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

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Whats the best naming convention for items inside a list/cell using Sketch symbols?

The symbols included in Sketch have this structure for cells (used in list/table): Insert > Symbols > iOS UI Design > Cells > Table Insert > Symbols > iOS UI Design > Overrides > Cells Using the ...
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Separate subsection for outreach materials?

I'm creating website with the following things: Blog Programs / activities / events Podcast Newsletter All of these things seem like they could be classified as "outreach". However, I really dont ...
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What word can be used to mean either click or tap?

Very often we need to speak generically about clicking or tapping an item, but there seems to be a lack of vocabulary in English for this. We could just say "click or tap" every time, but that is ...
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What's the difference between “Short URL”, “Short Link”, “Tiny URL” and “Tiny Link ”?

What is a good way to get the wording that most resonates with the user through user testing? Context: We're working on developing an URL shortener product, but we're not sure which of the 4 names ...
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Are there alternate names for a “one touch expandable” split pane button?

A Java tutorial on split panes describes how the draggable split divider can be optionally configured with two small buttons that, with one click, can make the split pane show the entirety of the left ...
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Single Pole Double Throw U momentary switch UI control

I have a designer working on a 3 position momentary control: it's something like a typical boolean control, with a circle inside an oval to designate on/off states, but in this case the normal ...
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Name for design pattern used in complex or boolean search criteria

I am looking to see if there is a term that describes this type of design pattern or if there are well known examples of its implementation. This is an extension of the design pattern where a search ...
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Is there a name / descriptor for “elevated backgrounds”?

I'm trying to find a good naming structure to name commonly "elevated" elements in box-like components. What I mean by this is not buttons or similar things, but rows with different background colors, ...
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Term to summarize webpage and mobile app

I am currently making a UX design course, so I am sorry if my question is silly. I am starting with my first projects and this question that I´ve been asking to myself for a while, is now stuck in my ...
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What is the adjective for “only one of many can be active at once”?

I have a toolbar in which some or all tools are in an only-one-active-at-once state. That is, if there are tools A+B+C, if A is active and I activate B, A becomes inactive. What's the proper term for ...
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How do you manage change of language/terminology in a scalable way for documentation (internal communication)

As UX Designers, we change and create words for things in the UI. Sometimes those are labels, sometimes error messages etc. I've found it very difficult to keep documentation - say confluence up to ...
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How to show that more information is hidden?

I'm creating a dashboard with multiple states of information shown for each item. At this stage, I've got a "quick dashboard" and a "full dashboard". I'm trying to maintain a site-wide style of ...
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Name for widget with side-by-side available/selected listboxes?

Two list-boxes, side by side, one with available items, the other with selected items, with arrows in between to move items back and forth.
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How to better communicate change of name to existing users?

Our product has in the recent years grown and I think that to a new user, a different taxonomy would make more sense. The good thing is that we don't quite have too many existing users yet so I think ...
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Industry term for when an app pre-fills information and remembers settings?

Is there a UX industry term for the system behavior where a user's information and preferences (like name or language) is carried across pages to personalize the experience of using the site?
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Does your large organization have a governance committee? What are they called?

I work at a very large organization (10k employees) that make widely distributed products. Several managers are starting a governance/oversight/steering committee to pull the org together and start a ...
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What is this line referred as in a chart?

Is this called an anchor line? How is this supposed to be called?
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Media Creation - What's an Alternative Terminology for X & Y Axis?

I'm creating an online media editor and am struggling to find alternate/correct terminology for aligning something (media) on the X-axis & Y-axis, or maybe these terms are understandable for users?...
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How to name a page that contains 3 features that have no relationship to each other?

I'm working on an intranet that requires users to input 3 different sets of information. One set is about their relationship to their organization (Partner, On leave, Applicant, etc). The second set ...
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Sematics Question for People Who Know About SSL certificates [closed]

I'm looking to get some quick, informal feedback about some copy we may use in our UI. If you're familiar with SSL certificates, can you read the copy below and let me know your thoughts? Copy: "...
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Definition of “platform primitive”?

In a UX context, I've heard the Facebook Like Button described as a "platform primitive". Is this accurate, and can anyone expand on the meaning of platform primitive in this context?
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Update vs Modify vs Change - Create vs Add - Delete vs Remove

I am working in a human resources management application and I have to often work with the creation/deletion/updating of people from the web interface. I'd like to know whether Update, Change and ...
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DesignOps in organizations with high levels of UX maturity

Now that we have moved on from ResearchOps to encompass the entire design process (DesignOps), is this a function that has been successfully implemented in what I assume would be very UX mature ...
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What to call the specific pinch gesture

Pinch is used to refer to the thumb and index finger either coming together or moving apart. Therefore, just to refer to it as pinch isn't exactly accurate because I need to refer to the exact ...
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Which label is better for a blog article - Last updated or last modified

In the context of a blog where you have the date of the Blog article Title, author and date. There can be another date used to show when the last update of the article is. Is there a consideration or ...
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What are good synonyms for “not yet connected”?

