Website design involves the structure of websites, information architecture, the layout and pages, and the conceptual design.

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Is a website sidebar a user blind spot?

I've seen studies about how ad blindness can prevent users from even noticing ads exist on a website, but are there any studies that perform the same research for the entire sidebar? On some sites, ...
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How to ensure a user knows a box is clickable/hoverable

I have a calendar interface that indexes a bunch of gym classes for a user to pick among. These classes are represented as small boxes on the calendar, in a similar manner to how hipmunk.com does ...
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Ajax loader - icon vs text

I have seen many sites using Ajax loader as an icon or some use plain text and some use both. What is the significance of using the above three methods? Especially the third method where both are used ...
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Should Document files on web pages open in a new tab/window?

When designing web sites should document files such as PDF, DOC, XLS, should the documents open in a new window/tab or in the current tab?
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A Create/Edit Dialog with a Save/Cancel button makes sense but a Delete Dialog not

I am struggling with the design of my web application. I am showing a dialog for my Create/Edit item views: Thats fine so far for the Edit/Create view. But how should the dialog look when the ...
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Information Architecture for a Blog [closed]

I am about to re-design an existing blog for a company and I have a very good flexibility in terms of layout-design and IA. There are many galleries to get some inspiration for the design part, but ...
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Standards for and measuring contrast of solid color fills

There are several questions on UX (e.g. here, here, here) already about contrast. However, all of those are about text, and the contrast between text and background, most off them referencing this W3 ...
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Is it necessary to specifically instruct users to use the Back button to navigate away from a webpage?

I find it annoying when users are explicitly instructed to use the Back button to navigate away from a webpage. An example from the login page for the Contensive CMS follows (emphasis added): The ...
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How should a website's title be structured?

Are there any best practices for choosing the title of web pages? There are a lot of resources online oriented toward SEO, but not toward users. My impression is that most sites have something ...
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How should I design a “filter” screen where you can filter on many fields

I have a webpage that has a filter screen where you can select filters on one or many fields and these filters are applied on other pages when it grabs data from my DB. Some of the fields have ...
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Internal Consistency vs. Consistency across the Industry

Does anyone have any recommendations on how to balance having styles/patterns/icons being consistent to a single website vs following recommended practices/patterns/icons that are popping up across ...
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Menu design for web app with multiple “projects”

I'm designing the UI for a PMS (project management system) web app which handles multiple projects. Basically, it's an app that is pretty similar in functionality to Basecamp so it needs to contain ...
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Responsive web design for e-commerce website?

I'm going to build a big e-commerce website and client want that website should be for all user Desktop, Tablets and Smartphones. and budget is not a problem. Site is an e-commerce website lost of ...
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How to give feedback to users that the site is processing?

I'm designing a website that is just a 16 x 16 tile with squares of different colors (small squares). -> A user can click a tile to change its color. The problem is that computing the new color for ...
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PSD to HTML conversion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pros/Cons of PSD mockups vs. HTML mockups I am a web developer. What happens is that the Client sends a PSD (Photoshop designs) to the company. Then the designer needs ...
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What voice should an option you don't want users to change be written in?

We have a form with a bunch of options that impact how our service will work for a given account. Most of them are positively-voiced questions ("Allow this to happen?"). There is one option that ...
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Case studies on using gradients in a design

Are there any case studies on the use of gradients in a web design? I'm looking for answers similar to this answer about the usability of rounded corners. Specifically, I'd like to know: Is there a ...
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How should I Redirect/Handoff users to a 3rd party site?

Does anyone have any experience with handing off users to another website with a good user experience? We offer a product, and if the user doesn't qualify for our product, we hand the user off to a ...
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Should all browsers share the same experience?

I'm creating a page that uses history.pushState() which is only supported by html5 browsers. As such, should users of older browsers have a different experience? Here are two options that I can think ...
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Should Mobile-optimized sites allow Zooming?

Zooming is common on mobile because sites aren't designed for it; you need to zoom, generally, you don't want to zoom around. Mobile sites are supposed to not need any form of zooming, and often ...
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How to show password reset option

In my website I put password recovery option hidden. I know there are two options to deal with it. Classical way, Show it as the next sentence to the register link. Example, "Want to try? Sign up ...
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Width For Group Of Buttons

We are implementing browser based client, and we are having a little debate reg. setting width of buttons which are grouped together (either just layout wise or both layout and functionality wise). I ...
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Editing items: modal pop-up dialog or same page?

In a rich web application built on ASP.NET, which is preferred for editing data items in the system: a pop-up dialog or edit on the same page? The use case is a person views an item's details and ...
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Does it make sense to combine Contact settings with company contact info?

We are looking to expand our website and want to have 3 sections: Contact Us Let us Contact you Stop contacting me Does it make sense to combine these 3 sections into a single page? Do you think ...
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Positioning of additional form entry fields to avoid natural flow of entry

I'm re-engineering a registration form on a client's site that is primarily targeted at UK users only. The site provides a post-code look up for easy identification of the end user's postal address. ...
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Which of the following options best draws attention to the “buy tickets” action without detracting from the surrounding visual hierarchy?

