Defines the structure and behavior of interactive systems. Interaction Designers strive to create meaningful relationships between people and the products and services that they use, from computers to mobile devices to appliances and beyond.

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What are the UX considerations/issues when porting an iOS app to Windows Phone?

I've noted the previous topics on Windows Phone 7 best practices and will be reading the suggested docs over several coffees this evening, but to help me on my way I'd appreciate any input you all may ...
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What is the optimal layout for a form with two respondents?

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I'm redesigning a form that is used by office workers who interview respondents in person. In some cases, there will be two ...
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Flash User Interface without Flash? [closed]

These are exciting times for developers that want to spread their wings with interactive-design. And I have a project forth coming that I wish to give the user a great experience every time they use ...
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Help panels inside application

Are there good UX reasons for not putting a "help panel" within a web application? (one that can be shown or hidden). Most applications open help in a different browser tab. I'm thinking of just ...
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Globalization Patterns for Dates Without Year

In my application, there is a field that represents the end of the accounting year for an entity. This "date" is the same every year, so what we currently present to the user is field with a month ...
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How do I represent actions that can be performed on a canvas?

I have an SVG on top of which there are some circles. The following are the actions that can be performed: Single-click + Hold on top of canvas and then move mouse to pan the canvas Double-click to ...
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Standards for HTML access keys

Wanted to see if anyone has done some research on standard HTML access key. I have notices after doing some research many sites including Apple have incorporated the accesskey="s" on its search box. I ...
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Trial Expiring Email frequency

I am building a SAAS service which as a 30 day trial period. We know we need/want to notify trial accounts when the they are coming close to expiring. But what is the right frequency? We were ...
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Any library for Interactive possibly-changing image navigation? [closed]

There is a large repository of images. I want users to be able to navigate them fast or see small previews about the directory fast. There are many subdirectories (many similar images in ...
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Quickly and intuitively entering quantity and item

I am trying to find an intuitive input control to create a list of QUANTITY x ITEM lines. The items already exist in the database and the simplest way to do this would be: In order to make it ...
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How to give feedback to users that the site is processing?

I'm designing a website that is just a 16 x 16 tile with squares of different colors (small squares). -> A user can click a tile to change its color. The problem is that computing the new color for ...
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How should I Redirect/Handoff users to a 3rd party site?

Does anyone have any experience with handing off users to another website with a good user experience? We offer a product, and if the user doesn't qualify for our product, we hand the user off to a ...
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Syncing: should we visualize the “everything-is-up-to-date” state?

Here is screenshot of some Dropbox folder: I'm working on implementing a web-interface for cloud data storage, so Dropbox is one of my sources of inspiration. My question is - why should we try to ...
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Should all browsers share the same experience?

I'm creating a page that uses history.pushState() which is only supported by html5 browsers. As such, should users of older browsers have a different experience? Here are two options that I can think ...
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Best way to organize interface

I have an application where users can select some items from a catalogue and add into their reports. Some users prefer to add positions one by one, first opening the catalogue, adding a new ...
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UI for interfacing with hardware

I recently came across an interesting question, that I think is quite thought provoking. The original question was, how the person in question could make a radio button look and act enabled, but not ...
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How should I handle conditional content for product listings?

I have a client who wants to have conditional content in the product catalogue of their website for each market/user base. The client has a lot of "user bases" and markets, each with different needs, ...
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How to choose a setting from a set, when the act of choosing automatically sets the value?

Here's the scenario: The user is on a screen where they are able to change several settings. Any changes in the UI are immediately committed (there's no edit/save interaction). The question: One of ...
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What are the Benefits/Risks of Unobtrusive Global Search until active pattern (Facebook, Apple)?

Apple and Facebook recently implemented a darkening of their global search inputs until focused. Apple's default short input width - widening on focus is also interesting. My first assumption is ...
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What is the use philosophy behind app-based computing environments?

The Unix philosophy, and the less frequently articulated Windows philosophy of programming greatly affect the way that users interact with these systems. Despite their differences, both the Unix- ...
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UX Designers vs Frontend Developers, how to avoid conflicts?

I was recently a testimony of the clash existing between UX Designers and Frontend Developers within a same company. Each team, compromising about 10 to 20 employees each, mocked the other team's ...
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How to inform user that he can use mouse wheel to interact with an object?

On a website I have a map-like gizmo and list-like object. Both has their controls - the map has a google-map-like zoom giozmo and the list has simplified scroll bar. But both can be navigated using ...
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Is 'crazy' good?

I am in a group at University that is producing a mobile application targeted at Android. Our efforts are going to be on the mobile platform and making an application that 'stands out'. I have come ...
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Replace polling with clever simulation

On our website, users can type in their phone number to verify it. We initiate the call and pop up a verification code on the screen. However the dialog box stays up indefinitely, until the user ...
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Help find the fastest and easiest-to-grasp approach to let a user go through a complex schedule

I want to let users view schedules on a mobile phone. Its a generic schedule of events Events can be spread across multiple days Events can be spread across multiple venues An event has a time slot ...
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What makes users register?

