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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Interactive table - with many levels of information

I have a table that users need to interact with (insideweb application), at the most basic level they need to place a checkmark which shows that an item is available on a product. If it were so simple ...
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How can I display progress through a multi-step wise process to be carried out by user? (Smartphones / Tablets) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you indicate progress to users in a multi-step form? What is the best way to display progress in a multi-step process (for e.g. linear filling various forms) on ...
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Date Range for Saturday-Saturday or Sunday-Sunday Vacations

So I'm having an interesting problem while selling vacations. Right now, I have two calendars for picking a date range. This date range is supposed to identify the days my customer is available to ...
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How can I convey the results of UX research to stakeholders?

How can I go about getting stakeholders to understand and "buy into" the results derived from UX research? For example, I ran across this great UX research plan by a Google UX researcher today.
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How best to describe ranking and prizes using icons?

I have a site with an online game, there is a ranking of players. For each game the player gets points which are summed up in their ranking. During the game I want to show how much the player won ...
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Should the results of a calculation happen automatically, or require a button push?

This is a problem I've ran into several times, and I imagine that others have ran across it too. Basically, I have a complicated equation, and I want the user to type in the values needed to ...
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Table data in Mobile phones

I want to display a table with 4/5 columns and possibly 100 rows (as in desktop app right now) in smartphones. The table cells are also editable. Now we want to port this desktop app to smartphones ...
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At what stage in a project would hiring a UX contractor provide the most value?

In this case it would be for a small company that can't afford lots of specialized positions, developing a new (browser based, this time) version of an enterprise application. The new version is a ...
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How to indicate which section you're in, in a flat list?

Think of a smartphone style flat list with items that can belong to one of three priorities: High, medium and low. Each priority is separated with an inline header. Now suppose we have a small ...
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Update list when a user is viewing the list without annoying them

We have a list of items that the user will be interacting with frequently during sessions. Each session will last a minute or two and during that time they are changing state on items and updating ...
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How to provide great UX in navigation from bird's eye view web-component to smaller web-component and vice-versa?

I have a web application, let's call it "Molecule", that provides a bird's eye view over the status of several other web applications, let's call them "Atoms". I want, somehow, to navigate from the ...
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Where can I find resources or information about the trade off of ease of use vs. safety in mission critical software UIs?

Systems that performs some critical or very important actions tend to be harder to complete than non-critical actions. For example, launching missiles might require the user to complete a complex ...
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Is it safe to adopt idea of double-click on a radio button? [closed]

(I have first noticed this with MS Office applications, but I have seen it also ...somewhere in Gnome, I can't remember where...) The idea If a dialog pops up that basically asks you to choose only ...
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How does a 3d shading impact circular button use?

I recently ran across a circular smiley icon with lambertian shading, specular shading, and cast shadows. The effect was a little like a ball on a table. Here it is: Clicking the icon toggled an ...
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Better way to scroll through discrete horizontal list

As a javascript developer, the simplest way to implement sliding is to just put all items in a row and animate by changing a css property. Are there any reasons to do it this way besides the ...
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Form Input for Min/Max Field that can be Equal

I'm having a hard time coming up with a solution for this. I'm working on a travel site, and one question is "How many days do you want your trip to be?" I want to handle two cases, "7 Days" or "7-9 ...
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Slider-less time selection.

I'm using the default datetime picker with rails. I'm mainly focusing on the time aspect of this because for my purposes the day will rarely ever be changed. I'm looking for some sort of way to make ...
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Designing a good bulk ignore-feature

I'm designing an analysis tool which displays a number of result items in a list/table. The items are issues the user should pay attention to and react upon, like "There's a problem with X". The user ...
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interface suggestions

I have a simple site I'm creating that basically just allows you to set your status as away or available. Super easy and very simple. However, I'm definitely not a UX person and I really struggle at ...
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How to re-design an app's user interface?

I am new to the interaction design field, basically a student. I have an assignment where I need to research into topic about Interaction Design of applications for smartphones / tablets when you ...
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Get user Birth location

So i need to get the exact location of where a person was born. Currently, I have two maps on a page and an input field. So you can basically use either one. Right now the top map is a view of the ...
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Is it ok to require certain users to have JavaScript enabled?

I am a firm believer sites should work perfectly fine for people who choose to disable Javascript while browsing any and all of the content. However, when it comes to higher-level interaction (such ...
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What Defines “On a Device”?

I'm currently working on a user experience problem that involves a user's multiple devices (smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) What I'm trying to accomplish is that the app "intuitively senses" when ...
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Should validating an email automatically sign someone into an application?

When signing up for a new account with a web application, it is standard to send a validation email. I don't want to go into the pros and cons of the validation email though. When receiving a ...
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How to convey the notion of urgency and impact via symbols and/or ux

I'm creating an interface for help desk solution where users must define an urgency and impact for the case they are creating. I thought about a slider like this Smiley Slider but the smiley doesn't ...
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Design patterns for Complex Financial forms.?

I have a very big financial form of a budget, where it has lot of information spread across months of a year or future years. To just give you guys some background, budget is created for every year ...
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Which tools and methodologies are used in UX desig to build a UI from analytical data? [closed]

What are the most effective mental and methodological processes that UX designers use to convert analytical data to UI? What cognitive tools are used? While planning an "Introduction to UI" course ...
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Best way to show historical information of form fields?

I have a form where i have fields(15-30) of various types textbox/radio/checkbox/select. Now i have to show the historical information of all the fields. Right now, i handling it by providing a icon ...
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Smart phones, touch screens and the “Gorilla arm effect”?

I finally broke down and decided to get a smart phone for myself. While I find it really useful, I can't help wondering if any research has been done on the "gorilla arm effect" of holding a smart ...
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Why is the new Twitter menu bar on the bottom on iPhone?

Twitter recently released a complete redesign for all major platforms, in part the redesign has been made to unify the experience across platforms. But, because of this goal I couldn't help noticing ...
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What are the best UX / Interaction Design masters courses in UK or Ireland? [closed]

Looking for the best taught masters programme in UK or Ireland in the field of User Experience / Interaction design. Ideally a 1-2 year full-time programme.
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What should be maximum and minimum length of persons User Name & Password? [closed]

I am wondering because I am trying to make sure that person have right amount of spaces for their user name. User Name and Password are security measures and should not be easy to guess. I have fixed ...
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Best way to show field Level History for form fields

I have a form showing financial information of a project in a web app. My client wants to capture the history of all the fields in the form. The problem here is: form is having fileds count of 100-300 ...
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What is the most user-friendly way of displaying data?

I am working on a Password Manages program which allow to add and remove entries from database file. The problem is that my display as showing below. I get impression that if a new user to a program ...
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How do you document your interaction flows?

For many years I've been using an evolved version of Jesse James Garrett's Visvocab diagramming style for documenting information architecture and interaction design concepts. Today though we're ...
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What are good visual metaphors for exploring many-to-many relationships?

Right now I'm using two lists side by side where clicking on an item in list A filters list B to offer only the Bs related to the selected A, and Vice Versa. So clicking on B3 make A2 and A5 disappear ...
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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 ...