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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Task-based navigation with menu-items expanding to Mega Menus

First let me apologize for the length of this question, but I want to explain it pretty thoroughly. Some background/rationale first: As part of the design of a new travel website I've gone with a ...
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Fitts' law and minimum target size

You can read everywhere that bigger targets are easier to hit. But say I have a given input modality and want to know the minimum button size for the interface. How would I go about that? Fitts' law ...
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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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iPad specific button UX question (rating/feedback interaction system)

TL;DR : how would you design better buttons than my 5 buttons for "I disagree" / Neutral / "I agree" feedback ? I am doing an iPad application used by participants of an event during a presentation, ...
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SharePoint 2010 : UX design considerations? [closed]

We are designing a portal with Share Point 2010 platform. Content is more informational oriented with hardly transactional tasks within it. I understand there are many views on SP UX but can someone ...
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Root Node design for a hierarchy/treeview in the user interface

I want to display hierarchical data in the user interface in a treeview control. The question is should the user has the freedom to define its first root node itself. I do not care wether a tree has ...
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Is task-based the same as user-centric?

Well, I think that the question is self-explanatory. In order to explain something to someone in the office I used task-based instead of user-centric and I was surprised. I'm usually complaining ...
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How long should I wait before a user is unable to change a page rating?

I'm currently building a page rating/feedback component. Some of the requirements I'm trying to figure out is how long should I wait before preventing a user from changing their mind/page rating? ...
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Drop-down list inside add button or panel

I have a screen where user defines his competencies. Each competency have to be later described with some details, so each is presented as a separate panel. Below the last Competency panel I put an ...
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UI suggesstions for enterting info in a spreadsheet

A Win32 Application has a spread sheet. Spreadsheet has some columns. What columns and what type of data in each column? that's determined when we load the spreadsheet application, it reads the data ...
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How can I make the purpose of a complex user interface element more obvious?

I am the author of SQL Fiddle, an online environment for testing and sharing database problems. The target audience for my site is for pretty technically-sophisticated users (database programmers, ...
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How to encourage users to create more content?

Imagine a web service where users post notes grouped by tags. Notes are public and the tags are essential, because other users will see notes based on its tags (they can 'follow'). I want users to ...
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How Do I Teach People Rules When They Don't Read?

I'm the product guy for a fantasy sports gaming website. We often find that we need to give people basic rules to get started playing the games, but people always skip reading and try to dive right ...
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Placement of Buttons in Touch Screen Scenario

I am working on a Mobile Application primarily for Android Platform. The Application will have a lot of screens which will take user input and we need to have a save and cancel button for them. ...
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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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Action buttons placement related to data tables

Background Over the course of the last few months on common element shared between a large number of internal development teams, is the need to provide functionality on a data table. Once of the ...
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Internal Vs. Consumer site UX

I am in the middle of designing a web application for a company that deals with institutions, there are both the end-user facing site (what the schools will see and use), and the "behind-the-scenes" ...
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Why does iOS (iPhone) flip to show the home screen when installing apps?

When you click to install or update an app in iOS (iPhone or iPad) it exits from the app store and shows the apps installing on the home screen. This differs from Android where the confirmation that ...
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Is spacing between touch targets an unnecessary recommendation by Microsoft?

A recent Microsoft IE10 blogpost gave general guidelines for building touch friendly sites suggesting two rules for touch targets: Target size Margin between targets Apple's iOS guidance only ...
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How do you treat overview and detail pages when displaying a progress bar?

I have a progress bar at the top of all pages in a signup process: Personal details > Contact details > Choose membership package > Buy > Finish The order of these steps is fixed but I ...
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Are Radio Buttons or a Drop-down more appropriate to scope a search?

Below are Mock-ups of the two choices to scope the search. The radio buttons would expose all choices initially. The drop-down search pattern I've seen more often, and I think users would be more ...
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What is this failed login visual shake feedback properly called? Is it beneficial?

Wordpress, Coursera and others have the "shake fail" feedback (see Coursera gif below). Is there a name for this type of mimicry of a physical action (head shaking "no")? Is there any evidence of ...
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What's the best solution to show the average results of a review?