First off - I want users to register on my site. It's a site for image sharing, sort of like imgur.com. But what makes a user on a website register? I have people coming back to my site but they ...
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One page site design + blog implementation

I'm designing a one page agency site. Everything works great in this format, except for the blog/news section(s.) The problematic issue is not necessarily displaying the blog content inline, but how ...
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Wireframing StoryBoard as an entire UX design specification (deliverables)

From an IA/UX designer perspective, what do you think about HiFi wireframe storyboard for Web applications, instead of a classic deliverables approach? I have read a very good documentation about ...
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Is double-click necessary anymore? [closed]

Double-click can pose multiple problems... you can move the mouse too much between the 2 clicks and it won't register as a double-click... or worse, it will be interpreted as a "drag"... same problem ...
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What should I call content that drops down, without call it a dropdown?

I'm sketching out an interface in which links, which clicked, reveal a group of configuration options for that item. (slides down, accordion style) One element in that group of the configuration ...
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Selecting items for different categories in a dropdown

I have a dropdown box that I can use to select a device in the following manner: When the user selects a device, they are taken to a Device Homepage. The device homepage contains information about ...
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Best way to add an amount multiplier

I'm working on a financial web-application, and in some pages, the user has to fill an amount. We are dealing here with large amounts, and they are generally thousands or millions of $ / €. In ...
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How to represent touch gestures in interactive prototypes for Multi-touch apps (Android / IOS)

I have always wondered that, How can we represent/show multi-touch gestures like swipe, pinch etc in mockups / interactive prototypes. For example, I'm currently prototyping in Axure for an Android ...
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Is it ok to change the (US) address input field order in favor of a pre-fill feature?

I am working on an international site that requires the user to enter his postal address. I am wondering if it makes sense to have a slightly different order of input fields in favor of a time saving ...
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If input text length is known, do I really need a submit button?

Use case On a mobile device a user is improving her math skills using a native app (Windows Phone). There are many expressions being calculated in a series and the user is trying to get 10 correct ...
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What is a simple way to explain the disciplines and benefits of UX to a client?

What is the clearest way to explain to a client the disciplines and benefits of User Experience Design? What I've got so far... This is the clearest definition of the disciplines I've seen, but it ...
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Visualize next step in learning application?

I have an application where a younger audience can improve their math skills. It is still in development phase and I have made some usability tests observing users getting their hands on the ...
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Lightbox for “In-Context” Editing

Some sites effectively combine the concept of, for the lack of better term, "in-context editing" and lightbox to allow users to easily do page content update. For example, check out Schoola and try ...
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How to make this 'Enable SMS' more intuitive

People seem to be missing this 'Enable SMS notifications' link at the top (which i can understand), I'm just looking for a suggestion as to how to make this more intuitive while still keeping the same ...
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would a small application to store temporary data be useful [closed]

I am planning to create a nice free small application and I need your expert opinion about whether this application would be useful or not. Here we go: Details about the Application Imagine you ...
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Touchscreen interface for menu and dropdown menu ease of use

I'm doing webpage design using Twitter Bootstrap's dropdown menu. Problem: Suppose I have a horizontal menu as shown in the Twitter Bootstrap documentation. That menu bar that list pages I want to ...
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Horizontal Scrollable List or Spinner, in smartphones

I have a screen (Android Smartphone) where the user has to make a choice from 2 dropdowns / spinners, second dropdowns' options are dependent on first dropdown's choice. The number of items in each ...
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How to work with visual designers who treat wireframes as literal graphic suggestions?

Recently I started to face quite many cases on my client projects when a visual designer on the team produces design that looks like wireframes produced by me, only colored. Perhaps, the obvious ...
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Where to place optimization controls in a scheduling interface with several vehicles and optimization criteria?

I'm involved in the design of a vehicle routing interface. It mainly consists of a Gantt-Chart, where jobs are arranged in a timeline. Each job is carried out at a different location. The total travel ...
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UXD Methodology - Best practices for identifying a Global Navigation Toolbar implementation

I am part of a large webapp project, but a small UX team (we just went from 1 to 2, a few weeks ago). We were brought in terribly late in the process, to the point where there was literally no chance ...
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Does gender affect the results of a usability test?

There's a question on Quora asking for opinions about subjects' gender impact on usability tests. I think this topic is very interesting given that people of different genders prefer different visual ...
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App interface for changing relational percentages

Has anyone ever seen or used a good app interface (web or mobile) for changing relational percentages? E.g I need to change 3 amounts to make up £100 and I need to be able to use any permutation to do ...
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Need advice which template is better?

I posted here recently looking to improve a template in hopes to increase engagement with the page and decrease bounce rate. Here is an example of a page how it used to look before: ...
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Which is worse--making the user close a file before they can export a second time or having multiple similar files open?

I have an grid application that allows users to export the grid to Excel and display it. The application gives the Excel file a name that is related to the grid. If the user makes some changes and ...
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How to solve Design/UX problems using more tangible/fun techniques?

I am trying to compile a list of interesting/more tangible methods of solving UX/Creative problems - whether it be as individual, in small groups, workshops, in user testing etc... I am already ...