time is much faster ...
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Ok status (no action required) and needs-attention status without connotations of right & wrong

I have data that classifies users into two status categories: Needs attention No action required These users have taken tests and that data leads to this status. But the status is derived from the ...
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Unavailable, inactive, blocked - how to distinguish the table row

On our system we have got those 3 statuses for user: unavailable, inactive, blocked. I wonder how we could distinguish them displaying users in a table. Strikethrough obviously recalls a removed item, ...
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How to visualize CPU, memory and disk space?

How would you expect to see the status of a systems CPU, memory and disk space on a dashboard? The common way is to have gauges and pie charts, but is this really the best way? And what kind of ...
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Color selection according to status

I'm designing a system where a list item can have one of 5 different status options: ACTIVE LIVE PENDING LEGACY INACTIVE I want to specify a different color for every status. For ACTIVE, PENDING ...
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If controls show different type of information, how much can they resemble each other?

I'm developing a UWP app to remotely access linux machines, and it includes a remote file explorer, and a simple editor. On both of those windows, I've got a status bar at the bottom, but they don't ...
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Differentiating between mass & individual status updates (mobile app)?

We are doing an app on delivering parcels to different areas and the status would get updated as the parcels reach certain points. As per the image below, all items (6 lines) are in the same group. In ...
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Order status indicator color [closed]

I am creating an android app from which user can order goods. I am using an price tag with various colors to indicate the order status. The statuses are OPEN - Immediate status after ordering, open ...
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Application color theme and alert notification colors / status colors

I've been fighting this forever and it just occurred to me that it would be a good idea to post here and get some useful feedback. The main application of the company I work for was initially based ...
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UI design for task with status indication

I have a mobile app with a tasks list that should indicate the current status (is the task completed, new, etc...) Here is my current implementation: I was wondering if it is self explanatory (...
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Colours for project status

Given that a project can be not yet started active active, but paused completed What are good colours to help me represent those states (ass augmentation, only, to text) ?
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Progress Indicator for Slow Progress Process

I am designing a quick reference status indicator for a customer facing application. We would like to allow our users to check their status with our help desk, though that process only has three ...
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How to show “favorites” in a list of news posts, in an app? [closed]

I'm creating a new kind of app where one of the layouts shows only some news with the date it was posted: I would like to add a Favorite option to every post. So, if a user favorites that news, it ...
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App for wearable device: disconnect notification

I'm designing an app for a wearable device which is connected to the phone over bluetooth. The app more or less can't do anything without a device being connected. When launching the app, the first ...
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Indicating that text was user-modified

My application includes a simple table/grid view, that is initally populated with money values by an automated calculation. Users will usually just take the values as they are, but they have the ...
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Log viewer in a desktop application?

I'm developing a desktop application for analyzing source code. It basically analyzes all files in given directory and produces a text file with report. Status of analysis is displayed in a text box ...
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Payment Received/Outstanding Interface

We're working on an internal tool to show and edit the status of payments received. To give you an idea: Is there a better way to represent this? Each row is associated with an item and there ...
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At what point should an application change the cursor to an hourglass or display a progress bar?

Our WPF desktop application will be executing various tasks. In general, the average length of time for each task will range from basically instant to a few seconds or longer (possibly minutes). We ...
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Displaying states of machines – Overview site

We need to display the state of some machines in our web application. The machines can have about 8 different states. Our idea is to make a site where the user can see all machines and their state. ...
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Users confused about status indicators vs. action buttons

Recently we did some user testing on our current method of displaying data. We had a list of items in a table (yeah, I know. Our software currently uses tables heavily), with icons on one side that ...
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Why are the users complaining of getting lost using this navigation menu?

Inside the website kteohellas.gr there is a subsection where it is explained in plain Greek what is the procedure to be followed in case you want to transfer a motorcycle from one owner to another. ...
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Any good examples of how to show an overview of the status of multiple items moving through a process?

I'm working with a client on the design of a tool runs an analysis on school data and presents the user with reports that help them support their schools This is the process a user goes through: A ...
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Workflow and icon status [closed]

I'm designing a new web app for my company. This web app allows the users to check some orders. For each order, we envisage to have the following status : I wonder which icon we should use to ...
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Is an office-lobby monitor slideshow any more usable than a homepage carousel?

I've got a real-world variant on the classic "Are Carousels Effective" question. My office, like many others, has a 40 inch LCD TV hanging on the wall in the lobby, and on it displays a looping ...
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Why did dial up modems have speakers?

In the days of dial up, everyone was familiar with the cacophony that was emitted from the modem as it was dialing up (if you need a reminder, listen here). I know that those sounds were all ...
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Standard representation of states for objects in software application

I am trying to come up with a standard to be included in a style guide for a software application. One of the difficulties with the guide is around documenting states/status that seem to have a ...
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What is a useful way of doing “all ok” notifications?

Who watches the watchers A monitoring system (e.g. nagios) usually has a good way of producing warnings and change-notifications. But the worst thing that can happen is to miss an event because the ...
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Feedback : notification displaying and removal

I have some web applications which allow the users to do some actions. For example, i need to show a paginated items list. When the user clicks the "Create Item" button, a modal window is displayed. ...