obelia
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How to enhnance thumbnails resizing?
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One option, very fast and obvious, is a series of buttons to allow the user to specify the number of columns. This will work best with a small number of options. (Buttons are oversized in the ...

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Looking for arguments and studies to rebut "No one complains, so it ain't broke."
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Perhaps a collection of anecdotal stories is best. For instance, Firefox wasn't broken yet it only took Chrome a few years to overtake it in usage share. Blackberries weren't broken when the iPhone ...

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Nested dropdowns in mobile view
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There are lots of visual cues you can add to make it more understandable: An arrow or +/- sign to indicate expanded state (it's expanded/collapsed state is apparent but an arrow can reinforce that). ...

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Which are some examples of digital applications using sounds to enhance the user experience?
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Many devices, things with simple keypads like microwave ovens, phones and bank ATMs, use a simple sound (e.g. "beep") to reinforce the fact that a button was pushed. I've noticed it's a little ...

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Inline editing controls alignment
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I recommend the buttons always visible but very faint (and disabled) and come into full contrast when it's line is hovered over, otherwise it would be surprising and jarring for them to appear and ...

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Should a form's style be left to the browser?
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From a usability standpoint it's hard to make the case that the browser defaults are best (if so, which browser?). Firefox's use of that horrible font in their textarea should make it clear that you ...

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What kind of design do users like the most at the time of this question, 'Flat' or 'Skeuomorphic'?
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Skeuomorphism on the web or in computer UIs in general is not dead. The flat "Metro" has become trendy recently but it's really just a trend. Apple produced some poor (and rightly ridiculed) ...

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"Tool" or "target" on vacuum cleaner pedal?
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How could this have been solved to remove all ambiguity? It can't. A user would need to have some experience with vacuum cleaners or have read the instructions. An icon that indicates the state of ...

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Drawer Navigation vs. Drop Down Menus
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The push-down pattern has the advantage of not obscuring any content so (in most instances) you can scroll down to see the page content while the menu is displayed (the IBM example your link to is ...

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Should we worry about dial up users?
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Some sites allow people choose between different versions of the site they want, one tailored for faster connections (AKA "broadband") and one for slower connections (AKA "dial-up"). I would default ...

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Is it a good user experience to have drag and drop in tablet apps?
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One thing to keep in mind is that touch-move-finger is also used to scroll and page swipe. So if you don't need scrolling you can use touch-move-finger for dragging objects. But you can't have both (...

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Should I allow users to reorganise menu items?
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I don't think enabling rearranging the menu items is worthwhile. There are many reasons why (I think) this isn't a good idea but 2 main ones are: 1) It's a feature that's not really necessary, so it ...

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How to handle history events from scolling and other in-page events
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The "#" fragment URL is the standard way to indicate a location on a page and the history management for that is already build into the browser (basic example). The lightbox state could also be ...

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What are some advantages of left-aligning columns within the browser window?
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This style of fixing certain things relative to the left of the window has the advantage of stability, (in Google+) my profile is always going to be here (relative to the window), my circles is always ...

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What are the ideal widths a website should be designed for on a phone/tablet/computer?
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I design for 320px wide and up. You shouldn't design for a specific set of device sizes because the range of sizes is continuously increasing - a comprehensive list of device sizes isn't ...

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Long page vs horizontal slider for landing page
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Most mouse scroll wheels are better at vertical scrolling than horizontal scrolling. A simple vertical list is the most accessible arrangement, and that also translates easily to tablets and phones. ...

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Essential input elements of a gui toolkit
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The first cohesive computer GUI was developed at Xero PARC and there are books that describe the development of this quite well and would give your a good grounding of early GUIs and their history. ...

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Is beauty universal for user interfaces?
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Do you feel beauty is "somewhat" universal for user interfaces, or totally unique for each viewer? If the former, how would you respond to someone who states the latter? I'd say beauty is "somewhat" ...

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Delay in loading dropdown menu
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The delay is by design, it's purpose is to avoid a jarring flashing of drop-down menus when the mouse moves across the page. The top level drop-down menus have a slight delay but submenus have less (...

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What's the longest acceptable delay before an interaction starts to feel unnatural/requires an error message?
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I think it's vitally important there be minimal latency in operations like drawing (or any mouse driven operation), so I propose a third option: perform the draw operation immediately (on the client) ...

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Best way to represent long sequences in responsive views?
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Why not have arrows that explicitly point the the next circle in the sequence even when it's on the next line: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups But, FWIW, I don'...

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At which point are ethical guidelines and practices applied in a UX design process?
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I'd say Ethics and UX are orthogonal. You can choose to be ethical or unethical in applying your UX skills. Ethics are domain dependent. Medical systems have different ethical priorities than ...

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Examples of cross-platform style guides
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Google has a wonderful visual style guide that applies across platforms: https://www.behance.net/gallery/Google-Visual-Assets-Guidelines-Part-1/9028077 https://www.behance.net/gallery/9084309/Google-...

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Panels vs multiple windows
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Multiple windows give you more flexibility than panels tiled within a single window. With multiple windows users can resize them and place however they see fit. Tiled panels keep things organized and ...

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Why do the popular browsers copy each other's user interfaces?
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It's a natural evolution of any group of competing software products to converge like this. The browser companies want market share, and often copying and consistency is the means toward that end. If ...

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Secure but still usable license key retrieval mechanism?
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I don't think the system you describe is adequately secure, and I'm a little surprised it hasn't caused more problems than it's solved. Some companies, after you request the the key and input your ...

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Dilemma: How to determine the color for active / unvisited links?
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You're in a bit of a corner if you're committed to using purple for the unvisited link color. Your fighting the convention that purple is the color of visited links. I think a grey for visited links ...

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How can I display a tri-state button that displays the current state?
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3 simple radio buttons is the most clear, easiest to use and read solution. It does have the (possible) disadvantage of taking up more real estate than other solutions, so you'll have to decide if ...

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OR & AND representations for the non technical user
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I would just use the words "and" and "or". Many programming languages use these instead of the more mathematical looking symbols like "&" and "|", in fact the query language SQL uses "AND" and "...

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Desktop metaphor - Why is it called "windows"?
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The term "window" was, early on, conceptually a view upon or into an object, not the object. A view or window upon a sheet paper, not the sheet paper. This conceptual elegance was somewhat lost on ...

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