Modes in user interfaces: When they help and when they hurt users

Page Laubheimer / filed under Interaction Design, UI Design

In a modal interface, the same user action can have different results depending on the state of the system. Poorly signaled modes can easily trigger user errors with disastrous consequences. Modes are a frequently misunderstood UI concept: they are often confused with different visual representations of the same data, or features located in a separate […]

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