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

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Best form element to indicate level of completeness of a task?

For example, if the user is prompted how long they have spent playing a videogame, with the options being: I have played it I have completed it I have mastered it Instead of a select list or radio ...
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How can I make a form look simpler?

I am designing a web-based application where you can add entries, and each of them have some 20 fields. For the most part, after adding an entry, it won't have to be edited afterwards. But the option ...
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Is there a standard for single product websites?

I'm looking to help a friend provide website design feedback to his sister's start-up company. The site is http://myyogaloop.com They are making some pretty basic mistakes. For example there are two ...
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What are the most important visual indicators to improve the presentation of a web page?

I have a task to redesign a web page, the functionality is simple, but the code is robust. The problem is I think the users will give it a low score due to the blah colors and lack of presentation. ...
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What icon to use for archive and for restore? [closed]

In our web-app there is a message centre with a time-line of communications. We let the user move instances of these into what we are calling an archive. On each of the listed messages there appears a ...
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Does sinking part of a toolbar help split it into separate functional parts?

For a product just shipped, I needed to separate a single horizontal toolbar into 2 distinct parts: the first for file operations, the second for editing/navigation operations. Because I added the ...
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Creating “visual blocks”

I am designing a fill-in-the-blanks quizz. I start with paragraphs, and for each paragraph I append some buttons below which are the possible answers for the blanks. Please see ...
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Actions through buttons and alternative ideas

In the following image, you can see a screenshot of the current look of a "Contacts" panel I created. In the area I have highlighted (bottom) there are two buttons to add and remove contacts ...
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What approaches are there to learn design, coming from a development background?

I'm a web developer trying to become a web designer. But seems that I'm lost in the world of design. But I don't know what to do, and from where should I start. I'm even unable to find good resources ...
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Visual Designers Are Just As Important As UX Designers — Andy Budd [closed]

I've just read Andy Budd's article about the topic. What's your opinion?
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What is the value of interface layout and its impact on the overall user experience?

I often have difficulty convincing people that the layout/design/visual-styling of an interface has impact on how the user feels about the product as whole. All to often the argument is that the user ...
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How do I improve my visual design skills?

I am a novice UX designer and I am fairly comfortable with information architecture, interaction design, and creating mockups (low, med., and high). But when it comes to creating the actual UI, I have ...
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What is the reasoning behind grayscale icons?

Quite a few web applications have started utilizing gray(black) scale icons, for example Github,new Google Analytics, etc. Even applications like Firefox 4, Chrome, IE9, iTunes, Mac OS, have dropped ...
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How should I mark “Mandatory” and “Optional” fields in a form?

I'm making a web app and in the admin panel there is in one place a list of items where (among other things) the administrator can select which items will be mandatory for the users, and which will be ...
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Light source direction

It seems to me like the light source direction in most UI designs comes from the top or top-left. This is like the de facto standard, but I'm curious as to if anyone has ever successfully made ...