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 are good ways to map out the sequence of user interactions on a page?

In other words, you know the typical sequence for a user based on previous interviews. You would want the next interaction to be easy to find and be a logical next step. So what are examples or ...
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Normal select box vs autocomplete widget UX wise

Was wondering is anyone had experience dealing with autocomplete widget vs using a select box when you got 100-200-300 items in the select box. I think the general consensus is that the autocomplete ...
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When should a select be replaced with a combobox?

I'm working with a site that is currently making heavy use of comboboxes. In fact, every select in the whole application is automatically turned into a combobox on page load. My first inclination is ...
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Focus the form and block anything else?

In order to disable everything else on the website and focus the user to what they are really doing, I came with the solution of adding a layer over everything except over the current form. I don't ...
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Why do we say we “browse” to a place on the Internet when we actually download a web server’s content to our browser? [closed]

Browsing the web is a common daily task for more than a billion users, and we do not pay much attention to it. We just “browse to a place” or ask our laughing friend across the table “where she is on ...
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Too many checkboxes in a table?

A user should be able to change the settings for 5 different options for each day of the week at the same time. I was thinking of something like this, but it seems a bit messy... Too many things ...
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Expandable Card Interaction

I'm trying to create a card with some text/images inside, which can expand down and expose more content if a user clicks on the expand button (a huge down arrow). The natural way to do this obviously ...
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Should email verification links expire?

It's a common practice for websites to send email verification links on sign up. Should these verification links expire? I know about a bunch of website where they do and I wonder why?
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What is the best method to show selected filters from very long lists?

I need to find a solution for displaying flagged items from a very long list. The following pics shows the filter panel of the iPad App. Users can select all the items or search for specific items ...
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“Important” Items Box versus Pinned Items

I am designing an application which has panel with a list of items. The items in the list can be re-ordered by drag and drop: The number of items in the list has the potential to be very large. In ...
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How should we format numbers on a mobile device for a POS app?

We are working on an point of sale app, and need to figure out how to format the numbers on the screen for when a client is entering a credit card number. The two options are: 1) The way a phone ...
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Paging buttons position – Top, Bottom or both?

The question is on where to place the paging buttons on a catalog page. We have some basic choices here. Only on bottom. Both on bottom and on the top. The obvious argument to place it only on ...
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UI simplicity vs complex requirements

I'm in the process of crafting a relatively complicated interface for a niche social networking website and I'm struggling to achieve a satisfying level of simplicity for the UI. Given that "modern" ...
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Can you, and should you, design against buyer's remorse?

We know that one way to design an engaging experience is to design for emotion, e.g. as outlined in Aarron Walter's book of the same name. Part of the process of designing for an emotional response ...
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I want to group countries on a map into different mutually exclusive groups. What is the best interactive way to achieve this?

I am in a process to create an interactive map which displays sales of a product by region. Based on the data shown there is a possibility that I may find similarities between a few regions and want ...
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Walk the user through initial data entry after the first login

Are there any guidelines or set of best practices on how to implement the initial data entry after the user has logged in for the first time? For example, I'm thinking of a web application for ...
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Is a private messaging system really necessary?

I have a very old private messaging system that either needs to be redone or removed. It currently accounts for about 20% of the activity on the site. We already have a system in place for ...
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What might be the most intuitive positioning for a “Hide Page” CTA?

Admittedly this is a rare scenario, but there are some instances where providing the user with a quick method for hiding a page or navigating elsewhere is needed. The typical scenario being a ...
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Managing time sensitive pop-ups that require a user action

I have a lead follow up management tool with a feature where the leads are prioritised according to the nearest time for follow-up. So for example.... lead A follow up call is scheduled for 3 hours ...
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How do you deal with very long dropdown values?

Usually, dropdown menus are made as long as their longest value. However, that works well only for dropdowns with a predefined set of values. How can we deal with a dropdown that receives its values ...
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Is it ok to force a user to reenter data instead of editing existing

Is it acceptable to force users to delete and recreate data they entered incorrectly or should they be provided with a way to edit every instance of that particular data? Use Case: The wireframe ...
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integrating a social-network application into existing app from a UX point of view

We had a web app that acts as a travel portal for consumers - tours, hotels, attractions and so forth. It has recently been decided that a facebook-type platform be integrated as well. I am ...
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How to paginate alphabetically grouped items?

I am in the process of creating an interface for browsing contacts in a CRM. I have the contacts displayed in alphabetical groups. like so: A------------------------------ Andrew Bloggs ...
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Dropdown issues on Mac

One of the websites that we've been working on has a dropdown with <select> having multiple <option>s. In our Windows PC, the dropdown show only a number of items while on the client's ...
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Localization of Password Input

What is current practice when it comes to localization of passwords? I know many systems, even where Latin/romanised text is not used, do not recognize/accept two-bit/unicode passwords. My instinct is ...
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Alternatives for a “speed dial” to recall recent/historical data?

