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Words used to describe or identify things, either from the user or designer's perspective.

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What is the repeated, blurred image background called?

I have a card component with a photo. I don't want any portion of photos to be cut off, but this means narrow/vertical photos will have empty space to the sides. I want to use that blur tiling often ...
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What's this button/ thumbnail layout called?

What's this button layout called? I've been looking for the appropriate name for this layout so I can learn more about its use case and where it's best to be used but I've been dumbfounded for a while ...
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Name of truncation pattern "+1 more"

Is there a proper name of the function "+1 more/other". It‘s some kind of truncation, but maybe it has a specific name?
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How can I categorize tangibility?

Our company is developing a new project dealing with tangible, intangible and combined media types. My problem is that we cannot find a suitable taxonomy or name for filtering and facet search. The ...
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Renaming duplicated 'Save' button

This is a form for student registration. Context: The form contains standard fields for student details (name, D.O.B, etc) and editable data grid for students' previous school's details. User can add ...
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Contextual menu vs. Right-click menu. Is the term "contextual menu" misused?

When we need to refer to a right-click menu, we typically call it a contextual menu. But it seems the term "contextual menu" is misused. The first problem The first problem is that we get ...
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Is There a Word Which Means "Not a Ten-Foot Display"?

I'm designing a web-based arrivals board which has: A "ten foot" version for display on a big TV (viewed at a distance) A "regular" version for laptop/phone What do folk say for #...
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Are Suspend and Pause synonyms?

I have a question. Is suspend and pause the same action? For example, user can choose one of these actions: Start debugging Suspend debugging Stop debugging Would you think I could swap suspend for ...
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What is the symbol to start printing called?

What is a common term used to describe the symbol that is used on printers, photocopier and fax machines to start printing? It is square standing on one of its corners with a vertical line inside ...
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Algorithm/sequence definition for large range of discrete steps

I can't figure out what the proper terminology is, but I have a variable that has a large possible range, that can be controlled by the user only by incrementing or decrementing. I am trying to find ...
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What's the name of modal-like components used in Android 2.3 Gingerbread?

I'm having a confusion with the meaning of certain components used in Android 2.3, more specifically of an old Samsung Galaxy tablet. Which of the following pictures are considered context menus, ...
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What's the generic term for meaningless interactivity?

We talk about visual noise to refer to profuse, redundant or meaningless elements towards the purpose of the design. What's the name when it comes to "noise" in interactivity? The bottom ...
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What should we call the mouse-over heading link pattern, and where is it best documented?

I want to be able to refer to the UI pattern where each heading / h-tag on the page is automatically turned into an appropriately named link, and hovering on the heading reveals an icon that can be ...
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What is "neo-modern interactive" design?

I was going through a Google tutorial on building UI experiences with Jetpack Compose when I came across an odd aside: Tip: neo-modern interactive is probably a design trend After a web search, I'm ...
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Is 'duplicate' the correct term in this situation?

In our application users can set a complex amount of settings for an item that they might want to re-use for other items. Inside an item a button opens a dialog showing a list of other items you can ...
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Dot navigation with TOC?

Reading this old question/answers, it's true that navigation dots is something not extremely necessary although it's established as a norm. I found a fairly technical web page where the content of ...
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What is this stepped design/component called?

I search for flow builder or sequence but can't seem to find references on google. This is the layout:
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Reporting Terminology - Run vs Create / Report vs Template

My long-held understanding of the terminology of reporting has always been as follows: I can Design (or Create) a report Template The Template defines the Layout and Criteria of a report I can then ...
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What are these two order workflow systems called?

The scenario: in the current state, users are funneled into three business-defined workflows. User research indicates that customers want the ability to define their own workflows and make them as ...
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Does the icon of arrows shaped as triangles pointing up and down have a name and what does it mean?

Does the icon of arrows shaped as triangles pointing up and down have a name and what does it mean? I'm not sure if I can use it.
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Specific name for a collapsible bottom drawer menu?

I am looking for examples of this, because I eventually want to use it in a long scrolling Jupyter notebook - however, when I use "collapsible bottom drawer menu" in search, I mostly get ...
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What is a good resource for objective data on what to label options in an application, e.g. should they be called settings, preferences, or options?

I'm looking for objective and publicly available quantitative research on the language that users prefer or industry best practices on what to call options in an application. When is it best to use ...
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For a completed status of task, "Completed" or "Succeeded, which one is more clear to the user?

Personally I prefer using "Succeeded" than "Completed" to indicate the task has been successfully completed without failures in the context below, I was suggested to use "...
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What term best describes focus on a low barrier to entry for an application?

I am building an application that I would like to describe as being accessible in the sense of having a very low barrier to entry. By this I mean it's an online tool that you can start using ...
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What is a Problem Statement?

Can someone help me clarify what are the Problem Statements and Hypothesis Statements in UX Research? Do you need to provide a single statement per project or multiple? What are the differences from ...
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Term "Eye load"?

