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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Keeping comments positive

I've got a musician for a client. We're trying new stuff to increase interaction with the audience during and after the show. She would love to get more in touch with her audience after the shows and ...
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Account Impersonation: Correct Labels & Design

Scenario: Jonathan, a sales representative, gets a phone call from Americorp regarding a problem with their backend admin console. Jonathan signs into his account so he can find Americorp's ...
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How to visualize results of user actions after creating a new record?

I am working on the UI design of a CMS that enable users to manage websites. The interaction I am looking at now takes place when a new menu item is created. This is what I have so far: For an ...
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Toilet flush buttons

This question has been bugging me ever since I've started learning usability. I am talking about the two buttons for the flush : Full and half container. On one hand, the button shape has to ...
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Filtering results in a given radius

I have the following structure on the server : Parent -> child object. I have around 30-40 parents which each parent has 1-10 childs. A user can search children at a given point in a given a radius, ...
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Is content teasing effective?

so lately I've been wondering, if there's any research on efficiency of content teasers, and by that I mean blurred content (for example: answers to questions) with registration button. My main ...
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Extra wide tables best practices

I have a table with large (25+) amount of columns in it. Right now it looks very complex and has a horizontal scroll. I want to make it more useful for the users. One solution is to group columns ...
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What type of map will be suitable for marking an accurate address

What I am doing: I am working on google maps and the application currently allows user to mark address on the map, then the application saves the coords to database. My question The map currently ...
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How to show a bar graph for an approximate percentage value in a given range?

Requirement: First Column should show a value for Total Space Second Column should show a graph for Percentage Used Example: Please find attached the example graph_question.png Question: How to ...
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ECommerce - Suggested Products

I'm working on a quoting system for a catering company. It's really just going to be a 3 course menu, where the items in each course will be suggested based on the event type selected. For each ...
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Sorting table according to a single column with multiple values

Have a design related question. The image shows a sample table sorted according to the column 'Position'. How would one sort the column according to 'Office', with the fields having multiple ...
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Interaction with remote validated form

I have a form with one or more fields which must be validated by hitting a remote (ajax) service. I can validate at several different points, each of which seems to present pros and cons: On keyup ...
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What would make an effective and compelling UI for a “Quick Start” section?

A Quick Start/Getting Started/First Steps kind of section for specific software - as it is right now, the section is a square box that contains several links: explanation of file structure, how 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 ...
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Multiple page forms

What is the effect of using a multiple page form; as compared with a single page form with a lengthy content? What is most important in making the right choice of form format for tech-savvy users ...
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Alternative website's UI/workflow design to avoid ShowModalDialog()

As per chrome update, google is going to remove ShowModalDialog() from its browser feature list. My doubt here is to know some alternative workflow/UI design in website to avoid the Modal dialog ...
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How to specify or differentiate between finger and thumb interactions?

I came across an interesting research paper on the topic about the thumb's contact size for single-handed mobile interaction. It got me thinking about the difference in how we should be specifying and ...
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Principles for designing a “Inbox” like interface?

I'm designing an app that needs to display a lot of insurance information, the home page is pretty similar to email inbox (with even more information). The user will have a lot cases or projects he ...
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What's the difference between Information Architecture and Interaction Design?

In Jessi James Garrett's book, Elements of User Experience there is this image that shows up that presents various facets of the User Centered Design process... On the structure line, he separates ...
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Can we Combine Repetitive Columns or how to manage data having more column on single page without scrolling to right and down?

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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Best practices to show or not to show navigation on home page

I have a weird dilemma, we recently re-designed our website and some of the changes have made a massive change in the way users behave on the site. Our site is www.simplycook.com Our site used to ...
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Displaying to the user a radio button before it has been selected

I've always had this problem but never cared to much until now. Let's say, you want the user to say if the lights were on or off using a simple click. So it's on with the first click, a second click ...
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An interaction to show an item is swappable

In videogames, we often see a little swirl used to show that items are swappable. Do you think this is easy for users to understand? Is there a better way to show that one item can be traded with ...
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How can I make monochrome icons work?

My company has just implemented a monochrome icon theme in an attempt to transition to a more "modern" interface. Feedback from the first round of user testing has been mixed: Almost everybody ...
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What do you call a layout of non-regular non-overlapping tiles?

Some interfaces present the user with a collection of non-overlapping tiles of different sizes. For example: Similar layouts include Pinterest and Windows 8 / Xbox, but looking at screenshots these ...
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Is there a correct UI pattern for advanced search?

