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What explains the current shift from glossy UIs to matte UIs?

I've noticed an interesting phenomenon in the user interfaces of many famous applications, they're moving away from the glossy complex to a more dull and bare minimum design. Why the sudden change? ...
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why are circular buttons in software/websites so rarely used?

Why are circular buttons in software/websites so rarely used? Is it purely convention or are there usability reasons behind this?
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The Pinterest Trap

First a bit of context: I have been falling victim more and more to "Pinterestization" or the "Pinterest Trap" in my design. I have a feeling I'm not the only one. See this excerpt from Hana Schank ...
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Are increase and decrease arrows redundant on scrollbars?

Surely these days users are either using touch devices to scroll with gestures or are dragging the thumb of the scrollbar or clicking inside the track. Would it be a bad idea to remove the arrow ...
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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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Have the attitude changed the last ten years on horizontal scrolling on web sites?

Often cited usability guru Jakob Nielsen wrote the article “Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes in 2002” and placed on no 3 Horizontal Scrolling as a Web Design mistake with the motivation: Users hate ...
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Screen sizes, how do we determine standards and what are they?

Recommending a screen size Recently I have been doing some research on screen sizes and realized that I had to rethink many of my previous assumptions. As a UX professional I feel it is of utmost ...
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Do users need multiple ways to sort through good content?

Many websites allow users to find good content through a plethora of metrics. From my quick scan of some big websites, I found these metrics to be most common: Popular Trending Most discussed Most ...
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What are the recurrent usability problems in web sites today? [closed]

Which problems would you say are the most common to occur in today's sites?
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Potential issues with using an 'Autoshow Fixed Menu'? [closed]

Upon a recent update to my Nexus 4, a new feature is present in my browser, whereby when I scroll down, the address bar disappears and the webpage is full-screen, only when you scroll back up do you ...