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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How to indicate the word “interesting” with an icon? [closed]

In the project I am currently working on everything is based around the essence of "interests". One of the most important and bold UI elements in this project, is a button that when pressed gives us ...
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“startup” sites have a certain look and feel - does that style have a name?

I have been looking on various freelancing sites for a designer for my web startup. A lot of startups have a certain style which I am having difficulty describing, these are the sort of sites I mean: ...
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A special case of tree-view/collapsible panels

This might be considered a sort of special case of the issue described here: should arrows point left/down or down/up in collapsible accordion? I have this scenario: As can be seen in the ...
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When is red the right color for a button?

After reading this question about Big Bad Red buttons, where it was generally agreed upon that red buttons draw the user to click, I was left thinking: then when are they good affordance and ...
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Affordance for resizing a panel

The standard way to sinalize the ability to resize is with the operating system's own mouse pointer, the double-pointed arrow in the direction you are to resize (horizontal, vertical or diagonal). ...
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What is the best pattern to distribute items into several buckets

Let's consider the following: A company wants to ship 3 types of fruits (apples, watermelons, strawberries) between two cities. Company has got 3 cars that can be loaded with fruits. Each car has a ...
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What colours should arithmetical operators +, −, ÷ and × have?

Are there any colours that are commonly associated with basic arithmetical operations? I want to make the operators +, −, ÷ and × more easily distinguishable by colourizing them. For the plus and ...
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Presenting flow charts diagrams in a mobile app

I am working on an app which junior doctors will use for clinical pathways, these clinical pathways are currently presented as flow chart diagrams which I'm not too keen on. I think there's a better ...
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Designing and Implementing Undo / Item-Level Undo

I am planning adding an undo/recover mechanism to an existing application, and I am looking for ideas hwo to present it to the user under pretty ugly restrictions. I've found a few particular hints, ...
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What is the best graphical interface for inputting a list of pairs?

I want to create a graphical interface for inputing skill build orders for an RPG game. A skill build is an ordered list of (skill, number) pairs, like this (see footnote): (A x1) -> (B *) -> ...
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Canceling/limiting a user's search

I'm developing a reporting application where a user can make some searches on our database against an extremely large data set and display them in a table on a web page. One of the searches has the ...
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Progress indicator for non-system processes

Our software has dialogs for sending requests to other users. Dialogs remain open as long as default until the request has been answered (request time about 3 to 15 seconds). During this response time ...
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Examples of spartan/basic web sites [closed]

I am looking for examples of web sites that have a very spartan and minimal interface - mostly text and very few graphics or even styling - yet the user experience is good enough that users are not ...
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What is the best way to elegantly browse and select an item from a parent, child, or grandchild tree-structure?

they will select only one item the items in this case will be sporting activities the levels go from general to specific…..ex: biking (parent) > mountain biking (child) > downhill mountain biking ...
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adding/removing/searching thousands of data

I have 2 tables : a contract table and a part table. every contract has thousands of parts. The user can select a contract and I display the thousands of related parts to the user using paging. ...
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What examples are there for grouping multiple site tools under one button or dropdown?

We're considering moving links to all our site tools under one button. Clicking the button would open a modal exposing links to these tools. The button would be in the header and be available on all ...
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What is best practice for designing a Persistent Navigation (or navigation that stays visible and fixed when the user scrolls)

Looking for best practices when designing a persistent navigation like below: NFL (the scores in the banner)http://www.nfl.com/ Facebooks blue header http://www.facebook.com/ Creatticas header and ...
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How to design batch adding in a web application?

I'm creating a web application with batch adding and batch editting function. Could anyone suggest an interface on how this will go about? Im using PHP as the server side language. I am creating an ...
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A portfolio of … text? (Information Visualization Challenge)

I'm trying to build a portfolio template for a writer's portfolio, and I'm having trouble finding an effective way to present so much text. Most portfolio sites have the benefit of (hopefully) ...
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Predefined phone number on а mobile form

User fills out a form on mobile site (not app). Is it possible to predefine his mobile phone number in the form?
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Bathrooms near elevators

Some office buildings have communal bathrooms (British English: lavatories). By this I mean bathrooms for use by the tenants and guests of all the offices on that floor, as opposed to bathrooms under ...
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What should an ideal Interaction Design Portfolio Include [closed]

I am preparing my Interaction Design portfolio. I would like to as what should my portfolio include. What all deliverables should be included in the portfolio?
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Designing a webpage news reader as an overlay

Suppose on a webpage (accessed through a desktop browser) one has a list of news items displayed as headlines. When a user clicks on one of the headlines the full news text is shown in a lightbox-like ...
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Enter your email below and we will contact you

My client wants a page in which the following text appears: "Enter your email below and We will contact you" It's then followed by a textfield (to write the email address) and a button to submit ...
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What should flagging do?

Given a pretty simple site with controls for flagging posts which are inappropriate, what exactly should the action do? It seems that It should preferably "hide" that post from the user. ...
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Character limits on fields - pros and cons and best practices?

