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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Should user be able to scroll a web page while a modal is active?

As far as best practices are concerned, should user be able to scroll the page while a modal is active?
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select from predefined list if exist ,else insert a new item to the list?

What's the best experience to do the following: The user will insert a new subject(text) only if it isn't in the existing list. So, it will be added to the existing list for all users. I have ...
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Notifying the user of unsaved changes

I have some settings that the user of my software can change via a GUI. The settings reflect both the current state of the underlying properties, and the state of the user interaction. Example: A ...
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Time entry that doesn't allow overlaps

I'm working on a time entry form for a project management app. The time entries entered represent real tasks done, so they cannot be allowed to overlap. Currently we accomplish this by simly ...
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Interaction model for hierarchical selection

For a line chart, I would like the user to be able to drill-down and look at how specific groups are fairing over time. First, there is the selection of dimension and then groups within that ...
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How should email threads be ordered?

I thought I had the answer to this question. If you view raw email, you can see that the most recent email is at the top, with the rest below in reverse chronological order. I think it's fair to say ...
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Why aren't Gmail-like “on-page” dialogs more popular UI solutions?

A few months ago, Gmail gave us the choice to switch to a new UI, with many new features (...) including an "on-page-docked" window. I personally find this piece of UI very useful as it allows users ...
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Who should be able to pause/restart/quit the game in a turn based game?

I have a game that consists of players making moves in turn, on a single console (Xbox 360). Up to 16 players can play in one game. The xbox can have up to 4 controllers associated/connected to one ...
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Where to place advanced search option in a shopping app?

Should users be provided with options to adjust budget, color, category etc. while searching or on the catalog page ? I think providing advanced search options on the catalog page where relevant ...
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Navigating a multi-part article in ios?

In my application I've got some multi-part articles, about test-driving a car. The articles are split into multiple section. I'm using this control to navigate between the sections (note: it's not ...
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Migrating a Tab Bar iPhone app to iPad

I have an iPhone app whose overall UI is designed like this: That is, a tab bar and different app perspectives within each tab item, and you can navigate to different views from within a tab. I ...
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Are fixed mobile headers and footers that disappear and reappear on tap really useful?

These fixed mobile headers and footers disappear and reappear on click / tap using jQuery Mobile's data-tap-toggle which is on by default. How useful are they? Pro: More content is available when ...
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How can we visually improve the nested rule/predicate builder?

This has been discussed a bit here: Building logical criteria (with AND , OR, etc) - but we felt the examples left a lot to be desired. Apple (with their hidden nested rules/predicate builder) in ...
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Timer for undos (aka ctrl + z for pointing devices)

We are in the middle of an endless conversation* in the office : Should undos have a timer before disappearance or should they be displayed until next action? In our discussion, closing or changing ...
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Should clicking a drop-down menu in a native app a second time close it?

Why do some UIs use drop-down menus that can be closed with a second click, while others do not? It really annoys me when I have to click outside of the menu in order to close it and I accidentally ...
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The best practices for a rating bar/slider/buttons

I need to make a rating scale input device that satisfies the following requirements: 1) Each value must be associated with a number to the user. 2) It must be immediately clear that this thing ...
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Form Design: Mutually Exclusive Tabs vs. One Form

I am working on a form design that currently has two mutually exclusive forms accessible via tabs (Option 1). During usability testing my team noticed that users missed the tabs and only noticed them ...
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Should I use 'Load More' or Automatic Loading? [duplicate]

I am creating a website that I want to have an infinite loading system on the home page. This page contains a tiled list that will fill up the page from left to right, and also most likely from top to ...
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When is Skeuomorphism appropriate in an iOS app?

I know there are no hard and fast rules regarding the use of Skeuomorphism, but I'd like to more fully understand when the use of Skeuomorphic elements is appropriate in iOS apps. To my limited ...
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How to handle conflicting updates of a customer record

We are developing a simple web based single-page CRM-like app. I was thinking about what happens when two operators are both editing the details of a customer "John Doe". On the server side we use a ...
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How would you improve this search results interface? [closed]

I've been doing some research in successful UIs for search results and as a personal project I am trying to build one that is simple, yet elegant. That has great interactions and a great experience. ...
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when is too much playfullness in interface / experience too much?

I think most of us know when an experience is too playful, but I'm talking about subtle interactions to delight the user. I think it is too much when it prevents or postpones the user from reaching ...
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How shall i convince user to select multiple email-id?

I am inviting people to participate in my activity. I entered the email id. It got added into the list. Now shall i select multiple? (Is the question faced by many users) What shall i do: -Provide a ...
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Mobile pattern library with animated IxD examples? [duplicate]

Can anyone suggest a blog or pattern library that demonstrates interaction design examples? Everything I've seen to date uses static screenshots, but nothing that actually animates the interactions or ...
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Another way of doing multi-select on mobile other than check boxes?

I saw a similar question asked but it wasn't exactly the same. On mobile check boxes feel rather fiddly and to be fair on my search around the web I haven't seen checkboxes commonly used on mobile ...
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How should horizontal scrolling be handled?

