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UX design case studies [closed]

I am looking for well-written and in-depth case study articles of real life UX designs. I'd like to read how other designers tackle design challenges, and how their designs solve those challenges. ...
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How to depict a bottomless pit from a top-down perspective [closed]

I have an top-down perspective android game that uses opengl-es. In the game, the user moves around a cylinder to navigate obstacle courses. I have implemented a jump effect (user flicks the screen up ...
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What key things form the best Android app UI? [closed]

To those of you who've built many apps, what are the things that are critical for a good UI? I'm thinking things like: Action Bar Well-designed icons Use threads to keep the app responsive A selector ...
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Most intuitive keyboard shortcut for search & replace dialog

Extending the question on askubuntu what would be the most intuitive solution for the Search & Replace and maybe Find dialog? Ctrl H -- Gnome, Windows Ctrl R -- KDE Ctrl F -- Mac OS Which others ...
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How can I make my UX work more “fun”? [closed]

I work as a User Experience Specialist at a relatively big company (400-500 employees), I sit here all day mostly cranking out big UX documents telling other people what they should do with their ...
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Best design for displaying list under a list of items ?

I have a list of items in a database and i display 10 items with some additional details at a time(as table rows). I use next & previous buttons to fetch the remaining items. This part has been ...
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What is the point of bbcode (and related markup)?

Why do some sites/forums use bbcode or another formatting language when they could just allow filtered html?
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Are links with images more likely to be clicked on?

I am working on making the home page of a blog, and I want as many people as possible to click on the posts in the home page and read them. I'm thinking of listing the post title, and then a quick ...
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Most intuitive way to offer manual sorting? [duplicate]

all. I'm designing an online form builder (think Forms in Google Docs / Spreadsheets). The functionality is complete, but I'm not happy with the sorting capabilities. Everyone that I have done ...
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Proportion of resources devoted to UX Design & Research vs. Software Development on a web app?

First, some criteria: The product is an application and is heavy on user interaction. Think web 2.0 or mobile application, not a marketing or commerce site, or some back-end tool with only command-...
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Should video be used on home pages for company brochure sites?

I have just been in a meeting to discuss our company's new website. There was a lot of support for video being included on the home page. The video would include key messages and client's saying how ...
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where to source images for Label makers or general images [closed]

I'm not an artist and do not have much time to spend on design in general. I have the need for a royalty free image of a Label/tag/maybe printer. I tried a few sites on google, but most seem to have ...
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How to describe integer and floating point entry fields?

I'm going to be presenting university students with an entry field, into which they will have to enter a value. The value might be an integer, or it might be a floating point value. I'm trying to work ...
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What are your thoughts on using italics for primary navigation in a page header? [closed]

I'm working on a redesign for a large blue chip's website and the company brand uses a san serif italic font for the headings in it's marketing collateral. The brand/creative team would like to use ...
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How does Gamification change User Behavior?

On Location Based Applications the use of Gamification is essential. As you move along and check in you earn badges and points. Users also find themselves in a leader board, which most certainly ...
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Background images in input boxes

I have been experimenting with right aligned background image treatments in input boxes for the web lately. Are there any rules of thumb for this type of implementation? Is it considered great ...
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Designing for children and young readers?

I am a writer and a developer. I wanted to publish my stories online and wanted to create my own website to publish. I was looking for some inspiration of a simple, readability oriented design. Some ...
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Best organization option for handling a multi-level gallery or portfolio?

I am helping my cousin with a small web site for his custom upholstery business. On this site, there will be a portfolio section displaying images of his prior work. His work typically involves ...
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What is the optimal alarm handling for a calendar (or todo) event?

I am not statisfied with current alarm handling methods. It got worse, when I moved to my current home, which is a small town, 20 km to the capital. The problem is, that IMHO there should be more than ...
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Toggle FIND button to OK in Find dialog when search result shown

We have a search dialog that has a criteria pane at the top, and a result pane at the bottom. We have placed the FIND button between the two panes in the dialog, but in practice people are expecting ...
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How to handle todos, appointments: separate, integrated or use hybrid term?

I've just switched from PalmOS (Tréo) to webOS (Palm/HP Pré), and surprised that there are some issues, where we've step back. On PalmOS I was using DateBk, where todos appeared above the calendar in ...
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Multiple lists on one screen — best approach?

Let's say I have a profile screen with two lists: one for Friends and another for Hobbies. This is just an example. It could as well be a Customer screen with Suppliers and Orders. I'm looking to ...
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How do you deal with unusually long labels?

A piece of software that I'm updating uses some incredibly long labels, but due to the nature of the software (taxes and payroll) this seems unavoidable at times. On some pages, maybe 50% of the ...
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How to facilitate mass data entry?

I am a programmer & I am working on a web app that requires a GUI for facilitating mass data entry. Now this "data entry" can be of different types like audio, video, text etc. I already have ...
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While establishing Heuristics for usability testing,do you advise using your own heuristics or pre defined ones

I am conducting a usability study of medical content delivery systems and I was planning to use some heuristics present in a CHI paper for my Heuristic evaluation.However since the area of focus is ...
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Do users care about having multiple options for payment providers (paypal vs google checkout, etc.)?

