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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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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Is there an updated Keystroke-level model for touch devices?

The Keystroke-level model was developed over the years to allow us to predict task times of a given set of interaction. Using this measurement is fantastic when brainstorming up potential UI solutions....
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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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How to solve Design/UX problems using more tangible/fun techniques?

I am trying to compile a list of interesting/more tangible methods of solving UX/Creative problems - whether it be as individual, in small groups, workshops, in user testing etc... I am already ...
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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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Form Design: Mutually Exclusive Tabs vs. One Form

I am working on a form design that has two mutually exclusive forms accessible via tabs (Option 1). During usability testing my team observed users missing the tabs and only noticing them when we ...
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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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Should scrolling in a textbox overflow to scrolling a page?

When entering long sections of text into a textbox in a browser (such as when using gmail or a site like this) we can scroll within that textbox, which is as it should be. However, the behaviour of ...
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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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Is the “clear” button still necessary in a contact form?

I'm putting together a basic contact form for a standard business/company site. First name, last name, email, phone number and message. I was tempted to put a "clear" button to clear the form and I ...
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Should email verification links expire?

It's a common practice for websites to send email verification links on sign up. Should these verification links expire? I know about a bunch of website where they do and I wonder why?
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How does something become “common knowledge”?

There was a time when there were no smartphones and computers. Now terms like "Tap", "Swipe" or "Double-click" are common for most people in the world. How do some interactions turn into common ...
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When is an auto-saving form appropriate?

A trend Google has been pioneering in many Cloud applications is a sort of "autosave everywhere," especially noticable in Google documents's immediate save feature. I personally greatly prefer this ...
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Form for property rent prices depending on season and length

Seeing the similar post about Form for inputting operating hours of a business, I am hoping you might help me with a similar issue. We run a holiday property rental website. Properties can be rent on ...
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Good practice to divide items into groups

I am currently working on an enterprise project, and I've come across a puzzle like this. There are a range of items (about 10) I need to group. What I do is like a wizard in a single page, letting ...
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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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Multi-selection dropdown list implementation best practice

Many any websites do not use multi-selection dropdown lists anymore, and the reason often cited by UX practitioners is that this UI element does not 'test well' with users. An example of what I am ...
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Need to display multi-select menu component with limited space

I am looking for a solution to display a multi-select option. Currently, we have a drop-down menu, but that is not very intuitive if user has to make multiple selections. Any suggestions on how to ...
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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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Looking for a HCI term for when a system has several modes of operation

I'm looking for a term which I'm pretty convinced exists but I have forgotten. Roughly, it describes the fact that a system or tool has several modes of operation / states and behaves differently in ...
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Which one you think is better approach for viewing notification - facebook or quora/forrst?

Which one you think is better approach for viewing notification - facebook or quora/forrst (where you need to hitting the clear notification button) and why? For reading notification in fb, you just ...
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Press-and-hold or Long-Press Gestures: Unintuitive?

Often, I find people struggle with the usage of press-and-hold gestures on mobile/web platforms. The mere thought of having a user press on a defined object and hold for an arbitrary amount of time ...
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Is a middle dot (·) the best way to signify a space?

In our web application we try to give explicit instructions of what to do or to type if the user desires so. One of our tips looks like Click or type /r to respond. If /r followed by a space is typed ...
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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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Where should pasted objects in a drawing application be placed?

We are creating a drawing application where users can add shapes to a canvas. They can cut/copy/paste via keyboard shortcut or context menu. For the context menu, it's pretty clear that the pasted ...
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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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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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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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What is the best method to undo an action?

Imagine for the sake of simplicity I have a web app to-do list, where each item is a line and has a check mark near it. When the user clicks the check mark, the task is then "done" and the line fades ...
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UI simplicity vs complex requirements

I'm in the process of crafting a relatively complicated interface for a niche social networking website and I'm struggling to achieve a satisfying level of simplicity for the UI. Given that "modern" ...
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How to best enter long digits on a small touch device without using keyboard input

my current task is to create an user interface for a mobile strategy game. stuff can be transported from point a to point b. the user can select an amount of stuff between 1 and 1.000.000. it is ...
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How to assess how embedded UX is in an organization or team?

What is a good way to assess a company / team / person's level of adoption or sophistication with UXD best practices?
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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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How should I order arguments to my import/export commands?

I'm developing a distributed project management tool with a command line interface. I have two commands relating to initially copying a project to/from a hub. The export command looks like this: prog ...
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Creating Interfaces that Build Emotional Bonds

What are factors in the user experience that lead to users having an emotional tie to an interface, why, and what would be an example of each factor.
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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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Choice with a Radio button group

Context: In our application we implemented a responsive disclosure. Currently the choices the user can make are rendererd as a set of radio buttons. Currently there a two valid options, A and B. When ...
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Greying out or hiding information icons

I've seen a lot of posts here about greying out or hiding controls and menu items, but this question is about greying out or hiding informational icons in a selection list. I'm curious on your ...
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Which label text is good for “Enter email address”?

I'm about to place one text field in the log in area where user can enter email address and password for logging in, but I'm confused which text should I use for label and placeholder text? Here are ...
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Is content teasing effective?

so lately I've been wondering, if there's any research on efficiency of content teasers, and by that I mean blurred content (for example: answers to questions) with registration button. My main ...
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Does gender affect the results of a usability test?

There's a question on Quora asking for opinions about subjects' gender impact on usability tests. I think this topic is very interesting given that people of different genders prefer different visual ...
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Cool/heat and sun/snowflake display on A/C and other machines

This question has been bugging me for years. I remembered it when I read this: Toilet flush buttons In A/C most of the times is easy. Generally there is a snowflake for cooling mode and a sun for ...
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Visualize next step in learning application?

I have an application where a younger audience can improve their math skills. It is still in development phase and I have made some usability tests observing users getting their hands on the ...
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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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Default choice for a “leave without saving changes”-dialog

I have an existing design (web application) where users can edit small parts in a webpage. A small editor will open up with the editable fields and three buttons: [Cancel & Close] [Clear] and [...
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What are the job titles of people who design how software should look and feel?

In the construction industry, there's an architect: An architect is a person trained to plan and design buildings, and oversee their construction and an interior designer: Interior design ...
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What should the default view of a map be when you don't know a user's location?

I'm working on a project for a company with thousands of global locations. For the 'store locator' the client has asked what is the default view of the map when it's impossible to get GEO IP. I'm kind ...
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Radio buttons or Toggle switch for one out of two options?

I am a bit confused on what should be used when you have to select one option out of the two possible options. Working on a touch screen interface For ex 1- Selecting a Tax type in a retail store, ...
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Thoughts on Customizing Javascript Confirm Dialog

A design was just introduced for a brand new application offering the user to delete something. The user experience is as follows, the user clicks delete on the object. Upon clicking delete, the ...
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Internal locus of control vs Automated actions

From Schneiderman's "Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design": Support internal locus of control. Experienced operators strongly desire the sense that they are in charge of the system and that ...