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Which tool should I use to create mockups of user interfaces for big displays? [closed]

I'm developing some user interfaces for big displays. A lot of them support multi-touch interaction. I started to draw some mockups manually with pen & paper. For various reasons I want to do it ...
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Is there a term for the person responsible for establishing the “tone” of a website?

We have a person on our team who has taken on the role of establishing the tone of our website. This includes the general style of the graphic design, the wording of our text...etc. Is there a title ...
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How to indicate the word “interesting” with an icon? [closed]

In the project I am currently working on everything is based around the essence of "interests". One of the most important and bold UI elements in this project, is a button that when pressed gives us ...
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How do you convert computer users to mobile users?

How do you convince your computer users to try out your mobile app? The problems I see are: Detection - There's no way to read people's minds and figure out what phone they use based off of what ...
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How to improve discoverability of transient scrollbar?

Starting from Mac OS X Lion, scrollbars have been transient. That is, they disappear when your mouse stops moving. Some sites, like Facebook, even emulate this transient scrollbar for Windows users: ...
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Visitor's reactions on web development agency's page?

I need to step-up of the freelance side and step into a more business side of web agencies and I need your opinions about how people react on your philosophy and decide to go or leave you. The way I ...
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“startup” sites have a certain look and feel - does that style have a name?

I have been looking on various freelancing sites for a designer for my web startup. A lot of startups have a certain style which I am having difficulty describing, these are the sort of sites I mean: ...
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What's a good icon for a compilation process? [closed]

I'm building a tool that wraps around an automated compilation and testing process; the user selects one or multiple versions they want to test and instructs the software to either start the process ...
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Detail disclosure button for non-iOS devices

On iOS devices, Apple uses a Detail disclosure button for additional details that are aside from the main list navigation. The image below is taken from the iOS HIG. Another example of this can be ...
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Best image to convey 'Request Support'?

I'm working on a web application, one part of it has a table showing all the accounts a user has on a service, and allows them to click a button to request support with the account. The icon is ...
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The right wording for “close”

The company I work for (based in the UK) is building a piece of software for iOS, and they use "Dismiss" instead of "Close", "Exit", "Cancel", etc. for the button to close the page at hand. I find ...
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Best Practise for contextual properties at Desktop App

I'm working on a desktop application - a photovoltaic planner - where you can layout your solar panels on a roof very similar to graphic programs like InDesign or Illustrator. Actually, its quite ...
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Sign-in Methods for Visitors without Social Networking Profiles

If a visitor needs to sign-on at your site and they don't have any social profiles, their only option is to use a traditional (double opt-in) registration process. That is why websites should always ...
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A special case of tree-view/collapsible panels

This might be considered a sort of special case of the issue described here: Which way should arrows point in a collapsible accordion? Left/down … down/up? I have this scenario: As can be seen in ...
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Global navigation - best practices

What are some of the best practices when designing global navigation menus that tie together multiple websites that have no common layouts, color schemes or typography? I've looked at examples such ...
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Should we use “please” for validation messages for e-commerce applications

When we build an e-commerce application (most probably a web application), input validation is one of the core concepts of these type of applications. When the validation fails, we need to provide a ...
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Choosing a button colour scheme

I'm currently implementing some design changes to a web application. Currently, the application uses default browser buttons for everything, but I've now been supplied with a number of custom button ...
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Best practices for Tabs

What are the maximum levels of tabs we can have in a web application..? I am working on financial application where i have display project information which will need atleast 3-5 levels of tabs to ...
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Tap, Double Tap, Long Press [closed]

What are some good general principles to keep in mind when designing and developing mobile application with touch interfaces?
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Comments Design Patterns or Best Practices?

Are there any resources online that discuss best practices for comments/threaded discussion systems? I'm wondering if there has been any consensus on issues like comment edit windows, deleting ...
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Which side of the screen should a user HUD be on?

I'm trying to come up with the UI for a game I'm creating for the iPhone/iPad. The game is based off another online game form years ago, and they had their HUD on the left side of the screen. I'm ...
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Short phrases vs. long phrases?

I just found this while verifying my email with Tumblr. The simplicity of the message just shocked me, in a good way. I kept on thinking that is usually to deliver messages directly, in short phrases,...
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Best location for site-wide music player?

This is for a site that previewing songs while browsing will be essential. Possible locations for music player: Glued to top Floating top bar Floating bottom of window Other?
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What is the optimum number of choices for sub menu items

The navigation I am currently wireframing for has close to seven sub menu items for each main menu and I was wondering if there is an optimal limit for the number of sub menu items
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What research, patterns or techniques will help me choose the correct colors (or saturations) to the various UI elements of a page?

I am building a tool that will be used by call center agents. It is to help them support products on behalf of the customers who call up. It acts as a portal to many different types of product ...
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While creating a feedback form popout ,is it advisable to have it as the same color as the background

I help out in the design of a non profit organization and I was working on creating a feedback form using Jquery which pops up on selecting a link in the footer .The form is a light grey in color (...
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What's the Best Interface for Entering Canadian Postal Codes on a Smartphone Keyboard?

