a picture appearing as an element in a UI. Usually photographic rather than a drawn representation.

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Are higher-resolution images always better?

I have had this perception that for a given size, higher resolution pictures will always look better than the lower ones. But on this link in StackOverFlow I read something different. So my ...
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What is a suitable interface for exploring big images?

With the infographics fever there are a lot of big resolution images around the web. Usually, the designers are constrained to create them using long vertical formats otherwise it would be too ...
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Why do some patterns flicker in strange colors while scrolling? [closed]

This image (source: Guardian Business) exhibits strange behavior when scrolling on some browsers. At 100% in Safari (on OS X on an LCD display), it flickers red when scrolling; at some zoom levels it ...
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Product image links

The scenario: customer navigates to the start page of a e-commerce book site, is presented with various offers on new books. Books is shown just by its fairly large cover. Example: ...
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Clickable and non-clickable images on the same page

In my portfolio I have case studies, where I explain a bit of my projects and place images of different sizes along with the text. While in some smaller images the user is able to click and view the ...
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In a blog article, how to subtly hint that some of the images link to bigger versions?

I published an article on the Cooking.stackexchange blog yesterday. I shot all photographs in a standard 3:2 side ratio, but when I inserted them whole, I didn't like the appearance. I asked for help ...
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Should I link to home from home? [duplicate]

On all my pages, I have the logo in the top left corner. As is consistent with most sites online, it links back to the homepage. However, I need to decide between one of two things: Have the link ...
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Interface for image editor app with many tools for small touchscreens?

I'm making an image editor app for phones with touchscreens. It will have tools that are similar to related desktop applications like brush, pencil, rubber, mask, smudge, crop, text etc. tools. For a ...
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What message/instruction should be given for downloading an image for browser and/or tablet

I need users to download an image from my web app. For browsers that support the HTML 5 'download' attribute my Download button automatically opens the browser download window. However, users on the ...
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How to place text and a gallery side by side without giving more relevance to one or the other?

I have some galleries and some text (2 o 3 word pages) attached to each gallery. Until now I've had a gallery and the text in two different pages, with a link bar to switch between one and the other. ...
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Displaying multiple large images at a time

I'm developing a desktop application which will show details of various types of aircraft. Previously, the application looked like this: When the user mouses over the image in the top right, arrows ...
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Big images preview

I am working on an application for sharing a scanner. I have a webform for all the settings, a "Scan" button, and a "Preview" button. When the user press "Scan" nothing on the interface changes. A ...
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Explaining to computer illiterate users - text vs images of text

I'm having difficulty explaining the differences between text and images of text (or text in images in general). I've stated that: When text is text, parts of the text can normally be selected and ...
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Column sort-order specifier/indicator

EDIT: I should have mentioned the page I'm talking about. On a page that's just one humongous table, I have an img in each <th> that tells the user how the column is sorted; and he can click the ...
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How long should an image carousel on a homepage wait before starting?

Assuming one has to go with an image carousel (see this question for reasons why this isn't the best UX to begin with), how long should the carousel wait before beginning and switching? I recently ...
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Need smallest possible images for iPad that can zoom to 200% without losing quality

right now I'm using 2048x1546 images at 132dpi, PNG files. they look amazing but they are huge in file size. any tips on how to get around having such large images in both dimensions and file size? ...
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Can poor image quality have a negative effect on user experience even though it improves the website's performance?

Can poor image quality have a negative effect on user experience though it improves the website's performance? We use 3 type of images on our website: Icons, logo, bullets Stock photos like real ...
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Displaying detailed and large images on mobile

Here is situation: Images are displayed in div boxes optimized for mobile delivery and large images are being preloaded. When user click box large image is displayed. How to display single very ...
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How are alternating illustrations experienced?

In our website redesign we are considering using alternating illustrations at the top of each landing page. This was a suggestion from Marketing to make the pages a little more interesting for each ...
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Allowing image upload vs linking images

So, I'm developing a forum and I'd like to allow people to attach images to their posts (1 image per post) if they want. Now, I could do this the way Facebook does, that is, if there is a URL in the ...
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Dynamically Resize Pictures

I have a set of different sized images of products that I want to display on my web page with four to a row. The issue is that because they are different sizes, I don't know how to display them ...
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Most Intuitive way to organize images into albums?

I need to create a interface wherein a user can quickly categorize few of his photos into albums. Constraints 1 photo can be a part of multiple albums. Atmost there are 15-20 photos and 5-6 ...
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Profile image authority? (Facebook, LinkedIn or Gravatar)

There are various profile images available from APIs (such as Facebook, Gravatar, LinkedIn, etc). In some cases (many CRM systems for example), you can pull all of these images into your site via ...
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Standard headshot and thumbnail dimensions and width/height ratio

Is there a preferred size and ratio for images that represent a headshot/mugshot of a person? I have a project where we're taking photos of people, generate thumbnails, store the thumbnails and print ...
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“Click to Enlarge Image” help text

I was asked to add "click to enlarge image" helper text to an photo gallery and to stand-alone images, and it got me thinking as to whether or not this is an intuitive action. I personally assume at ...
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Header img with color overlay or shadow on elements?

