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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Tips & resources for Mobile UX designer coming from Web UX

Mobile UX is a whole new world, specially apps. Over my past experience I got deeper & deeper into how browsers work & finally build an experience around it. I agree some fundamentals would ...
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Examples of *elegant,* data-rich web application interfaces? [closed]

It's much easier to create a calm, elegant interface when your content is simple and static, but in some web applications, the content and interactions are inherently more complicated and dynamic. ...
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Recommended books for enterprise application interface design [closed]

I've been reading a lot on UX lately with the intention of improving the user experience on the custom applications we develop. Most of the resources I used are targeting informational websites. I ...
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How to align social buttons without losing vertical space?

I've add in some social buttons to one of our pages. I don't want to have to put them in a horizontal row because that'll push more products down below the fold. This is my idea so far: Close ...
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Best possible user experience for attachments?

I'm working as a one-man user interface team for Kanbanery and I'm currently working on improving our user interface and user experience for task attachments. Currently we support two types of task ...
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eCommerce search with Images and prices as you type - is it too much to put in the search result?

Please have a look at the demo we did for FreshDirect. Start at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24083519/FD/FreshDirect.html Goto the search box and click 'organic tomato'. The interaction is immediate, and ...
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Are “reset” buttons redundant? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a cancel button necessary in a web form? Are form "reset" buttons redundant? If not, why not? Give me a case where they are completey accepted, useful and maybe even ...
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Could I validate the user experience objectively from paper prototypes?

I have paper prototypes for an application I am about to develop. I need to choose from alternatives. Is there any technique or methodology available to validate the different prototypes?
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Best practice for inactive actions in a table [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to prevent a forbidden action or display an error/explanation message? Hi forum. Not sure if this is the right place to ask a question like this, but here ...
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Site for collaborative critiquing for web usability of websites? [closed]

I like conceptfeedback.com where users post their opinions about a webpage. However the critiques are mainly about a page's layout and visual design. Are there similar sites where critiques go beyond ...
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Should double click be avoided in web applications?

I find that double click is a great gesture that could be successfully used in graphical interfaces but for some reason has negative connotation on the web. Should it be avoided at all costs?
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Do users like choice? How much should I give them?

I built a photo slideshow web page as an exercise for myself. One thing I found myself doing was adding a Settings button. Clicking this reveals a little settings pane that lets a user choose between ...
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UX design case studies [closed]

I am looking for well-written and in-depth case study articles of real life UX designs. I'd like to read how other designers tackle design challenges, and how their designs solve those challenges. ...
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How to describe integer and floating point entry fields?

I'm going to be presenting university students with an entry field, into which they will have to enter a value. The value might be an integer, or it might be a floating point value. I'm trying to work ...
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why is microsoft word so hard to use? [closed]

genuine question for seminar I am preparing... Does anyone else find the workflow and interaction with microsoft word incredibly confusing? For example: the seemingly random autoformatting of fonts ...
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Showing how many users voted that a comment was helpful

I'm building a site with items that can be reviewed, and users can vote whether or not reviews are helpful to bubble the best to the top Amazon-style. Amazon, Yelp, and almost everything else I could ...
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Whats an intuitive interface for managing user groups and permissions?

I am building a web app with an admin interface for editing users, groups and permissions. Currently, the interface looks like this: http://cl.ly/3I0l1B1e2x092g0s3q1B To remove a permission from a ...
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Back to search results

When a page has been reached from a search, rather than having a fixed location, is there any benefit to presenting a button to take the user back to the specific search they were in (and their ...
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Behavior of auto-scrolling gallery

There's a small corporate website that offers a number of services. On the homepage there's a showcase of the services offered. There's a strip containing a number of items in reduced form (small ...
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How can I find UI designers for iPhone apps

I am a software developer who likes to develop iPhone apps in his free time. I have found that being not very skilled (or maybe talented) in graphic design, it takes a lot of time to create the ...
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Tools to develop user interface of a web application/ website ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which prototyping tools? What are the good tools to develop user interface of a web application/ website ? I know to use Illustrator but I doubt that is the best & ...
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What's the best design pattern for splitting things in parts?

I want to design the following interaction: user buys 1 ton of sugar and 100 apples, and wants it to be shipped to him in 3 different packs: Pack 1: 200 kg of sugar and 50 apples Pack 2: 100 kg of ...
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Why do programs ask the user to configure auto-update when first run?

Yesterday, I was installing F.lux on my Mac (cool-looking program by the way), and when I ran it, it asked me if I wanted the program to automatically update. How am I (or any average user) supposed ...
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How do you handle prohibition inside a “free form” interface?

I come to you with a dilemma that I think is most closely identified with 'user experience.' I'm wireframing a web application, yet this "free form" user area has posed a few interesting challenges. ...
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Toggle button for actions

In our web application, we have a list of items for which multiple actions can be scheduled. If an action is available but not selected, it is displayed as a gray button. When the user clicks on it, ...
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Selecting pictures in a kiosk application

I am designing a kiosk application that is intended to be used by people with very little computer knowledge or skills. I want to allow the user to select a group of pictures to copy. Most of the ...
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Multitouch gesture Interaction: Beyond the pinches and swipes.

A mixed bag of interaction and expectation... You are using the photo app on the iP(hone/od/ad) you know there are a few familiar gestures to interact. Tap to select an image. Swipe left or right ...
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Multiple instances of a Property Editor

I am designing an application in which several kind of user objects have properties. When clicking an object, the properties of the object would be shown in a pane similar to the Properties pane in ...
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Visual language development

I used to design UI in pretty disorganized way, starting with page mockups right away, detailing them, and then wondering why my designs are mostly crappy. Having read Alan Cooper's ‘About Face’, I ...
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Multiple command inputs - negative sides?

Multiple command inputs - e.g. button, hotkey, mousegesture and pie-menu-item all for one feature (e.g. making a text bold). I can't really see any downsides. More a great benefit; different users ...
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In an era of the print stylesheet's ubiquity, are “Print this page” links or buttons still a good idea? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are “print” links needed on a website? On a well-developed website with a print stylesheet, simply using a browser's Print… command will send an ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of multi-window functionality vs single-window functionality?

I am considering porting a windows application to a web application for one of my clients. The windows application is an MDI app (multiple forms open at once), but obviously the web app would be much ...
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Top list of the most down-voted items. How to avoid user confusion?

Context: web application. I have a list of items, each one with up and down arrows (a la reddit) but my list doesn't shows the most up-voted items, but the most down-voted (technically it's ordered ...
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UI gestures for Kinect, Kinect-type devices

On touch screen devices, there appears to have evolved a standard set of gestures, e.g. pinch and spread with two fingers for zoom in and zoom out swipe with one finger to scroll a document We're ...
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Select item from a list to be added to another list

I have an application implemented with Java Swing. The main view of the applications is divided in a left side and a right side. The top of the right side contains a SearchField, and a list of search ...
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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 ...