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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Navigation for hybrid Apps for Touch Devices + Mouse

I am looking for a way to let user navigate to a more detailed view of a entity. Since this is a hybird app e.g. used by touch and mouse devices. What would be the best way to add a navigation button ...
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To troll or not to troll?

Similar to this question but not a duplicate. On my current project, we've already had a few problems with trolls and kiddie-hackers trying to get at our backend. We've now asked some other companies ...
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Fibonacci pagination

Today I stumbled upon this pagination concept and I found it fascinating. It's actually an old shot but it made me think as I'll need to paginate some content in the near future. Pages will soon ...
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Guidelines on using hyphenation in interactive design

It's a well established recommendation for publications containing masses of continuous text to use hyphenation. Are there any ideas or guidelines on how hyphenation should be (not) used on ...
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Are distraction-free text editors effective?

There are distraction-free text editors (for example, the ones cited here) that have full-screen editing area and minimum user interface. Is there any objective statistics showing whether these ...
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error prevention: link a Checkbox with its textfield

Right now I am developing a Fragment for an Android application in a university course and I am facing a usability problem, where I and my fellow students can't really find a good solution. The ...
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What is the name of this design pattern? [duplicate]

What's the name of this pattern? I have two lists side by side. The list on the left has all the possible options. The list on the right contains the selected options. There is a button like "add" or ...
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Simplifying repetitive form workflow

I am in the midst of creating a new application for some users in a manufacturing environment. They are not new to technology, but not power users by any means. I am concerned about my current idea ...
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What method(s) would be needed to implement a single sign on to multiple existing sites?

A co-worker asked me an interesting question. What would be necessary to introduce a single sign-on for multiple existing properties? Seem like a straight forward questions, but then I started ...
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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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what is the critical mass for design research

For my project, the first step of designing a service is design research. how many people should I interview to reach the point of synthesizing the interview results? is there any to go place to find ...
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Showing progress towards a two-step goal

I have a lightly interesting problem in that I need a system for awarding a t-shirt after two actions are taken. The two actions can happen anywhere within a 12 month span. It feels like overkill to ...
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Inline actions vs grouped actions

I have a page with a number of different lists on it. Each list has the option to add a new entry. Would it be better to have the actions in a separate 'action area' or position them close to the list ...
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Account Impersonation: Correct Labels & Design

Scenario: Jonathan, a sales representative, gets a phone call from Americorp regarding a problem with their backend admin console. Jonathan signs into his account so he can find Americorp's ...
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How to visualize results of user actions after creating a new record?

I am working on the UI design of a CMS that enable users to manage websites. The interaction I am looking at now takes place when a new menu item is created. This is what I have so far: For an ...
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Keeping comments positive

I've got a musician for a client. We're trying new stuff to increase interaction with the audience during and after the show. She would love to get more in touch with her audience after the shows and ...
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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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Toilet flush buttons

This question has been bugging me ever since I've started learning usability. I am talking about the two buttons for the flush : Full and half container. On one hand, the button shape has to ...
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How to show a bar graph for an approximate percentage value in a given range?

Requirement: First Column should show a value for Total Space Second Column should show a graph for Percentage Used Example: Please find attached the example graph_question.png Question: How to ...
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ECommerce - Suggested Products

I'm working on a quoting system for a catering company. It's really just going to be a 3 course menu, where the items in each course will be suggested based on the event type selected. For each ...
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Sorting table according to a single column with multiple values

Have a design related question. The image shows a sample table sorted according to the column 'Position'. How would one sort the column according to 'Office', with the fields having multiple ...
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Multiple page forms

What is the effect of using a multiple page form; as compared with a single page form with a lengthy content? What is most important in making the right choice of form format for tech-savvy users ...
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Alternative website's UI/workflow design to avoid ShowModalDialog()

As per chrome update, google is going to remove ShowModalDialog() from its browser feature list. My doubt here is to know some alternative workflow/UI design in website to avoid the Modal dialog ...
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How to specify or differentiate between finger and thumb interactions?

I came across an interesting research paper on the topic about the thumb's contact size for single-handed mobile interaction. It got me thinking about the difference in how we should be specifying and ...
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What's the difference between Information Architecture and Interaction Design?

In Jessi James Garrett's book, Elements of User Experience there is this image that shows up that presents various facets of the User Centered Design process... On the structure line, he separates ...
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Principles for designing a “Inbox” like interface?

I'm designing an app that needs to display a lot of insurance information, the home page is pretty similar to email inbox (with even more information). The user will have a lot cases or projects he ...
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What do you call a layout of non-regular non-overlapping tiles?

