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Best way to display numerous dates on a data form?

I've got the task of finding a way to display numerous (10) dates on a data entry form. They pertain to the dates that certain paperwork was received, acknowledged, evaluated, etc. All the dates are ...
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5answers
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Tips to give the UI more of a professional and polished look? [closed]

Currently developing a WPF application with a completely customised UI. Just wondering if anyone has any tips to allow the UI to be unique, but still look professional and polished.
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9answers
12k views

How to visualize the possibility of drag'n'drop?

My web application contains a list of elements, which can be sorted by drag'n'drop. How should this feature be visually represented to users?
8
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4answers
445 views

Built in user guides

I want my web application to be self-explanatory. There are input fields and whole pages which need some paragraphs of explanation. How to integrate these user guides to my application? How to make ...
8
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2answers
495 views

How do you currently manage wireframes and storyboards for software releases?

I'm very new to wireframing in an Agile environment (2-week sprints). My wireframes and storyboards contain features for immediate release as well planning as for future releases. I'm using Visio, ...
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11answers
54k views

Is there an optimal font size?

For most website projects I've been involved with, the font size for the bulk text is usually 12px - 13px, but I'm wondering if this is a good size. I remember reading an article saying that font ...
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2answers
27k views

Android List View - delete row button, delete selected button or delete from item click menu?

Android List view activity with item rows. User needs to be able delete some rows. I know standard way in Android is to use item click menu. But it's 2 clicks. Is it best way?
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3answers
1k views

Google Drawing - Wireframing? [closed]

I just read an article about Google Drawing (part of Google Docs) and how useful it is for wireframing. Do you have experience with Google Drawing for wireframes, that could give feedback on how ...
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8answers
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Best practices for a sidebar on a blog

I see a lot of blogs that seem to have really cluttered sidebars, with a ton of additional widgets, navigation, etc, that I never find myself using. What are some tips for things that make good ...
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6answers
2k views

2 row navigation vs. dropdowns

I've seen two different types of navigation bars when a site requires nested navigation, one where hovering over a link drops down an additional menu, and one where a second horizontal bar is ...
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6answers
715 views

Layout suggestions for social media sharing page

I need to make a "Share This Site" page that offer all the regular social sharing mediums and send to a friend email option. With Facebook like facebook share ReTweet this Digg Buzz delicious email ...
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3answers
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Complex Purchase Order Forms - do you have any advice or good references?

Let's say you need to design a purchase order form that is more complex than "usual" and has multiple elements affecting the final price: Choose between several tracks (e.g. Basic, Standard, Premium, ...
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5answers
385 views

Tools for checking accessibility compliance [closed]

As part of my website designs, I like to make sure that I am adhering to the accessibility standards (Section 508, UK Disability & Discrimination Act, etc...). Can anyone recommend any tools/...
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6answers
1k views

Is highlighting important words a good idea?

Is it a good idea to highlight the important words in a text on a web page? What impact does it have on the reader? Does it help to understand the text or does it disturb?
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8answers
667 views

Accessible CMS software [closed]

My company needs to incorporate some CMS software into their public web site. We want software that produces semantic markup to maximise accessibility. Can anyone suggest any? At the current time, ...
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8answers
7k views

Are there any good resources about designing touch screen interfaces? [closed]

I am not talking about phones or iPads or other "gadgets". I am talking about applications like kiosk systems (POI - Point of Information/Info Terminals) or HMI (Human Machine Interface). All UI books ...
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2answers
2k views

What is the best eCommerce add-to-cart flow? [closed]

I'm working on an eCommerce website. I found two predominant approaches as to what happens when buyers click the add-to-cart button: Send them to their cart where the main action button is "Checkout" ...
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7answers
1k views

Saving & restoring undo stack — good or bad?

In a sovereign desktop app with multi-level undo/redo (ie Photoshop, Word, etc), would being able to save and restore the undo history of a file with the file itself be a good thing or a bad thing? My ...
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16answers
15k views

Do you need a search button with a search box?

On websites with a search box, should you add a button they can click on, or will users understand a search box like on this site? The target group is not very technical, such as women aged 40-60.
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9answers
5k views

What resources do you use to find good color combinations? [closed]

My background is in web development, not UI design. I have no problem creating the layout and getting it pixel-perfect, but I can never figure out what colors to use and where. I have seen projects ...
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7answers
2k views

Designing for the iPad

I'd like to make my site accessible to people that have the iPad or other iOS devices. What considerations do I need to take into account when designing a user interface that is compatible with the ...
3
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6answers
408 views

What are the best resources for designing “accessible” interfaces?

I'm reading Steve Krug's book "Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability" and there are a few good sources that he points to that will help designers design more accesible ...
16
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8answers
19k views

What fonts are good and which ones should we avoid for our application's UI?

What do you advise when it comes to selecting fonts for your User Interface?
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7answers
832 views

Why do most websites have a custom skin where as most desktop applications don't?

You rarely ever see websites with a UI that has the same skin as the operating system. But, desktop application rarely ever change skins. Why do custom-skins work so well for webpages but not for ...
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4answers
396 views

For novice users, is it better to keep the entire UI visible, or to display menus and pop-ups?

I am working on a user interface for a point of sale system to be used in a retail store. This interface will be used by volunteer cashiers, many of which have only basic computer skills. With this ...
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6answers
2k views

Should I stick to Google's Android UI Design Patterns or not?

