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My users keep naming things with special characters to thwart alphabetization

This user behaviour indicates a great opportunity to improve the usability of your application. Ask a few users why they rename items and try to understand the underlying need or problem that they are ...
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Is the folder structure dying?

Rumors of its death are greatly exaggerated... Classic hierarchical folder views aren't dying. But they are being complemented by other ways of viewing and interacting with files. The key trend here ...
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My users keep naming things with special characters to thwart alphabetization

When it comes to optimising the design, users happen to be the best designers. I would suggest that – instead of guessing - you should get in touch with these Users, who hacked the sorting mechanism ...
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Is the folder structure dying?

It's not dying completely, but it is becoming a power user niche feature. Everyone has seen or heard stories about the user who stores everything on their desktop or in a single My Documents folder. ...
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How to visually format questions/answers to easily follow the story?

Teacher: How to visually format questions/answers to easily follow the story? Student: I think that using "T" as prefix for Teacher and "S" as prefix for Student may help. You may also use the full ...
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Where should a "Powered by Some-Company-Name" appear on a webpage?

Powered by ACompanyName is old school and doesn’t provide any real benefit to the user. That said, there are still companies and consultants who discount their hosting or development services in ...
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Is the folder structure dying?

Categorization of content is still very important, even after the rise of smartphones. Whether that's by date, by location, or by tags. The more and more popular use of smartphones since 2007 has ...
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Is the folder structure dying?

Most people tend to think that certain aspects of technology die away, but I always get the feeling that it is far more common for it to "sediment". Whenever I see a new trend, it usually never ends ...
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My users keep naming things with special characters to thwart alphabetization

As well as pinning items to the top of the list, fake-alphabetical entries can be used to pin them to the bottom (a trivial example: I use a contact called ZZ spam with a silent ringtone on my phone). ...
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How to visually format questions/answers to easily follow the story?

I'm not sure what tone you're going for, but I'd consider going with a chat-style UI, with one person's speech aligned on the left, and the other (perhaps the one with which you'd like your reader to ...
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Tabular vs Card-based presentation, which is better for lots of data?

Adding to @DesignerAnalyst's answer. Here are some parameters you may want to consider before selecting the metaphor, Amount of data for each record: If the data includes text, images, actions then a ...
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Design Interaction for Item Status (Available/In Progress/Done): How best to display them?

Here's what I think regarding your questions, one by one. 1- When is it appropriate to tell users that "this may take time"? I plan on displaying a confirmation modal with their list of content and a ...
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Is the folder structure dying?

Probably. But it's a slow painful death. It essentially boils down to the need to put something somewhere where we can find it again, or where we can direct someone else to finding it. We are ...
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Paths Short or Long

Jabob Nielsen in his article URL as UI from 1999 highlights the importance of human-friendly and hackable URLs. Updates from 2005 and 2007 mentioning eye-tracking studies suggesting that people pay ...
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Where is the intersection between Information Architecture with Software Architecture?

Short Answer: They never intersect, as described, at a single "hail mary" point. They are different elements of the same process and should coexist together as part of that process. In the ...
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How do I indicate that clicking a button will remove their search results?

It sounds like your real problem isn’t designing how to show a link is non-reversible. Your real problem is your app has committed the cardinal sin of breaking the Back button, which is an issue going ...
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My users keep naming things with special characters to thwart alphabetization

When users add special characters to the beginning of the names they create two or more kind of objects, or categories, in the sort. These categories can be specific, as the ones in this example, or ...
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Help with defect issue system

How about the same circles but with numbers inside dictating the number of issues for that spot, you could provide an instant visual indicator of the types of jobs by colouring the circle: Red = ...
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Is the folder structure dying?

Search helps if you know what you are looking for (obvious). If you don't know what you are looking for, a folder structure can help you find it. For example, if you are looking for a recipe for ...
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How to optimally place time, temperature and icons in a grid?

Try to play with icons position and ask any designer to work with colors and shapes, it may greatly improve perception of this block, something like this (tuned layout and shapes a bit):
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Usability of nested accordions

I have not seen this pattern employed exactly as you describe. My relevant experience in information-rich webapps stems from enterprise health-monitoring and deployment software, which has a deep ...
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Improving speed of data entry in a single page calculator form

Anyone who does fast data entry regularly as part of there job (from sales reps to screen traders) will prefer to do everything via the keyboard. You are on the right track with the tab order, but ...
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Tabular vs Card-based presentation, which is better for lots of data?

Quantity alone cannot determine the decision. The decision of tabular Vs card format depends also from the use cases, the purpose of the site and the type of data. I outline below advantages and ...
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Do negative words impact UX?

This depends. The word 'problems' might be negative, but in the context of 'solve problems' it indicates progress and benefit. negative words at user pain points will probably effect ux. e.g For a ...
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Breadcrumb and search behavior

We had a similar problem at the project I am currently working on. We decided that the breadcrumbs should represent the static hierarchy of pages - rather than the user's history. When representing ...
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what is differences between content strategy and information architecture?

"If Information Architecture is the spatial side of information, I see content strategy as the temporal side of the same coin." - Lou Rosenfeld This article nicely explains the difference between ...
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"Can you make it more prominent?" stakeholder phenomenon

tl;dr: Focus your audience on the Product's purpose In the absence of a clear product strategy, use the User Journey Map and documented workflows to remove executive opinion and self-interest from the ...
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Is the folder structure dying?

As tools (software and hardware) increase in speed, the value of search begins to eclipse the value of a folder structure as a way to find a file. On my PC, my MacBook, and my phone, it's simply ...
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Is the folder structure dying?

Folder structure is not dying However, its importance and prevalence in the average user's interface is. The truth is that a user will find the path of least resistance to accomplish their desired ...
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Is the folder structure dying?

Tree view is often complicated and counter-intuitive to the users, but it has several strong advantages: full names which are unique identifiers I mean, if I access a file named /etc/passwd I know I ...
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