Information display and interaction (UI design)

1 Oct 2010 - 3:14pm
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robenslin
2008

I'm working on a project, a web app, where its success is driven by how well the information interacts and communicates with the user, which ultimately drives their decision.

The basic idea looks a little like this: the user selects an item and its quantity that affects the price they pay. That is the greater the number they select the better the unit price. To further help explain myself, imagine a user wanting to buy a Rolex watch priced $5K each. If the user bought one they'd pay a fixed price, $5K. However, if the user buys 5 Rolex's the unit price drops incrementally, i.e.

If the user buys:1 Rolex, they pay $5K (each)
Buys 2 Rolex's, they pay $4.5K (each)
Buys 3 Rolex's, they pay $3K (each)
Buys 4 Rolex's, they pay $2K (each) or
Buys 5 Rolex's, they pay $1K (each) etc…

So, buying 5 Rolex's costs $3.1 each (a total price $15.5).

Possible solutions include a iPhone-like scroller or drop down box, both would display real time unit price depending on the quantity the user selects. This allows the user to 'play' with the quantities to see the changing unit prices before committing to a purchase. It's important all the pricing/quantity information is viewable before commitment is required.

I'm looking for design inspiration or examples in action that would help convey the benefit of quantity, but still give the user full control to make their own decisions.

Thanks in advance,
-- Rob

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4 Oct 2010 - 11:05am
harrybr
2010

Rob
if you're thinking about buying five Rolexes, then you might want to buy some loose diamonds from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Loose-Diamonds-Diamond-Engagement-Rings/loosediamonds
Hope that helps
Harry

On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 10:53 PM, Rob Enslin <robenslin@gmail.com> wrote:

I'm working on a project, a web app, where its success is driven by how well the information interacts and communicates with the user, which ultimately drives their decision.

The basic idea looks a little like this: the user selects an item and its quantity that affects the price they pay. That is the greater the number they select the better the unit price. To further help explain myself, imagine a user wanting to buy a Rolex watch priced $5K each. If the user bought one they'd pay a fixed price, $5K. However, if the user buys 5 Rolex's the unit price drops incrementally, i.e.

If the user buys:1 Rolex, they pay $5K (each)
Buys 2 Rolex's, they pay $4.5K (each)
Buys 3 Rolex's, they pay $3K (each)
Buys 4 Rolex's, they pay $2K (each) or
Buys 5 Rolex's, they pay $1K (each)

etc…

So, buying 5 Rolex's costs $3.1 each (a total price $15.5).

Possible solutions include a iPhone-like scroller or drop down box, both would display real time unit price depending on the quantity the user selects. This allows the user to 'play' with the quantities to see the changing unit prices before committing to a purchase. It's important all the pricing/quantity information is viewable before commitment is required.

I'm looking for design inspiration or examples in action that would help convey the benefit of quantity, but still give the user full control to make their own decisions.

Thanks in advance,
-- Rob

(((
4 Oct 2010 - 3:05pm
robenslin
2008

Thanks for the link, Harry. Much appreciated.

Best regards, -- Rob

Sent from my iPhone

On 4 Oct 2010, at 20:56, harrybr wrote:

> Rob > if you're thinking about buying five Rolexes, then you might want to buy some loose diamonds from Amazon: > > http://www.amazon.com/Loose-Diamonds-Diamond-Engagement-Rings/loosediamonds [1] > Hope that helps > Harry > > On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 10:53 PM, Rob Enslin wrote: > >> I'm working on a project, a web app, where its success is driven by how well the information interacts and communicates with the user, which ultimately drives their decision. >> >> The basic idea looks a little like this: the user selects an item and its quantity that affects the price they pay. That is the greater the number they select the better the unit price. To further help explain myself, imagine a user wanting to buy a Rolex watch priced $5K each. If the user bought one they'd pay a fixed price, $5K. However, if the user buys 5 Rolex's the unit price drops incrementally, i.e. >> >> If the user buys:1 Rolex, they pay $5K (each) >> Buys 2 Rolex's, they pay $4.5K (each) >> Buys 3 Rolex's, they pay $3K (each) >> Buys 4 Rolex's, they pay $2K (each) or >> Buys 5 Rolex's, they pay $1K (each) >> >> etc… >> >> So, buying 5 Rolex's costs $3.1 each (a total price $15.5). >> >> Possible solutions include a iPhone-like scroller or drop down box, both would display real time unit price depending on the quantity the user selects. This allows the user to 'play' with the quantities to see the changing unit prices before committing to a purchase. It's important all the pricing/quantity information is viewable before commitment is required. >> >> I'm looking for design inspiration or examples in action that would help convey the benefit of quantity, but still give the user full control to make their own decisions. >> >> Thanks in advance, >> -- Rob >> >> ((( >> > ((

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