How do you design a (not crazy-ass) interactive survey so as the user feels nice about taking the survey while at the same time, the interaction is not (at all) distracting since the topic of the survey is health assessment. It's a dull topic and the survey is 100+ questions long. How do you design it in a manner so as the user does not feel overwhelmed by the seriousness.
I have input types ranging from sliders, radio buttons, drop down menus, matrices, etc (the entire range) and there will be 1-3 questions per page.
If I make it a game or something the client will rightly argue the user is being distracted and might be careless in answering the question correctly. I am looking for pleasant more than interesting/fun.
In the wise words of JohnGB - Imagine a pleasant prostate exam.
Some of the ideas I've had so far are:
- Making the survey into a story or some sort: after each chunk of questions a new part of the story is revealed.
- Creating a sort-of parallax experience so that there is a flow in the survey and you can have something related going on in the background.
None of these ideas are concrete and I am having difficulties in coming up with a new representation of the age old technique. If someone has any examples of well executed surveys which are a delight to take, I would highly appreciate it.
Think how apple reinvented the store experience with their stores.
Edit 1: Just to be clear, the survey is long BUT it is divided into parts. There will be 1-3 questions in a single page of the survey at most, depending on the type of answers/questions. The questions are systematically grouped and there are no repeats.