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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What should be fetched if you “Search” with a blank query?

Almost all sites include a Search facility. The usual format seen is one of these two: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The Question is If the user keeps ...
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Website Design/Functionality: What's the best workflow for new user registration?

I want to limit the number of fields I present to users (such as removing address/ZIP/phone) but we'll needs those fields for direct mail. Our sales team still needs to fix process for converting ...
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What is the best way to indicate that a user can perform a value lookup

What is the best way to indicate that a user can perform a value lookup? I have a section of an application screen where users have the option to use a NAICS code as part of their search criteria. ...
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Need help with create “Change History” interface

Looking for some help on an interface I am working. Just to give some background, the basic requirement of this page is that users need to be able to see any edits and changes that have been made by ...
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Displaying checkbox options *only* when the initial condition is met

I'm not sure how to best word the title for this question (apologies). I have a scenario where on default, my screen will show all data for a data comparison. The user can then apply filters to hone ...
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Information bubbles

I am talking about the little (i) icons next to phrases in forms, etc., that describe an item in detail. How to you trigger the display of such bubbles? Intuitively, when I see an (i) next to a ...
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Elements running from the viewport perimeter, is there a name for that functionality?

So you know how if you right click on your desktop, the menu will appear either at the top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right depending on where your cursor is on the page? (<select> ...
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Ask for geolocation at startup in a mobile app

I have a question about asking for location service's authorization. I'm working on app which allows to browse for restaurants in a certain place. I want to allow to users to search by specific ...
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Checkboxes vs. Radio Buttons

Is it appropriate to have a single checkbox on its own? For example, if a user has the option to select an existing employee from a drop down or to create a new employee, I want to add a checkbox next ...
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Force a user to take an extra step between performing important actions

The question is, if a user is performing an important interaction multiple times, is it good or bad to make them take an extra step in-between? And more broadly, what responsibility does a UX designer ...
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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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“Load More” and sort/filter

I have a list of items (currently < 20, but could expand drastically). For a mobile experience, it's our thought to load 5 list items (sorted by default to "Newest") and then request the next 5 ...
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What is the UX strategy for not allowing tweets to be edited? [closed]

I have read articles written about why we should be able to modify existing tweets, but I haven't been able to find anything substantial about why we can't. My initial thought was that edited tweets ...
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Responsive Webdesign: Best Practices for Maps Integration?

What is your advice on how to best present the user a list of search results which are location based in a responsive web design manner on a Google/Bing/OpenStreet Map? Since there are some metadata ...
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Expanding Panel placement

I'm designing a feature for a product, which is going to bring down a panel that contains a list of virtual machines. The user will use this panel frequently to - start, stop and deploy services into ...
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Origin of the 'Loading Circle'

Particularly prevalent since Windows Vista, as far as I can see, the 'loading circle' is now an oft-used representation of something being loaded, or some unspecified wait period. There are many ...
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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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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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Set color for status buttons inside grid

I have to update the buttons for a grid. Currently the ones used are the ones in the skin/light orange color and I am testing different ones. There are 4 buttons: Active Inactive Active long term ...
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How fast should a user-initiated horizontal scroll be?

I have a bunch of athletes that have their faces linking to their bios. On desktop computers where users don't have the ability to touch-swipe, arrows take over the job. Click here for a working ...
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Need better UI representation of comparing two data source

Looking for good UI representation of showing differences in each ROW between two different two data source. One data source is Source Data and another is transformed data (destination) which is more ...
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Dashboards: What's more important, upper right part of the screen or the lower left?

Sort of new to UI design. From intuition it seems that the top-left corner is the "most important" or easiest seen part of the screen and the lower-right is the "least important" or last seen part of ...
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Can I use drag'n'drop interaction in a mobile website?

I'm currently designing a mobile website. My intention was to use interaction patterns like drag'n'drop for some interactive features. E.g. I want to ask users to sort 5 items by personal relevance ...
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Wireframe and prototyping comptability with Oracle ADF user interface components

I really hope this question does not get closed as its pretty important to me:) I have recently started a big project in which Oracle ADF is the backend. Having said that, Oracle ADF has it's own ...
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Why are switches with light indicator common but outlets are not?

Wall mount light switches that have a neat light indicator that turns on when the switch is in "off" position are quite common. The purpose is to make finding the switch in the dark easier. Looks ...
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What is the reason to show animated numbers counting towards the final number?

