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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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 ...
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Headlight and Indicators on the handlebar OR on the front panel of the Scooter that you drive?

There are 3 designs existing now: Headlight and indicator lights both on the handle. Headlight on the handle but indicator lights on the front panel. Headlight and indicator lights both on the front ...
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Why are AC adapters (wall warts) designed to block adjacent AC outlets?

The AC adapters for a lot of equipment seem to be specifically designed to block the AC outlets around it (this is in the US). Is this a safety feature to minimize the power to that outlet or just ...
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What reason could Nintendo have had for putting the A and B buttons the wrong way round?

When Nintendo brought out it's first game system, the NES, it had a controller with four buttons: Select Start A B However, somewhere, a designer, in their infinite wisdom, decided that the A and ...
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Looking for advice regarding a Web design involving 3-dimensional lists

I hope this is the right place for Web design advice; considering StackOverflow also, but not sure if pure design questions are welcome there? I'm trying to design a Web page that is to display ...
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Is there any issues with approaching a website re-design from a mobile first perspective?

I've read the book Mobile First and agree with many of the points made. However, I still do not approach a project creating a set of mobile wireframes and then desktop. I still design the other way ...
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Developer Flexibility with UX Components

We often see that requirements talk about fine nitty-gritty details that takes away the flexibility from developers from doing things the right way [keeping User Experience / Usability]. Like for ...
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UX design technique using Post-it notes?

What is the official/unofficial name of the technique I have seen designer use by placing lots of Post it notes along a wall and categorizing them into normally three groups. Normally someone writes ...
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User interface design [closed]

I am writing an application in C# using Visual Studio and need my UI like this: +-------------------------------------------------------------+ |Action1 Action2 ... ActionN | Toolbox | ...
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What are good online resources for testing designs of an IPhone app? [closed]

I am looking for a tool/website that I can use to test my IPhone designs on my current users, I'd like this tool/website to upload my new designs and have a dedicated link where I can share it with my ...
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Denoting a Premium User

I'm working on a website where we have users' avatars pulled from their Facebook profile picture and sized down to a thumbnail. Now that users can upgrade to premium memberships to unlock advanced ...
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How to not make my website have a “1990's” look

I recently launched a comics website, www.hittingtreeswithsticks.com, which I created from scratch. I created my own design because I wanted to keep it unique, and used no templates. Unfortunately, ...
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Designing for both customers and businesses in the same product

The Problem I am in the process of designing a 'deal' tracking kind of site except rather than offering discounts on products or specific deals as such, The site offers a 'hub' for viewing and ...
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UX responsibilities

Is there a number of responsibilities that fall under UX (for example, graphic design, usability etc), or is UX a sub responsibility of design?
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How to showcase UX work?

Presenting your UX design on the portfolio is more than just showing off some screenshots of the wireframe or finished graphics. I am just wondering what your thoughts are on the ideal way to display ...
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Can placing dark and light elements or blocks next to each other in a UI lead to problems in visual perception?

A designer on my project has proposed something that uses both light and dark backgrounds within the same context (basic mockups below). A short background for the app: It is a platform on which ...
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Contrast on footer and other elements

Is it of good UX practice to reduce the contrast of the footer and some other elements on newsletters and websites? In this first example, the contrast of the footer in a newsletter is reduced, I ...
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Use of mobile Actions icon on Desktop?

Looking for help in designing a navigation method (visual affordance) for space constrained Desktop app. Below, I have a tree grid which is the primary navigation for the detail pane below the ...
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How to archive paper prototypes and physical objects from design process?

I have looked around UXSE for questions on this and haven't found anything yet. I am looking for solutions to managing paper prototypes and sketches and other physical objects created during a design ...
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Speech Bubbles meaning

I am developing a toon story to illustrate my company's offerings. May be I'll use a landing page, or just create it on the home page. I have 3 actors in it, a cab driver, a bpo company owner and ...
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Grid text alignment rules

I was wondering if someone has come across rules used by web designers for text alignment in a grid. I was observing that majority of text is aligned towards left, but financial figures with ...
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Do user experience practitioners ever have to worry about code?

To me this is a simple question ā€“ of course not. But on several questions and answers lately I need to fight for this opinion. I might be wrong, so I need to know. Do user experience practitioners ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of “minimal” design?

E.g. Google has minimal web design (just a search box). How do you define minimal design? How does this relate to minimalism in general? Is Facebook also minimalism at least from the beginning?
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Should UX design consider how things behave when they are broken?

As things are used they will accumulate damage due to wear. This accumulated damage will in many cases affect their behavior and the user experience. Should UX design attempt to anticipate changes ...
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Product design materials [closed]

Do industrial designers have a rule for the number of materials used in a product? What if I want to use moss for a board game? download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq ...
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Is a popover a good way to present short pieces of information on a website?

I'm currently designing a website on which I have to include the obligatory legalese. So: copyright info, privacy policy etc. There's not a whole lot of text though, at best two paragraphs of text for ...
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How to display large data over a full screen image slider?

On my website www.goo.gl/uompd I have a full screen image slider which works just fine (the images are from screenshots of other websites I have done). On the slider I want to put 4 text boxes, a ...
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What design should I use to represent multi-touch video controls?

I am creating app for multitouch devices which has big screen (22 inches and more). It would be application for presenting content (mainly video content) to people who would be passed through the room ...
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Finding out how users respond to look and feel

If you wanted to put designs in front of users and test how they feel about the visual designs look and feel. What questions could you ask to explore how users feel without being leading?