Both the official Twitter application and Facebook application use a similar set of UI design patterns in their apps. These patterns were set out by google themselves in this blog post. The thing is ...
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14answers
3k views

Simplicity vs. Flexibility

You can create a great UI, but it will always piss some users off. The more flexible your UI, the more complex it will seem. So what's the best thing to do? Create a simple UI that's easy to use for ...
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8answers
1k views

Are 'hints' or 'tips' popups a good idea?

I have a popup that will show every time the user navigates through different sections of the website, with hints like 'how to find feature X'. The popup can be disabled by clicking in a checkbox. I ...
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16answers
7k views

Which are the best UI related blogs/sites? [closed]

This goes along the lines of the Must-read UI books. I haven't found too many blogs/sites that are aimed exclusively to this topic that are good resources for UI, so I hope you can recommend a few ...
9
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3answers
412 views

Best way to select a typeface?

What process do you use to select a typeface? How do you determine which types are best for long passages of text, which are best for headlines, etc.?
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5answers
2k views

Whats more user friendly local authentication or remote authentication (OpenID, OAuth)

from a usability perspective only (not security) what do users find more comfortable A site with it's own login page (need to sign up but then easier to login) or a site with remote authentication (...
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41answers
72k views

The must-read User Interface Book? [closed]

I'm looking for the Book that explains the essentials of user interface and user experience design. I read Beautiful Visualization and Designing Interfaces from O'Reilly. I think they are very good ...
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9answers
20k views

What are good resources for testing UI design for color-blind users? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I check if my user interface is suited for colorblind people? I'd like to ensure that color blind users experience the UI with sufficient contrast between elements and ...
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5answers
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Is A/B testing a worthwhile use of resources for the end user of a mobile app?

Web sites can enable A/B testing by serving a different page, for example. A mobile app would have to collect data and return it. As a matter of principle, is it okay to have software "phone home" ...
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4answers
1k views

How many elements are too many for one screen of a mobile (iOS/Android) application?

Without scrolling, what would be the maximum amount of centered buttons I could arrange on a vertical axis before it became too cluttered? Interface Builder gives suggested distances between elements,...
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2answers
631 views

Best layout for lots of user input elements?

I have an application that presents a question/answer form to the user. It was mandated that the form look as close to the paper form as possible. The paper form was built in a spreadsheet as two ...
9
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7answers
567 views

Is using the alt-attribute for text-as-graphics ok?

There are several ways to present text on your web page in exactly the font your designer decided; as an image, a flash hack, some javascript hack, dynamic fonts. But to this day, the only thing that ...
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10answers
9k views

Should I add a 'Home' Button to the navigation?

I know that it is common behavior to have the logo of a web page be a link to the home page, but should I also have a 'home' link in the navigation bar for it as well?
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8answers
4k views

Which side of a web page should a side menu go on?

Many websites have side menus and I seem some have the side menu on the right and some on the left. Which side is better?
13
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5answers
2k views

What systematic methods there are for designing user interfaces?

I'm writing my Masters thesis about one method for designing user interfaces (GUIDe+GDD from Sari Laakso) and I would like to know what other systematic methods there are for UI design/interaction ...
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7answers
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Is there a “nice” way to show navigation icons so they don't clutter the UI?

I've got a small desktop application that scans music folders and randomly chooses an album to play. The first version is WinForms and has "previous" and "next" buttons next to the album art that are ...
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2answers
3k views

What is the best way to center images in websites? [closed]

Every time I work on a new project I do not have any problems to center the text using "text-align: center" to center the text, but I have never seen a similar code to center images so I always have ...
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17answers
12k views

Should the OK/Cancel buttons be aligned right or centered?

Where should I put the OK/Cancel buttons on my dialogs? At the bottom centered or aligned right? I've seen both and I personally don't care, but I want to create a consistant look across my ...
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11answers
6k views

For websites, is it better to have a variable width layout or a fixed width layout?

Due to different screen resolutions, the user experience browsing a website might be different. Is it better to layout the website with a fixed width? (and if so should there be different static ...
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13answers
6k views

Custom UI vs Default UI [closed]

This question is mainly for iOS/Android developers, but anybody can answer. Do you prefer using the default UI provided by the OS or do you prefer using custom UI. I've heard many developers argue ...
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4answers
10k views

Is there a recommended location for a submit button in relation to a cancel on the web?

On the web, is there a recommended location for the submit (Go, Search, Submit, etc) button in relation to the cancel, reset or back button? I'm thinking the recommended positions makes it easiest for ...
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5answers
812 views

What can I do with a grid entry to make users not assume that it is just like Excel?

I have a lot of grid entries in my applications and I struggle with the paradigm because I feel that grids are hard to use for data entry for my users. Whenever they see a grid, they think "Excel" ...
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4answers
2k views

What screen vertical resolution should I cater for on non-phone browsers?

What's the base height in pixels that I should be aiming for on my website/web application?
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10answers
5k views

What can be done to make a long, multi-step wizard more user-friendly?

I need to create a wizard which has numerous sections, each with multiple questions. How can I improve the experience for the end-user?
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5answers
1k views

What is the important aspect to consider when deciding where windows interaction buttons should be placed?

In most windows desktops the minimize, maximize and restore buttons for a window are placed in the windows decoration on the top right. However, MacOS and now Gnome in Ubuntu have placed those buttons ...

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