Crissov
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Button for "Play, but from beginning" for a scrubber UX
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IEC 60417 is a standard for symbols to put on electrical devices (TVs, VCRs, washing machines, MRIs etc.) and ISO 7000 collects these. Each costs around 100 bucks, but there is a free preview PDF. It’...

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How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time
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The international standard ISO 8601 would suggest P04:00 or P4H. Its part on periods, durations or time spans and repetitions, though, is hardly ever followed – and you aren’t using its date format in ...

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How would you have avoided the Miss Universe 2015 mistake?
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Most existing answers rightfully criticize the choice of words, because we’re used to 1st through 3rd place elsewhere, not “title-bearer” and “runner-ups”. I assume that this is established pageant ...

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Why do washing machines have so many modes of operation?
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Early washing machines basically had just one mode of operation. The user would use the knob dial to select the starting point of the washing cycle and it would then spin like a kitchen timer. I ...

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Are stars a good rating system?
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You have several possible visualizations of star ratings 0–5 or 1–5 (worst–best). Some give users more clues how to interpret them than others, some only work for a specific writing direction (mostly ...

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Alternative reward levels to “Gold, Silver, Bronze”?
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There’s often a three-tier ranking system that can be deduced from the setting of the site or application. You can even have more symbolic slots than that. The sports medal metaphor is quite well ...

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Most User Friendly Color Picker
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Here are two ideas that are not complete proposals, just very rough sketches. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Left mockup A hue-saturation-lightness/brightness/...

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Should angle quotation marks be used as arrows?
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A non-blind user will usually already be familiar with that symbolic usage of « and », and also pairs ‹/›, </>, <</>>. Color, size, padding and border can improve the recognizability ...

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Should I use a dedicated "Please select" radio button
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An instruction like Please select does not really fit in well with declarative options. One could use Nothing selected instead, or something similar more applicable. One has to expect and accept that ...

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Usability problem on Mac due to absence of keyboard symbols
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Yes, it’s a mess and there’s no easy way out. The international standard ISO/IEC 9995-7 specifies several symbols for keyboard labels. Most of them have been added to Unicode and exist in at least ...

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How to suggest a person to turn a page to see more details?
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There are good and reasonable answers here that explain how to show readers that they must turn the sheet around, but what you really want in medical applications is making sure all necessary tests ...

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What is the difference between human factors and UX design?
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Human factors is about getting things done effectively and efficiently. User experience is about getting things done effectively, efficiently and effortlessly. If the human factors engineers in ...

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Compact readable boolean expression
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Among the spreadsheet applications I have used so far, current Apple Numbers has the nicest inline formula editor. It goes beyond mere color-coding. Note how there are no literal parentheses in the ...

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What is the best chart to present multi dimensional data?
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Bubble chart Put Client Health and Quality on the x and y axes. Each Call Type is represented by a bubble in the resulting coordinate system, i.e. a circle whose radius is relative to the total ...

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What is the optimal frame rate for an animated GIF (video like experience)?
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Unlike video files that usually only support a constant frame rate, there’s an individual delay between frames in the animated image file formats like AGIF, APNG‌¹, MNG or SVG+SMIL‌². This (and often ...

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What is the psychology behind newspaper content on websites (and in general)?
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One of the base requirements for information systems like websites and newspapers is that content must be findable. The classic press has developed patterns for that over centuries, e.g. Headline, ...

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Any best practices or examples of mix and match functionality on a fashion e-commerce?
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Customers can either combine a piece with more from the same set/collection (e.g. bra and knickers in lingerie or parts of a formal suit) or they freely choose parts of an outfit and a set or piece ...

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Using flags vs. three-letter codes for countries
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User experience of PDF menus on restaurant websites
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Adobe tries to overcome some of the shortcomings of PDF compared to HTML+CSS (both may contain JS) while maintaining its two main advantages: same static design wherever possible in a single file. ...

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Examples/Opinions on using (Facebook-style) placeholder/dummy content during wait/spinner processes?
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Wordpress does it, too. It’s better than no feedback or just a meaningless spinner, but worse than showing content immediately, which is the case sites should be optimized for. It’s really annoying ...

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capturing what kind of driver's license someone has
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This is a mockup to capture what IDP classes A–D cover: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Drop-boxes and check-boxes are meant to be exemplary. You might want to ...

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What is the best email address format for people with the same first and last name?
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Let the (new) user decide. A new member joins your organization or company. The HR department has already done the usual paperwork. That means your IT now has a record (under an arbitrary unique ...

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Tabs design pattern, solving for "N" tabs
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Other answers covered pretty much all pros and cons I could think of, so I’ll only be answering part 2 of the question – alternatives. Generally, avoid having more than seven entries in any group and ...

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Marquee or Ellipsis for song name in music player?
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Neither truncation nor marquee provides a good UX in general, so avoid both. Try to show as much of the info as possible, if it will be of interest to users. Even if users are checking metadata much ...

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Ideal color palette for 24 colors?
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The best palette very much depends on the exact nature of your application. A drawing app for little children will require different and slightly more colors than a scientific collaboration app. The ...

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How can I deal with diverse gender identities in user profiles?
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One option that avoids finding an acceptable label for “other” has not been mentioned yet: You can use a linear scale, e.g. a slider, with three or five states, the outermost ones being ♂/male/man ...

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Indicate maximum amount of people?
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Most travel websites suck when it comes to anything other than single guests or couples, especially with children. In many cases, you have to special case kids even more: Infants usually don’t count, ...

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Is there any justification for different behavior of different ways of triggering the same action?
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Is it really the same action? Some actions will have the same result in many cases, even most, but may differ in some. Some actions will be differentiated by intermediate steps that are optional or ...

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What is a good format/syntax for a coupon code?
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Let’s say you need a million codes tops. We’ll use a friendly scheme that has a milliard/billion possible combinations, but could be scaled up easily, so not every possible combination yielded a valid ...

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Can users be given the choice between a man and a woman when seeking product support/services?
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What’s next, though? “I’d like to speak to a woman or a gay man. A straight guy with professional training would also be okay. And please no out-sourced call center in India.” I believe the most ...

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