Any solid conventions/alternatives for a "speed dial" to recall recent/historical data? Some context: the primary task of this web app revolves around running a search using a combination of ...
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What's the most beautiful navigation experience you've seen in an app in the last year? [closed]

I've noticed that all apps are becoming the same. Top and bottom navigation bars, and everything where you expect it to be. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but has anyone seen anything thing ...
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Is a double-keypress interaction a suitable method for selecting whole words / sentences?

I am currently developing new text-interaction-techniques for my Master Thesis and I wonder if using double-keypress-events for certain actions such as word- or sentence-selection is suitable. Vim ...
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Which one you think is better approach for viewing notification - facebook or quora/forrst?

Which one you think is better approach for viewing notification - facebook or quora/forrst (where you need to hitting the clear notification button) and why? For reading notification in fb, you just ...
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Points to be kept in mind while writing a document to redesign a web application?

I want to redesign a website and write a document explaining my design approach and thought process. I have recreated the layout and explained my suggested changes. I have the content for the document ...
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How familiar are users with context menus on Android phones?

We are designing a commercial app for Android. Part of the solution has a list of items that has a number of context actions. Initially there were only 3 actions that were put on the action bar. But a ...
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Conditioning users

Playing around with my heat in my new vw gti ;), I noticed when you press the heated seats button once, it's starts you off with maximum greatness (3 / 3) press it again it goes down ( 2 / 3) (1 / 3) ...
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How can I keep up-to-date with the latest thinking about designing complex, rich applications?

I am designing a very complex eco-system of apps. I like to make sure I am up-to-date with the latest thinking, research and trends in app and UI/UX design. I find that there are many great articles, ...
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What alternatives to calendars exist for inputing dates on websites?

Inputing dates is going through changes on the internet, and in web/user interface design as well. Currently, I'm implementing <input type="date">, as this provides excellent usability on mobile ...
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Where to redirect after successful login?

What is best practice to handle what happens to the user after the successfully login on a dedicated login page. Our current website has 2 possibilities. If the user was directed to the login page ...
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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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How would you design a two stage bar chart drill down?

A common design pattern I've used is using a horizontal bar chart to visualize numeric data about a series, and a click through drilldown that discloses a pane with more detailed information about the ...
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Reinventing a habitual process: When can it be justified?

A process that a user has become accustomed to, can sometimes receive reinvention for a number of reasons: The process can be simplified The process can become a experience unique to a certain ...
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Metro Box Style Navigation

Train and Subway Information Design Metro style refers to boxing information so that it's easy to digest. Windows 8 uses this, although they failed to make it usable. Metro Style on the Web I ...
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Product design materials [closed]

Do industrial designers have a rule for the number of materials used in a product? What if I want to use moss for a board game? download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq ...
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Animation and motion on the web = bad [closed]

I read in Designing Visual Interfaces by Kevin Mullet that 3D buttons afford the possibility of being clicked or pressed by the user. After being mindful of this for some time, I noticed that I feel ...
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What is the name of this UI message element/dialog?

I'm trying to figure out what the name of this type of element is. If the user couldn't do anything else on the screen without dealing with the element, it would be a "modal". Some might call this a ...
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Expert consultation request: Best solution for multiple choice and pricing of large number of products / services

I am looking for a solution for multiple choice and pricing of a large number of products or services. Available studies are related, in my opinion, to small amount of items, hence I am asking for ...
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How to best enter long digits on a small touch device without using keyboard input

my current task is to create an user interface for a mobile strategy game. stuff can be transported from point a to point b. the user can select an amount of stuff between 1 and 1.000.000. it is ...
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What is a good way to auto-generate an attribute value?

We are building an application that includes a lot of automation. Part of the initialization of this task is to specify the rules for generating specific attribute values. But it is difficult to find ...
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Are “beginner/advanced/expert grades user interface” within the same app common for modern iPhone/iPad apps?

One of my favorite PC games of all time is Birthright: The Gorgons alliance. It is a very deep and complicated game that had much more than many single player games at that time. For example, the ...
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What are some good patterns for displaying large lists on the web?

I'm creating a web application which will contain a large list of ingredients. You can see my current approach below: However as the list grows it starts to take too much of the screen estate. Here ...
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How best to represent the addition to / presence of pairs?

I'm currently designing a dashboard that allows a user to manage ANDSF policies. The Policy model allows for a number of start time/end time pairs to be added to it. Currently, policies are created ...
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What are some great resources for improving UI/UX sketching and designing skills? [closed]

I was hoping to see if anyone could help me out by sharing suggestions for great places to check out for tutorials, worksheets, tips and even books to improve ui design skill. This would perhaps be ...
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How to simplify an interface for assignment of objects?

We're trying to solve a UX problem of assigning one set of objects to another (very large) set of objects in a quick, clean, and lightweight manner. We have up to 12 different items that need to be ...