In this example, horizontal scrolling is handled with vertical scrolling. My question is: is this a good practice for handling horizontal scrolling in desktops? Is there a better way or horizontal ...
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Colours to use in a fashion website [closed]

I am working on a fashion website for my own portfolio. However it allows users to have their own account where they can save fashion related items. A sort of Pinterest for fashion items. Now, I know ...
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DropDownLists becoming TextBoxes - Should the user be able to go back?

So I have a menu on web application I am developing. In this menu, there is an option for how many Project vacancies one wishes to create. The user can choose as many as they need (large numbers will ...
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Incorporating new (unrelated) data on an existing table

We have a big table where user enters hours for each day of a time period (14 slots for day inputs) each row represents a task. the Dev team wants to incorporate tasks from another system into that ...
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When is it appropriate to split functionality into separate apps?

I'm a designer and my company has a single app that serves two different types of user. One group is the general public, who uses the app to navigate big events (e.g. annual user group meeting ...
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Examples of patterns for multiple file uploads using drag and drop?

I've been working on an app that involves making an application for a permit. Applicants typically need to upload 5-16 documents (drawings and specifications) before they submit their applications. ...
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For a streaming music service, should clicking play on an album, add to the start or end of queue? Or play immediately?

I want to know what the user's expectation is when he/she clicks on the play button of an album and it's position in the queue. Rdio: If you press the play button – plays immediately. However, they ...
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How do you come up with a 'new' interaction as a designer?

So, we know that all the platforms (good ones) have their guidelines for creating interfaces and interactions to make the apps seem an integral part of the OS. But, every now and then you see new ...
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Best way for sign up process after invite

We are building an app and I'd like to have a faster sign up process for users. Right now users can only get access after they got an invite by mail. After they got the mail, they can click on a link ...
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Design paradigm for order process where customer has no existing record

I'm creating an intranet app (MVC and razor) for a jewellery business. One of the forms is for creating a custom piece of jewellery, sometimes these are made for display purposes and have no initial ...
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In a website, how to make two segments of users follow the desired path

I was asked to design a website for a company that has two different segments: B2C (business to customers) and B2B (business 2 business)... The company says both segments are equally important. How ...
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Select numerical value with +/- buttons or manually entering?

The design I'm working on has the user assigning a value to each Item, then if the value is more than 1, a second dependent attribute appears (as shown). I want the numbers to be large and not default ...
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What's the best approach for header/footer in responsive web design?

I'm an IA doing a responsive site, as part of a much larger scale e-commerce site. Our pages are the only responsive parts of the overall site, so 90% of our site will not yet be responsive. Part of ...
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Is it OK that url is changed after invalid submit of form?

Let's say I am at Create new user page and current url is /users/new. When I submit this form with invalid data (e.g. mismatched passwords), user is redirected to /users. Is it OK that user will see ...
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Slider control: marker restrictions?

In slider controls, is there any restrictions about slider's marker? Is it context-dependent? For instance, do you feel like this slider (taken from a desktop application built with Flex) could be a ...
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iPad full screen in landscape mode - which side to put on my controls panel?

I have an app which helps the user to design a full screen sized postcard. The result is exactly what the user sees on the screen. Because a lot of users scan things in an F pattern, I assume that ...
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When designing a responsive layout is it right to assume the iPad layout will be the same as the desktop?

When designing responsive layouts I tend to do 2 sets of wireframes. I design for both mobile and desktop and assume that the iPad will adopt the same layout as the desktop due to size. ( this is if ...
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Displaying a large number of columns in a table

I have a Twitter Bootstrap based table with responsive CSS. Everything looks good but, when I try to put more columns than the size of the table supports, I have a line breaking. I tried to change ...
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Practical Use For a Neuro-signal-capturer [closed]

Repost from CogSci (posted in wrong forum). You may be aware that neuro-signal-capturers (I'll leave out specific ones to make it not seem like an ad) have become much cheaper and many are ...
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Should registration email for a website greet with “Congratulation”? [closed]

I have created a new account.At the start up. I received a Congratulation email saying. You are now part of this site. Doesn't it look strange? Mail Format: Congratulations!Thanks for registering ...
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Traditional file upload vs repository

I'm working on a b2b web application where users might want to upload files for several purposes: assigning images and/or documents with specifications to their products or businesses, attaching files ...
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Should i have two links on my Home Page?

I have an important link called 'tlm'. The link has been placed twice on the home page but in different locations. According to Usability Guidelines, two links having sharing similar site navigation ...
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How can I relate UX design to automation design?

I'm reading "The UX Book" by Rex Hartson and Pardha S. Pyla. They describe a general UX design lifecycle consisting of analysis, design, prototyping and evaluation. I'm especially interested in the ...
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Making a signature field look like a physical signature box

I am making an app that involves a four-day schedule and a "signature" that certifies you are going to abide by the terms of the schedule. I would like to make the signature field look like a ...
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Submit textbox input without button

The users have a table and in the last row they have 6 different text inputs, one per column. This inputs will define a variable in the Database. I am trying to think how can I do it to avoid ...