Some of our form fields have character limits. We're debating whether we should reflect the current size of data entry, or to simply hard-limit and inhibit data entry beyond that size. In HTML, ...
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Tooltips for Icons/Buttons

So it's mentioned frequently how icons and buttons might not always be 100% intuitive in what they mean, and that ideally they should be accompanied by a label. What about a tooltip, like in HTML ...
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Detail page with different main-navigation dependent on inner-link vs. landingpage

Consider product detail pages of which some rank pretty good on long-tail keywords. However, some testing has shown that visitors often 'leak' to more general pages through the main navigation. ...
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Search input on mobile device

I'm designing an mobile-web-app (ie: not a native app) for touchscreen smartphones. When you add a search input, do we need to add the search button (for processing the search) or use the one present ...
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When I change the name of one page, should all child's of that page, have the url rewritten?

This question is actually three questions, but since they are all related to each other, they should stay in the same question. First, should I allow a user to change the url of a already created ...
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Auto-suggest confuses users; How do I improve it?

I wanted to get some ideas on how a problem like this might be avoided. A mobile app (android, ios) that I work on uses a local sqllite DB to power an auto-suggest feature on the search screen. The ...
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Creating Interfaces that Build Emotional Bonds

What are factors in the user experience that lead to users having an emotional tie to an interface, why, and what would be an example of each factor.
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Where can I find problems to challenge my UI design skills?

I'm still in the beginnings of my career as a programmer, and have always thought I was more interested in low-level back-end type stuff. However, having done a few projects lately on my own, I've ...
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Making a legend Interactive?

I am working on an interactive map which displays various pieces of geographic information about a person - places worked, education, holidays taken, home addresses etc.. All in all there are 9 ...
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Undo History - Why limit it?

Why do most applications have fairly limited 'undo' history functionality? I've been caught out on multiple occasions (granted its technically my fault) where I've needed to undo a number of changes ...
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In a form, is Switching between advanced to basic a good idea?

I have a web page/form which users have to fill in before clicking the 'proceed' button. Same old story I guess. It looks like this: report name: [...] report type: (*) PDF ( ) HTML ...
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Are there books explaining why software with good UX is not always well accepted by users? [closed]

I'm a big fan of About Face 3 by Alan Cooper and similar books about interaction design and how the software must be done correctly. At the same time, working as a freelancer, I observe daily my ...
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Is touch the ultimate device?

Apple has fallen in love with it, all the smartphone-vendors use it, Microsoft is aiming for it with Windows 8. But is touch the ultimate device? Some people will probably answer this question with ...
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How to display interactive notifications inside a pop-up?

I'm currently working on a small shop inside a website. To keep the shop simple and clean there will open a pop-up when the user adds a product to their cart (to specify the product). The thing is ...
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How Would You Collect More Information on THIS Website? [closed]

How would you design the extra elements on this site if it were necessary to encourage the user to rate more information? I mean, you can vote over there on the left << But what if you wanted ...
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How can a TV Remote's UX be improved?

TV remotes have the astounding distinction of having about half as many keys as my keyboard and one thousandth the functionality. The problem stems from the (perceived) need to present every possible ...
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Objective-Unclear Multi-choice design

I was asked at work to create an interface for a web application which could let users browse through 19 templates, initially as thumbnails only, giving them the ability to see the picture in detail ...
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Decreasing the display size of posts on the home page, depending on the amount of content

I am developing a RSS news feeder. I want to keep it minimal and just to the point, that is the posts. Some bloggers that post news mainly, sometimes they just write content like "You have to look at ...
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“View Newsletter Online” link to be visible in online version?

When you receive an HTML or Text Newsletter, you'll often see a "Having trouble viewing Newsletter? View Online" link at the very top of the email. When you click on it your web browser fires up and ...
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How easy should I make it to delete content?

We want to make it easy for people to perform task in an application, but we also want to prevent them from accidentally deleting something. Where is the middle ground between these two opposing ...
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Alerting Users of “FrameBusters”

I'm currently developing a web app that uses iframes that contain other people's sites (Think StumbleUpon). Some sites contain "Framebuster' though, these busters redirect my app to the site that the ...
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How to format UI control screenshots so users don't think they're touchable?

I have a need in a touchscreen mobile app to show users a message that informs them about some system function that they should know might affect my app. As well as describing the issue, I want to use ...
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When is an auto-saving form appropriate?

A trend Google has been pioneering in many Cloud applications is a sort of "autosave everywhere," especially noticable in Google documents's immediate save feature. I personally greatly prefer this ...
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The most complex touch application?

Nowadays, there seems to be a limit to how complex you can make an application solely for touch, the controls needs a lot more space plus removal of "unecessary" tools is so much more taken into ...
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Is this rotating cube interface user-friendly?

I'm working on a prototype for an innovative form interface, where different parts of the form are shown on different sides of a cube. The cube rotates, and the user can fill it out as the cube spins. ...