Design is a plan for making an object. Anything that will ever be built usually has a design up front before production of the object. A design can be a wire frame, a prototype, a schema, an image or a drawing.

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Showing which direction a value should go towards

I have an interesting UI challenge. I have a ratio that I am showing in two ways: one using a percentage surrounded by a circumference pie chart, and the other showing a status bar. In some cases a ...
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Should I have one unified design between mobile and desktop?

With a website I'm building, I'm wondering if I should combine the experiences between platforms together. For example, I'm wondering if I should keep this for both mobile and desktop. Here are some ...
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How to render user interface when there is no inputs for a certain fields

We capture various messages in a certain form and the user might fill out only say 10 out of the 30 messages which were presented to him. e.g. messages given below. Login Message: Welcome Message: ...
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Should input fields be cleared out when the user selects them?

I have a few input fields in my form with some default values (numbers). Please note, they are not just placeholders, i.e. they can be used as is, if they are not changed. I was wondering if I should ...
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What is the best screen resolution to start designing website in 2014? [duplicate]

I have been designing in 1024 X 768 resolution by default, I used to do this because i use laptop where my max screen resolution is 1280 X 768. So what is the best screen resolution do we need to ...
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Onscreen keyboard standards [duplicate]

I need to design an onscreen keyboard for a touch device and wondering if there are any standards to follow especially pertaining to key sizes?
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Is sidebar really needed

I was thinking about this subject since i started in web design and usability. Is left/right sidebar really needed or is it used just to fill blank space? I'm talking about news/how-to websites.
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Does flat design reduce affordance of actionable objects?

Flat design has many merits, including being visually simple and easy to recognize. However, I don't think flat design is a one-size-fit-all solution to all situations. Flat-designed buttons or ...
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Colourblindness in design

I'm doing a little research to see how many people are affected by colourblindness to see if it is useful for our company to put some extra attention into our designs for those who are colourblind. ...
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Can you be a Web and UX Designer or a Web Designer with UX skills?

Well, here's the deal, I'm trying to figure out what I want to as a career in the future. I'm nearing the end of my 2nd year of college so it's kind of something I need to think about. For awhile, I ...
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Colors and labels on buttons that reflect state

I recently read the "Should 'Yes, delete it' be read or green" (Should "Yes, delete it" be red, or green?) thread and was impressed with the responses. I'm currently having a very similar ...
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Designing For Big Screens / TVs Best Practices

I'm currently designing some web pages that are to be viewed solely on a large screen TV display in a venue. A lot of this data is text driven to show everyone the schedule (think airport flight ...
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UI design for Task randomization (online survey tool)

Let's say that my tool enables you to create remote usability test (kind of). Users need a new feature - task randomization. When user design a project, he/she can add a survey but it isn't ...
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What is a good definition of simplicity that can be applied to user experience?

Everyone in my organization wants to make our products & website as simple as possible for our customers. They've seen articles like the one in the Harvard Business Journal (2012) showing that ...
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How to Improve this design, make people understand Accuracy?

I have a rough design for a progress report, primarily to be shown on the iPad. This is supposed to show what the kid is good at, and what the kid is not good at. Feedback I've received: It's ...
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Design Best Practices - Question Answer Comment Forms

I am working on a Q/A type of web app. Below is how an answer looks like in my system. Have a couple of queries Should the comment section have Avatar and the "Admin" title ? What can be done to ...
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Are there any guidelines for having space between the form elements (fields)?

Are there any guidelines for having space between the form elements (fields)?
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Difference - Font and Typeface

I would like to know the difference between a font and a typeface. If anyone could please help me. I tried to Google it, but I can't understand that in general, Why the term 'Fonts' is used rather ...
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Are there examples of 'anti-patterns' being used effectively? [closed]

I am sure many of us have come across a situation when we have been asked to design or implement something that appears to be an 'anti-pattern', that is to say, something that doesn't seem to follow ...
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Why do some games represent experience level with stars?

In some games, stars are used to represent a player's experience level. Does anyone know the origin of why people do this? I guess it might be because it represents reaching another milestone but I ...
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Does a responsive design alter the screen to screen flow?

I am associated with a project and the design lead is attempting to take an existing desktop site and design the responsive breakpoints. The one issue I ran across is that it seems that the screen to ...
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Why is there no on/off button for irons? [duplicate]

I've never seen any iron have an on/off button. So my guess is that most of them do not have one. Is there any specific reason for that?
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Why do we waste so much Screen-Real-Estate? [closed]

Border around the screen this basically boils down to why dont make the whole front of device a screen and why have borders around everything on the screen too. Why not replace the material around ...
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Analog Clock or Digital Clock to tell the time

I am designing a website where a clock has to be placed in the website to tell the time. I have to choose between an Analog Clock and a Digital Clock assuming both take up the same space on the ...
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Any tools to help communicate design specs to Engineering?

I am in need of a fairly robust way to communicate Element, Component (& scaffolding) design specs. to Engineering. At this point they are in a defensive posture and are asking for deltas and ...
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Is there a standard for the positioning of the elevator control buttons?

