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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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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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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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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Best practice for a desktop version dropdown hover menu to work on mobile?

I'll give my example as it explains exactly what I mean. We have a store that on the main menu has a "Shop" link that when hovered over, will display a dropdown menu of categories and subcategories. ...
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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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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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Interactive documents v websites. What research/studies exist to cover when one should be used over the other?

In discussing my question Does any research/study exist on what makes an interactive document better from a user experience perspective? an interesting argument has arisen that using a website is a ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should bulk-editing functions be hidden until a table row is selected, or is there a better solution?

As an example, MailChimp displays subscriber lists in a table/data grid. Notice that while the user can select one or more rows using the check box at the left of each row, he doesn’t know what ...
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Graphical alternatives to mini-language to operate on large sets

I am currently collaborating to a draft proposal for a new system where the main goal is to plan and then manage "assets" to satisfy "needs". An example (intentionally vague) - let's suppose you want ...
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New window icon opens link in new window but regular link opens link in same window

An application development team has recently requested to overload the standard open in new window link with a dual purpose set. I.E the regular text link as mocked up below would open the link page ...
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Should Slide in/out navigation be restricted to tablet/mobile?

I am in the early phase of a project, brainstorming the overall design and it involves putting together a collection of different web based applications under the umbrella of one application ...
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Which should be the correct behavior for sort in multi-page list?

We are building an application which may have thousands item in the table list. As we decide each page only show 25 item, so there maybe 10-100 pages. We allow the user click the table column header ...
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The best practices for a rating bar/slider/buttons

I need to make a rating scale input device that satisfies the following requirements: 1) Each value must be associated with a number to the user. 2) It must be immediately clear that this thing ...
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Giving positive/negative connotation to two textual options/buttons

I'm developing an "photo editor'ish" mobile application. After the user has finished processing their photo (such as choosing filters, shape, etc), the user should save the outcome to their camera ...
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Why are Google Maps not using direct manipulation? Should I?

I am building a map-like interface and there will be several actions user will be able to perform on objects. For clarity lets assume I want to click on point A and select an action to navigate to ...
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Are there books explaining why software with good UX is not always well accepted by users? [closed]

I'm a big fan of About Face 3 by Alan Cooper and similar books about interaction design and how the software must be done correctly. At the same time, working as a freelancer, I observe daily my ...