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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Dropdown navigation menus - should top menu option link to content?

I have a client with a group of users which seem to have constant troubles using a menu like these two examples: Pages (links to a list of pages in a grid from where the user has access to ...
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Solving category display issue

I'm working on a news aggregation system inspired by reddit.com Site can have multiple categories created by users. I would like to display as many categories on front page as I can, without ...
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Hierarchical structure design and usability

I created a website for learning languages with flashcard method. The website itself is http://www.vocableman.com The problem I have run into is that users are complaining that they have problems ...
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Any data available on using Skeuomorphic Design in apps?

I've recently come across an article about Skeuomorphism that peaked my curiosity. Skeuomorphism: ..."an element of design or structure that serves little or no purpose in the artifact fashioned ...
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What is Ice Cream Sandwich's default design for expandable panels/ “pull down” handle?

I have to design an expandable panel for ICS with a "Pull Down" handle like this one. Do you know if this design is the default one for expandable panels on ICS? Or is it specific to the notification ...
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What is the standard of validating business requirements?

When a vendor is designing a website for a client - an organisation with Business Analysts and Project Managers assigned to the project - we need to provide concepts/wireframes and with annotations, ...
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Suggestions for web form mockup

I'm working on a web application and one of the forms in my application has many inputs. I've tried my best at trying to organize and have them displayed in a manner that saves space and isn't ...
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Is the label orientation on this product a message from the manufacturer?

I posted a question on the DIY SE site, and it was recommended that maybe a part of it would be better asked here. Consider these two outlets: The blue WR logo indicates that the outlet is ...
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Need help Displaying an Elimination Chart on a small display (iPhone/Android/etc..)

I'm building an Application for mobile device that needs to display an Elimination Bracket for a tournament (16, 8, 4, 2, 1) I haven't seen any application doing something similar and I'm "jammed" ...
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Case studies on using gradients in a design

Are there any case studies on the use of gradients in a web design? I'm looking for answers similar to this answer about the usability of rounded corners. Specifically, I'd like to know: Is there a ...
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What is the difference between a Hi-Fidelity Prototype and a visual design?

Many powerful prototyping tools, like Axure, allow us to create hi-fidelity prototypes that have design elements, such as proportions, margins, compatibility with screen resolution, font consistency, ...
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One page site design + blog implementation

I'm designing a one page agency site. Everything works great in this format, except for the blog/news section(s.) The problematic issue is not necessarily displaying the blog content inline, but how ...
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would a small application to store temporary data be useful [closed]

I am planning to create a nice free small application and I need your expert opinion about whether this application would be useful or not. Here we go: Details about the Application Imagine you ...
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What is the optimal layout for a mobile search form with a large number of fields?

I'm working on the layout for a search form that has approximately 8-10 fields. At this point, the search form fills nearly the entire viewport. My research has turned up general strategies for large ...
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Do niche web applications still strive for legacy browser support?

I'm developing an organization web application geared towards creative thinkers, with productivity tools for freelancers and small group collaboration; designed responsively, the app will work on ...
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How do you communicate that UI is not the same as UX [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between UI and UX One of the challenges that I have found is communicating the fact that UI is not the same as UX and is just a subset of of UX as a whole ...
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Using application bar in data forms?

I am developing an application for Windows Phone. Asking some of my friend to test it I realized the way I designed data forms and the application bar behaviour is very annoying. The form design ...
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How important is it to provide a distinction in your model?

We currently have an application that handles 2 types of input from the user for any given item. These 2 types of inputs are shown in drop downs. One of the drop downs holds both decisions (this ...
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Please recommend Improvments to the SE Menu Structure

Over at Programmers Meta we are haveing a discussion about the SE Menu Structure. Someone recommend we ask the Pro's over here for recommendations. So, What could\Should be done to Improve the SE ...
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Designing a page for selecting an icon in HTML

I have a form on a page where the user can edit a lot of information for a specific model. One of the properties of this model is a small icon of about 20x20 px. There are about 100 of these small ...
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Suggestion for Critical Application GUI Font

I create a critical software (which affect safety), on the GUI, I need a font that has clarity & clear typeface which is very readable, mostly that font will be displayed at height of ~18px, do ...
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What is the optimal position for groupings of odd numbered buttons on a form?

I have 3 buttons on a form: submit, cancel, and exit. I used a larger size and topmost position for the submit and put the cancel and exit as smaller buttons below on the left and right respectively. ...
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A special case of tree-view/collapsible panels

This might be considered a sort of special case of the issue described here: should arrows point left/down or down/up in collapsible accordion? I have this scenario: As can be seen in the ...
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My boss has a different idea of a website's UX

Let me explain the situation. I started transforming an "old (.Net 2.0)" Application into a webapplication. Problem here is, that no-one here is really acquainted with the UX of a website (simple, ...
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How to create a common shared vocabulary to talk about design?

A client I am currently working at has a problem with inconsistent designs. I have identified the causes and one thing I notice is the lack of a proper language shared by all stakeholders to ...
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Alternatives to MDI layout?

