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 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 – 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?
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File Management As A UX Team

Working on a UX team, we've been looking at ways to improve the experience for our own workers in getting their job done and I was curious how other teams have approached file management. In the ...
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Why does MediaWiki put little padlocks on HTTPS links?

Does anyone know why MediaWiki puts little padlock icons next to HTTPS links? For example, if I put this link in a wiki article: https://twitter.com/harry_wood it would get a little yellow padlock by ...
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Is user centered design only about hygiene factors?

There is one thing that bothers me about UX-design. One of the shortcomings of a user centered design approach, is that it only focuses on existing needs and not on new revolutionary ideas. For ...
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Dashboard on Android App against design guidelines? [closed]

Is the dashboard pattern against the Android 4 Design Guidelines? (http://d.android.com/design)
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When can UX best practices be ignored?

I suppose you could rephrase this question as "When can design supersede User Experience?" I've just designed a Nav bar that goes against everything I stand for as a UX Professional, yet I feel I can ...
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What is the current pixel width standard for a website's content area?

I know that previously it was 960 pixels, but lately I have had clients wanting me to push the envelope further and prompted me to do some research on the matter.
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How can you show human element without showing pictures of people?

With a company that changes all the time, how can you show the personal touch of human interaction without showing pictures of humans? Essentially, blurring the line between technology and people, ...
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How to Show Object Multiplicity

I am creating a visual programming language. In this language objects are represented as rectangles, like this: I thought that the best way to represent that an object is actually a collection of ...
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What can be an alternative to tabs in an iphone or android application

What type of a design/design philosophy/gesture can be a good alternative to tabs in an iphone or an android application? Tabs are good and tell the user that there is another ...
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What information should be gathered through interviews? [closed]

This is my first project in Interaction design. I'm planning to design a portal for on-line florist. If I'm planning for a face to face interview with florists, What kind of information should I ...
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Is it better to use a high quality monitor to design web graphics? [closed]

I am doing web graphics for about a year on quite good PVA LCD display. 95% of people who see my websites/banners are watching them on low quality TN displays suited for gaming or laptops. Colors on ...
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What's the best way to show you can scroll on mobile devices?

I'm trying to find the best method of showing users on mobile devices that they can scroll in a <div>. As iPhones/iPads don't have scrollbars, I will need an indicator to show that you can ...
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How can you embody 'luxury' qualities in UX design?

I recently observed a group of branding professionals brainstorming ideas for a luxury brand. They used a host of inspirations to hopefully inspire a sense of exclusivity and quality. These included ...
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Is there any research indicating how users perceive certain design flaws, such as gradient banding?

Design paper cuts are frustrating to me, because I feel like they compound to create an overall poor user experience. However, has there been any research behind how these oversights from a visual ...
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UI Design / Flow - what should “Save” and “Cancel” do?

I had a discussion with a co-worker earlier today about a design pet peeve of mine, and after some searching regarding UI design principles I can't really find anything regarding this particular ...
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Designing an app for iPad / iPhone retina display

I am working for a client to develop an iOS app both for iPhone and iPad including for retina displays. The client is going to get the UX designs himself. We use the Apple's iOS Human Interface ...
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How to handle pre-4.0 versions of Android when designing a layout?

I'm designing the UI for an Android app taking the Google User Interface guidelines into account for my Android 4.0 phone. The current concept looks like this: How would I go about supporting this ...
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Tabs within a tabbed layout in Android?

I'm working on an app for public transit information that has a base layout looking like this: The three tabs represent trip planner, departure times and disruptions respectively, which are the ...
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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 ...