Human–computer interaction (HCI) is the study, planning and design of the interaction between people (users) and computers.

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Allow Multiple Instances of a Page

On my UI, I want to have any option/icon so that user can show that this page can be copied or not e.g: The sample that I have decided so far is that when user hovers over the page, "allow multiple ...
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Input “Infinite Value” option in spin control

In my UI if a user selects to allow multiple mapping, he checks the check box next to “Multiple Mappings”. When this check box is selected, “Maximum Content Limit” option becomes enabled. Here user ...
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Visually show start and end of a condition

I want to visually show starting and ending of an if block in my UI. Each if block starts with <%if and ends with <%end%>. The condition is written in red. I’ve figured out a few ways to ...
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Warning message to the user if name he enterred already exists

I want to warn user if the field name he enters already exists and ask him if he want to try with another name. Following options I think will go good in such situation: "A field name with this name ...
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Better option to warn user about an existing name

I’m designing a UI and user can drag and drop fields from “Available Fields” area to “Selected Fields” area as shown in image below: Now, if a user wants to rename a field, he double clicks on ...
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Do interfaces evolve?

People often use the word evolution to describe the change over time that can be seen in human computer interfaces. Is there any research that looks at whether human computer interfaces evolve over ...
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Better UI for exchanging blocks up and down

I have developed a UI as shown below: Now I want to add a functionality to this UI that if user wants to exchange positions of if and else if blocks, he must be able to do that. One option could be ...
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What's the point behind badges? Do they make the UX more pleasant?

I'm designing badges for a client's app (when users get a certain number of points, they get a badge). It seems like badges are used in nearly every type of challenge/game app. I understand that it's ...
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Want to build a career in User Experience design? [duplicate]

I am a business graduate and i am working in a US bank as financial analyst in India. User experience is something came across recently in a an article i read about it and found it fascinating and i ...
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What happens when gamification is poorly done?

Gamification originally sought to take advantage of the fact that intrinsic, embedded rewards are more effective motivators than external ones. It has also become exceedingly common, but the ...
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Origin of the 'Loading Circle'

Particularly prevalent since Windows Vista, as far as I can see, the 'loading circle' is now an oft-used representation of something being loaded, or some unspecified wait period. There are many ...
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Are there any peer-reviewed papers on the maximum waiting time to be considered “user real-time”? [duplicate]

Are there any scientific papers about any study performed on what is considered a maximum waiting time for an activity to be considered "user real-time" (not software real-time). I was looking at ...
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Rationale behind long touch latency on Android [closed]

As a longtime Apple touch-device user, I was really taken aback when I got my first Android phone (Galaxy SIII). In contrast with every Apple product I've used, the Galaxy had a bit of a lag time with ...
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Developer with HCI background studying graphic design

I'm thinking about going to design school for a year, studying graphic design. I want to get work as a UX designer/researcher, with the possibility of day to day activities like user research, user ...
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How to break into the field of HCI?

Before you make a remark of this has been asked over and again, let me point out that I have done my research - Do I have the skills for UX? As a programmer, how do I move into UX? Getting into ...
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Should we be designing for touch first?

Touch interaction is becoming more ubiquitous and often the only option. Should we be designing for touch first or even touch only? What are the ramifications of taking this approach? As someone ...
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Research on more effective search systems based on Human–computer information retrieval?

Within the field of User Experience, a lot of interdisciplinary boundaries intersect and co-exist finding new knowledge from different views. One part where results have yet to come (?) is the field ...
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To lower user's cognitive memory load or not?

Naturally, it sounds like it is only best for our users if our design could reduce user's cognitive workload when performing a task. However, there are also theories that explain the need for a ...
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How do users use spatial memory?

I have some questions about how spatial memory works and the effects on user interfaces: Do users seek items by spatial memory? What do they actually "link" to a position - a particular object ...
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Simulate Eye-tracking by Photoshop filters?

I've read some articles about visual perception and that it mostly differs in High-frequency, Mid-frequency and Low-frequency recognition. Whereas Low-freq is fastest and seems to be responsible for ...
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How do I figure out what people need by observing?

I'm taking an online HCI class over at https://www.coursera.org/ Our first assignment is a "needfinding" assignment, where I'm supposed to observe people and come up with an idea of how technology can ...
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Why don't people use the “I'm feeling lucky” button more often?

Have you ever seen or heard of someone using it? Back in the days when Google didn't automatically redirected you to the results page as you typed, I think not a lot of people used the "I'm Feeling ...
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What are the usability benefits of using multiple monitors?

I've read a lot of articles suggesting that work patterns are more effective when using more than one monitor. But why is that the case, from an HCI perspective? And as follow-up questions, are there ...
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Teaching HCI to graphic design students

I'll be teaching an undergrad course in HCI to graphic design students. I'm looking for assignment ideas. The assignment should lend itself to research by the students, and be inspiring enough to keep ...
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Is HCI applicable to game design in the way I'm trying to apply it?

Say if I wanted to create a new platform in a game like the mobile game doodle jump. The differences in the different platforms are actually subtle changes in different parts of the feedback loop. If ...
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What scholarly UX publications do you know of? [closed]

There's a difference between anecdote/experience-derived UX ideas and UX ideas based on scientific studies. Anyone know where I can get more of the latter? I'm aware of "Ergonomics in Design: The ...
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designing interface for choosing between two images

This is a general question about HCI. I was wondering what are some of the best examples of UIs you've seen that presents a user two images and has them choose which one of them is better. I have ...
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Is it necessary to include an interface's “hidden functions” in the manual / help?

Background A well designed interface allows any type of user, beginner, advanced, or expert, to achieve their objective quickly. In most cases, help information contains the description of elements ...
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Defining “Instantaneous” as part of usability acceptance criteria

The Setup I have run into this problem time and time again. An interface is performing slow and QA and/or Engineering come back and ask, "can you please define the acceptance criteria for how fast ...
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Benefits of recording user facial expressions when testing

Every "proper" test setup seems to include a camera / webcam for recording the user and a lot of articles I've read in the past recommend it as part of a setup, but sources never really go into a ...
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What research is there suggesting modal dialogs are disruptive?

It seems "Everyone" knows they're highly disruptive for many situations but often times clients don't. Particularly in desktop applications this form of dialog is often misused, often disrupting a ...
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Use of 'she' in scientific literature

While reading through plenty of scientific papers for my thesis relating to Human Computer Interaction (HCI), I am under the impression almost everybody refers to users/subjects/persons/... as 'she'. ...