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Is search a necessary navigation element?

I often have arguments about navigation at work with programmers who think search is a required part of any navigation. I think this is because programmers are advanced computer users who use search a ...
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Should a “search results” return the number of items found?

Is it recommended to add the number of items found on a search results? In my opinion it is a useful information that gives a quick idea on what you are going to read. Could it be omitted?
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What font is used in this image? [closed]

Can someone tell what font was used to write "november"? I really like the look of it but cannot tell the font ...
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How best to display a point of interest extra information?

I need to show points of interest on a map, and extra information when the user clicks the marker. For the extra information, I am thinking of either a popup on the map, or showing the information ...
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What can I do with my interface to get users to read the directions?

I've got a simple web page from which my users can install software. It's a 2-step process so they must click on two different links (No, I cannot make it a 1-step process). Example: Short ...
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How to setup UI for a program to split up the quantities in C#?

I have a list of items that will be chosen in the program and then need to separate the quantities of the number into different amounts. Here is an example: 10 pipes get separated into a set of 3 ...
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What objective qualities or elements of a website design can help build trust with users?

I've seen some anecdotal evidence of trust seals or security badge helping improve conversions on ecommerce sites by boosting the user's confidence in the site. Companies like Verisign, TrustGuard, ...
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How do I force the user to select a date on iOS?

When creating a new entity in an iPad application one of the mandatory properties is a deliver date. There is no way to predict this deliver date. Choosing the wrong deliver date leads to all kinds of ...
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When to omit zero from numeric table presentation

Give a table of numeric data in which many cells contain zero, under what circumstances would it be appropriate or preferable to present the zero-value cells blank or otherwise obscured (eg. in ...
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Friendly format for phone numbers

Currently, on my website, users are required to input their phone number in a very specific format (555-555-5555). If you forget the dashes it breaks. Does anyone have a good suggestion for how to ...
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Labeling an advertisement

Management at my company said we needed to start labeling our ads. We need to make it clear that an ad is not part of our site by putting the word "advertisement" near the ad. (A) Is labeling ads ...
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Should I include the month name in my select list for credit card expiration month?

When presenting a select list for the credit card expiration month on a form, is it good practice to include the month name in the select list? Or is it better to just put the month number? Any ...
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Name of this design pattern for Dynamic Search - easily add/remove/alter criteria

I'm looking for the name of the pattern or technique whereby one can dynamically choose to add, remove, or alter search criteria. I'm thinking it is mostly (if not fully) rule-driven, but I'm not sure ...
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Solutions for dealing with really bad user entering wrong data?

This question I'm going to break into two parts, the back story, and the real question. The Back Story I work for a consulting firm, and we've developed a piece of software that allows a company to ...
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What's the best way to view a deep hierarchy?

I've been pondering the best way to show a deep hierarchy for a desktop application I'm working on. Here are some alternative designs I'm considering... Mac OSX Finder: If you understand what you're ...
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Removing all nav links from the order/signup page. What do you think of this practice?

If you go to Assistly, you'll notice their pages have a navigation bar at the top... except for the signup page. I have seen this practice where all links are removed from the order page. This ...
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Material for inspirational workshop

I've been searching around for the last few days looking for resources for a inspirational workshop. What I have in mind—and haven't been able to find—in a set of "cards" with different ...
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Expert usability

I am struggling with a project and am reminded of a lecture at university that plotted two applications with differing rates of 'learnability' and 'expert usability' against each other: a) Harder to ...
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How does community volume affect the interface of StackExchange?

I've always said that interfaces assume a particular volume of activity. Too many or too few and a different interface is appropriate. I was looking at StackOverflow users vs. ui.stackexchange.com. ...
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How to show related data together in one diagram?

Let us have the following three sets of information Now I want to combine all of this data and show it all together. Telling it like a story. Giving inter-relations. Showing similarities in terms, ...
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Should hyperlinks be blue?

I've built a site where all hyperlinks have the default colors: blue for links, purple for visited links. They turn red on hover. I believe that always using blue for hyperlinks is a good thing, so ...
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Easy to understand public transit journey planner results

I am developing a London jouney planner app (called Pubtran London, it's on Android Market). Somebody told me that the results are hard to understand and I was quite surprised by that. Maybe it's ...
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Reporting in a CRUD application

It is yet another enterprise related app dilemma. Most professional apps use report writers that are way too complicated for the general user, even though most of them are wysiwyg. Some simple apps ...
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What alternatives are there for “My x”, like in “My Documents”

I'm working on a tool where people place work and other people choose to do that work. The menu now has the following items: Choose work (which lists all possible things you could do) Place work (...
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Activity transitions on Android

Since API Level 5, we have had easy access to overridePendingTransition, allowing us to replace the standard slide left/right transitions with all kinds of craziness. I just noticed that the latest ...
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Is it correct to sometimes capitalize words mid-sentence in computer user interfaces?