Some interfaces present the user with a collection of non-overlapping tiles of different sizes. For example: Similar layouts include Pinterest and Windows 8 / Xbox, but looking at screenshots these ...
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Best practices to show or not to show navigation on home page

I have a weird dilemma, we recently re-designed our website and some of the changes have made a massive change in the way users behave on the site. Our site is www.simplycook.com Our site used to ...
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Is there a correct UI pattern for advanced search?

I'm working for a company redesigning the searching interaction for a business application. Currently the only way for users to search through a huge dataset is through a collection of about 15 ...
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Microsoft Word is dispalying weird symbols when pressing enter [closed]

I was writing a text for my thesis and everything was going good. Suddenly, as i was writing, i pressed something (don't know what it was) and i started getting weird symbols when i pressed neter or ...
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What is the strategy for determining how to request for review or feedback?

It seems like there are a number of different factors that need to be considered when requesting user input/interaction that has no immediate benefit to them, or if seen as interrupting their ...
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Error handling - what to do with large error list?

We are rewriting our desktop application and we are thinking of improving the error handling and error notifications. Currently, it is only based on modal dialogs. But some of the messages contain ...
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What is the best way to present map tools on a map in a mobile application?

I am in the process of designing a mobile application for both Android and iOs that displays certain elements on a map. On the map itself I show your current position relevant to other people. ...
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Submission Forms design

I am working on a web application that allows curators or users to publish/edit articles, papers etc. They can use external services (like ArXiv etc.) to import data directly to the forms and they can ...
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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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Navigation / Information Architecture

In the application I am designing, I have 4 entities, customers, contact, employees and organizations. Each of these entities has their own profile. Within each of their profile's there is an ...
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Show “Log In” or “Sign up” after adding items to a cart for an e commerce site?

I'm working on an e-commerce site and I would like to know after the user has added one or more items to his cart and is not logged in he will be directed to a page. Will this page be the "login page" ...
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Recommended Design for UX with multiple text inputs? [closed]

We (My friends and I) have created an Android Application to calculate for a snow day based on multiple text (numerical) inputs that the user interacts with. We released the app before the real storm ...
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Design Interaction for Item Status (Available/In Progress/Done): How best to display them?

I'm working on a web application that allows product owners to publish content across various devices. Publishing is not instantaneous and I must inform product owners that this process can take time ...
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How to make connected lists on a website comprehensible for non experienced users

We have two lists on our website. One on the left listing activities, one on the right listing resources. When clicking on an item on the left list, more information about the activity is displayed ...
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Undo/Redo with visual impact

Undo/Redo in a product-painting-webapp shall be tuned by animation. If the user click undo/redo i have both painting's, the actual and the to-be-actual painting. One painting is a multi-page painting ...
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Real time filtering vs Apply filters button?

We are integrating a BI tool into our maintenance system and I am currently evaluating two viable products to put forward as a recommendation. One item where these tools differ is their filtering ...
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Which pixel on or near the cursor does the user intend to click?

I have annotated the image below with 4 colored rectangles indicating possible cursor click points. Which is the best pixel location to use when deciding which pixel the user intended to click? My ...
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Is the iOS 7 table view swipe feasible for critical features?

Is it a good idea to embed critical features of a table view only in the menu only visible and accessable by swiping the table view element? In this case it would be delete and modify the selected ...
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Best interaction/layout for contact forms when users are ESL? [closed]

I'm helping design a website for a non-profit company and need some help. The company's audience are mostly uneducated mobile users. Many of them are English as a Second Language. I am wondering what ...
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Best practice for interactive maps on mobile?

We're building this - http://splasshdata.meteor.com/ On larger, non-mobile screens - its a better experience than it is on mobile. We want a "mobile web" experience, but find that it's doubling our ...
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Add play button / youtube logo on thumbnails?

I have a blog where all articles in the front page are displayed in a masonry layout, with a thumbnail and a title beneath it. And you have to click them to read. Imagine BuzzFeed Now, sometimes I ...
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Multi-Select Selection Display: List vs. “Tag Cloud”

I wonder if one method "performs" better than the other and if there are any extreme advantages/disadvantages. In my scenario, users will be adding more than 3 countries and will edit that list using ...
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Displaying to the user a radio button before it has been selected

I've always had this problem but never cared to much until now. Let's say, you want the user to say if the lights were on or off using a simple click. So it's on with the first click, a second click ...
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How to hide main navigation?

I'm designing an application where the main nav is on the left. This is because there isn't enough space if I put the main nav on top (to fit both the main nav and the utility nav). So this is how ...