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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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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Communicating Details on Demand Interaction Pattern: Consumer World Examples?

I need to educate some development teams about "details on demand" - an interaction pattern where the user requests additional information about an object if necessary (as opposed to the system ...
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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 ...
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Disabling all text selection by default on mobile

From my perspective disabling all text selection by default on mobile is the correct approach. In almost all mobile web applications/frameworks and native mobile applications, by default you will be ...
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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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Long press (press & hold) gesture in iOS app

I was wondering if this gesture is as commonly found in iPhone and iPad as in Android apps, or if it is more used in iPad than in iPhone or vice versa. I personally don't use this gesture very ...
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When designing incentives, how do you keep employees from gaming the system?

So I was at Massive Housewares Retailer* on Monday, and at the point of purchase, as part of the shopping experience, the cashier asked me if I would like to sign up for a Massive Retailer Charge Card ...
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How to arrange a Slider control with DropDown option

I have a form with many fields. One field is numerical and it can have these 3 values (option A: 2.0, option B: 1.5, option C: 1.0, and also an extra option CUSTOM: any value the user wants). Problem ...
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Transparent resin casting vs. solid metal color

I am designing an electronics circuit (gps-tracker/recorder) that I would like to cast in a material for durability and aesthetics, as pictured. I may decide to sell it at some point. It would be ...
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What is the difference between web design, interaction design, user experience design, and user interface design?

It seems all four of these branches of design relate to each other at one point or another, and one can easily be confused for another by novices or outsiders looking in. Job postings online ...
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Long form in dialog for iOS iphone?

My current project is to translate an existing Android gingerbread style app design to an iOS7 iPhone design. The Android app utilizes various dialogs (such as the one here) with embedded forms. ...
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Consistency vs Simplicity

I am working on a system for doctors and designing a 'schedule an appointment' page. Our system works on building a health network for doctors. Would it be better for me to have the appointment form ...
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Dangerous situations and ease of use for satnavs

A satnav is a device that people are often tempted to use while actually driving, which is a dangerous thing to do as they are distracted from driving while operating it. Should the interaction ...
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Swipe gestures in mobile news site design

On a mobile news site, should swipe be used to navigate between articles or should traditional buttons be used? E.g. swiping from right to left to go to the next article. The only issue I can see is ...
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Datagrid Selection: Consistency & Placement

I'm working on an application that heavily utilizes datagrids (unfortunately) and I question the placement of the select option. Refer to my attachment and the list below: Select Option - Datagrid: ...
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Do people still use drag and drop?

Is drag and drop (for say photo uploads) a good idea? Aren't users frustrated by all the steps you have to take? Do most people even know how to do it? Open a window Browse to your files Ensure ...
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Suggestions for organizing functions

A little background, I am working on a controller for use with various studies. For this particular study there are multiple phases from 1-6, each of the buttons in the picture below make the robot ...