I'm working for a company redesigning the searching interaction for a business application. Currently the only way for users to search through a huge dataset is through a collection of about 15 ...
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Microsoft Word is dispalying weird symbols when pressing enter [closed]

I was writing a text for my thesis and everything was going good. Suddenly, as i was writing, i pressed something (don't know what it was) and i started getting weird symbols when i pressed neter or ...
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Multitouch gesture Interaction: Beyond the pinches and swipes.

A mixed bag of interaction and expectation... You are using the photo app on the iP(hone/od/ad) you know there are a few familiar gestures to interact. Tap to select an image. Swipe left or right ...
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Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight?

Is this a legacy thing or does a tilted cursor serves a purpose? I can tell that, the angle provides a totally vertical left edge which helps when highlighting text but what else apart from that? ...
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Recommended books for enterprise application interface design [closed]

I've been reading a lot on UX lately with the intention of improving the user experience on the custom applications we develop. Most of the resources I used are targeting informational websites. I ...
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Why are Google Maps not using direct manipulation? Should I?

I am building a map-like interface and there will be several actions user will be able to perform on objects. For clarity lets assume I want to click on point A and select an action to navigate to ...
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What is the strategy for determining how to request for review or feedback?

It seems like there are a number of different factors that need to be considered when requesting user input/interaction that has no immediate benefit to them, or if seen as interrupting their ...
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Submission Forms design

I am working on a web application that allows curators or users to publish/edit articles, papers etc. They can use external services (like ArXiv etc.) to import data directly to the forms and they can ...
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Suggestion for list selection and populating related lists dynamically

There's a list of items that you can select. When you select any of the items except Ignore, another list populates depending on the item that you selected. When you select an item from the newly ...
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Force user to answer simple question before revealing two different inputs

Context: This is part of a web application where user are dynamically constructing outbound mail correspondence digitally. This particular step is reached when the user needs to determine how to push ...
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Error handling - what to do with large error list?

We are rewriting our desktop application and we are thinking of improving the error handling and error notifications. Currently, it is only based on modal dialogs. But some of the messages contain ...
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Looking for a HCI term for when a system has several modes of operation

I'm looking for a term which I'm pretty convinced exists but I have forgotten. Roughly, it describes the fact that a system or tool has several modes of operation / states and behaves differently in ...
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What is the best way to present map tools on a map in a mobile application?

I am in the process of designing a mobile application for both Android and iOs that displays certain elements on a map. On the map itself I show your current position relevant to other people. ...
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Navigation / Information Architecture

In the application I am designing, I have 4 entities, customers, contact, employees and organizations. Each of these entities has their own profile. Within each of their profile's there is an ...
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Show “Log In” or “Sign up” after adding items to a cart for an e commerce site?

I'm working on an e-commerce site and I would like to know after the user has added one or more items to his cart and is not logged in he will be directed to a page. Will this page be the "login page" ...
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Recommended Design for UX with multiple text inputs? [closed]

We (My friends and I) have created an Android Application to calculate for a snow day based on multiple text (numerical) inputs that the user interacts with. We released the app before the real storm ...
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Design Interaction for Item Status (Available/In Progress/Done): How best to display them?

I'm working on a web application that allows product owners to publish content across various devices. Publishing is not instantaneous and I must inform product owners that this process can take time ...
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TriState treeview with checkboxes

Scenario I have a use case that asks for something like a tree view with checkboxes, but somehow it is one step more complex. I have a tree structure where for each node, the user can chose one of ...
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What are the benefits/disadvantages of splitting up checkout process

The purchase page (https://staging.volcanicpixels.com/ssl/buy) has quite a few fields on it and I'm considering splitting it up however I'm not sure whether that would actually improve the process at ...
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Undo/Redo with visual impact

Undo/Redo in a product-painting-webapp shall be tuned by animation. If the user click undo/redo i have both painting's, the actual and the to-be-actual painting. One painting is a multi-page painting ...
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Are there studies on how well window glueing is received?

I'm curious if there are any studies or articles on this issue. What I'm thinking about is for example the Winamp implementation where there was a main window and all other windows could be glued to ...
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Mouse-wheel scroll interaction for navigating through pages

The application is a windows8 desktop app (runs in fullscreen resolution, always). The app is a comic viewer. Each page is a scanned image, the height is variable, but it almost always overflows the ...
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Real time filtering vs Apply filters button?

We are integrating a BI tool into our maintenance system and I am currently evaluating two viable products to put forward as a recommendation. One item where these tools differ is their filtering ...
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Which pixel on or near the cursor does the user intend to click?

I have annotated the image below with 4 colored rectangles indicating possible cursor click points. Which is the best pixel location to use when deciding which pixel the user intended to click? My ...
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Is the iOS 7 table view swipe feasible for critical features?

Is it a good idea to embed critical features of a table view only in the menu only visible and accessable by swiping the table view element? In this case it would be delete and modify the selected ...