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Which way to turn a knob to increase?

I'm not sure there's a cultural difference, so much as a mechanical difference. Radiator thermostats are valve mechanisms, which are tightened by screwing clockwise and loosened by screwing ...
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Which way to turn a knob to increase?

I think the direct answers to your question are covered by the others, but it might be beneficial to provide a visual hint to the user. For example in a car heater you have a visual indication of ...
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Which way to turn a knob to increase?

A good thing to take advantage of here is the number line. The number line almost universally increases from left to right. You could use that analogy to unambiguously show your user which way to ...
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How to understand the technical issues while designing?

Avoid designing in isolation without PM and Engineering as partners. You'll never have the full perspective on your own. Ask questions early Self study to understand your tech stack (and web ...
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Which way to turn a knob to increase?

I believe you can visually create the knob however you like, without confusing users, by creating a common pattern of movement. Most audio production software I've used (i.e. the kind of software ...
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Which way to turn a knob to increase?

Some conventions are influenced by local custom, and others may be particular to a field or framework. In the field of mathematics, for example, positive direction is assigned to counterclockwise ...
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What are all the interaction mechanics for text input boxes?

There is no single list since not all keyboards are identical in design. But you'll get quite a lot of them from https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12445/windows-keyboard-shortcuts and ...
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How are the research fields CSCW and HCI related historically?

Although the CSCW paper you reference (Schmidt & Bannon, 2013) does not seem to mention the historical relation between HCI and CSCW explicitely, it does reference an early CHI paper on the ...
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What is the fundamental difference between HCI and Usability?

Usability is the practice of taking human performance, human cognition, and collaborative group dynamics for maximizing the ease-of-use of a system. That system can be a human-computer, human-machine, ...
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What is system-centered design?

Difference between System vs User Centered Design System Centered Design seems to refer to the design of a system's backbone architecture, database, etc. Prioritizing the efficiency of the system ...
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If marking menus are more efficient than linear menus, why haven't they been adopted?

I have a couple of theories. The efficiency of the marking menu relies on "knowledge in the mind". Don Norman talks about the distinction between "knowledge in the mind" and "knowledge in the world" ...
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Which way to turn a knob to increase?

Speaking strictly from the perspective of the user experience: think only about how people use radios (or, if you're older like me, their TVs). Clockwise increases volume and advances the station to ...
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Which way to turn a knob to increase?

There are differences throughout the world - here in the UK we general perceive clockwise motion to be increasing whereas, as you have pointed out, in Denmark the opposite is true. If you are ...
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How to understand the technical issues while designing?

I believe having design and engineering degrees at the same time, helps not wasting time and building an idea for both sides. Like it's not impossible to have a vision and draw a direction among these ...
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Name for property of "infinite distance" for tabs at top

The general name of this technique is the "Infinite Width" element. According to the Fitts' Law, there are two parameters which affects the time of reaching a target: a distance, and a width: ...
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I am currently doing BTech and have an average pointer. Is it possible for me to do my Master’s degree in an Top HCI University?

Yes, it's possible. However, having prior work experience really helps especially if it's related to UX. I was in a similar situation to you, but because I had relevant work experience for 5 years, I ...
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Select items vs checkboxes vs radiobutons

Radio buttons with all 3 options This is a very common scenario, and many sites use either select or radio buttons interchangeably. However, it's recommended to have all options visible at all times, ...
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Defining "Instantaneous" as part of usability acceptance criteria

The Nielsen Norman Group cites usability guidelines that have been around since the 70s: 0.1 second is about the limit for having the user feel that the system is reacting instantaneously, meaning ...
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Which way to turn a knob to increase?

At the end of the day, doesn't the answer lie in the word 'clockwise'? Time is experienced one way only -it advances, and values increase accordingly. This, to my way of thinking, is the most natural ...
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Non-WIMP vs ubiquitous computing

Well, non-WIMP really has no particular meaning. If you call non-WIMP anything that is different to WIMP, then the scenario is incredibly broad. As I told you in another answer, WIMP is a very old ...
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Which way to turn a knob to increase?

If you are making an App for a radiator, you should check that specific radiator and make sure you use the same direction. This shouldn't be a problem because the software needs to know in which ...
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How to understand the technical issues while designing?

Hope you are safe! The first half of my to-be answer is answered by Mike M previously. Answering your question without much of the literature involved. How to understand the technical abilities/...
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If marking menus are more efficient than linear menus, why haven't they been adopted?

This approach isn't scalable. The target areas get smaller as you add more menu items, whereas with linear menus it stays the same and can easily handle a larger number of top level menu options. ...
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If marking menus are more efficient than linear menus, why haven't they been adopted?

Of course we can only theorize about this, but from a developer's perspective, think about the beginning of HTML: Most (if not all) menus were tables, even though they had to be UL (as they're now). ...
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If marking menus are more efficient than linear menus, why haven't they been adopted?

The reason: Shortcuts and gestures Traditional menus are just as fast for infrequent use and have less friction, since they are widely used and always look similar - a single app with a mark menu ...
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If marking menus are more efficient than linear menus, why haven't they been adopted?

They are used. Just not in ways you instantly recognise: for example, in keyboards with 'swipe type' or screen locks. Perhaps the reason for less widespread use is - as David says - the cognitive ...
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Token-based interactive system meaning

Well, WIMP is a very old term, I'm a bit surprised it's still in use. Anyways, you could say most digital systems using graphical interfaces are WIMP. As a matter of fact, the term used to replace ...
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Combining Fitts' law with Hick's law

The takeaway from Fitts' Law is that small objects are more difficult to click on the more you have to move your mouse. Since you cannot (usually) predict where a user's pointer/mouse is you have to ...
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Which way to turn a knob to increase?

UI/UX designer with a past degree and career in audio recording adding to the turn right votes... :) Turning right = increase and definitely indicate the increase to the user :)
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Augmented reality - how to manipulate objects

I think you should keep the touch interaction - to move the object itself; & move the mobile phone to change the views of the object. There are 2 different actions in 3D modelling: change object &...
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