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In a static data table, should rows be highlighted on hover?

Yes. Just yes. Though I do UX work, I am speaking as a user on this one. As a user, I very much want you to help me easily follow a row of data from end to end. I want to easily be able to see what ...
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Visually indicating user to change orientation of device

By using text + image. You can use something like this: Bonus points for adding a subtle animation that catches even more attention.
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Is the "filter" icon widely recognised by users?

The NNGroup sums it up pretty nicely here: Icon Usability A user’s understanding of an icon is based on previous experience. Due to the absence of a standard usage for most icons, text labels are ...
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Visually indicating user to change orientation of device

In many sports apps when you check the standings table you only get limited data (such as no. of games, points) and when you want to see all columns (no. of goals, wins, etc.) you need to rotate the ...
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Is the "filter" icon widely recognised by users?

No, use the icon with a label. It's not safe to assume that people understand the meaning of the icon as it is used to adjust their preferences and to filter the results. So the meaning is already ...
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The rationale of progress indicators for online articles

It think it's just an additional feature that may not be used by majority of users, because as you start reading the content; your focus remains on the content, when you scroll slowly (as anyone would ...
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What is a good visual cue for scroll in Macbook?

Another "Macbook no scroll" UX problem... See, Apple's UX is arguably the best of the best. They set the rules for other people to follow and everything they do is copied, for a good reason. You ...
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Is the "filter" icon widely recognised by users?

I do see the funnel icon used widely for "filter" but in this case you've labeled it "preferences", so I think we have a bit of a disconnect there. I would expect most users to ...
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In a static data table, should rows be highlighted on hover?

TL;DR No, alternate row colors instead. Long answer: Alternating row colors (usually white and light green) to make it easier to read lines in wide reports have been used way before computer ...
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In a static data table, should rows be highlighted on hover?

Material Design is a framework with guidelines (it's comprehensive but a starting point): Test with users to determine what's best for them. Have you also considered striped rows (zebra stripes) if ...
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How do I succinctly portray the status of a filter, showing which options are enabled or disabled?

Keep it simple. You could redesign your UI to present icons with checkboxes -- New (Not Started), Started (In Progress), Completed Tasks -- and the user could tick all or none or any combination, and ...
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Is the "filter" icon widely recognised by users?

To answer the question: the filter icon isn't used much. If you want to use it and you have space adding text "Filter Results" is always going to make it make more sense to people who speak ...
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How to inform the user a textfield has both a character and a line limit?

You could indicate lines separately. Also, you could try showing a visual marker for lines to indicate there are only 10 lines of space. Here is a quick sketch -
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The rationale of progress indicators for online articles

"Is this a useful or necessary aid that serves to improve the user experience" On web sites with multiple articles on a single page (e.g. blog formats or lazy-loading page), window scroll bar doesn'...
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How do I subtly show that an element in large collection of elements was recently changed?

Interesting question. I believe that you're almost on track, some slight re-adjustments are needed. I want to be able to highlight those elements that have changed in the last 24 hours I'd like it to ...
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Serious visual hierarchy guidelines

There is academic research on the foundations of UX and visual design, and there's (typically: unpublished) corporate research on the UX of completed prototypes and launched products. The middle area ...
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In a static data table, should rows be highlighted on hover?

Highlighting doesn't necessarily imply interactivity, they also help the user maintain his horizontal line. Tables which are particularly dense or sparse on one or both axes can make it difficult to ...
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The rationale of progress indicators for online articles

Personally I find article progress bars redundant, but they may actually have some value. Generally, such bars are more visible: they are brighter, more contrast, and placed in a visible place. So, ...
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How to show a score without numbers?

If I see a gauge needle at full throttle on a driving app my logical perception would be I was driving too fast. Stars would mean my driving was stellar. A traffic light, besides color considerations ...
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Is the "filter" icon widely recognised by users?

agree with the above answers, but note that the CONCEPT of "filter", even if that word is spelled out, won't be obvious to many users (confirm this via User Research). My 85 year old ...
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How do I subtly show that an element in large collection of elements was recently changed?

Could you add a button/option that specifically highlights what has actually changed? Then, if someone is looking for those events that would help them and not distract those who aren't. It's a ...
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The rationale of progress indicators for online articles

the trend that users want distinct visual indicators as a specific feedback to the information they are looking for I feel this trend too; yet, I haven't seen much articles reporting it. Web users ...
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In a static data table, should rows be highlighted on hover?

I'd only use it where it actually helps: If it's hard to visually keep track of what's happening without it. Otherwise it seems to add unnecessary visual complexity. In a very large table, it does ...
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How to communicate a 'positive' result (from a blood test) that is actually negative for the user?

Using color or icons to reinforce your message here would likely be the wrong direction to go. Color in interfaces have evolved to take on a pretty standard set of definitions: What you're displaying ...
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How do I succinctly portray the status of a filter, showing which options are enabled or disabled?

It’s not the answer you want, but I’d suggest you strongly consider using text for this job. As you can see, the red negation color makes it hard to see and doesn't REALLY clearly and intuitively ...
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Icon or text for "home" in a breadcrumb?

Text is always better for usability than just an icon. It is more accessible, understood more easily. The only advantages are space considertions and scannability. Sometimes they are also understood ...
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How to communicate a 'positive' result (from a blood test) that is actually negative for the user?

Since results of such tests could be critical and affect the person adversely, don't rely solely upon terms like 'positive' or 'negative'. Have a CONCLUSION section that clearly and textually states ...
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How do I succinctly portray the status of a filter, showing which options are enabled or disabled?

For negation, try using the positive icon with a slash through it. For example... equal not equal Also consider using a text search rather than icons. For example, people might search for “state:...
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Best way to Indicate a item is shared or copied

In a lot of filesystem contexts, copying is used mainly because of the folder metaphor. That is, some information needs to appear in two "locations" because the folder metaphor implies each "file" ...
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Best way to Indicate a item is shared or copied

To indicate the file is shared, you could add a small person icon in the bottom right corder, such as in Google Drive , or dropbox . Unless you have a particular need to show copies of files, I ...
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