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 is the best web design pattern for toggle-able options within a parent toggle-able menu

I'm working on a menu that can be toggled on or off, with sub-options within the menu that themselves can be toggled on or off. while logically I think it makes sense for both the parent menu and ...
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Navigating through configuration screens for multiple items

I have an Android app whose data model is built around a list of reminders. The user's primary interaction with the app is based around creating and modifying these reminders. Currently my app opens ...
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What is the terminology for tricking the user into thinking they've almost won big?

I don't exactly know the name for this mechanic, that tricks the user into thinking they were very close to winning big. The following screenshot is from the game Dirty Bomb: Imagine a deck of ...
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When is a website too humanized/personal?

A popular technique to attract customers and instil trust in them is to “humanize” your website. You want to make it appear that there are actually people behind the users’ screens and that those ...
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How to give user ability to clear selected state of control?

We are in the process of redoing our company's website. One element which is absolutely required is this (Text has been removed just in case): Each of the eight pieces around the edge, the inner ...
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Is using Page's section scrolling good for UX?

A designer is insisting on using this effect on a website like this http://alvarotrigo.com/fullPage/examples/normalScroll.html http://www.thepetedesign.com/demos/onepage_scroll_demo.html You must ...
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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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How do users know to hover over elements?

I realized something today. I was looking at a new icon at Airbnb's site, and wanted to hover over it to see if there was anything hidden that would expose on hover: there was. My question: How do ...
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How do I deal with a large variance in loading times?

I am currently building a piece of software for the company I work for. It essentially manages their documents including policies, procedures, and occurrence reports. One UX related problem I am ...
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Stack or List having two actions (Details Vs. Drill Down). Is that recommended?

We have a list containing say a list of employees and their % achievement of their target. The users want to be able to view details of their KPI's saying what would they achieve best case, what % of ...
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Colors on digital platforms as per time/season

Is there any research/article on colors good for particular time of day or particular season? I am in need of something which can atleast guide me in the direction and if I don't find much work on ...
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How to show sleeping on a slider?

I'm developing an application for a client that asks lots of questions to determine compatibility between people. Unfortunately, the questions vary greatly, as they can pertain to sleep habits, ...
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Should minor links be styled with the same hover effects as primary links?

I have the following article which has a primary title link as well as breadcrumb and social links. Should I use the primary links' hover effect style for the breadcrumb and social links or ...
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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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Why don't chinese teacups have handles

I am mystified over the difference between an English tea cup and a Chinese tea cup. The difference is that a chinese teacup does not have a handle/"ear" while an English teacup does have a ...
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Images with three styles

I'm trying to put together a website with images that I create on my own. For the same text I create three different styles: With a picture (landscape or similar) with the text in front of it. ...
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Rationing a “resource” across 2 or more settings [closed]

I'm currently designing a UI interaction where there is a resource allocation (100%) distributed across two or more settings (where all settings add up to equal to or less than 100%). For instance: ...
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What to do if the requirements for an action are suddenly not met anymore?

On a website users (members or guests) can play a browser game against other players. Members can choose between two actions: They create a new game and wait for other users to join. They join a ...
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What is the resistance or usability considerations for new or interactive inline text behaviours?

I cam across one of Bret Victor's interesting musing about inline spellchecker behaviour where he proposed a couple of alternatives to the popup box for spellcheck suggestions. I thought that the ...
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How to Arrange the elements in this(attached) particular POS app screen [closed]

I'm currently working on a page for Inventory home screen of a POS Tablet App, I've tried a lot of combinations and methods to represent the elements on screen. The image shows the elements that ...
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Showing details of a product on the listing/index page VS showing it on a separate page

Lets say you have an index page where you list all your products. When it comes to showing details of a product I have seen some interesting variations. Housing.com shows details(e.g, this link) on ...
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What's the best way to highlight errors in an unconventional form?

Over at UXswitch we created a WYSIWYG form for posting a new UX job. Have a look http://www.uxswitch.com/post-job. Our job adverts are like an infographic and they are built on the fly. Problem is, ...
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What is the behavior when clicking “Cancel” when there are multiple routes to an Edit page?

