Nick Bedford
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Greater Than > or Plus +
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Possibly neither, they each have different meanings: >8 = greater than 8 8+ = greater than or equal to 8

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What are the negative and positive aspects of dark color scheme?
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The main reason a light-on-dark user interface can break down is when the text becomes glaringly bright compared to the dark background. This is one fundamental reason white text on a black background ...

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Do unique icon contours help people scan?
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I instantly felt more efficient in scanning the iPhone Springboard than the set of Android icons you've presented. The consistently shaped icons in iOS remove the need to think about the shape of the ...

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Usability and security for user access and password handling in a web application?
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To be honest, as a programmer, I don't really like personal question/answer security steps as the answers could be entered incorrectly from a strictly programming point of view. What happens if their ...

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In a desktop application, what are best practise methods to provide a menu of functions
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Without knowing specifics, you could use a ToolStrip and use ImageAboveText style? Other than a bunch of labelled buttons, I'm not too sure of other methods.

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Legend Or Key??
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They're the same thing. The legend or key describes types of symbols/lines and can also describe specific locations. Types of roads, the symbol for locations such as camping grounds, hospitals, ...

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eCommerce search with Images and prices as you type - is it too much to put in the search result?
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Instant Search is one of those features that users either love or hate. In the case of Google, it's often quite annoying (at least for me), as I know specifically what I want to search for and would ...

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What guidelines exist for designing UIs?
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While it's not exactly a "Guidelines" website, I like to think of it more like a "How Not To Do Things" website. It's hilarious at times because most of it is so true. Adobe UI Gripes

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Why don't mobile apps have a 'close' button?
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The major mobile touch screen operating systems (iOS, Windows Phone 7, Android) don't trouble the user with "closing" applications in the way that desktop applications do. This simplifies the ...

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Should same page interactions be underlined with a dashed line?
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I think it's more about how you label the links and buttons, and by use of existing "conventions" that people will accept something to act dynamically instead of reloading the page. For example, if ...

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What are the recurrent usability problems in web sites today?
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Websites that are so focused on having a totally radical graphically modern and hip design and artistic flair that they forget to design the website for usability and comprehension. Graphic designers ...

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Recent trends in design that hurt usability?
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Loading more entries so that when they click back after drilling down to an entry's web page, the dynamically loaded history is gone and the browser's scroll position is lost.

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Should double click be avoided in web applications?
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I think it's more about maintaining conventions and user's general knowledge of those conventions than anything else. Browser/website interaction has been fundamentally different to OS user interface ...

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What are some alternatives to the phrase "Are you sure you want to XYZ" in confirmation dialogs?
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The Apple Human Interface Guidelines for Mac OS X have a good deal to say about message boxes (alert panels). Button names should correspond to the action the user performs when pressing the ...

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full-color icons vs. greyed-out icons in menus
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When using colour icons, gray scale icons, however washed out, have usually indicated disabled icons. I personally would have assumed they were disabled before trying to click them. It's a common ...

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Should present or past tense be used for "Enable / Enabled" checkboxes?
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I would be inclined to use future tense. If a UI element will change an option, it's not in the past, it's in the future, and it also makes sense from a grammatical perspective. [x] Enable giant ...

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When you hate your design and you're almost finished with it, what do you do?
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Hating a design can also be a product of lack of feedback. I know when I'm doing creative things that if I get some feedback, it keeps me going and may give me more ideas. If I don't, I too find it ...

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Fixed-position header and menu on a web page -- is that okay?
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I agree with your sentiment about static navigation bars. I don't like them. They get in the way and reduce workable screen space. Whilst 10 menu items is not a great deal and if they're not large ...

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Two-Step Operations and Button Conventions
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If you aren't actually performing the "merge" after clicking Merge then you shouldn't call it Merge. Often what is used in a multi stage form is a Continue/Submit convention. Continue implies that ...

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Does moving the secondary navigation impact a users experience?
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Navigation is the most important part of your website. Keep it in the same place. Imagine if every time you got in your car, your GPS navigator moved to a different side of the car.

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Control to select (not open) a file on windows
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I've found that a common convention in Windows applications is to use a button labelled "Browse" to the right of a text box. As long as the input is clearly a file, you could however simply use an ...

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Do users like choice? How much should I give them?
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As much as people want choice, they don't want to have to make too many decisions. Apple, as an example, errs on the side of less choice, providing only the options which 80% of users need, even if ...

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