I have a reviewing system that I've designed which uses three possibilities to review (using emotional icons) Works really nice, but I have also to publish the average of the reviews. I was ...
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Do auto tab break the least astonishment principle? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Auto Advance to Next Field Do auto tabbing a field break the Principle of Least Astonishment?
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Control buttons for a Remote Desktop Application

I need to provide a set of top level controls for a Remote Desktop Application and my concern is where should these control be placed on the screen. Controls are: Chat Icon Keyboard options (if ...
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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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Search box: how to accept an autofill suggestion and run it

I have a search box with autocompletion based on recent searches. Let's say it searches for names. As a user types "Rob", it autocompletes it to "*Rob*ert". I'm trying to figure out a way for the user ...
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Problem with repeated icons

What's the best way to avoid repeating icons on each row, it clutters the layout and takes attention from other important elements.
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UI Metaphor or Examples of configuration preset selection

What is a good UI metaphor for selecting from a set of configuration options? The tool I'm designing for has nearly 200 (!) inputs that can be set depending on your particular application and needs. ...
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Displaying millions of records usably [closed]

I'm playing with millions of records where I fetch 100 records per page with pagination and a search panel to help user if he wants some unique record. But the questions are: 1: Do I really need to ...
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Can I learn UX design as I already have an idea about UI design, but not in coding? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do I need to know to get started as a professional UX/interaction designer? Basically am working as graphic designer and animator in the e-learning industry past 8 ...
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What technique(s) would you use to evaluate and [re]define fields in a lengthy and complex form?

We were commissioned the redesign of a web application for real estate agencies. During the first stage of our user research, which was a contextual inquiry, we found that the form fields (or data ...
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How to present articles & videos in the same section

This might seem really obvious but i'm working on a cookery site and under the tab 'How to cook' there will be videos to show you this as well as step-by-step articles the user can print. Within this ...
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Making space for the “drop cue” in a drag-n-drop design

I'm developing a drag-and-drop reordering interface for books on shelves. (You can try it live if you're on the latest WebKit.) When you drag a book over a shelf, it accommodates space for it by ...
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Google / Maps for Mobile Web

Does anyone have experience with embedded maps for Mobile Web? (NOT APP) My experience is that it introduces another frame into the page with a separate set of scrolling behavior - not a good thing. ...
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Pagination on navigation links?

On a web application we have two ways to navigate to our collaborative project sites. One is the “recent visits” and the other is alphabetical. That navigation element has a fixed element height of ...
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What is safe area / minimum distance for iPhone 4

What is safe area / minimum distance for iPhone 4 canvas?
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Can user experience be mutually exclusive for two groups of users?

Is it possible for an item to have good usability and a positive user experience for one core group of users and, by virtue of that design, make the experience worse for another core group of users? ...
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Should form elements work in a form creation application?

I am building a part of an application where users will be able to create and edit existing forms: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The submit button is ...
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Creating prototypes using keynote for ipad

I have hi-fi wireframes for each screen, which are flattened images in JPEG format. These wireframes can be connected by hotspots in Fireworks or any other tool that creates clickable prototypes. How ...
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Layout of multi-purpose status update box

I'm building a status update box similar to the one found on Facebook and Google+. Mine will allow for multiple types of posts such as status updates, code snippets, images, projects and applications. ...
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Prominent Notification Areas in a Desktop Application

I am working on ux for a desktop application for users. I am looking to find out more information, answers, best practices when it comes to handling notifications of actions and other alerts within a ...
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Switch to login view automatically, or ask the user to log in?

I'm currently designing a mini-application which displays user info (such as unread private messages, profile views, etc.) for a website which requires users to log in. Thus, naturally, the mini-app ...
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My sign-up process has too many options - should I shut some down?

We have a service that involves syncing between devices. You can either: a) sign-up on the web, download the client and sign-in b) download and sign-up within the client c) download a mobile app, ...
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Need a way to position a “change” and “delete” button

I am currently working on an interface for administrators to edit user profiles. Due to space constraints, I am unsure as to what's the best way to position the "Change Picture" and "Delete Picture" ...
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What are the UX considerations/issues when porting an iOS app to Windows Phone?

I've noted the previous topics on Windows Phone 7 best practices and will be reading the suggested docs over several coffees this evening, but to help me on my way I'd appreciate any input you all may ...
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What is the optimal layout for a form with two respondents?

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I'm redesigning a form that is used by office workers who interview respondents in person. In some cases, there will be two ...
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Flash User Interface without Flash? [closed]

These are exciting times for developers that want to spread their wings with interactive-design. And I have a project forth coming that I wish to give the user a great experience every time they use ...
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Help panels inside application

Are there good UX reasons for not putting a "help panel" within a web application? (one that can be shown or hidden). Most applications open help in a different browser tab. I'm thinking of just ...
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Globalization Patterns for Dates Without Year

In my application, there is a field that represents the end of the accounting year for an entity. This "date" is the same every year, so what we currently present to the user is field with a month ...