I'm working on a web app and this question came to my mind. I tried to look around but found a lot of resources from both approaches. So here I am, trying to figure out a good solution. The web app ...
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How often should you change out a hero image?

We are implementing a new homepage design at my company with a large hero image at the top of the page. Some people on the marketing and content side of things proposed changing the hero image twice a ...
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Image width and alignment in long-form content: Best practices?

The website in question is for long-form blog content. The body will include images that users input when they create their blog/content entries, hence the number of images in post is not ...
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How to find and fix image breakpoints when designing to a HTML template [closed]

When working with a responsive design framework it is easy to specify the breakpoints based on the viewport and resolution that you are designing for. However, in situations where a generic HTML ...
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Is it better to rasterize text into a header image or overlay it as text?

If you want to have a fixed header on a web page that also includes text, is it better to make that text part of the image, or to overlay the text in the header frame (such that the text is ...
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Are Animated Images considered bad UX?

I read that animated gifs are making a come back but when i saw this on a private business website to get attention to a new feature, put me off. Copy of the image : ...
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What is the best way to center images in websites? [closed]

Every time I work on a new project I do not have any problems to center the text using "text-align: center" to center the text, but I have never seen a similar code to center images so I always have ...
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Icon for “show image in lightbox” button (pictogram style) [closed]

The context is an image properties dialog in a CMS backend. Here the backend user has the option to let the website visitor see (a full-size version of the) image in a lightbox when clicking it. ...
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When is it OK to use text as an image?

I'm having a bit of a struggle explaining why we should not use text as an image on a new website build. The design team would like to add a quote pulled from the main content but in order to style ...
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How important is it to show profile picture of a person in the header?

More and more social platforms have your name, after login, in the top right corner next to an arrow or icon where one can access settings, log out and other items. In many cases I also see the usage ...
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Is it bad ux if images on a web page are 'longer' than user's screen size?

First, some background. Most of the big images I see on the web, especially those in articles, are usually 800x600 pixels in size. Is there any reason for this, especially the height? (e.g. ...
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How can I indicate that images can be clicked on a mobile site?

I've created a mobile site with a portfolio page. On the desktop version, hovering the mouse over the images changes the mouse pointer to a finger indicating the image is hyperlinked. To try to get ...
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What is the optimal frame rate for an animated GIF (video like experience)?

We would like to transform video files to animated GIFs, and still provide a "video like" experience with the least possible GIF size. Maximum GIF width is 600px and total size shouldn't be larger ...
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What is the usual website screenshot size and ratio?

I would like to show a list of website screenshots taken by an user. An user has to take a screenshot of its own website and send it though a form. Then I'll show all minimized screenshots in a list ...
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How to visualize a large Neural Net?

How to visualize a Neural Net with thousands of input nodes and tens of thousands of connections? The image above does not have any connection values, but the visualization that I am creating does. ...
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What is the best way to align a paragraph beside an image?

The webpage has small paragraphs (5-6 lines) with images on the right of each paragraph. The text in paragraph is left aligned. The paragraph is not always as big as the height of the image that is on ...
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Progressive images = Better user experience?

Do progressive images give a better user experience generally for browser based web applications?
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Are avatars needed where the user isn't the focal point of the product

I'm building an app where user's vote/rate on restaurant dishes. The objective for visitors in general is to find which dishes are worth trying/not trying. In a app like this should there be an option ...
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Acceptable image resolution relative to native display resolution on high-PPI displays?

I'm wondering if there are any studies - or even anecdotal evidence - on what the acceptable resolution of images is on high-resolution screens (e.g. phones and tablets). Obviously, an image that's ...
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Studies on image compression level and UX?

Recently, there has been an influx of data showing that sites improving the site performance saw a lift in conversion. For example, an in-house Walmart.com study found that, for every one second of ...
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Lazy loading an image-focused website

Is there any research or study that shows whether it is positive or negative to use the "lazy load"* practice on websites that focus on presenting images to the users (such as photo blogs, etc) ? Or ...
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Should I provide an image for not found image?

As said in title. Should I intercept a broken link to an image, and provide to user a default image (with a big “not found” maybe, but always a valid image)? Otherwise is it better to leave the ...
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Maximum Profile Image Size

I need to store profile pictures on our servers. The profile pictures will be used on the web and mobile devices. The largest use is 400 x 400 pixels. On high res devices that's 800 x800. Should I ...
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Navigation for a Web Comic - Icons, or Thumbnails?

The typical webcomic navigation is usually: First | Previous | Next | Last Which is about how my comic's current navigation looks, give or take some wingding icons for good measure: There's ...
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Why are most lightbox galleries on the Web using a previous/next paradigm, instead of a vertical scrolling?

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The computer mouse allows to easily scroll vertically, so why are most of the standalone image viewers (lightboxes, etc..) ...