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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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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Table data in Mobile phones

I want to display a table with 4/5 columns and possibly 100 rows (as in desktop app right now) in smartphones. The table cells are also editable. Now we want to port this desktop app to smartphones (...
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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 this rotating cube interface user-friendly?

I'm working on a prototype for an innovative form interface, where different parts of the form are shown on different sides of a cube. The cube rotates, and the user can fill it out as the cube spins. ...
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Building logical criteria (with AND , OR, etc)

I am looking for inspiration on this. We have a Dot.Net web application, where we are building pretty complicated criteria. It works, but I would like to change this, re-shape this, possibly from the ...
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Why is Google using a (new) 2 step Gmail sign in process?

I am not asking about the two factor authentication process where the user needs to enter both a password and a one-time-password. Gmail recently (I don't know from when exactly) changed their login ...
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What do you call websites that make heavy use of vertical scrolling?

This question is similar to Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern? I see a lot of modern websites moving to larger, singular pages with more content and more vertical scrolling. This is often ...
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What affords scrolling?

Besides the obvious: Scrollbar Touch interfaces (especially mobile ones) A sign saying "You can scroll here you know!" This for a desktop application.
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Form for inputting operating hours of a business

I am designing an interface where restaurants need to input their operating hours. I am thinking of using a slider control for timings for a single day, and then let the user choose days of the week ...
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How should I interview UI and IA job applicants?

I'm a programmer who knows enough about UI/IA to sound convincing and cares enough to want to hire someone who actually knows what they are doing. Interviewing programmers is easy - they go on and on ...
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How can you make a user experience addictive? [closed]

What factors and techniques contribute to making a user experience addictive? I ask this in the context of websites, games and other software. What makes people want to keep coming back for more?
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How to build a budgeting interface (sum of items must equal 100)?

I'm trying to build a visual web interface where users can distribute a budget over some (varying) number of items. For example, if the budget is 100 points, I might allocate: 50 points to 'Apples' ...
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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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Character limits on fields - pros and cons and best practices?

Some of our form fields have character limits. We're debating whether we should reflect the current size of data entry, or to simply hard-limit and inhibit data entry beyond that size. In HTML, ...
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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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Is the usage of text embedded in an image a bad practice, for very controlled uses?

What are your thoughts on writing your text in images? I'm not saying throughout the whole website... But in certain key locations like image carousels. And I'm not talking about the special cases ...
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What is the best graphical interface for inputting a list of pairs?

I want to create a graphical interface for inputing skill build orders for an RPG game. A skill build is an ordered list of (skill, number) pairs, like this (see footnote): (A x1) -> (B *) -> (...
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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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What makes users register?

First off - I want users to register on my site. It's a site for image sharing, sort of like imgur.com. But what makes a user on a website register? I have people coming back to my site but they -...
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App interface for changing relational percentages

Has anyone ever seen or used a good app interface (web or mobile) for changing relational percentages? E.g I need to change 3 amounts to make up £100 and I need to be able to use any permutation to do ...
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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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Does any research/study exist on what makes an interactive document better from a user experience perspective?

I am aware that there is a lot of research into page layout methodologies and the flow of design elements (text, diagrams, etc) such as the Gutenberg Diagram, Z-Pattern, F-Pattern, and so on. I'm also ...
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What's the point of a “Read full story” button?

I've noticed a lot of news websites, particularly on mobile, sometimes will cut off their story with a button you have to click to see the rest of it. I can understand why they'd do this if they ...
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How can the design for elevator/lift door open/close buttons be improved?

The typical symbols for operating lift doors are: Door open: ◄ | ► Door close: ► | ◄ More examples here. They look confusingly similar, especially at times of emergency. Have you ever pressed ...
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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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Displaying a large number of columns in a table

I have a Twitter Bootstrap based table with responsive CSS. Everything looks good but, when I try to put more columns than the size of the table supports, I have a line breaking. I tried to change ...
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Should the results of a calculation happen automatically, or require a button push?

This is a problem I've ran into several times, and I imagine that others have ran across it too. Basically, I have a complicated equation, and I want the user to type in the values needed to ...
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Is it ever acceptable to break extremely common interaction functions?

