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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Search box: how to accept an autofill suggestion and run it

I have a search box with autocompletion based on recent searches. Let's say it searches for names. As a user types "Rob", it autocompletes it to "*Rob*ert". I'm trying to figure out a way for the user ...
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Problem with repeated icons

What's the best way to avoid repeating icons on each row, it clutters the layout and takes attention from other important elements.
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UI Metaphor or Examples of configuration preset selection

What is a good UI metaphor for selecting from a set of configuration options? The tool I'm designing for has nearly 200 (!) inputs that can be set depending on your particular application and needs. ...
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Displaying millions of records usably [closed]

I'm playing with millions of records where I fetch 100 records per page with pagination and a search panel to help user if he wants some unique record. But the questions are: 1: Do I really need to ...
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Can I learn UX design as I already have an idea about UI design, but not in coding? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do I need to know to get started as a professional UX/interaction designer? Basically am working as graphic designer and animator in the e-learning industry past 8 ...
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What technique(s) would you use to evaluate and [re]define fields in a lengthy and complex form?

We were commissioned the redesign of a web application for real estate agencies. During the first stage of our user research, which was a contextual inquiry, we found that the form fields (or data ...
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How to present articles & videos in the same section

This might seem really obvious but i'm working on a cookery site and under the tab 'How to cook' there will be videos to show you this as well as step-by-step articles the user can print. Within this ...
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Making space for the “drop cue” in a drag-n-drop design

I'm developing a drag-and-drop reordering interface for books on shelves. (You can try it live if you're on the latest WebKit.) When you drag a book over a shelf, it accommodates space for it by ...
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Google / Maps for Mobile Web

Does anyone have experience with embedded maps for Mobile Web? (NOT APP) My experience is that it introduces another frame into the page with a separate set of scrolling behavior - not a good thing. ...
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Pagination on navigation links?

On a web application we have two ways to navigate to our collaborative project sites. One is the “recent visits” and the other is alphabetical. That navigation element has a fixed element height of ...
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What is safe area / minimum distance for iPhone 4

What is safe area / minimum distance for iPhone 4 canvas?
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Can user experience be mutually exclusive for two groups of users?

Is it possible for an item to have good usability and a positive user experience for one core group of users and, by virtue of that design, make the experience worse for another core group of users? ...
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Should form elements work in a form creation application?

I am building a part of an application where users will be able to create and edit existing forms: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The submit button is ...
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Creating prototypes using keynote for ipad

I have hi-fi wireframes for each screen, which are flattened images in JPEG format. These wireframes can be connected by hotspots in Fireworks or any other tool that creates clickable prototypes. How ...
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Layout of multi-purpose status update box

I'm building a status update box similar to the one found on Facebook and Google+. Mine will allow for multiple types of posts such as status updates, code snippets, images, projects and applications. ...
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Prominent Notification Areas in a Desktop Application

I am working on ux for a desktop application for users. I am looking to find out more information, answers, best practices when it comes to handling notifications of actions and other alerts within a ...
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Switch to login view automatically, or ask the user to log in?

I'm currently designing a mini-application which displays user info (such as unread private messages, profile views, etc.) for a website which requires users to log in. Thus, naturally, the mini-app ...
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My sign-up process has too many options - should I shut some down?

We have a service that involves syncing between devices. You can either: a) sign-up on the web, download the client and sign-in b) download and sign-up within the client c) download a mobile app, ...
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Need a way to position a “change” and “delete” button

I am currently working on an interface for administrators to edit user profiles. Due to space constraints, I am unsure as to what's the best way to position the "Change Picture" and "Delete Picture" ...
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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 ...