As WPF has no built-in MDI support I was looking around for alternatives for a rather large graphical work oriented application. The application will have a lot of different widgets, and for a lot of ...
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Advertisement headers for a website

What are some good ways to incorporate a 728x90 ad into the header of a site keeping the navigation in mind?
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What is best practice for designing a Persistent Navigation (or navigation that stays visible and fixed when the user scrolls)

Looking for best practices when designing a persistent navigation like below: NFL (the scores in the banner)http://www.nfl.com/ Facebooks blue header http://www.facebook.com/ Creatticas header and ...
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How to design batch adding in a web application?

I'm creating a web application with batch adding and batch editting function. Could anyone suggest an interface on how this will go about? Im using PHP as the server side language. I am creating an ...
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Why do people get confuse about the “U” universe? [closed]

On this article http://boxed.hu/en/articles/ui-and-ux/ we have a great definition about UX and UI. Like the author says "There are huge differences between the two, but the most important is probably ...
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Balancing Information: Number of elements

I'm currently working on a redesign of our company support page. The focus is to move towards a search orientated experience, but there's been some debate about which elements to keep there and which ...
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Disable combobox with one entry?

Imagine an arbitrary list of items. To execute a command, the user has to select one of these items in a combobox (if there are no items, the combobox is not shown at all). Should the combobox be ...
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Positive connotation Icon for number of errors

We have a game where we need to count number of errors as performance criteria. We are looking for a way to positively note the scores. One idea was to make an association to golfing by naming it ...
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How to mark cells in a spreadsheet that are meant to be edited?

I just put together a spreadsheet to demonstrate how some calculations work. Three of the cells act as inputs. The values in those cells kick off a cascade of calculations in other cells containing ...
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Why do alarm clocks not all come with 5/7 day alarms for the working week?

In all the advances in usability why do alarm clocks still wake us up on Saturday? Why not only Monday to Friday instead of being set every night? Do we have to rely on our mobile phone if we want ...
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Design recommendation for a button

I have a form in which the user requests a report to the system by clicking the Send Report Request button. The system then produces scheduled reports according to the interval the user selected ...
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Usage of Golden Ratio [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it? How is that to use the Golden Ratio for the design of graphical interfaces. when I use it or should I? and on designing ...
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Traffic lights: “yellow” is progress, not state

When thinking about how (real-world) traffic lights work, I wonder if there is a more intuitive way to display the yellow light. The meaning of Green and Red are states: Green: Ok, you can go! Red: ...
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Does it make sense to put a prompt for sound or mute before a game is started?

I am building a game that is very sound-centric, but at the same time I recognize how annoying it is to be bombarded by unwanted noise. The problem with putting a mute/sound button in-game is that ...
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Is this color readable?

I'm not sure that this orange color meshes well with my green and white theme, or that it's easily readable. If it is not readable, is there a better color that would be more easily readable? ...
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What should a “wizard” style interface on the iPad look like?

I'm working on my company's iPhone App and now I'm looking into the logistics involved with getting it to be an iPad native App as well (Universal App). Without going into too much detail, the App ...
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Which type of experience for exploring added reviews is more interesting and useful for exploring newly added beer?

I am trying to nail down a good experience for user's who want to browse added beer reviews for my upcoming site. I'd like it to be a fun experience so I've tried a few different ways of displaying ...
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Does “ink is expensive” apply in a user interface context?

Edward Tufte in the book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information states, more or less, that ink is expensive. Any ink which is not used to actually convey information is chartjunk and it will ...
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nice way to display data row by row

I often see many tutorials about how to make forms pretty, but I don't see as many showing how you can display the result in a pretty way. I mean, when the data has been input and you'd like to ...
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Why are there three (3) default worksheets in MS Office Excel?

As far as I can remember there have been 3 worksheets ("Sheet1", "Sheet2", "Sheet3") by default in any new MS Excel's workbook. What is the reason for that? I'm pretty sure the most popular number of ...
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Advice on website design layout

I have a website that has a menu at the top. On some pages there is a sub menu that is at the left hand side, but this is only on some pages. How then would be best to design the page layout given ...
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Why would you not want to align the name of a user and their avatar?

It's a little thing but I noticed that both google plus and facebook do not exactly line up the name of the user and their photo-the name is slightly lower than the top of the photo. Is this a ...
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What are some best practices to follow when designing for users completely unfamiliar with computers?

In User Testing in the Wild: Joe’s First Computer Encounter, a researcher for Mozilla encounters a 60 year old man who has never used a computer and describes what it was like to have him use a ...
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Best practice for logo height in admin sites?

If you visit any admin/franchise/clients sites, these sites always have logo on the left top corner. What is the golden rule for admin site logo height? as i have build a logo with 50px height but its ...
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Floating / Sticky Header for Vehicle Search

I'm brainstorming a way to have a full grid of cars show on a inventory search page. I dislike a full left nav of 100's of options to filter (ie carmax or any other site) and update the results so I ...