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

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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 ...
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How can I communicate linear progress through a series of states with color?

I'm trying to help visualize a portfolio of projects. They start off in the first state with some basic details, then they're reviewed, fully defined, and finally, work is begun. Right now, the ...
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Indicating relationships between multiple gauges or charts representing different views of the same data

The problem We have a need to show the status of a daily ingest of thousands of files coming from different senders. A quick mockup is this: The problem is that Ipsum and Dalore are just sub-views ...
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Are there any resources about connotations related to visual elements from a cultural perspective?

I've been wondering about this for some time, are there any libraries or resources online that show what connotations are attached to any given design element from a cultural perspective? I am aware ...
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Android - Visually impactful representation of small but important data

I am building an app where lets say I have four to five very important terms, clicking which take me to separate activities. I want these terms to be visually impactful in what they convey and how ...
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How can I demonstrate that the same wireframe can be used for varied visual designs?

I'm trying to demonstrate to someone that one wireframe or template can be used across multiple brand experiences (we want the UX to be similar, but the brand experience to be different). At some ...
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Graphic design critique parameters

I am working at a consulting company these days and I am having some issues with graphic designers I work with. Basically I have tested the graphic designers in various short projects for the ...
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SharePoint 2010 : UX design considerations? [closed]

We are designing a portal with Share Point 2010 platform. Content is more informational oriented with hardly transactional tasks within it. I understand there are many views on SP UX but can someone ...
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Why does ux.stackexchange.com use a darker colour to indicate visited links?

Why does this site use a darker colour for links that have been clicked on? When scan reading down the pages all I notice are links I've already visited, completely ignoring the pale blue links. To ...
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Visualize deceased user on social media?

Death is part of our life, but we tend not to think about it. When a user dies in real life, the digital user still exists. Sometimes relatives continue to update the deceased users’ social media ...
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How do we design elements that feature unpredictably sized images?

There are contexts where a design needs to represent several items, each with inconsistently sized images. One example might be a customer database, where the customer's logo is an identifying ...
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How to preview wireframes/design made with Keynote that are larger than my monitor resolution?

Many blog posts are recommending wire-framing with Keynote, since you don't have to spend in buying in another tool. So while trying out this with Keynote I hit a problem. If my page is longer like ...
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best image to indicate swipe left right

What is the most appropriate image to indicate to users to swipe left or right? i am using http://cubiq.org/swipeview but i feel like it needs a swipe indicator in the background somewhere. Edit: for ...
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Is it a bad idea to resize fonts with the browser?

For certain special pages I want to put content all on one page. Think of them as cheatsheets (or similar) the idea being is that users should benefit from seeing the whole page in one glance. However ...
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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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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 ...