I am missing a term to describe the mental load which is needed for a human to parse a large menu. For example I want to switch to google forms: My eyes need to parse the symbols and/or text to find ...
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An alternative name for a Dashboard, with more functions?

We have an app that works in two separate pages. It involves sharing content and presenting information with other users. The secondary, optional (but highly recommended) page is called a dashboard. ...
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What is the 'Go' button on a page of a set of forms called?

The user has completed a form in a set of forms. Or made some option choices. The button, bottom right, loads the next form. What's the correct generic name for this button? (I called it the 'Go' ...
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What is the name of the web element that divided in columns and have illustrations on each column?

Do you know the name of this kind of element that is usually used in web design? Searching around I have a feeling that it doesn't really have a specific name, just "column design" or ...
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What is the name of this UI component? (Caspio actions/logic builder)

Caspio (and other software I've seen over the years) includes a visual method of defining logic as shown in the screenshot below. Does anyone know the name of this type of component? Does anyone know ...
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What is the name of this control that looks like a floating toolbar called?

Google Forms uses a nice context control that looks like a toolbar, but floats towards the selected element (question): It behaves similarly to a context menu (activated when clicking on a certain ...
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How is this UI called (multiple pages with settings, dots on bottom marks progress, usually after install of app)

On mobile phone when I install some app it shows few pages with basic settings, at the bottom are dots indicating progress, sometimes back/next button. How is this thing called? I want to find and try ...
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Best practice for meaning of "return" in UI flow

For context in this question, I am recalling a programmable thermostat interface with four large buttons, two each on the left and right side of an LCD display. The display showed labels for the ...
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"Save" vs "Add": What button should I use for my app?

I'm working on an app to book appointments and need to decide what text to use in the button for the last step of the booking process: "Save Appointment" or "Add Appointment"
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For describing a connection to a server, what noun ("server", "cloud", etc.) is more recognizable to users?

In an app (web and mobile) I'd like to provide information to the user when they're no longer connected to the server. The app will still work while offline but will be missing some autosave and sync ...
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Is there a name for "return on investment" where the "return" is not money?

We had a discussion with an economist about the concept of UX Debt. At a certain point, I wanted to explain that not all UX processes can be measured in a quantitative or monetary way, but that there ...
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What is navigating backwards through the Alt-Tab UI called?

In Windows, you can use Alt+tab to navigate through windows in "Most recently used" order (MRU order). Subsequent tab keypresses will continue to move you through the MRU ordering, until alt ...
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What would be a descriptive name for this UI element?

I'm looking for a descriptive and relatively intuitive name for this UI element you very often find in game's settings screens. It's a list of options (labels) that you can horizontally run through ...
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What is the name for the single read-only element in a status bar or toolbar?

I would like to know if there is some simple name for single information unit in status bar or toolbar, in a broad context (not connected to any concrete UI framework). Concrete use-case is that I'm ...
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What is the purpose of a swap button in an airline booking app?

I am new to the community so I appreciate all replies :) First, what is the official terminology for this type of button? Second, what purpose does it serve in booking a flight?
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What's the difference between Welcome screen, Getting Started screen and Start Window?

Microsoft Office has "Start Window": Visual Studio also has "Start window": This is an example of welcome screen: And this is a getting Started Screen for LabView: What's the ...
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What do you call it when a simplified function masks another?

What do you call a user interface decision that makes a it partially easier to do a thing, but as a result you overshadow a more complete solution. The users then don't end up using the complete ...
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What term denotes "respecting dark and light themes"?

If my website displays appropriately on a wide variety of screen sizes, I would say, "My website is responsive." In a similar spirit, if my website respects the user's choice of light theme ...
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What's a better term for "stupid" user?

A common term in the design world is: Design for stupid. Another one is the acronym KISS which stands for: Keep it simple stupid. or Keep it stupid simple. The logic in these statements is that ...
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Is there a specific name for this type of navigation?

Currently, I'm working on a project that requires a lot of repeated navigational options. For example: System 1: Transform; Require; Pipeline. System 2: Transform; Require; Pipeline. System 3: ...
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If a user is creating a collection with the same name as another collection, should we allow it?

I work on a system where people can create their own content and share it internally with their colleagues. I am creating a method of organizing favorite or most recently used items into collections ...
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What's the best word to use for table overlapping the mobile screen to show the information on the right, "swipe left" or "slide left"?

For me, the best way to show the list is by using cards either you scroll sideways or scrolling down by having each list stacked cards. With client preference to have the table similar UI and behavior ...
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What is Strategic design and its process?

So I am a UX designer but I have been researching about this new role of "design strategist or strategic designer" and even though I read articles and watched many videos about it, I'm still ...
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What are these UI elements for viewing videos called?

YouTube has this nice functionality, where if you hover over the controls, you can see a preview frame of the time you're hovering above: Is there a specific name for this kind of preview? Also, ...
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Is it preferable to describe a computer's ephemeral visual data output device as a "monitor", "display", "screen", or something else?

In English language UIs, is it preferable to describe a computer's ephemeral data visual data output device as a "monitor", "display", "screen", or something else? All ...
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