I've always wondered why elevator control buttons are found where they are. For example, the following image shows the elevator control buttons positioned on the right side. The way I see it, ...
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What's the optimal seat arrangement for a self-driving car?

Take your average mid-sized sedan layout (though this is the view of an SUV, it should illustrate the idea for anyone who has never been in a car before.): You have a driver's seat and a ...
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Why do some cars have the fuel door on the passenger's side?

Many cars, such as the BMW M3 pictured below, have their fuel door on the passenger's side of the car. I do not understand the reasoning behind placing the fuel door opposite the driver; placing it ...
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HUD UI design - what drives the line and transparency theme

I notice one thing common in HUD software, and that's the line-ish (thin line bordering, line pointing), semi-transparent UI they have. Even some icons are outlines of the actual thing. Haven't tried ...
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What are the the best Error Message Icons to use for each type of error in .NET? best practices

I'm currently working on a project in .net... I have handled error messages with user friendly instructions, however I'm trying to determine the best error message icons to use. I previously just left ...
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Should a logo always be square? [closed]

I want to create a new logo for myself. Because I love typographic logos, I'll create such a logo. The most of the logos I see are square, but for a typographic logo it is sometimes hard to create a ...
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Why the design moves toward simplicity, maybe too simple? [closed]

Around the time when the Windows 8 is out, the design is moving toward simplicity. In Android, in iOS, in everywhere. A rounded rectangle button with visual cues that it's a button, often changed into ...
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Discoverability of complex interactions

We create 3D design systems for engineers (think AutoCAD, SolidWorks, 3D Studio Max, Blender, etc.) and often have a set of complex interactions that can be completed in the graphical area of the ...
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Task Feedback Screen - Multiple Choice

I'm designing a feedback screen for a task management system. I require the user to tell the system if they have completed the task or not: If they have completed the task the "How did you find the ...
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Full-screen slideshow thoughts about website opening page

Would like some thoughts on the first (entry) page of our current website, www.saintpetershcs.com Personally I don't like it and I think we should being users to a real entry page that could have a ...
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What's the difference between white words black background & black words white background in a book [duplicate]

In general the pages of a book are white and the words of the book are black Why is it not the other way around What are the possible reasons that books were designed this way , Why is the ...
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What kind of job can I get with a human-centered computing major?

So, I'm at a point in school where I have to start looking for internships. But, I'm not entirely sure what I can do with my major. I am majoring in Informatics with a cognate/specialization in ...
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How can I graphically display my data on car sales trends over time?

Shown here is a graph that displays statistics on car sales trends. While the information is there, its not exactly readable and I would say an eye-sore, you have to peer in and start matching ...
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Do we lose touch with our users? [closed]

I showed the hamburger menu icon ☰ ☰ to my wife (and living with me she's quite computer literate). But she couldn't make sense of the hamburger menu. "There's two of them, one each ...
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Why is everything becoming flatter? [duplicate]

Things in the design world seem to be getting flatter! I can produce infinite examples; iOS7, Windows 8 (and everything else in Windows 8), Pepsi, the Dropbox logo, even things outside the computer ...
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How to represent repeats?

I'm trying to write a budgeting web-app and wants the user to choose how many times a budget should repeat itself. I have the following options: I want One-time to mean that the budget only happens ...
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Should “Yes, delete it” be red, or green?

Designing an interface for a CMS (Content Management System), I stumbled upon a paradox and I'm a bit confused about what to do and why to do. Context Before deleting an album, the user is asked to ...
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Best examples of iphone and ipad app that differ? (Comparison of iphone & ipad apps)

I am studying the UX of iphone and their equivalent ipad apps. Does anyone have good examples of designs that differ because of the distinctive user experience that the two devices provide?
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What does visual center mean?

I keep seeing "set the visual center," but all I can do is assume they mean set the style of a project, but I hate to assume. Any thoughts? Edit: It was in a role description. Google turns up ...
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How can I deal with many buttons in a scope bar?

I am looking for a UI way to deal with more title buttons than one can put in a scope bar. All of the screenshot/examples I see only deal with 3 or 4 options. What if I have 10?
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What's wrong with this picture?

Context I'm a developer (not a designer) working on a drawing app, and I'm a little clueless about ui / ux design. The functionality is there, but something is really wrong with the look of the menu ...
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How to evaluate mockups?

In my master thesis I aimed to design user interface for a website. Right now I have designed several mockups (around 25) that represent the user interface. I have to evaluate these mockups as fast as ...
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Accounting for browser resizing in a site layout

Accounting for window resizing in a site's design and layout When designing a site's UI and layout, I've always wondered how much I should accommodate for the user resizing the frame ...
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Common responsive design practice for lightbox on web?

I am design a page which populates a lightbox on the page with medium size of information on the lightbox itself. I also have to design this page to be responsive on a mobile device particularly smart ...
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Some advise for front-end design&developing tools [duplicate]

I'm looking for some tools that can help me design&develop html & css. Suppose I have a psd file of my website, and I know how to cut each piece into HTML&css. Is there any tool that can ...