In some apps, when navigating to a page that has number showing one or more different numbers it will animate from zero to the final number in about 0.5 seconds, counting upwards. Till example if the ...
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Should a bug listing have a delete button?

I am working on a bug tracking sytem. Right now I am on the listing bugs page, where I have used a grid to list down few details of the bug, like created date, reported by, priority etc... I wanted ...
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Logical Operator Icons

I'm building a WPF UI for configuring some complex business rules; each rule can have many conditions, so I figured I would include a drop-down list of logical operators so that the user could have ...
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Modals on top of modals

Using bootstrap modals, I keep running into the issue of having an info modal with content inside of it, but there's a need to have a "confirm your decision" modal/popup on top of the initial modal. ...
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What is the best format to capture addresses for a universal user-base?

What is the best and most usable format to capture address information from a universal user base? I was thinking to have the system detect the country by IP address and have that selected by default, ...
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Are UML class diagrams necessary for designing UIs?

I want to design UI prototypes and wireframes, based on Use case diagrams, activity diagrams and sequence diagrams to represents the flow and process relation. Is it necessary to include the class ...
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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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Where can I find broad White Papers on Usability Experiments [closed]

For example studies on what makes for the most effective shopping cart, how people prefer to view photos in their browsers and on their phone, what people appreciate in a search engine, whether left ...
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Expand search bar on click - Good or Bad?

When space on header for the search box is a problem, what is the best way to bypass it? Magnifying glass icon that shows search bar when clicked Small search box that expands when clicked Also, ...
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How should I arrange horizontal-sliding panes in a modal

I am designing a web app with a modal popup that has 3 steps. The first step contains two panes and occupies the full extent of the modal space (delineated by red dotted line) while the other two each ...
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Several data visualizations on one page?

I have a set of visual models that can answer different questions such as: How is Country A doing in x What is Country A's proportion of y ... There will be approximately 5-6 questions with ...
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Real-life UX: What's wrong with our coffee maker?

At Stack Exchange, we have a very expensive espresso machine - professional quality. However, we are having a persistent, companywide problem with its use. It seems that after using the wand to ...
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What to look for at a customer site visit?

I'm a software engineer responsible for the development of UI software for an embedded device that will be used in laboratories and hospitals. I have the rare opportunity to visit one of our ...
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Should i use “Be the first to like this” when there are no likes for a content?

I have a web application in which there are contents like videos and other types. Let's focus on videos for this case. The videos have the "like" option. The phrasing is like: (Bold means there's a ...
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Can we avoid using a form when creating something?

When the user creates something, let's say a page, an user profile or even a blog post, we can easily imagine a transitory page with a form that requires input. Some fields of can be mandatory and ...
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Placement of Call-To-Action buttons to request an account on a corporate login page for an internal site?

I am building an internal blog for our company to use. In my wireframe I placed the button at the bottom to make it out of the way for people that already have an account. But prominent enough where ...
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Regards to Records in a Table: Long Scrolling versus 1 > 2 > 3

There are some questions that have been asked along this topic; however, I did not find this exact question. I am having a disagreement with the technical architect on my team in regards to how to ...
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Potential issues with using an 'Autoshow Fixed Menu'? [closed]

Upon a recent update to my Nexus 4, a new feature is present in my browser, whereby when I scroll down, the address bar disappears and the webpage is full-screen, only when you scroll back up do you ...
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What is it called when users expect applications/websites with similar functions to have similar UI?

I'm sure there's a term for this, but I can't seem to find it... So, for example, if I was to create an application that had to do with photo editing, users would expect a layout and commands ...
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Integrating a company web page and access to web apps once signed in - best practices / great examples?

Some companies, like Fitbit, integrate the corporate web site and their apps seamlessly and allow the users to navigate between the two experiences - the official company web site and personal Fitbit ...
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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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Interface for Data Brushing

For an interactive graph I'm using a UX pattern called Data Brushing. My starting point is a d3js example by Mike Bostock. This is what it looks like in its initial state: The smaller graph below ...
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Visual design first, interaction later?

Has anyone had experience with visual design as the first step in the UX process? The idea being, interaction design happens after visual design, as more of a documentation phase. In effect, reverse ...
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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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Is it ok to force uppercase for the first letters of names? [duplicate]

If a user enters their name with lowercase letters, should we respect that or force it uppercase? "john doe" displayed as "John Doe". There is a contingent in our group that thinks it would be ...