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 build a budgeting interface (sum of items must equal 100)?

I'm trying to build a visual web interface where users can distribute a budget over some (varying) number of items. For example, if the budget is 100 points, I might allocate: 50 points to 'Apples' ...
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Cars and computers [closed]

what are some of the problems with the user interface of computers in cars(media, maps, vehicle/travel data)? what works in terms of interaction types - manipulating, conversing, instructing , dare i ...
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How to present presets relating to a date range picker

We are developing a date ranger picker and are in doubt how to present preset time periods. The scenario is this: EITHER the user utilizes a preset period, e.g. Next 7 days Next 3 months Latest 7 ...
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What are examples of complex digital interfaces? [closed]

This is a call for inspiration, as I don't seem to find any beautiful web-based UI that deals with complex actions and visualizations out there on the web. I'm designing a (web-based) digital ...
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UI metaphors for a collection of books

The web application that I'm working on presents a collection of books which the user may read or annotate. These books tend to be legal documents or tenders, not novels. At the moment, the user may ...
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Grouping Items into a set of Multiple Categories

I have a list of items which we need to have users place into one of three pre-defined groupings. Looking for an efficient way of doing this. There could be anywhere from 2 to ~100 items but the ...
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Designing a web front end for launching long running batch processes

I'm looking for an example of a "web portal" application which has a well-done, easy-to-learn user interface. By "web portal", I mean a web interface to a batch-processed system that runs ...
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Need assistance with ideas for user configurable data view

I'm hoping the folks here can help me with some ideas for UI that allows a user to select which fields should be displayed in a "data view". The twist here is that the data view is a mix between a ...
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Animations and business apps

While studying WPF as new tool for applications with a device-independent resolution, I read that you can make animations rendered with DirectX graphics engine. So I was wondering if it's worth ...
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Most Logical Sudoku Interface?

I'm working on the front end for a sudoku program I wrote for fun. I'm debating which interface is most logical: an interface entirely click-based, or a standard keyboard entry method. Click Based: ...
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Comparing data with two sets of dates

Has anyone seen an interface that allows users to select two different sets of dates to compare data? And then the corresponding data in tables and/or graph form?
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Ways to display table-like data that contains list of options to select/deselect

I currently have the following data in a table-like layout: First Name | Last Name | Email | Phone | Services For each person, the last column, Services, contains a list of services the person can ...
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How to represent a one time action

I am doing serious games and simulations and I sometimes have the need to represent actions to the user that they can only do once. Basically the user issues a command that only needs to be done once. ...
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Synchronizing albums

I need to create a user interface for synchronization of photo albums in two systems (some website and facebook). Copying to each system should be optional, and there should be a possibility to update ...
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How to define interactions and animations in an extensible way?

The whole question, summarised for answerability: How would it be best for a designer to define really complex UIs? Would it be a good approach to map how the mental creative process works, into ...
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Examples for setting a person's availability (such as an employee)

I am designing a web application that includes functionality for indicating an employee's availability to work. This is an easy concept for two people to communicate to each other verbally: "I am ...
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guidelines for creating interactive visualisations for the exploration of datasets?

Does anyone know any guidelines in creating interactive visualisations for the exploration of datasets? I can find lots of material on why particular instances are good or bad, but the actual design ...
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How does a “random page” option help an application to succeed?

Some documentation applications, particularly wikis (including, of course, Wikipedia) have a Random Page function. My question is - how important and useful is that? Is there any objective data ...
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How do you define interactions in a mockup?

I'm both a programmer and a UX/UI designer. When I design things, I generally make static images of what the interface will look like. The problem is, most UI's aren't static; they change and resize ...
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How do you calculate the cognitive memory load requirements of an interface?

If you break an interface down into elements and possible actions, how do you calculate the memory load requirements of an interface? Further, how do you relate the existing familiarity of an element ...
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What is the most common user interface in the world? [closed]

Please explain: (1) What leads you to believe the interface is the most commonly used, and (2) Why do you believe that it is an interface. UPDATE: Leonardo Herrera's answer "The button, and its ...
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Dropdown Button and disjunct options

At the top of the application we have a function bar that (almost) contains all functions that can be done on entries in a table below, quite similar to Office Fluent UI. We try to minimize the amount ...
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Interaction design for copying subtrees

Suppose we have two data trees A and B visualized in the UI along these lines: The user wants to copy the highlighted subtree nodes from A to B. The two trees have some shared nodes as indicated by ...
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Guidelines for autocomplete widgets

What guidelines exist when working with autocomplete widgets? I'm hoping for general guidelines that apply across different application types: web, desktop, and mobile. A response to a Search as you ...
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Better way for users to select a date range

In my application, users select a date range for which results are required. The UI looks something like this: My users don't like this, because the date picker requires them to select a specific ...
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UI paradigm for nested layout editor

I have an application that with a layout editor, somewhat similar to the WinForms editor in Visual Studio -- with drag-and-drop widget placement, a property panel, etc. I'm adding the option to have ...
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Facing the Challenges of Working Beyond Job Titles/Descriptions [closed]

As preached by The Elements of UX, Nine Pillars of Successful Web Teams, and Matt; UX Design is needed in all phases of product and service delivery. Job titles and descriptions formally define what ...
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What is an intuitive method of providing the user with a means of viewing an enlarged version of an image via a lightbox?

I've been working on this plug-in to be included in an iFrame on a real estate investor website. However, I am torn in the decision of how to provide the user with the action of viewing the full size ...
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How should I interview UI and IA job applicants?

I'm a programmer who knows enough about UI/IA to sound convincing and cares enough to want to hire someone who actually knows what they are doing. Interviewing programmers is easy - they go on and on ...
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Brain computer interface

Do you believe brain computer interfaces (e.g. Emotiv Epoc, OCZ NIA) are good enough to be used in designing a useful user interface and if so could you please name some examples? Tnx.
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What systematic methods there are for designing user interfaces?

I'm writing my Masters thesis about one method for designing user interfaces (GUIDe+GDD from Sari Laakso) and I would like to know what other systematic methods there are for UI design/interaction ...
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Have you witnessed a UX/IxD fail recently? [closed]

This is the UX equivalent of the firehouse burning down. Please, allow me to rename my file for you...if you were human, I'd slap you in the mouth. Do you have any screenshots, stories, or videos ...
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What are your favorite counter-intuitive principles or ideas within UX? [closed]

A quick example: "Paradox of Choice" - Giving a user more control via options, configuration, and settings is counter-intuitive from a UX standpoint. We expect users will relish their total ...
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Designing modern Site Maps

In my opinion, the Site Map is possibly the most important deliverable for any IA or User Experience project. The structure of the website needs to be pinned down before anything else can be started. ...
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How can you make a user experience addictive? [closed]

What factors and techniques contribute to making a user experience addictive? I ask this in the context of websites, games and other software. What makes people want to keep coming back for more?