Graphic design is the creative process of delivering information with visual elements.

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SE: User Experience - appropriate for interface design review? [migrated]

I'm a web developer and interface designer, and for the improvement of my development structure and practice, I can go to SE's Code Review. However, even more than I focus on the quality of back-end ...
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Why do squares look taller than wide on screens?

Take a look at this square: To me it seems that the square is taller than that it's wide. Yet both axes measure 400 pixels. What is causing this optical illusion? UPDATE 10 March 2014: A lot of ...
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If text is editable, how important is to show it (appearance wise) inside a text box?

A new approach we adopted for one of our applications is that all our editable text such as name, a description that was once filled out to be border-less. To edit the text the users simply click on ...
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Avoiding the Hermann grid illusion

I'm a UX newbie and I'm trying to design a page of image thumbnails. I came up with this: The trouble is that this layout gives rise to an effect called the Hermann Grid illusion. When looking at ...
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How to determine UI graphic style? [closed]

I'm trying to determine what graphics styles and design features are being used on some recent websites. I am not a UI developer but work with many front ends and I'm not sure how to describe certain ...
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How to show activity in a UI

I have an application that creates a log file of user activity such as connections, disconnections, queries, submissions, locks, etc. The log file records when each activity begins and ends. Multiple ...
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Placing icons next to numbers - to the right or left?

In our system, we have many places where we show number values, and next to them we show an icon indicating whether the value is good/mediocre/bad. Before I joined the team, there was no guidelines, ...
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Dynamic Banners on Websites [closed]

Often on webpages, you see scrolling banners with messages. I would like to know how these are created. To make my question more clear, consider this webpage: http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk. On the top, ...
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Trying to create a decent semi-flat design. Failing [closed]

We hit a snag in our project: We've only got a few weeks till launch and the designer who was to make a skin for our product has not delivered the (very) goods. I took a stab at creating a skin for ...
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Do we have name for these images [closed]

I need to search these kind of images on google. But I don't know with what name shall I search for these images. Do we have name for these kind of images *not to confuse with gif images
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Improving communication with UX Designers [duplicate]

What is a good book (or series of articles) to read that would teach me the basics of breaking down the design of a page. You see, whenever I see a webpage that looks great, I don't know how to ...
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What's an in between for a big red X and a big green check mark? [closed]

I'm trying to find ideas for a good, iconic, or not so iconic but still works, in between of a big red X and a green check mark. The context is in a feedback popup to a short 3 - 5 question quiz that ...
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Am I too late to become a user experience designer [duplicate]

I am a 26 years old graphic designer. My way into design industry was a kind of detour. I only did a half-year course for a certificate IV in graphic design after I finished my Bachelor degree in ...
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High fidelity / graphic prototypes delivery? [closed]

Disclaimer I am a ruby on rails developer that never actually dealt with graphical design. Situation We are currently about to release a product. And the application looks alright but not ...
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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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Is there any user experience benefit of having a patterned background in iPhone apps?

In your experience, do users of iPhone apps enjoy using an app with a "cool special background", like the one below, or do patterned backgrounds distract from the overall point of the app? I've seen ...
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Language switch graphical state current-language/available-languages

I'm building a website in two languages English/French. Most of the pages of the website are available in both languages. There is a switch (two flags) on top of the header of the website that ...
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How to deal with graphic designers who thinks UX is boring

Working as a interaction designer together with graphic designers (or marketing people in general) I sometimes get the strong feeling that we sound too boring when we try to implement usability best ...
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Do we need good-looking design for a program internal only to our company?

Do we need to make the user-interface look good (adding images, animations, etc.) for a program internal only to the company? Making the user-interface look good might slow the performance of the ...
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What is the best way to graphically display item's position in a ranking?

My app has a table containing a list of financial securities. One of the columns is the security's position in a list of all available securities ranked by performance. For example: security XYZ is ...
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How to work with visual designers who treat wireframes as literal graphic suggestions?

Recently I started to face quite many cases on my client projects when a visual designer on the team produces design that looks like wireframes produced by me, only colored. Perhaps, the obvious ...
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What are some ways to measure the growth of a visual designer? [closed]

If someone starts out as a junior designer and keeps practicing, what are some benchmarks to show they have progressed as a better designer?
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Is it really necessary for a web app to have a 'stunning design'?

I created a forum for foreigners in Taiwan. I showed the site to some people last night. Some said that the logo (and design) has to be more 'attracting' or 'stunning.' I'm not very sure if this is ...
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Resources for learning Gestalt principles

I've seen the Gestalt principles or laws referenced often when it comes to graphic design and even UI and UX. Is there some definitive guide, book or original research about this subject that I can ...
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how much in term of usability are the users willing to pay for visual effects?

How much the users are willing to pay in term of usability in order to have a visually appealing application? Will they forgive a difficult pattern just because it is visually attractive? How ...
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What's the best UEA/Design/Code team setup? [closed]

Due to the discussion I need to rephrase this. (I put the old content as a quote.) My question is about a good setup of people with a strong focus on UX experts. Those could be UX Architects, UX ...
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What are the rules of thumb for margins in web design?

My web designer tells me that in a web page, the empty margins or padding should always be multiples of a standard. For example 6 px, 12px, 18px. This should produce nicely balanced lay-outs. I would ...
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Visual language development

I used to design UI in pretty disorganized way, starting with page mockups right away, detailing them, and then wondering why my designs are mostly crappy. Having read Alan Cooper's ‘About Face’, I ...
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How to understand UI design's relationship with or separation from graphic design?

There is no question that User Interfaces and User Experience are design considerations — Design as a noun informally refers to a plan for the construction of an object or a system (as in ...
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What are examples of complex digital interfaces? [closed]

This is a call for inspiration, as I don't seem to find any beautiful web-based UI that deals with complex actions and visualizations out there on the web. I'm designing a (web-based) digital ...
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Recent trends in design that hurt usability? [closed]

I'm curious what are other people's list of recent design trends that end up hurting usability. Extra points if you still have to do them because you need a "trendy" design. My personal favorite is ...
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What are some resources for designing slick iPhone UI graphics?

I am currently working the graphics for my iPhone app and would like to take in some tutorials and info about how to make it look as polished as possible. I can only find resources about iteraction ...
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Choosing a set of colors

I'm not a graphic designer, and I can't afford one for my open source project, so I thought I'd crowdsource this one. I'm trying to work out a set of 6-8 easily-differentiable colors for categories in ...
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Graphic design resources [closed]

What resources would you suggest to start learning visual design from for someone well established in UX and interaction design up to the black-and-white wireframes level?