Adrian Long
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Should user be allowed to delete attachment that is required?
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It depends on what happens to the uploaded file, and on the user and the context, but I would generally say that they should be able to delete. Without the capability to delete, it's possible for a ...

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When should an 'archived' or deleted row disappear from a table?
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I think that choosing when to remove a deleted item from view depends heavily on four things: Impactfulness - Is the impact of the action high or low - are the consequences significant or trivial? ...

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Colours that represent beginner, intermediate and expert
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My usual advice for a situation like this is to suggest going back to the core concept of what you're trying to convey... and then to look at other places where colour is used to convey a similar ...

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Why should a user complete a user profile?
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There isn't a general "one size fits all" reason, but there are several context-based reasons. User Benefits Empathy, Credibility & Confidence If a user can tell that somebody works in a ...

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What's a good UX alternative to a table with data?
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Personally, I would say that for what you're doing in the highlighted area, a table is exactly the right call. It does the job and gives a bunch of accessibility capabilities out of the box. However, ...

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Shadowing vs contextual inquiries
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This answer comes in two parts - activity & terminology. The Activity I think the difference here is mostly a matter of intent. While the actions are similar on the surface, the reasons to take ...

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Does a known principle exist for preventing inevitable misuse of a feature by actively supporting the misuse?
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I think the phrase you are looking for is "Pave the cowpaths". The concept of "desire lines" would also be relevant. For this kind of thing in general (the "is there a name for this approach" kind of ...

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What do you deliver for a website's UI?
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First and foremost, I think it's worth having a deeper conversation with the client about what's expected. But if I had to take a guess, I'd do the following: Do a content audit for the site and ...

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Orthogonal user experience (terminology)
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It's not a term I've encountered personally, but if required to take a guess without much context, I'd look at the meanings of Orthogonal. There are two: In geometry, orthogonal means "at right ...

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Visualize a simple workflow - content visualization
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I realise that you've already done something else, but one other approach you could take is to retain the "arrows" metaphor, but turn them so the arrows go down the screen instead of across. Then you ...

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When signing up for a service why are we sometimes required to TICK a CHECKBOX to declare consent?
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It comes down to two related things: Ownership of action Trust The first of these is about the owner of the site wanting you to stop and notice the thing you're agreeing to, rather than just ...

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Back breaking sites
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As several folks have commented on the question - it's a technical reason. However, as with most technical reasons, there are technical solutions (in most cases - secure apps are a whole different ...

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Are personas actually useful?
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Personas are a tool. Like any other tool, if they're the right tool for the job at hand then they're useful. If they're not being useful, they're probably the wrong tool, or are being used in a way ...

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Can I be the first user in my own case study?
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You can use yourself as a data-point if you match one of the personas you are designing for, but need to be extremely careful about doing it. It might not always feel like it, but as somebody working ...

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How do I make this unconventional shopping cart experience more intuitive?
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I have worked with a similar use-case several years ago, which was based around using picture books in teaching languages and/or linguistics to children. Having multiple translations of the same book ...

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Should we design for matured system or evolving system?
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In this particular instance, I'd suggest transparency. You are asking users to use a tool in its early days, where they will get less benefit initially, but where you expect them to see an ...

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Moving away from using a table to display a list of user profiles
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It's becoming a stock response for this kind of thing these days, but take a look at card-based layouts. In this case, you would represent each user profile as a card. By doing this, you are left ...

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Is asking 'balanced' leading questions the right way during user interviews?
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One approach that can be useful for getting a meaningful response is to ask the user to place their response on a sliding scale between two options that have the same level of "goodness" or "badness", ...

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Why is search within document different than search among documents?
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There's a bit of difference in the problems they're there to solve. Find As another responder has already said, search-within-document (ctrl-F) is typically referred to as "find". This is usually ...

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Are heuristic evaluations valuable?
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They're valuable, but almost every other technique is more valuable. They can help with low-hanging fruit issues, and to help you (or your client, if you're external) to identify places to focus ...

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Choose existing or creating new category
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If you're prepared to put the work in to make it happen (it's not always an out-of-the-box control option), a combo-box is your friend here. The user can do any of the following: Type a whole new ...

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Personalised user Experience: Theme selection?
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It's going to depend what data you have about the user and about the objects, but here are a few ideas: 1 - Interaction Patterns Drag & drop - A column for "I'm interested in...", a column for "...

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Best flow to represent, browse and edit complex graph network
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Context It's really going to depend on what the data is, what the nodes and edges are representing and what the objective of the visualization is. As with most UX questions, context is king. I've ...

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Nearly full size background image on website
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I think you're probably looking for this CSS property & value: background-size: cover; When you add this to an appropriate element (along with a background image, naturally) it will perform a ...

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Best practice for truncating similar titles in data grid?
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My response is very similar to noadavi's - Here's a mockup, which I'll follow by explaining the differences. Notes I've not applied any colour, as I don't want to convey information with it for ...

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How to describe and document 'complexity' in UX design
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Dimensionality It very much depends who you are talking to. I find the best way is to find a similar metaphor from their experience. In my particular case, most of the people I work with have ...

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How do you design for a fast paced environment?
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The main thing in this case is going to be to test, test, test. It sounds like you're already well aware of the personas, so I'd suggest that you determine what the main guiding priorities need to be ...

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How to prevent user form entering password to next to password field?
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I think this is a real case where a user is expecting an established design pattern (that of a username field followed immediately by a password field, or a username field, password field & ...

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Mobile ux: How to indicate the presence of side panel/drawer/sidebar
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Is generating the report a major action from this tool, or a minor sub-feature? If it's a major action that's a primary purpose, then I'd strongly suggest putting the tools to do so in a very obvious ...

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Why have a confirmation page?
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In the case you talk about, I don't think you need a confirmation page. You need a confirmation or acknowledgement, but I can't think of a reason why there needs to be a screen dedicated to it. The ...

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