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 an interaction designer know how to do visual design

So, we have the long discussion about if interaction designers should know how to code. But what about visual design or GUI design? A common team setup seems to pair a IxD guy with a graphic ...
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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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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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Is there a more effective way to convince users to sign up with their social media accounts?

The current design for a sign-up page of mine is split into 2 sections - Sign up using your social media account on the left and a sign-up form with 5 inputs on the right. We ran a quick user test and ...
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Is it ok to change the (US) address input field order in favor of a pre-fill feature?

I am working on an international site that requires the user to enter his postal address. I am wondering if it makes sense to have a slightly different order of input fields in favor of a time saving ...
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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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Are circular menu / button interfaces intuitive?

I have been seeing a few of these 'Circular menu' UI concepts around. Recently a similar UI was proposed as a central element for a large project I know of. For example, one of the options would be ...
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Tabs design pattern, solving for “N” tabs

I've seen many design patterns that help solve different content presentation issues by leveraging "tabs". Assuming I do want to display grouped content on a page (complex content or simple) and ...
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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 ...
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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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Best way to show search results for different content types

On a website that has different types of content on the same topic, how should this information be displayed after a user searches. Let's say a site's topic is "trees" and the content types are as ...
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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 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 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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Expressing brand personality in the UI with animation

Working on giving some character to the APP UI by coming up with some animation presets. These could be used on various elements of the app and will be included in a style guide. Hope to follow a ...
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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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Buttons and links for website navigation

I've just been reading Zusch's comments on his blog about buttons and links and their functions, where he advocates that buttons should execute commands and links should link to content (Links and ...
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How can a TV Remote's UX be improved?

TV remotes have the astounding distinction of having about half as many keys as my keyboard and one thousandth the functionality. The problem stems from the (perceived) need to present every possible ...
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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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What is a simple way to explain the disciplines and benefits of UX to a client?

What is the clearest way to explain to a client the disciplines and benefits of User Experience Design? What I've got so far... This is the clearest definition of the disciplines I've seen, but it ...
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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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How to design the input field for recipe ingredients

I've spent a lot of time thinking about the most efficient way to handle a user inputting a recipe into a form. There are a couple different options I've seen across the internet, from offering up a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.