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Confusions about applying Hick-Hyman Law in user interface design

I think many people here have heard of "Hick-Hyman" law, which describes the time it takes for a person to make a decision as a result of the possible choices he or she has; That is, increasing the ...
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Minimalism, Maximalism(?) or whatever?

Tufte & Nielsen believe that screen real estate is one of the most important asset for a (UX) designer. Utilize available screen space - Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox: May 9, 2011 & The Visual ...
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Why left-align a website?

Looking around the web, I've noticed quite a few sites (mainly sites that haven't had a major facelift for a couple of years) that have the entire site sitting to the left of the page. Examples: ...
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Filtering: Additive or subtractive model?

A lot of sites use an additive filtration system while there is also subtractive now is used. A difference in an interaction method: Additive First of all you need to choose a set of the options ...
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“Clutter” equation

When trying to find the optimal size and placement for an element, I can model the utility using Fitt's law. Of course, using this law by itself will just tell me that everything should be massive and ...
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Icon based buttons or Color based buttons which is more UI attractive and Friendly

I am seeing websites increasingly switching to color based buttons and interaction elements rather than icon based is this a trend or do they have reasons behind the switch? For example see the ...
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Does having a visually distinct header help the user get comfortable with the website?

We had an interesting but "un-resolved" discussion recently within the team regarding header design (logo + navigation links etc) for a web application. I would like to know if having a dark or ...
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Can you describe the attributes, properties, and/or elements that make a user interface pleasing to the eye? [closed]

I've read that beauty is subjective and I've read that it is objective (I tend to believe a mix of both depending on the context). However I've also read that scientists found that a person generally ...
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What's the name of the design technique where you make something clearer by using contrast?

For instance, choosing a background color that makes all text stand out better, or giving all hyperlinks a background color the opposite of the color of the actual hyperlinks. An example of this is my ...