Aadaam
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Why are progress bars horizontal?
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Because most people living in the western world read from left to right, and that's how they imagine how time passes. It's a good question wether top to bottom would benefit Japanese customers or ...

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Is Apple's or Google's meaning of the three-horizontal-bar icon more popular?
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drag'n'drop nearly always has bad affordance. The current model in gmail is the following: Albeit I'm not sure if they're really serious about it, esp. as it only appears to the hovered element. ...

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With infinite scrolling, do scrollbars still make sense?
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So, a few alternatives. Emulating a "real" scrollbar while maintaining infinite scrolling Emulation-oriented approach restore the usual scrollbars while still providing infinite scrolling. ...

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UX style guide techniques
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I know there's an accepted answer, and I usually do quite agree with Michael, but still this does bug my mind for two days. As a developer, I hated the Apple HIG It just didn't tell me what to do, ...

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Should wireframes or functional requirements be created first?
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My favourite illustration about design processes is the following: Don't even care about where does it come from, it's the long-forgotten old-style software design (when there wasn't separate UX and ...

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How mixed percentage bars should be?
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It doesn't really matter. People can't tell 1-pixel distances easily. If it's just 2 elements, then add the divider to the length. If it's more than 2, don't use a divider and make sure you use ...

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Why do mobile users give up on the mobile site and switch back to the full site instead?
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There are three main reasons I think: As you say, the mobile site is functionally restricted 90%- 95% of the time. Usually UX designers think that what's the "most important" on the site for them is ...

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Aligning text data in a grid
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I guess if you put the rows a bit further away, and perhaps give a visual clue on baseline it should work. See: http://jsfiddle.net/s35bh/2/ A bit subtle perhaps, therefore not necessarily the best ...

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How best to integrate an exit survey
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Don't. Users have goals. Let's say you want to buy a hairdryer. Let's suppose you have some vague idea on what kind of hairdryer you want. You type into Google: "Hairdryer shop" Let's suppose your ...

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Is there ever a good use case for a software rotary knob (dial)?
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I guess they provide an intuitive interface when replacing something which is used by expert users, and is traditionally using dials. Examples would be audio boards, cockpits, other professional-...

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Designing simple attendance dashboard
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I guess UX design always starts with stating the goals of the user, and defining who the user is. Who is looking at this dashboard? A manager? What does (s)he want to know? Did you ask him/her? A ...

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In a map routing application, what colors should the start and end point have?
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Look at Google Maps, Bing Maps, HERE Maps (which is partly connected to Bing), and Apple Maps. These are the market leaders. This is what users see. This is what their expectations are based on. ...

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Should static text be repeated in UI?
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If the user can't get this information from context, repeat it. Perhaps put less emphasis on it (eg. don't make the text "Updated" bold), but do repeat it so the user has a local context right next ...

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What is a good visual cue for drag and drop? (for reordering a list of items)
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Personally I'd go with option B on iOS, and would look what do Androids show. On desktop, I'd use some kind of "bumping", it's important, you can see why here in this answer: https://ux.stackexchange....

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How could the Golden Ratio be used to improve form layouts?
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It's your grid: You could apply a golden ratio-based grid but it still has to be a grid. The left side is mostly fine, Name is a bit too much downwards, but it's ok. Right side: Field option ...

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"Modernizing" legacy applications and legacy users
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Philosophical background For the user, the system is the user interface. This is actually the programmers' definition of an interface. You can change every other part as you wish, as long as the ...

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Good way to allow user to change city
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Personally, I'd do something like this: The reason behind, is that it's likely that your selection of cities at the first time will be limited. If it's not the case, then an open searchbox is better, ...

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Do we have a taxonomy of UX requirements for software products?
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I'm also a developer by profession (and I have an MSc in Software Engineering from a famously hard uni), but nowadays I do UX. What follows comes from a view of HCI perspective of UX, this is what was ...

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Users don't read (or even see) things. How can I deliver important clues?
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The solution for this is called visual hierarchy. It's damn hard to achieve. My favourite example is found on the Thinking With Type website. There are a few rules which help you to reach a visual ...

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Are higher-resolution images always better?
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In digital media, you can't really separate pixels from density (DPI). That's because one pixel is one dot. so, if your picture is 400 DPI, and it's 800 pixels wide, it means it's two inches. ...

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Advantages of integrating chat and messages
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Science: I've read a study last year, saying that the younger generation is unable to differentiate between communication channels: they do remember what did they send to who, but they just can't ...

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Which design pattern is the best option for drilling down into data?
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Drilling down datasets - this is the tree pattern. The extended version of it is the Tree-Table Depending on the length, you could also use Cascading Lists On mobile, usually one-window drilldown ...

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How to inform user that settings are in localstorage, and apply to this browser only?
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I wouldn't store in the localstorage. Localstorage is mainly for cache only. Store on the server, bind the data to the username. You can loose localstorage data when reinstalling computer, upgrading ...

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How should a strip chart of data be displayed?
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Let's search for an analog metaphor: the seismograph. Seismographs are those little devices that show when there's an Earthquake coming. Their operation principle is simple: there's a piece of paper ...

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What's the best way to show you can scroll on mobile devices?
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Usually they solve this by making sure there's a piece of partial content which makes you understand there's something else as well. If the story doesn't end then the users assume there's more and ...

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Are "beginner/advanced/expert grades user interface" within the same app common for modern iPhone/iPad apps?
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I have a very different take than what Ben has. There are such desktop apps, mainly in the industrial world. An example on what I was invited to look at just this week is a graphing app: you can think ...

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How can I represent multiple pins at the same location on a map?
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"How do I do clustering on a map correctly" is a common question in mapping applications. Short answer: Clustering doesn't work. There is no such thing as good clustering UX, as clustering is not ...

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How to design a great unboxing experience?
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I think the unboxing is a really, deeply emotional moment - you're meeting someone/something for the first time, who/what you expect to be your companion for years to come. I realized this first when ...

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Why do people mount TVs so high on the wall in their homes?
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If it's opposite to the bed, it's really hard to look straight forward while lying on it. But it could be that they're just following some instructions coming with the TV or they've seen that it's ...

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How to avoid hiding the region of interest with the finger?
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Have a "stick", pop it up! on touch, substract about a thumbful (let's say, 40 px) from the y coordinate of the selected icon, and draw a line of that length from the middle of the icon downwards. ...

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