Ask DN: Best UI for Picking Time

8 years ago from , Product Designer

Hey all,

I'm currently interning at ZoomCar, India (http://zoomcar.in/). It's like ZipCar, for India.

Something that has been bothering me even since before joining the company is the time picker UI on the homepage.

The most common solution found on the web is using multiple dropdowns for choosing hours, minutes and AM/PM. But, it somehow doesn't feel right to me.

I did a lot of thinking. I did a lot of Googling. Some solutions/discussions I found are: http://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/Infusion13/Date+Time+Picker+Competitive+Analysis - an extensive list of different solutions http://ux.stackexchange.com/questions/15839/slider-less-time-selectionhttp://www.kpao.org/2009/10/steal-this-idea-a-better-time-picker-widget.htmlhttp://haineault.com/media/jquery/ui-timepickr/page/ - I'm kinda beginning to like this one.

But, none of these feels like the perfect solution. I think, as interaction designers, we should be doing better than this.

Has anyone else done some research in this topic? Any other better solution?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Cheers, Shrihari


  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, 8 years ago

    Tell us when you want to get your car::

    [Ex. 10am next thursday]

    That would be killer.

    Type when you want it, we just analyze it for you.


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    • Shrihari Sankaran, 8 years ago

      Yeah, I did think of this too. Should be straight-forward to implement too. But, typing a date/time is more cognitive load for the user compared to point-and-clicking. That's probably the reason flight ticket booking websites don't do it.

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