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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What is the difference between web design, interaction design, user experience design, and user interface design?

It seems all four of these branches of design relate to each other at one point or another, and one can easily be confused for another by novices or outsiders looking in. Job postings online ...
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How should I visually represent multiple three-state flags?

I'm building a piece of software which will have a filtering system that involves multiple flags. The complication is that each flag has three possible states: On Off N/A (i.e. It can't be applied, ...
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should my website be the product or the name of my business(we switched to selling just one product)

We recently did away with "other products" and we now specialize in just tabcoupon booklets(for fundraising) and my belief is that we should just simplify it to its essence and do away with the ...
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As a highschool graduate what essential skills do I need before I even think about getting into UX/UI? [closed]

What are important software I should master before breaking into UI/UX? -Thanks
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What are the implications of different button sizes?

What are the implications of different button sizes in terms of what the designer is trying to convey to the user and what the user is implying as to the function of the button? For example, does a ...
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Developing a Design Policy (for font usage, resolution support, and accessibility)

As a product manager, I am trying to help my development team by setting up boundaries and policies: what browsers to support, what resolution images must be hosted, how many fonts can we use, and ...
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How would you explain spatial ux design?

A colleague introduced me recently to spatial design and how it was used in the classic mac finder. He also said it is what apple propagated for the iPad (but not the iPhone because the screen is too ...
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What is so special about “Twitter Bootstrap”? [closed]

I have seen Twitter bootstrap and Yahoo purecss but I don't understand why they are becoming industry standards. People tend to directly use them for their project without thinking of something unique ...
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Best resolution for creating a design

I'm just starting to learn web design and ux and I have a very simple question. What is the best resolution to design for? For example, I want to design a WP Plugin settings page, what resolution ...
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How could petrol forecourts be designed to improve efficiency?

I am always shocked when I go to a petrol station. The layout- in the UK, at least- seems to be fairly standard. But it always seems to me to be incredibly inefficient. These are the issues: When ...
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How could you prevent users from leaving their original copy in the photocopier?

I've done this myself on many occasions, even though I know it's a common mistake I need to watch out for. The steps seem to go as follows (with typical thoughts in brackets): Walk up to ...
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How does the projection-angle of road arrows change drivers' expectations of the appropriate speed in a curve?

Have any studies been conducted to decide the 'print angle' (anamorphic projection) of road signage? Are there any other expectations involved?
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What is the psychology behind laying out slabs at different angles for cyclists and pedestrians?

In the UK, we have many paths that are shared by pedestrians and cyclists, with a dividing line down the center to show who should be on which side of the path. I noticed that at the end of such ...
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Is a raised-looking textbox appropriate or confusing?

I'm working on a website and the client is asking for raised-looking textboxes to match the look of the rest of the site. However, this makes the textboxes look like buttons that could potentially ...
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Design Suggestions On A Program

I've been working on, more for a hobbyist sake (and my personal use), a music player program. Actually playing the files is not at issue, but what is more at issue is the layout of the functions. ...
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How does game interface design differ from web design? [closed]

I recently saw a similar question on Quora, and was curious about how design focuses in both fields differed? Bonus points if you can summarize it in a catchy little sentence or something.
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What default font to choose for desktop applications?

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Managing UX technical debt in a new application [duplicate]

I am an SQA working on a new Learning Management System, that will launch in the next month. I think the system is very ugly and has bad UX. We are using JSF and Prime Faces and my team does not ...
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Design vending machine for Blind and Deaf [closed]

I recently came through this interesting design question, which has been stuck in my head since then. Now, putting myself in such a persons shoes (though its weird and tough to think like that), ...
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iPhone vs. iPad Apps

I am trying to create an iPad app using the existing iPhone app design. I would like to know what kind of differences should I introduce in the app design as to suit it for the bigger iPad screen. I ...
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Mixing rounded corners and square corners

The question of the usability of rounded corners versus square corners has already be answered here. My question revolves more about the consequence of having them intermingled. I've heard some ...
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What sort of menu stucture/site design is appropriate when there are hundreds of pages to be described and referenced?

I'm creating a WordPress website/blog for the purpose of sharing years worth of technical works in physics, quantitative finance and mathematics. Most of these works are in the form of Mathematica ...
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Scaling up team sizes to crowds

The UX industry is still growing and finding its feet, but by now we have a pretty decent set of standards and practices that most people agree on. One of these is team size. I think almost everybody ...
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Why does the Xbox controller have non-symmetrical analog sticks?

The image below shows the controllers of the three eighth-generation consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U). As you can see, both the PS4 and Wii U controllers have symmetrical analog sticks, which seems ...
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Names of common UI styles [closed]

Are there official names for the overall UI design styles of some common layouts? The one I have in mind specifically is the minimal style of the windows 8 desktop. Are there any good resources for ...
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Porting iOS to Android

I'm not really a designer/UX expert, however I have been developing on Android for some time now and I always try to stick to the look and feel of the standard (ICS) look and feel (with some degree of ...
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What is the optimal snooze time for a task (mobile software)?