I'm working on a sort of CMS with a built in payment system. We plan on having it support multiple payment processors like Paypal, Amazon, and Google Checkout, but I'm wondering if we need to present ...
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Are QR Codes good UX?

I have been falling in love with QR Codes, the little nerd in me jumps with joy at all the possibilities and even the action of interacting with physical things with my digital device is enthralling. ...
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How do you approach educating clients about “the fold” (and other UX 'myths')

I've always been of the belief that "the fold" is a bit of a misnomer, and indeed there's a whole bunch of research (including material posted on this very site) suggesting that users don't have a ...
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Are group boxes a deprecated UI element?

Back in the day, it seemed like GroupBoxes were everywhere. Now, modern RIA kits don't even have them as basic components (Flex / GWT / Silverlight). Is there a reason for the decline in use - are ...
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After switching to Safari, should I close a modal view or should I not?

I am creating an iOS app in which the user can tap an astronomical object. When this astronomical object is tapped a modal view slides up (from the bottom of the screen). This modal view provides the ...
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Flag vs. Star in E-mail apps! Which would be the optimal placement for a 'flag' or 'star' icon in e-mail apps?

Most people read from left to right, so In my opinion the flag or star icon should be definitely on the left. In MS Office it's on the right, but there is an exclamation mark on the left (which has a ...
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User interface for a “mapping” table

I have the following problem. I need to provide an interface for users inserting/editing "mappings" in a database. A mapping is a record as such: [Field A, Field B, Field C] --maps to--> [Field X, ...
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appropriate international icon for “deals” [closed]

We (like so many other startups) are developing an iPhone app that contains a "local deals" tab. (Discounts on meals at restaurants, etc.) I am trying to figure out what would be the best icon to use ...
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Should Twitter's official clients invert the scroll direction on some screens?

Twitter's official clients on some platforms (iOS, OSX) invert the scroll direction when reading DMs and @replies from a specific person. Is this the best UX in your opinion, or is it just confusing? ...
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Where to begin when designing a User Interface?

I'm on a project that has complex requriements (no visuals), and I am the User Interface lead. I'm not sure where to start, I was thinking about conducting a white-boarding session to start ...
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How do you decide whether additional information is harmful?

In any primary user interface screen, a designer must find a balance between too little and too much information. Often, adding additional status information is cheap, technically. Therefore, some (...
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How to best present data that is incomplete?

The app uses data and images to create an interface. It will be a web or native app. Some of the data that is gathered is incomplete. Sometimes the data on the images are missed. The question is: How ...
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What types of personal information should be collected during a usability study?

I'm curious if usability analysts collect personal information about their participants when performing a usability study, and if so what kind of questions do you ask? Does age, gender, nationality, ...
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What's the best UX option to help users choose between three items

So, I'm trying to use an optimal UX design for three choices that are responses to questions. The three choices are choice 1, choice 2 and "I don't know." Currently, I've been considering using radio ...
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Selection of items in a grid across pages

Would you expect when making selections across multiple "pages" in a grid or other list style control that it would remember your selections? Would you expect it to forget your selections the moment ...
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when to use eyetracking?

Are there any types of usability metric that are particularly well elucidated by eye tracking studies? I know that they are: -very good at discovering visual attraction of page elements -very good at ...
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Are there any usability studies around facebook like social user interfaces? [closed]

Are there any usability studies around facebook like social user interfaces? Please share.
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how much in term of usability are the users willing to pay for visual effects?

How much the users are willing to pay in term of usability in order to have a visually appealing application? Will they forgive a difficult pattern just because it is visually attractive? How ...
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Navigation bar necessary for mobile app with no hiearchy?

In iPhone UI development, we have this design pattern of putting the current location in the UINavigationBar. When you first open the app, it will generally show the company logo. As you navigate, the ...
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Scrollbars as a semi-transparent overlay

In most GUI implementations today, scrollbars take up a dedicated space next to the scrollable content. How about presenting scrollbars as a semi-transparent overlay on top of the scrollable content? ...
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Where to place list filter controls?

Suppose the user -- from a CMS backend WYSIWYG editor -- opens an Insert link-dialog. When having a list of possible link destination pages, where would be an appropriate place to put filter ...
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Good practice for eCommerce sites where you don't directly buy online? [closed]

I have a client that wants to sell jewelry, and she wants a website to advertise her collection there. The thing is, she doesn't have any means to sell them directly online. So the site is almost like ...
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why is microsoft word so hard to use? [closed]

genuine question for seminar I am preparing... Does anyone else find the workflow and interaction with microsoft word incredibly confusing? For example: the seemingly random autoformatting of fonts ...
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What's the definition of Information Architecture?

According to Morville, Peter & Rosenfeld, Louis in their book Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (2006) 3rd edition, its this: The structural design of shared information ...
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input type file workaround for usability reason

The HTML input of type file consists of a text filed and a button that says "Browse". Because our users are not English speakers, we would like to change the wording on the button to be in Hebrew. But ...

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