Questions tagged [interaction-design]

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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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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Terminology for interactions that are not functional but provide a 'delightful' user experience

I am sure there are a few examples of these types of interactions floating around, but I noticed on a website the presence of interactive elements that serve as a 'delightful distraction' that doesn't ...
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Need to display multi-select menu component with limited space

I am looking for a solution to display a multi-select option. Currently, we have a drop-down menu, but that is not very intuitive if user has to make multiple selections. Any suggestions on how to ...
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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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Is it bad practice to hide content expecting some user interaction to show it?

I have seen in several places the practice of hiding certain elements such as Post Titles which can only be seen when the user interacts with the Post container. Take this website as an example. ...
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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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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 does a “random page” option help an application to succeed?

Some documentation applications, particularly wikis (including, of course, Wikipedia) have a Random Page function. My question is - how important and useful is that? Is there any objective data ...
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Where should pasted objects in a drawing application be placed?

We are creating a drawing application where users can add shapes to a canvas. They can cut/copy/paste via keyboard shortcut or context menu. For the context menu, it's pretty clear that the pasted ...
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Smart phones, touch screens and the “Gorilla arm effect”?

I finally broke down and decided to get a smart phone for myself. While I find it really useful, I can't help wondering if any research has been done on the "gorilla arm effect" of holding a smart ...
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Design for Application consistency or follow OS convention?

When we design applications to be used in the new world of cross channeling, we need to take into account a lot of different factors. Not only do we need to address in which environment the app is ...
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Plus & Minus button position for selecting number of passengers?

We're having a discussion in the studio as to the position of the plus & minus buttons in this UI element. I feel that you naturally look to the right to 'increase' or 'move forward', although I ...
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What is the recommended minimum characters limit for auto-complete/filter?

We would like to provide our tables with generic search field that will filter entries where at least one of the columns contains the input text. We also think of providing auto-completion for this ...
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Toggle button for actions

In our web application, we have a list of items for which multiple actions can be scheduled. If an action is available but not selected, it is displayed as a gray button. When the user clicks on it, ...
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How to assess how embedded UX is in an organization or team?

What is a good way to assess a company / team / person's level of adoption or sophistication with UXD best practices?
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What are the Benefits/Risks of Unobtrusive Global Search until active pattern (Facebook, Apple)?

Apple and Facebook recently implemented a darkening of their global search inputs until focused. Apple's default short input width - widening on focus is also interesting. My first assumption is ...
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How should I order arguments to my import/export commands?

I'm developing a distributed project management tool with a command line interface. I have two commands relating to initially copying a project to/from a hub. The export command looks like this: prog ...
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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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Cool/heat and sun/snowflake display on A/C and other machines

This question has been bugging me for years. I remembered it when I read this: Toilet flush buttons In A/C most of the times is easy. Generally there is a snowflake for cooling mode and a sun for ...
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Creating Interfaces that Build Emotional Bonds

What are factors in the user experience that lead to users having an emotional tie to an interface, why, and what would be an example of each factor.
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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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UX best practice for role based access?

I am creating the information architecture for Enterprise software and currently putting in place Hierarchical Role based Access in order to personalise the user journey and allow my users to perform ...
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Choice with a Radio button group

Context: In our application we implemented a responsive disclosure. Currently the choices the user can make are rendererd as a set of radio buttons. Currently there a two valid options, A and B. When ...
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Best way for sign up process after invite

We are building an app and I'd like to have a faster sign up process for users. Right now users can only get access after they got an invite by mail. After they got the mail, they can click on a link ...
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Greying out or hiding information icons

I've seen a lot of posts here about greying out or hiding controls and menu items, but this question is about greying out or hiding informational icons in a selection list. I'm curious on your ...
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Thoughts on Customizing Javascript Confirm Dialog

A design was just introduced for a brand new application offering the user to delete something. The user experience is as follows, the user clicks delete on the object. Upon clicking delete, the ...
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Does gender affect the results of a usability test?

There's a question on Quora asking for opinions about subjects' gender impact on usability tests. I think this topic is very interesting given that people of different genders prefer different visual ...
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Visualize next step in learning application?

I have an application where a younger audience can improve their math skills. It is still in development phase and I have made some usability tests observing users getting their hands on the ...
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Are “reset” buttons redundant? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a cancel button necessary in a web form? Are form "reset" buttons redundant? If not, why not? Give me a case where they are completey accepted, useful and maybe even ...
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Interactive documents v websites. What research/studies exist to cover when one should be used over the other?

In discussing my question Does any research/study exist on what makes an interactive document better from a user experience perspective? an interesting argument has arisen that using a website is a ...
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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 the ...
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What should the default view of a map be when you don't know a user's location?

I'm working on a project for a company with thousands of global locations. For the 'store locator' the client has asked what is the default view of the map when it's impossible to get GEO IP. I'm kind ...
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How to handle when user is only allowed to check e.g. 3/6 check boxes?

Let's say we have six options, six check boxes. The user must select three options to proceed, no more and no less. What happens when the user tries to select a fourth option? Should it even be ...
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When hovering over a chart, which cursor:pointer style should be used?

What is best practice for cursor pointer choice when hovering over a chart that contains interactive elements? It currently seems to be the standard pointer which does not inform or educate the user. ...
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What is the best way to show quick definitions?

I am designing a webpage which has product details as follows: Each of the specification is supposed to have a quick single-line definition which the user can view. For eg, if the user wants to know ...
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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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Graphical alternatives to mini-language to operate on large sets

I am currently collaborating to a draft proposal for a new system where the main goal is to plan and then manage "assets" to satisfy "needs". An example (intentionally vague) - let's suppose you want ...
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The best practices for a rating bar/slider/buttons

I need to make a rating scale input device that satisfies the following requirements: 1) Each value must be associated with a number to the user. 2) It must be immediately clear that this thing ...
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Should Slide in/out navigation be restricted to tablet/mobile?

I am in the early phase of a project, brainstorming the overall design and it involves putting together a collection of different web based applications under the umbrella of one application "launcher"...
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Usability of autocomplete overwriting user input

We have a web application for professional users, who have to register with their organisation and department. And of course there are tons of ways to write out the name of the same department. But ...
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Logging out of mobile app without Internet connection

I’m currently developing an Android app (native) that connects to a service via an API. I recently added a logout functionality that sends a call via the API to logout the user on the server destroys ...
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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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Expected behaviour after file upload

What is the expected behavior of a file uploader, after the file is uploaded? Here is a use case where the expectation of the users depend on the current status. The user sees a large list of files ...
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Giving positive/negative connotation to two textual options/buttons

I'm developing an "photo editor'ish" mobile application. After the user has finished processing their photo (such as choosing filters, shape, etc), the user should save the outcome to their camera ...
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What makes the elevator experience so awkward? [closed]

Elevators are some of the most awkward antisocial experiences that we face almost everyday and no one seem to be doing anything about, while it could be revolutionized. The question is: What makes ...
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Are there any suggested username conventions?

I am currently designing a form for a registration to a portal which contains very personal information. I am exploring the idea of having a suggested username(s) to be presented to the user to choose ...