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

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Is it a good practice to have a subdomain for a big project?

We're (a company) designing three big projects: One is used for purchase products, one for educational matters and the last but not least is our social network. Some of our colleagues think that ...
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Blinking, bouncing and flashing elements

I'm responsible for the UI/UX in a software development company. During my absence, some developers decided to implement a "bounce" effect on a button of a website that they think should have more ...
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Slider-less time selection.

I'm using the default datetime picker with rails. I'm mainly focusing on the time aspect of this because for my purposes the day will rarely ever be changed. I'm looking for some sort of way to make ...
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What is a good search pattern for a photo sharing website?

I am building a photo hosting/sharing website. In this website there are albums, slide shows and stories 'blog posts that contain photos from the website'. Should I ask the user to select the search ...
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Should I let users tag everything in a photos website or just photos? [closed]

I am building a photo hosting/sharing website. I have a feature where users can tag their photos to be able to find and categorize them. In this website there are albums, slide shows and stories ...
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Best ux design for “add row” to enter multiple values

Ive seen this following method on Xing that allows multiple entries of unknown limit: I want a better way, since the + and - look confusing i sometimes get confused myself, in addition the ...
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Building an UX design portfolio?

I have been thinking of rebuilding my portfolio since its pretty outdated and I wanted some views on the approach I should take Option 1 : Have an approach in which I list all the projects (major ...
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Is an unread count in RSS and newsfeeds a good design decision? Is there a suitable alternative?

I use Google Reader for my RSS feeds. As seen in the image, along the left column there are counts for unread items. My question is this: is showing an unread count a good design decision in terms ...
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Which to show first: login or register screen or both?

I have a site for which I am working to improve user onboarding. What happens now is that when a user does some action that requires him to be logged in, I make a jQuery popup come up telling him to ...
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Will users actually leave sites that they find “boring”?

I'm redesigning my web design portfolio. Here is a piece of the layout: I showed it to some people. One of them said that it is "too boring" which made me wonder if users do leave sites that they ...
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How best to display top-down decomposition data (hierarchical) with in place-editing and child addition?

We have an HTML/CSS UI where there exists a top-most item (root) - you click that you get a text box to enter some content and save. It shows up as indented/styled child of the parent. Basically the ...
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During sign ups, how to best instill confidence that email addresses will be safe

Many sign up forms will ask you for an email address so that they can contact you. Even the most minimal sign-up (other than no sign up) will need an email address to send you a validation email. ...
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Is Amazon's layout good or bad from a UX and conversion optimization POV? [closed]

I'm in the process of designing a theme for my company's online store that will (obviously) hopefully boost our conversion rate as much as possible. It seems only logical when planning the theme to ...
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“Desktop”-like web application

We are a group designing a big project. Its main purpose is educational matters (we run an online quiz). I have designed a desktop-like interface for the website with icons and a start menu. I just ...
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Including the browser's UI in a web design portfolio's screenshot?

An example showing the browser's interface: and without it: I'm not sure if it is to improve the visualization of the work or it is just a aesthetic thing. Thoughts?
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When is it appropriate to combine “help/support” with “contact us”?

Suppose we have a horizontal menu at the top of our website like this: products | pricing | help | login | 800-555-1234 When is it appropriate to combine help/support with contact us? We want to ...
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Use subdomains or directory structure for URLs?

I'm curious if it's considered better practice to use a subdomain (e.g. store.website.com) or a directory (e.g. www.website.com/store) when linking to separate sections of a site. Assuming both ...
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Examples of good use of animation on web pages

I'm currently redesigning our company's Magento theme, with the aim of increasing our conversion rate as much as possible (obviously :-) ). I have what I feel to be a good overall layout with the eye ...
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Pop-under: Really that bad?

We're currently discussing to add pop-unders to one of our platforms to get users to use one of our notification features. As you can probably imagine, as a UX person I'm really against the use of ...
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Why is 13px Arial font the web standard?

If you use any of Google's applications, from search to Gmail you will find the base font used for most things is 13px Arial. font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ...
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corporate websites, stock photos, and intangible products

When I see a corporate website making use of stock photos, especially stock photos of supposed customers grinning their faces off or employees deep in thought, the site's credibility goes down a notch ...
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How to layout an article with illustrations?

I need to right an article/tutorial that has illustrations. The illustrations are not necessary, but are nice to have. They will help visually inclined people or people who just hate reading. How ...
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Designing a page for selecting an icon in HTML

I have a form on a page where the user can edit a lot of information for a specific model. One of the properties of this model is a small icon of about 20x20 px. There are about 100 of these small ...
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What are the must have elements of a web(site) ergonomics analysis?

I'm asked to deliver a website ergonomics analysis, and would like to get to know how you do it? And what tools do you use to analyze the page itself? I usually use 3M Vas to analyze a page, but I'm ...
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Welcome screen for Arab countries

On their website, my company wants to welcome visitors from Arab countries with some kind of "intro page" specifically tailored to comfort Arab visitors. Currently, we are thinking about a welcome ...
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What deliverables can one provide in a pitch for a client to show to his/her boss and get approval for a project?