There is an adage in web UX which goes 'Don't break the back button' which refers to the fact that the back button in a browser is such a consistent function that to create a situation where it's ...
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Multiple Nested Views in Profile: Enterprise Business Application

I'm modernizing an enterprise level business application that currently does not have a graphical user interface, it's a CHUI. The application has a customer profile screen with a persistent profile ...
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Behavior of the Enter button in a form

What is a better experience for a user if they press enter when using a form? Should it submit the form or move to the next field?
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Design pattern for merging duplicate contacts?

Have you seen any good examples of applications (web or desktop) that make it easy for a user to identify and merge duplicate contacts or other records? We need our users to manually approve the merge ...
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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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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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Are you sure you want to answer this question?

We've all seen these types of warnings: "Are you sure you want to shut down Windows?" I hear a lot of people frustratingly reply: "Yes, of course, otherwise I wouldn't have clicked it!" These ...
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Best practices for UI that introduces new users

I'm working on an onboarding UI to help new users get familiar our platform and I was thinking about some good ways to implement it. From what I have come across so far, it seems that many interfaces ...
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Fibonacci pagination

Today I stumbled upon this pagination concept and I found it fascinating. It's actually an old shot but it made me think as I'll need to paginate some content in the near future. Pages will soon ...
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Why do showers have “hot” and “cold” knobs rather than “temperature” and “quantity” knobs?

I do not understand the advantage of the popular "hot" and "cold" controls in showers, as opposed to "temperature" and "quantity" controls. Is it simply because the latter option is harder to ...
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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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How can we visually improve the nested rule/predicate builder?

This has been discussed a bit here: Building logical criteria (with AND , OR, etc) - but we felt the examples left a lot to be desired. Apple (with their hidden nested rules/predicate builder) in ...
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What are your favorite counter-intuitive principles or ideas within UX? [closed]

A quick example: "Paradox of Choice" - Giving a user more control via options, configuration, and settings is counter-intuitive from a UX standpoint. We expect users will relish their total ...
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Should double click be avoided in web applications?

I find that double click is a great gesture that could be successfully used in graphical interfaces but for some reason has negative connotation on the web. Should it be avoided at all costs?
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What's the point in electronic devices beeping on keypress?

Many electronic devices, mostly cell phones, by default beep on keypress. What's the point in that? Once a key is pressed their state is changed and that's reflected in the graphic interface anyway. ...
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Is it ok to require certain users to have JavaScript enabled?

I am a firm believer sites should work perfectly fine for people who choose to disable Javascript while browsing any and all of the content. However, when it comes to higher-level interaction (such ...
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When is red the right color for a button?

After reading this question about Big Bad Red buttons, where it was generally agreed upon that red buttons draw the user to click, I was left thinking: then when are they good affordance and ...
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Why aren't Gmail-like “on-page” dialogs more popular UI solutions?

A few months ago, Gmail gave us the choice to switch to a new UI, with many new features (...) including an "on-page-docked" window. I personally find this piece of UI very useful as it allows users ...
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Is there a more effective way to convince users to sign up with their social media accounts?

The current design for a sign-up page of mine is split into 2 sections - Sign up using your social media account on the left and a sign-up form with 5 inputs on the right. We ran a quick user test and ...
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Is it ok to change the (US) address input field order in favor of a pre-fill feature?

I am working on an international site that requires the user to enter his postal address. I am wondering if it makes sense to have a slightly different order of input fields in favor of a time saving ...
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Tabs design pattern, solving for “N” tabs

I've seen many design patterns that help solve different content presentation issues by leveraging "tabs". Assuming I do want to display grouped content on a page (complex content or simple) and ...
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Are circular menu / button interfaces intuitive?

I have been seeing a few of these 'Circular menu' UI concepts around. Recently a similar UI was proposed as a central element for a large project I know of. For example, one of the options would be '...
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Best way to show search results for different content types

On a website that has different types of content on the same topic, how should this information be displayed after a user searches. Let's say a site's topic is "trees" and the content types are as ...