I'm working on a browser-based tool that allows users to interact with other users they are matched with. Relationships between users progress in a linear fashion along a series of states, initiated ...
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Name for a control with a dropdown, text boxes, and a list

I'm creating a control with a dropdown, text boxes, and a list; it's going to look somewhat like this: The text boxes are fixed (no matter what is selected, it would always be the same text boxes). ...
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How do you call top block with user info on a profile screen?

There is this block in every social media app, on a user profile screen. It contains user's userpic, name and other info, before their content starts below it. How do UX designers and developers call ...
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What's the “official” name of the trust selling block in e-commerce?

We are using a trust selling block in our online store like many web sites have, but we don't know its real name. Any ideas?
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What's this kind of menu called?

When you click a link, it opens another tab and puts a link to the previous one on it's top. It solves my problem, but I can't find what it's named (english is not my 1st language). Here's an ...
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What is the best terminology to use on a modal's buttons when a user is about to leave said page?

I hope this question is not too banal. I would like to use the best terminology for a modal's buttons. Context: I'm building a feature for an administrative tool. The feature is on a customer ...
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The notification tray at the top of Stack Exchange sites: what is it called? And are there other good examples of this?

I'm trying to clean up notifications for a client site and was wondering if the notification pattern that Stack Exchange employs has a name that I can use to search for more examples.
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What's the difference between a panel and pane?

When naming different components in a layout what is considered a panel and what is a pane?
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What’s the origin of the metaphor “cloud”?

Today we use the term “cloud” without thinking about it. We use it mainly in terms of storage online, far away and unreachable. We can’t plug in a USB memory in the cloud to download data. We plug the ...
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Search Vs. Filter- what is the difference

From the view of the user (not from a technical view)- What are the main differences between searching and filtering data, in order to get specific results? i.e.- in both cases the user is looking ...
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Use of terms: Technical or Layman

Recently, I stumbled upon a situation where I need to create a form with fields that are somewhat unpopular. For example, I ask for users' post-nominal letters. Now this term is really not so ...
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Global object to apply to every page -or- Custom object

I have a site that allows users to create and share lists. Each page represents a different list. I'm adding a secondary list below which represents a shared or global list across all the user's pages....
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What is the difference between a 'slider', a 'gallery' and a 'carousel'?

From a pattern perspective is there a difference? Or are they really different names for the same thing?
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What are the little arrows called that hide additional details?

In UI design, sometimes settings are hidden behind a little arrow or "+" symbol. When the user clicks on it, the item expands to show additional details. Does this UI pattern have a name? Other ...
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What is the transluscent background of a modal dialog called?

These days it's common for modal dialogs to also reduce the brightness of the background content, to make it clear that it can't be interacted with. This is especially common on the web. What is the ...
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Terms used for overloading UI element to provide additional functionality/display

I am looking for a term to describe the way that some UI elements are overloaded to display more information or provide features that are not always appropriate for what the UI element was originally ...
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How to best name enterprise tools or portals?

If you have worked within a large organisation you would have most probably operated in highly siloed environments with a lot of legacy systems and third party software. I have worked in a number of ...
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What is high level sitemap?

Are sitemap and high-level sitemap the same thing? I tried to search for it, but I can't seem to find a difference. Only a few of sites actually call it high-level sitemap.
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What do we call asking for the minimum information required to do the task?

We have all got kind of used to all kinds of things requiring information they have no reasonable need to. Eg a forum requiring your phone number, address and occupation. A raffle requiring more or ...
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What do you call the square brackets in a camera app or QR scanner?

What do you call the square brackets used to target a barcode/QR scanner? I thought this would be called "reticle," but when I Google the term, all I see are circles with crosshairs. Is there a more ...
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Term for helpful information in a form

I'm writing up a proposal and got stumped on the description for this element: The informative text (in pink) underneath a field is there to provide a reason for the required data, therefore ...
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What do you call QA testing on UI?

I need to test on what I usually call UI design consistency: namely, the relation between a design and its implementation, considering only the visual aspects, leaving out any other consideration. One ...
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“Visual clues” vs “Visual cues”?

I stumbled upon UX mentioning "Visual clue" (with "l") . I always thought it was "Visual cue" (without "l"). This question and other definitions on the web distinct clue and cue. Googling both term ...
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Is there a UX term for a “happy state”?

A "happy state" is a bit like an empty state but occurs when the user successfully completes a task or likewise. Is there a coined term for this kind of screen? Example (this source names it a "...
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Examples of UX vs Ergonomy in web / mobile

I'm trying to define UX vs. ergonomics so I'm searching the web for good examples to illustrate both of them. Have you have any pictures or examples of mobile app or websites that could be considered ...