I am in the position where a client is asking for some visual materials to show to his boss in order to get the go-ahead to sponsor a new project. This client has an existing site that we designed ...
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Sorting images in images hosting and sharing website

We are building an image hosting and sharing website, there will be a page where user can see all photos uploaded by website users. In this page the user can sort the photos by votes, most comments, ...
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Why are most social networking sites in blue?

Why do most social media websites use blue as the main color? e.g., Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, foursquare, ... I am only interested in answers based on some scientific research.
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Could a funny CAPTCHA be more pleasant?

I think one way to make CAPTCHA be more acceptable is to make it funny, but for some reason most CAPTCHA do not do this. Would this be seen as unprofessional or could this be a good way to make a ...
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What should be included in the UX design artifact for engineers? [closed]

It's unclear what level of detail and what format should be used to best communicate UX designs to engineering. I am afraid of making it too detailed or not detailed enough. Format possibilities: ...
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How do I explain correct usage of the MS Comic Sans font to a client?

I have a client who wants to use comic sans ms for lots of things on a website I'm doing for him. How can I explain that comic sans ms is so bad? He's fairly easily persuaded, I think I just need the ...
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Is there a term for the person responsible for establishing the “tone” of a website?

We have a person on our team who has taken on the role of establishing the tone of our website. This includes the general style of the graphic design, the wording of our text...etc. Is there a title ...
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How do you convert computer users to mobile users?

How do you convince your computer users to try out your mobile app? The problems I see are: Detection - There's no way to read people's minds and figure out what phone they use based off of what ...
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How to improve discoverability of transient scrollbar?

Starting from Mac OS X Lion, scrollbars have been transient. That is, they disappear when your mouse stops moving. Some sites, like Facebook, even emulate this transient scrollbar for Windows users: ...
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Visitor's reactions on web development agency's page?

I need to step-up of the freelance side and step into a more business side of web agencies and I need your opinions about how people react on your philosophy and decide to go or leave you. The way I ...
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Choosing a button colour scheme

I'm currently implementing some design changes to a web application. Currently, the application uses default browser buttons for everything, but I've now been supplied with a number of custom button ...
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Efficient insert/update in web applications

What are some efficient ways to insert/change some amount of data in a web application for users that are used to do it in Excel sheets? (the most efficient could be kind of subjective, and I would ...
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Profile for users and Page for companies?

My question is mostly about the name of it.A company to view their personal account options visiting domain.com/page On the other hand, users can see their personal account options with ...
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Should I redesign my desktop application so it looks and acts like a website?

I'm in the process of redesigning one of my older desktop applications. The original design I did was based on a 640 X 480 screen. Times have changed and there several different screen resolutions ...
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automatically calculate contrast

A user can change the default design of his site by selecting a color. This color is applied to the menu background color. The problem is that I have to change the menu text color depending on the ...
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A good solution how to localize and let user choose language on HTML page

I read another question where a poster states that flags should not be used for languages since flags represent countries. In my mind I agree but in my eye this solution is the best: Do you agree ...
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My boss has a different idea of a website's UX

Let me explain the situation. I started transforming an "old (.Net 2.0)" Application into a webapplication. Problem here is, that no-one here is really acquainted with the UX of a website (simple, ...
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Global drop-down: Necessary?

I've architected and am now designing a site that has level 2 vertical navigation. It's featured on the upper left corner of all sub-pages EXCEPT for the sub-section "landing" or "main" page because ...
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How to manage actions that could be nested 3 or 4 levels deep?

I have a site that has a main menu that is tabbed, and a sub-menu that always displays actions for the current selected tab. For more areas on the site, this works perfectly, but one of the tabs is ...
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What features should you add to a homepage to help sign-up conversion?

There are a few give-ins...simple social sign-up, tours, testimonials... but what have you found in your experience that really puts the icing on the cake when getting users to sign-up with the site. ...
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How to tell visitors to activate JavaScript?

How should one tell website visitors that a website makes heavy use of JavaScript?
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Link to older posts should point to the left or right? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which direction indicates newer/older? At the end of a list of blog posts there is often a link to previous posts. Somtimes this link is extended with an arrow pointing ...
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When should “Log on” or “Log off” be used? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “Sign in” vs using “Log in” I'm porting an old application that has a "Log on" screen. When would I use "Log on" vs the alternatives (Sign ...
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Multiplication sign, using '*' or 'x'

In Mathematics, the operator provide on keyboard is quite clear for addition, subtraction and divide as the follow + - / The multiplication * might be familiar as the multiplication for programmer ...
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What should be the maximum length of a page on Mobile Website?

What should be the maximum length of a page on Mobile Website? I'm making a website in which some pages are long because of lengthy articles. Should I divide long pages into multiple pages? Should I ...