We have a Hub page with a list of widgets in a table. There are 2 routes to get to the Edit Widget page: (A) You can click the Edit button from the Hub Page and go to the Edit page OR (B) Click the ...
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Creating an interactive visualization of values over time

I am working on a system where users have different capacities. At the moment, these values are just a fixed number. Each user has 4-5 different capacities to set. In the near future, users must be ...
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is horizontal swipe intuitive enough on mobile

Working on a mobile checkout page and would like to know if you'll think its intuitive enough that the user knows there are more products on the right side that could be reached by swiping using the 2 ...
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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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Having multiple links or dropout groups on menu

I'm designing a menu and I have two ideas. The menu is a bootstrap stacked tabs style menu. The first idea is to have a category that you click on and it opens a secondary menu with the links ...
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Sizes and dpi confusion [migrated]

I am designing an app for multiple screen sizes in android and i have been researching alot on how the sizes should be kept. Till now i have been able to understand that for multiple sizes such as ...
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Undo History - Why limit it? [closed]

Why do most applications have fairly limited 'undo' history functionality? I've been caught out on multiple occasions (granted its technically my fault) where I've needed to undo a number of changes ...
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What is the best solution for allowing an edit of individual activities in a calendar pop-up window?

What is the best solution for allowing an edit of individual activities in a calendar pop-up window? We tried listing the activity code as a link for each activity, but that has visual problems with ...
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High Usability for Parental Time Control?

This Screen Represents "Parental Control - Time restricting- in iOS. It includes: Days selection (Side-tabs). Times Vertical Columns (To select times to restrict the children from playing at this ...
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What are some ways to manage more data on single page without scrolling?

Good Morning to all. i have to manage say more than 10 column on single page, for Ex= It is application say student want to give feedback for teacher and according to fields student have to answer. ...
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Why use a video editing tool for web based motion design?

I see a lot of interaction designers are using tools like quartz composer, origami, adobe after effects to design interactions. What benefits does it bring to web app and native app design?
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Responsive Grid View with Hover layer

I have a grid layout which has an hover state which reveals information that are crucial as below. The Content of each Grid Item Dish Name Dish Photo Rating Chef Name Chef Photo Chef Location ...
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Explain “behavioral variables” in interaction design

We're studying the About Face book. We're reading in chapter two about "behavioral variables" as a part of developing persona hypotheses. They give a very small example of behavioral variables: ...
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When to ask a user to take an action multiple times vs. batching it?

Let's consider a "follow" type feature where a user can follow other users. The user lands on a page with a list of users they would potentially be interested in following. Like this: Users you may ...
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Process wizard indicator on Windows phone

I'm designing a 4 step process on windows phone porting from iOS. The process has 4 steps in it, with multiple different micro-processes on each screen. Can anyone point me to an example pattern on ...
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Mobile post page - next post fly out vs. static next post

I am working on a heavy content site. On desktop post page i have sticky sidebar that displays the next posts. On mobile at the bottom of the page when the post is over, the read next stories are ...
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Indicate action only effects the current page

A user will be able to click a link in the th of a table (table holds list of products) to clear all inputs in table column. If there are more than a certain amount of products, the table will be ...
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Different design patterns for the same action within the same app

I'm working on a large website editor application, and in order to achieve the "best" initial designs I have slightly different versions of UI patterns according to the context in which they're being ...
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Why is there no standard layout for computer keyboards?

As you might be aware, there is no context menu button (similar to right click action) in modern keyboards. In latest laptops such as HP, Lenovo, etc. and Lenovo slim keyboard are missing the Context ...
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Are two toggle buttons better than a tri-state switch?

I have a grid of people where for each person the user needs to decide whether to include the person in a predefined group, exclude them from the group, or leave it undecided. The initial state is ...
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How to represent progress through a formal chat support process?

I'm currently designing an online dialog where customers will communicate with an agent, and the agent will gather information to complete an application. The problem is if the conversation diverges ...
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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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Can users login and register via the same form?

In designing my project I've toyed with having the login and registration in the same form. The inputs for the details needed to login would be there initially, and if the user presses the register ...
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JavaScript driven apps that don't use hyperlinks for most actions. Isn't is super annoying? [closed]

I see a glaring issue in many popular implementations of the modern web app -- not using hyperlinks for all actions. Steam is definitely the worst offender I have experienced so far. If you have ever ...
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Better way for users to select a date range

In my application, users select a date range for which results are required. The UI looks something like this: My users don't like this, because the date picker requires them to select a specific ...
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Best practice for multi selection of card

I've a web page with a lot of elements represented by cards. The cards have some actions: add to, show detail, add to archive, delete. The card can be made up of only text, text and image or image ...
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Do users respond better to email that looks like a webpage?

We use email to communicate with our customers in various ways and I'm looking for ways to improve the UX. I stumbled upon a site showing examples of really good email communication but wasn't able to ...
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How to make connected lists on a website comprehensible for non experienced users

We have two lists on our website. One on the left listing activities, one on the right listing resources. When clicking on an item on the left list, more information about the activity is displayed ...