Archive for the 'interaction design' topic

What do you call those hover-revealing layered-on-top contextual menus?

Greg wrote: I’m interested in finding information about “On Object UI”. To me, this term means displaying controls on or near an object after the user has interacted with the object by hovering over or clicking on the object. For example, in Microsoft Word, after highlighting/selecting some text, a Mini-toolbar appears near the text with […]

SpoolCast: Designing for Mice and Men: UI Across Platforms – Q&A with Bill Scott

The number of places that you can access the web grows every day. But are you designing for it? How do your users see your content? And more importantly, how are they interacting with it? Bill Scott joins Jared Spool and discusses the challenges and a few of the surprises that come with designing for multiple platforms.

UIEtips: Capturing the Interesting Moments

I’ve always been in awe of high-speed photography, like the pictures of Harold Edgerton. You’ve probably seen his classics: shooting a bullet through an apple or what a drop of milk looks like when it collides with other milk. What I love about these pictures is how he’s slowed down time. Once it’s slower, we […]

SpoolCast: Visual Design for Web Applications with David Rivers

Web applications live in a strange world―half application, half website. Making a command look like a command can be tricky. Do you make it a button? Should it be a link? David discusses a number of considerations for creating or updating your application’s visual design

Best Menu Option Ever: See Fewer Choices

Online banking is notorious for poorly thought-through interactive experiences. Chase Online is no exception. Their mortgage screen contains this list of menu options, with one of my most favorite menu options ever. As asked in the comments, this is the default presentation when you first view the menu. (Some commented it would make more sense […]

SpoolCast: Leveraging Seductive Interaction Design with Stephen Anderson

Seductive interactions leverage the latest advancements in social science, psychology, and behavioral economics. Stephen Anderson shows us specific examples of sites who’ve designed serendipity, arousal, rewards, and other seductive elements into their applications.

SpoolCast: Answered! Your Top Questions on Web Form Design with Luke Wroblewski

Knowing exactly how to design web forms is a struggle. Forms are often a critical step in a user’s journey. It’s easy to frustrate them if your forms aren’t well thought out or well crafted. Luckily, Luke Wroblewski is one of the world’s foremost experts on web form design.

SpoolCast: Organization Schemes for Web Content with Donna Spencer

When approaching your information architecture, you’ll realize most sets of content can be organized in more than one way. You need to figure out which works best for your audience, your content, and your project’s goal. Donna Spencer shows you the most popular approaches, and offers tips on when and how to use each.

UIE Book Club: 2/1 – Robert Hoekman’s Designing the Obvious, 2nd Edition

UIE Book Club: Designing the Obvious, Second Edition by Robert Hoekman Jr. Tuesday, February 1 – 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / Noon PT Join us in February, as we kick off the 2011 UX Book Club with the talented and funny Robert Hoekman, Jr. The 2nd edition of Designing the Obvious […]

Learn from the Master of Designing Seductive Interactions

What is Seductive Interaction Design? More and more, we’re seeing web sites use rewards systems, competitions, and fun progress indicators to get people engaged. Interactions such as these trigger different elements of human behavior and encourage your visitors to engage with your web site more. They differentiate the casual glance from a longer involvement with […]