A visual design approach concerns the design and communication of a message and that the message reaches the target audience.

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Photoshop Shine Effect [closed]

I work with Photoshop and there's one effect I've seen that I can't manage to copy. The effect I'm looking for is the shiny effect in the next image: I looked online for shine effects but they ...
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How to show two brands of the same business in the navigation in one website?

I need to show two different brands in same website. Each has a different logo and navigation which should be visible by default, but they share a common sign-in/sign-up interface and currency change ...
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Visual presentation of hierarchical categories of content

I am on my way to transform my outdated, content-heavy website into a multifaceted, multimedia showcase of my research website through the process of analyzing and reshaping the web content. For ...
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Showing progress towards a two-step goal

I have a lightly interesting problem in that I need a system for awarding a t-shirt after two actions are taken. The two actions can happen anywhere within a 12 month span. It feels like overkill to ...
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What encouraged the designers of GNOME Web 3.11.90 to show both (a) the page title and (b) the address/location/URL in the header bar?

Points of reference, please, for documents and/or discussions that supported the design rationale. I'll add one answer, I don't know whether it's ideal. Background A brief, two-screenshot ...
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Can the visual hierarchy of headers be different than their actual hierarchy?

I have a header that is larger (visually) but is less important than a smaller header. Should the larger header have a lower tag hierarchy since it's less important? For example: Below, is it ...
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How should you create simple, color-coded graphics for color-blind people when the graphics are particularly thin?

I'm starting to make a Flash puzzle game, and I started thinking about how to implement a color-blind mode. (I know there's a game development SE, but this is a user experience question.) To keep it ...
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What is the best placement of character counter relative to the text field?

I want to show a character count beside a multi-line text field. Looking for any research or usability test findings regarding the location of that character count relative to the field (pic shows ...
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On the difference beween UX and Product design - does it matter?

I've been in the process of gathering up my clients, my portfolio, and my wits as I consider a move from consulting back to an agency type environment. As a result, for the first time in half a ...
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Metrics to gauge website design visual appeal

I originally asked this question at Graphic Design StackExchange about evaluating the aesthetics of a visual design, but since then found a really interesting study that I thought I should share with ...
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combining cards UI and buttons

I am designing a application for android and have decided to go with the cards theme for the visual design. reasons being, that the information being presented fits the cards format: short bursts of ...
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Tiles and product information

I am working on the redesign of a page that has a number of product “tiles”; the information relating to each of the items is quite dense for example: start and end date, notifications, status, ...
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Alignment for report columns

I am currently creating a Crystal report, but having difficulty on how to align certain columns. I have a Social Security, employee_name, Check Number and Amount. I understand that the amounts ...
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How long for a visual design? [closed]

How long would it take you to do a visual design mockup of a dashboard (one-page) in say photoshop? This does not include any research related to it. Would you spend one day or more like a week? I ...
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What's the best way to visually convey rank?

I'm working on "infographic" style dashboard page where I want to convey the rank of something (and how big the whole group is). So "Rank #17 out of 2,312" could be conveyed like: I'm not loving ...
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Is it better to use a Likert scale or Semantic Differential for gathering attitudes towards pages?

For gathering users' emotional reactions to web pages via a survey, a researcher could use either a Likert scale (e.g., Agree Strongly - Agree Somewhat - Indifferent - Disagree Somewhat - Disagree ...
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Representing progress through a workflow that has parallel activities

I'm trying to create a visual representation of the state of a workflow process that is linear but has parallel branches in it, for example: A ----> B ----> C1 ----> D ----> E ...
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Button Styling to Indicate Severity of Action?

I am designing a multi-page form for creating course proposals at a university. Once the record for the proposal is created, the user has a variety of different options for what to do for the ...
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Graph overlay that doesn't obscure the data

I'm building an app that renders a line graph of the user's wellness over time. (For example:) It also needs to mark the days they took medication. Originally, I wanted to place a dot at the ...
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How to show one way is faster than the other?

There are three different ways to accomplish a task in my Java assignment. One is fastest one is slowest. However the actual time difference is in milliseconds(of course). The task at hand is to ...
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Professional Slides presentations. Light or dark background?

I must choose my company's default PowerPoint presentation template. Having in mind that this template should be versatile, and that people want to create presentations quickly, should I create a ...
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Color Scheme for an Older Demographic

I have a couple of questions: Is this color scheme too distracting for a senior demographic? Do you think the blue puts enough emphasis on the "buy now" button? Or does is not stand out enough from ...
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Is there data supporting the theory that women prefer rounded borders?

I've been told by people higher up than me that rounded corners are feminine and women like rounded corners. I'm female and I find this idea strange. But I don't want to debate based on bias and ...
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Venn Diagrams with lots of circles

We have an user interface that at some point displays data in Venn diagrams. So far its a chart with 3 entities (circles) in the diagram and it's really clear to show the relations between entities ...
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Visual design first, interaction later?

