obelia
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What are the benefits of using a black cursor with white outline, over white with black?
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The Mac UI was inspired by early Smalltalk UIs, which had a black pointer (without outline). Most of both the Smalltalk and Mac screen was white, so a black pointer was more obvious. The Mac UI added ...

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Is it the job of UX to own what happens when the user zooms in / out using the browser controls?
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It's definitely a design problem, the layout should be aesthetically and functionally as good as possible in whatever viewport it's given. Generally I'd say whoever designed the layout should give ...

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Is it okay to map the left/right arrow keys to a website's navigation?
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It's definitely OK to use the left-right arrow keys for navigation if the page cannot scroll horizontally. If the page can scroll horizontally, the conventional behavior of arrow keys is to scroll the ...

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Should clicking the logo for a website while on the home page reload the page?
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In the past, linking from a page to the same page, without a target anchor, was a definite design error (http://www.nngroup.com/articles/113-design-guidelines-homepage-usability/), because it just ...

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Are dark themes more effective than light themes for artistic software?
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As Paul said you definitely want to stick to shades of gray for background. Middle grays, or 50% grays are the ideal background for working with art, but the problem is any text on that background ...

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Font size, or layout, which to decide first?
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Understand you don't have complete control over the size of the font (or you shouldn't impose complete control over the size of the font). People can set the default size of their browsers font, and ...

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Do links need to be blue in business application?
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If they're not a link, only a tool-tip hot spot, they shouldn't be link color. But they should have some indication that they're special (that's always visible, not just on hover), perhaps a subtle ...

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Is it OK to automatically scroll website down
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The standard anchor link with an id attribute causes a page to scroll down to a specific point, so the general behavior of jumping to a point in a page is well established. Having said that, it can ...

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What should happen to dynamic height input element?
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This is a design problem. What you want to do is avoid suggesting that these regions should be uniformly aligned, so when they become nonuniform and unaligned it doesn't look disconcerting. ...

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How can I indicate that a required field is only required for final Submission, but not for just being able to Save the form?
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Disable the "Submit" button until the required fields are filled out. The "Save for later" button would always be enabled. This will probably indicate enough for the form to be easily usable.

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Hiding less used buttons on Android
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I don't think showing the buttons for a short time and then moving them is a good idea. You might put these (unlikely) options in the menu (always available in the menu) but have the buttons ...

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Why do applications move themselves to the top after they finish starting?
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Much of it is simply historical convention. In early multi-window systems a window didn't "belong" to a separate program, there was only one program (e.g. Smalltalk). Opening a window was relatively ...

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Best way to present sections of information
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I don't think your layout is bad at all. I would change the title from "Collection Form" to something more descriptive like "Personal Information". You also might want to communicate some ...

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Changing a visual object as it is dragged
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The transition from one shape to another can be done in steps to mitigate the confusion. You have 2 shapes, an initial shape and a destination shape. When the drag begins, step 1, the shape is the ...

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Should Ribbon be used on the web?
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The main problem with a ribbon on a website is the wide range of devices you (might) need to account for. The obvious problem is it won't work well on a phone size device, the the other problem is ...

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Is UX design subject to disruptive innovations?
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The WIMP GUI was disruptive, it made computers accessible to a much greater audience. More recently, rich touch UIs (iPhones) were disruptive, they enabled much greater interactivity with small ...

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Username vs "My Library" for media collection menu bar link
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Clicking username to take one to their library is not obvious and there's no established precedent for it. "username's Library" would be much clearer. Alternatively, "Public Library" and "Private ...

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Why are there so many widescreens on desktop devices?
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Most popular monitors 20 inches or more are resolution optimized for video. Common video resolutions are 1280×720 and 1920×1080. These days playing video is a very popular function of computers, ...

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Is a grid layout for a music/video player bad ux?
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It's not obvious what the page is about. Upon examination (thinking) I can see it's about the Austin City Limits Music Festival. You might make that more prominent and maybe elaborate on what it is -...

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Original design choice of back and forward directions?
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I believe the media directional are descended from cassette tape players, in which the arrows point to the direction the tape would move over the head. Video tape players followed this convention (it ...

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Best to have color scheme match or compete with the bezel on a mobile device?
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It depends on the application. A light background will be framed by the dark bezel (i.e. standout) while a dark background won't be as strongly framed. Sometimes (usually?) a frame is advantageous, ...

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Why is tree representation of data becoming unpopular?
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I agree with others here in that search and tags have replaced hierarchical conceptual models in many cases because they have real advantages both on the content creation side and the content ...

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Expected behaviour when clicking to reset a password multiple times?
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It does not matter which token is being used and all remaining links become invalid. This is the behavior I would like, and the email could explicitly state "this link will remain valid until [some ...

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What do you call pseudo-values in a Dropdown List (for example)
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Pseudo-values is fine. Descriptive values or value descriptions is an alternative, because they don't represent a value but describe values or the absence of values.

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Social network login or not?
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It's significantly easier to use an existing major account (e.g. Twitter, FB, gmail) to sign up for something than to go through the new account creation process (fill in form, select username, ...

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When designing a responsive layout is it right to assume the iPad layout will be the same as the desktop?
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The current consensual best practice (it changes) is to not design with a set of device sizes in mind, but to focus on layouts that work well for the content, that is make the content look nicely laid ...

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Is there any emerging "standard" for the direction a screen scrolls when a trackpad "scroll" gesture moves downwards?
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Most older systems (such as Windows 7 and earlier, Mac OS X 10.6 and earlier) the conceptual model for touch pad scrolling was that dragging two fingers (or "dragging" the mouse wheel) was mapped to ...

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iOS multitasking closing is poorly designed?
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Those are not running apps they are recent run apps. Apple refers to them as "recently used apps" here. Further expressed in this article. So removing things from this list is hardly ever necessary. ...

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Why are nested elements scrolled to the opposite direction?
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What is this standard behaviour based on, and why does it feel counter-intuitive to move the nested elements in the direction of the arrows? Arrows indicating the direction of the viewport/frame ...

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Drag-scroll (iOS-like flicker) and text selection
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This is very nonstandard on the web - either the left mouse button drag-scrolls or it drag-selects, depending on the type of element, and the right mouse button pops up a menu. Example: in google ...

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