I've noticed that many sites and user interfaces tend to capitalize certain words or sentences like so: Choose File Select a File to Upload Account Settings How to Format but in some other cases, ...
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What are the most common UIs/Components? What are their Strengths/Weaknesses? How to improve? [closed]

Hm, I am fininding myself wishing that we had communitywiki After seeing this question: What is the most common user interface in the world? I thought it would be educational to not limit the ...
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Is it bad practice to mark a field as required but not really require it?

I have a customer who wants a form on his site to collect address information but does not want to lose customers who are reluctant to give that information. Since many people are simply lazy about ...
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Most effective way to display the enable/disable part of a setup page

We have an admin section with a number of different settings users can go to. In the majority of pages there is an option at the top which initially allows the users to either enable or disable that ...
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Examples of magnification/zoom to see details [closed]

I'm looking for examples of interfaces where the user is shown part of the UI enlarged or magnified so they can perform a detailed task. One example would be the magnified text on an iPhone when ...
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6answers
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Japanese people hate my site [closed]

I did some A/B testing on how language translations affect the ability for people to install a browser plugin. I got around 20 languages professionally translated. I use Javascript to default to the ...
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confirm email or email verification later?

I have a registration form, name, email, password. I also offer the Facebook connection and in the future all other Open ID ways but for now I would focus on the regular process: Currently, I require ...
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CMS Interface Logic. - Is this the best approach?

I am developing a cms system. Currently I am working on the Interface for adding new menu items to a menu. (Due to the cms Logic the menus are fixed, the user can not add or remove menus, only delete ...
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Who designs great UIs with usability testing?

If you want to make a usability expert twitchy and uncomfortable, ask her how companies like Apple can create acclaimed, wildly successful, and usable products using top-down design without usability ...
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Why can't I use glass buttons?

I'm prototyping a new form, and it's got the 'glass' buttons on it. Several colleagues freaked out and went on rants about glass buttons being the ultimate evil. Objectively speaking, what's wrong ...
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Which is better - a summarized menu or a detailed menu?

I am redesigning a navigation menu for a web-based application. The current menu is a list of tasks, grouped by service. The list is growing steadily as we are adding new functionalities and now the ...
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What is the most effective way to passively monitor users in a complex web-based system?

Focus is on interface use patterns, not on raw page views.
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what factors would you use to rank the importance of use case scenarios as they relate to a cost-benefit ratio?

Examples: Users (# of) Frequency of Action (# per XYZ) Cost (Resource XYZ) Usability Problems (Hard <> Easy) Failure Rate (successful <> unsuccessful) And based on the factors you present, ...
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How do you calculate the cognitive memory load requirements of an interface?

If you break an interface down into elements and possible actions, how do you calculate the memory load requirements of an interface? Further, how do you relate the existing familiarity of an element ...
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Displaying a panda's family tree

I have a section on my website that displays information about all known captive pandas, (Nearly 700) in total. Each panda has a single page which display it's name, birth / death and where it has ...
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How to indicate a table is missing rows that have been filtered out?

Do you know of any aesthetically-pleasing and effective ways of indicating that a table's contents have been filtered, without the filter information getting in the way? Some background on my ...
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How do you recruit users for usability evaluation?

Pick random people? Use a service like usertesting.com? What do you do?
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How many users must be tested when doing usability, and why?

Please provide empirical data. Just to be clear, I will not accept Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, March 19, 2000: Why You Only Need to Test with 5 Users without solid empirical data to back it up. I find ...
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How do you know when an interface is complete?

Meaning that a usability test measures if an interface meets the goals it sets, but only test what is present. How do I know when an interface is complete? Meaning a test, or measure of completeness, ...
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What is the most common user interface in the world? [closed]

Please explain: (1) What leads you to believe the interface is the most commonly used, and (2) Why do you believe that it is an interface. UPDATE: Leonardo Herrera's answer "The button, and its ...
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Based on your experience, what are the capabilities and limitations of Axure? [closed]

Just started playing around with Axure, an integrated development environment for wireframes, prototypes, and specifications. Already I'm wondering why there's not integration for: business ...
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iPhone, description of values on a summary screen are long, need to provide a few words and a sort of popup with the full description?

The first screen in my app will show a summary of the values held / derived in my app. The descriptions for each value are going to be quite long. I don't want the screen to be cluttered with lots of ...
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In a grid, how to manually reorder rows?

I wish to let my users reorder elements in a grid - not do automatic sorting on a column. They select which element is the first, which one comes after the other, etc. I thought of and saw some ...
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WebApp User Login Screen

I am currently considering options for a web/intranet application login screen and this seems like a good place to share. Not much work has gone into the current screen since creation and it exists ...
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What's a catchy name for “overly complex, barely designed interface”? [closed]

I think the title says it all. "Cockpit-like" is what I've come up with, but I'm looking for better ideas.

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