Has anyone had experience with visual design as the first step in the UX process? The idea being, interaction design happens after visual design, as more of a documentation phase. In effect, reverse ...
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How would you describe the way visual design contributes to the user experience?

When a website or product looks good, users enjoy using it more (assumption). They may even have more patience with the interface, regardless if there are usability issues, etc. How would you, ...
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Showing excess usage in a progress bar

I am working on a web app and would like to display the amount of transfer (bandwidth) that the user has used for that billing period. They are given a certain amount of bandwidth per billing period. ...
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process workflow visualization

I'm trying to visualize some steps in my application. Here is the scenario: User A creates task and assigns it to user B User B starts that task and adds some attachments to that task User A accepts ...
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Distinguish the concept of an album from a song visually

I am trying to conceive an application that has the concept of "album" or "song" (from an album or single) mixed in. I want to create some sort of visual cue to distinguish between those 3 concepts. ...
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Vertical Rhythm - How important is it

I'm working on vertical rhythm right now for my website. It's hard / impossible with images of unknown size. There's a javascript plugin that helps with keeping vertical rhythm by resizing the ...
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How can I check my UI mockups on my iphone without emailing myself the files? [closed]

How can I check my UI mockups on my iphone without emailing myself the files? I found a great app called "Live View" which is a remote screen viewing application, but it requires having a mac ...
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Difference between UI and Visual Design/Style Guide?

From looking at some of the style guide for web applications that are available, there is a distinction made between the visual (icons, colours, logos, etc) and UI (look and feel of user interface ...
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Will it be better for making call-for-action buttons in warm colors?

Are there any A/B test/ statistics results revealing whether using warm color buttons is generally better than cold color buttons in UI? (despite the concern for the theme color of the brand)
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Display data clearly in small space (Google Maps InfoWindow)

I'm having a trouble using space in Google Maps InfoWindow. I am required to display the building address, image, two (2) sentences about the building, and a couple of icons near the More button. ...
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Colours to use in a fashion website [closed]

I am working on a fashion website for my own portfolio. However it allows users to have their own account where they can save fashion related items. A sort of Pinterest for fashion items. Now, I know ...
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What is a good way to display a ranked list in a table cell?

I have a set of metrics to fill each row of a table. And each metric has some factors, usually, there are about 10-20 factors for one metric and they are ranked by their importance as well. Now I ...
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Has anyone come across the term 'infographic aesthetics' before? [closed]

I have been doing infographic design as part of providing content for websites and software applications (and print materials as well), and I know a lot of people talk about the concept data/ink ratio ...
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Guidelines on Pamphlet design to stop people from ignoring it

I have found that people tend to ignore reading a pamphlet which is distributed on a road side. How can one ensure in terms of design and strategy that people read and most importantly understand ...
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Developer with HCI background studying graphic design

I'm thinking about going to design school for a year, studying graphic design. I want to get work as a UX designer/researcher, with the possibility of day to day activities like user research, user ...
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How Many Screenshots Are Too Many

At what point am I offering too many screenshots? I am working a redesign of my company's help guides - these guides are mostly centered around our hosted mail services. How to set up Outlook, set up ...
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Does having WiFi spots and similar equipment visible improve user experience?

Suppose I'm planning an office or a restaurant or a city. I need to plan where I have wireless communication spots installed. Those may be WiFi spots or cell towers or DECT phone spots. I've planned ...
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Best way to display whether someone is the right age for a match on an online dating site?

When I visit another person's dating profile, I'd like to see a visual indicator that communicates something about a person's age so I can determine whether they might be a good match for me--without ...
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Symbols to represent dynamic items

This problem is not new to me. An user can have multiple interests, so he will check some items that is presented to him. For this example. Ten items of interest. So he will mark as interested in ...
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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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What metric should I use for A/B testing of a blog homepage?

We are launching a blog about web design. The goal of our blog is of an ordinary content site - to get visitors to read as many articles as possible (NOT to get ad impressions). Our designer has ...
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Monitors display more colors than human eye can distinguish

The human eye can differentiate about 10 million colors. A 24-bit display mode can produce about 16 million. Why, then, do operating systems have 32-bit and higher display modes if the apparent ...
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What impacts the user's visual flow on geometrically non-traditional web layouts?

I'm interested in making pages that don't conform to the traditional layout of a rectangular grid, for example: Using a grid of hexagons or triangles. Placing the title in the center of the page ...
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Simulate Eye-tracking by Photoshop filters?

I've read some articles about visual perception and that it mostly differs in High-frequency, Mid-frequency and Low-frequency recognition. Whereas Low-freq is fastest and seems to be responsible for ...
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Is high contrast mode really useful?

In most operating systems and on some websites there is a high contrast mode, intended for use by visually impaired people. I have doubts, however, whether using such mode makes any sense - from what ...
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Does a highly polished design deter users?

I have a gut feeling that interfaces that are "too" polished deter non-designer users. It seems like that the most popular websites and apps, even the niche ones who are very successful in their ...