Typical smartphone keyboards are modal. There is usually a basic QWERTY/Basic punctuation keyboard by default that can be switched to numeric/extended punctuation mode. This works reasonably well ...
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Re-thinking “hover” functionality with touchscreens in mind

Take the following page as an example (possibly in Firefox only): As you hover over each search result, an "+ Add to Firefox" button appears. However, that idea of the button appearing upon hovering ...
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Are there applications or methods for comfortable coding on touch screen devices? [closed]

Coding usually involves a lot of typing, but on touch screen devices too much typing is quite tedious. Some of that typing could be replaced by autocompletion or autogeneration of code and therefore ...
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Alternative to a popup table

I need some advice please. I currently have a screen and the plan is to completely redesign it. But first, to tell what is does. It is a screen for managing orders, much lick a standard order form, ...
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Which colors make you hungry

I am working on a new brand, which is all about food. What colors should we use for the logo and website? I keep reading that red makes you hungry, but i would like to stay away from that color. ...
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What's the appropriate scrolling deceleration behavior?

I am implementing a list view on a touch screen. I want to implement iPhone-like behavior, where you can scroll through the list by dragging any part of the list with your finger. The hard part is ...
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When is red the right color for a button?

After reading this question about Big Bad Red buttons, where it was generally agreed upon that red buttons draw the user to click, I was left thinking: then when are they good affordance and ...
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Affordance for resizing a panel

The standard way to sinalize the ability to resize is with the operating system's own mouse pointer, the double-pointed arrow in the direction you are to resize (horizontal, vertical or diagonal). ...
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Efficient insert/update in web applications

What are some efficient ways to insert/change some amount of data in a web application for users that are used to do it in Excel sheets? (the most efficient could be kind of subjective, and I would ...
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What is the best pattern to distribute items into several buckets

Let's consider the following: A company wants to ship 3 types of fruits (apples, watermelons, strawberries) between two cities. Company has got 3 cars that can be loaded with fruits. Each car has a ...
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Assessing a value of a page in Google Analytics (GA)

I am analysing an information architecture using GA and am trying to qualify the worth or value of a page. There are certain metrics I have at my disposal such as unique views, bounce rates, exit ...
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Iconography for Beginning and End points? [closed]

I'd like to create icons for the endpoints of a process, but I'm not sure what to use. Going with "A" and "B" comes to mind as that's a familiar reference (e.g. "the shortest distance from A to B") ...
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Is flashing red text a good idea for denoting an active alarm?

I'm working on a windows application that is showing the realtime status of a particular piece of equipment. While operating the equipment (via the application), two important values & labels are ...
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Profile for users and Page for companies?

My question is mostly about the name of it.A company to view their personal account options visiting domain.com/page On the other hand, users can see their personal account options with domain.com/...
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How to determine whether links have enough contrast?

I find it very hard to distinguish links from normal text on Programmers Stack Exchange, especially visited links on wall-of-text posts. The colour scheme used is: Background #fafafa (there's a ...
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How much /what type of content is appropriate for a modal window?

From reading previous questions about modal windows, my understanding is that they're best used for short required processes, or for providing help/info during a process that shouldn't be interrupted ...
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How to “sort out” a lot of sorting options?

Let's say your website sells MP3 songs. Your "browse music" page is key to helping visitors find what they want. The problem is that you have 15 possible column options. How do you display all the ...
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Should I redesign my desktop application so it looks and acts like a website?

I'm in the process of redesigning one of my older desktop applications. The original design I did was based on a 640 X 480 screen. Times have changed and there several different screen resolutions ...
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When to use 2 accounts (buyers and sellers) and when to combine them into 1 account?

I'm struggling with the idea of either making separate buyer and seller accounts for a marketplace I'm creating, OR to combine the accounts. The main hurdle in my mind is the rarity that in this ...
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Should Android and iPhone UI be different?

I'm not completely new to developing apps, but I'm at a point where I'm trying to develop something and deploy it on several mobile platforms. To only concentrate on two major ones, suppose I'm ...
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automatically calculate contrast

A user can change the default design of his site by selecting a color. This color is applied to the menu background color. The problem is that I have to change the menu text color depending on the ...
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BETA release user survey

We are doing a limited BETA release of our application and have been asked to create a online survey for the users to complete at the end. I am not a fan of the survey approach to gathering ...
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Is there a standard for the frequencies and or duration used for beeps?

Is there a standard for the frequencies and or duration used for error or alert beeps? When I hear a ding or bing sound, I sometimes find that the frequency of the tone is too high or low (in my ...
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When users ignore icons is it poor design or distracted users?

I maintain an enterprise intranet application which has extensive logging. After reviewing months of error logs we focused on one trouble spot where the user must enter mandatory activities before ...

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