I'm working on touching up (as much as I'm allowed) some of the design elements for a website. One client requirement is to draw more attention to the "buy tickets" link as this action is one that ...
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custom drag able boxes, when to utilize them?

If anyone has used igoogle they would know that they can customize various boxes according to their choice. I was developing an web app and am really confused whether to give such an customization ...
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Placement of the logout button/link?

In my experience, having a "logout" button/link of some description in the upper right hand corner is (or was) pretty standard. Is this documented/recommended anywhere? Sites that require javascript ...
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How to present information about multiple warehouse locations? eCommerce

I have a design decision that I would like some feedback on. I have an e-commerce store for electronic products. I am based in the UK and ship products from my location, this means I can show the ...
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what type of button is more attractive and comfortable?

In web application , i see two types of button effects. like that of gmail - standard button without much effect like that of wordpress - that has a click effect where button looks like a real ...
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Shading buttons darker than the normal state vs. highlighting

While coding up pieces of a website, I was puzzled as to why the designer chose a hover state that is a shade darker than its normal state. It seems logical to me that a rollover state should be a ...
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Should the input field accesskeys in my form be semantic or physically clustered?

I'm creating a form similar to the one below (with <label/> tags, input field accesskeys and logically-ordered tabindices). The form will be filled a handful of times in rapid succession by ...
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Can using red/scarlet in a design distract users?

The colour red is usually associated with "danger" and "you're about to do something dangerous." What should you look out for if you're planning on a design that is primarily focused around the colour ...
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“Selling” the management on need for UX focus

After the novelty of finding this SO section wore off (and being rightfully shamed of asking a duplicate question), I'd like to rephrase this question so it would target what I feel is a gap in ...
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Fewer main pages, fewer tabs is better?

I'm working on a local cinema's movies website, and I've been trying to reduce the number of pages in favour of showing more types of content on them. Currently, I have a Home page (with a carousel / ...
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How should I present landscape-orientation page thumbnails in a series of portrait-orientation thumbnails?

I am working on a small web site which has traditionally presented small (300 x 388)px thumbnails of their event posters, which are linked to the full, tagged PDF. The majority of their posters are ...
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Use of Radio Buttons (Identification Context)

I want to design a 2 steps sign up screen: identification personal info My question is regarding step 1. In this step the user will have to choose between ID or passport number. Once he choose, he ...
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Should a classifieds website user be made to sign up before posting ads?

I am in the classifieds website business. I am struggling to find general consensus about the best way to design a user experience for being able to post ads on a classifieds site. Specifically, the ...
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What is a simple way to explain the disciplines and benefits of UX to a client?

What is the clearest way to explain to a client the disciplines and benefits of User Experience Design? What I've got so far... This is the clearest definition of the disciplines I've seen, but it ...
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Creating beautiful User Interface Designs [closed]

I usually have a hard time designing a good UI for my applications/websites (especially the websites). Are there any tricks to this? Are there good books that can help/guide me? Or libraries eg. ...
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Showtimes for movies

I'm working on local cinemas guide (for arab users), and I want to design showtimes schedule in cinemas on movie page.. easy & simple for users and easy for developer and data entry. Can I use ...
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Does it make sense to show a referrer-specific greeting to users?

There's a jQuery plugin that displays specific greetings to users based on the location they reached the current URL from. If they found it through Google, it would show a greeting that mentions ...
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Would intentionally slowing down UI help to increase sales on shopping sites?

I've noticed that iTunes store is always slow, at first I thought it's just because iTunes is a bloatware (which it is, on both Mac and Windows.) However I started to wonder whether this is ...
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Touchscreen interface for menu and dropdown menu ease of use

I'm doing webpage design using Twitter Bootstrap's dropdown menu. Problem: Suppose I have a horizontal menu as shown in the Twitter Bootstrap documentation. That menu bar that list pages I want to ...
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metro style UI is too early or not [closed]

I think metro style UI is just beautiful and user friendly. It is suitable for both Tablet and PC. Should I make my new website design in metro style or conventional standard?
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Is it ok to add content when the users selects and “copies” something on the page?

Some websites (using tools like tynt) have started to add something a little surprising at first : When the reader copies part of the article or blog post, something, say the url of the piece, is ...
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When is it appropriate to use a “well” UI element?

Are there standard uses for it? I see it most often when embedding example code... As see on Twitter Bootstrap: http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/components.html#misc
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Suitable form for adding/removing elements of a dynamic list

I am writing a web app for tracking daily activities. The concept is very simple, you add questions and then answer them daily. When you are defining your questions, you can add different types of ...
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Does the Zendesk.com website offer a good ux? And why?

For a new project we want to use Zendesk.com as a good example for our designers. We love the site but can not really tell why since ux is not our field of expertise. What makes the zendesk.com ...
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How could I engage my users more effectively on my photo-rating site? [closed]

This is my site, launched a few months back. What I've found is that users seem to really like to use the site for a few initial sessions - but getting them to come back repeatedly has been a ...