I'm developing a mobile application like the stock Reminders.app offered by Apple, and I'm deploying a "snooze" functionality for overdue tasks. I'm not sure what the optimal snooze time is or how to ...
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Red text for confirmation message [duplicate]

I'm working on a site which has its main colors as a dark red and carbon fiber as main colors. After an email is sent, a confirmation message is displayed. Would it be acceptable to make this ...
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How to define the status between now and a last checkpoint?

I have sets of probing data from an internal monitoring tool which represent the availability of different services (databases, webservices and so on). Now my task is to visualize this data and I ...
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Differences between iOS and Android GUIs [closed]

People sometimes ask me why I chose to buy an iPhone instead of an Android. I always reply the same thing: iPhones (and Apple devices in general) are more user friendly, in my opinion, than Androids. ...
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Should I use pagination in a forum's thread

I am designing a forum with large discussions, with no specific need to order answers. Do I need to implement pagination or should I maintain one unique page per thread?
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The current NEW looks OLD later [closed]

Whenever I see a modern stylish new logo / design, I have a feeling that the designers have reached the pinnacle of design and that there is nothing major that can be done. Time passes and I'm proven ...
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How to design a wireframe logically?

I'd like to know what is the reasoning you go through when you wireframe a page. After having determined the different components of a page, I usually identify the primary/secondary contents and key ...
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Best iPhone app design process

What is the best way to design an iPhone app? What do I do first. Is it best to do the following?... Do a paper wireframe? Do a digital wireframe (Adobe Illustrator)? Design the real thing (Adobe ...
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How to go about presenting a large family tree?

I'm currently developing a game, and one of the features involves breeding the creatures you collect. Since it's a game, a large amount of promiscuity is to be expected, and individuals could ...
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Pagination design, reload entire page or reload just the section with data

I am building a search website, which will have results displayed using pagination. I am trying to figure out the best way to implement pagination of these results. User searches for abcd in my ...
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Designing a different kind of survey experience

How do you design a (not crazy-ass) interactive survey so as the user feels nice about taking the survey while at the same time, the interaction is not (at all) distracting since the topic of the ...
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What should the default display in a middle column of a frameset be?

I am working on a site, which displays statistical data about computers (disk, usage, etc...) and there is a web page, which consists of three columns: two smaller on the side, and a large one in the ...
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How to assign values to buckets

I have 10 items in a list. These 10 items must be assigned to two buckets. I need to make sure that the 2 buckets can be toggled at any time. However, I need to make it explicit to the user that ...
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Original design choice of back and forward directions?

There are numerous of evidence around us where forward and backward directions are predetermined. As if they are a conscious choice we all know. At least this in true in left-to-right reading ...
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UI to allow user to sign a pdf

What is in your opinion the best user interface to allow user to sign pdf? Option 1. From a menu command user can upload certificate, and from other command "sign" user can select certificate already ...
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How to visualize data with extreme value differences?

I am working on some routines for a client application to visualize data in a 3d bar chart style. The data consists mostly of smaller values with only a few large values. For example: 6,942,535,341 ...
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What are the desktop based Tools for UI work available today? [duplicate]

What are the tools available to a UI developer? I know and use Photoshop, Fireworks, Balsamiq. I just recently came across Pixelmator and I'm checking it out. What else is out there? Thanks.
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How does user interface design fit in a development process?

In a software development process where does the user interface design fit? If we take an agile approach for a small team (2 juniors, 2 seniors, a Team Leader and a web designer) what normally should ...
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What is a good way to fill in too much white space? [duplicate]

I have little design experience. Here is what my site looks like. Favicons and user images are added dynamically but the site looks sparse otherwise. How can I add content. I don't want to grab ...
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Playlists: horizontal or vertical?

Let's assume that playlists are groups of items that are selected for some reason (to be played, to be converted or to be used in any other operation). My question is: what is the best way (if there ...
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How to calculate the best width of a text element

I am developing a visual editor where the nodes in the editor can contain text. The size of the text can vary, and can contain any character. Since it is important for me to minimize the size of the ...
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Developer with HCI background studying graphic design

I'm thinking about going to design school for a year, studying graphic design. I want to get work as a UX designer/researcher, with the possibility of day to day activities like user research, user ...
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Research on the effectiveness of subtle animation to draw attention?

Is there any research reporting on the effectiveness of subtle animations (sliding, fading in/out, etc) as a means to draw attention to the key part of a website? A partner company is critiquing a ...
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Why “x seconds to download”, and “if not ready, click here to download”? [duplicate]

I'm a web developer, but I can't figure out the business or technical problems behind this. Many websites have something to offer, and user has to download it. But some of those websites instead of ...