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

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Usability of hiding the submit button (and using the enter key to submit)

More and more commonly, I find that websites elect to hide or remove the submit button from forms. One obvious example is this site (along with other StackExchange sites), whose search field lacks a ...
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Creative alternatives for word 'Home' on a web application

What could be creative alternatives for word 'Home' on a social network applications that implies as a default space/ a living space or a place where all the updates gather?
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Your most annoying user experience [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Worst UI You've Ever Used I'm trying to collect the worst user experience design mistakes (e.g. bad navigation, load time, links not working, ...) in order to make a ...
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Why is SunBurst background so popular and are there any other ones?

I keep seeing SunBurst Background Pattern for years, literally! and it is still trendy. Why is it still so? Do we lack creativity for similar generic (or focus drawing) background patterns or human ...
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Should I use a Dashboard for a mobile website

Should I use a Dashboard, in the style of an app, for the mobile version of a website? Is it considered a good or bad practice? There is some images associated with the news feed on the home pages of ...
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Idea for providing unique Themes inside an E-commerce Platform [closed]

I have an e-commerce platform, that will launch very soon. One of the things that differentiates this platform from the competition is the built in content editor, that builds on top of the 960 Grid ...
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International Phone Number Field Layout and Design.

I have a form that asks for the customer's phone number number. The customer's are international and not limited to the U.S. and Canada. Does anyone have any best practices on how to layout (and ...
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Looking for a perfect control panel user interface

So I'm kinda stuck and I hope someone here can help me. I'm building this Control Panel for a data center, and I'm not very good with that. I want to make it as simplistic as possible, but expandable ...
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Rating-based discussion site for 2011: digg vs phpbb layout style?

I'm building a rating-based discussion site. Basically, it consist in a forum were people can create topics and reply to them (and also rate them). I have approximately 10 topic categories. I have ...
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Do people know what royalty-free means?

I'm working on a site that sells royalty-free Silverlight controls and illustrations. The experience is somewhat similar to what you'd see at iStockPhoto.com. From what I've observed, the term ...
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Which people do I choose for large scale A/B testing?

What are the best practices for deciding which users to admit to a large scale A/B test on a website? Below are two of my concerns on this choosing process. Veteran users' aversion to change Humans ...
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Name of website that looks like an airline schedule? [closed]

I'm looking for a company website that was talked about on some UX websites a while back. They had this one page where they showed what projects had been completed or were currently in progress and ...
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Changing the behavior of the arrow keys with JavaScript

In the context of a widget on a website, what is the preferred way of changing the behavior of the arrow keys with JavaScript? The user can't scroll with the arrow keys and can use the arrow keys in ...
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Something not quite right with my design [closed]

There's something not quite right here, and I'm not sure what. Should "Blog" (the title of the page) be bigger? If so, why? It seems too small, yet it's not incredibly important either. Additionally, ...
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Examples of *elegant,* data-rich web application interfaces? [closed]

It's much easier to create a calm, elegant interface when your content is simple and static, but in some web applications, the content and interactions are inherently more complicated and dynamic. ...
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Just made a web template, what changes should I make? [closed]

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/668/unled3yu.jpg Thanks for the help!
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Are tag/word clouds useful?

A lot of blogs or other types of sites with a lot of content use tag clouds, where trending words are shown and popular words are displayed larger. For example Should you put a tag cloud on your ...
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2 links to different paths within 1 image box

Similar to say images on the CNN or USA today home page. I have a slider display of images that will look like a bunch of small snapshots of reports. The reports will have the report name underneath ...
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Web application, minimal design, white bg — how to contain top menu links?

I am working on a web application that has a typical top nav, using this paradigm. [logo].........[search bar]................[home] [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [logout] By top nav, I mean that ...
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What makes good navigation when the user is providing the links?

The application I am working on allows users to specify sections, and pages within these sections. They are all related to the same area of the site, so I don't want to hide the secondary navigation ...
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How to align social buttons without losing vertical space?

I've add in some social buttons to one of our pages. I don't want to have to put them in a horizontal row because that'll push more products down below the fold. This is my idea so far: Close ...
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What's a simple/good way of displaying top rated answers in a website which don't allow “best answers”?

I'm making a forum where people can find top rated answers but not a "best answer." In other words, the most rated answers should be more visible since no one can pick the best one (something like ...
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Pros/Cons of date- and datetimepickers [closed]

What pros and cons do you experience when using datepickers in web forms or software? What do you think is missing sometimes? What bugs you when using a datepicker? I want to know, either from ...
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Websites aligned to the left of the page [duplicate]

I always thought that it makes better sense for websites to be centred horizontally to the browser window. But even an Adobe website is left aligned. Is this some reason behind this that I am missing? ...
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Solutions for PDF embedding?

Background: We run several websites for classified ads. One of them gets some of the ads from an external source as PDF files. We know PDFs aren't ideal, but we have to deal with them somehow. ...
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What factors are important to consider when choosing a button font?

Should the font of buttons on a website be different than the font on the rest of the page? How different? More spacing, less spacing, different font-family? What are the things to consider when ...
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Do users understand the browser back button?

You hear a lot about not breaking the back button on websites, but can you assume that most users know and use the back button? Is it redundant to add a JavaScript or HTML back button/link on a page? ...
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Could you please comment on this web layout? [closed]

I am designing a forum related to certain academic topics with features similar to Stack exchange sites. I have designed a web layout to facilitate easy navigation between the post overviews & the ...
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In which cases does it make sense to use an explanatory video on a homepage?

I am a junior designer and I working on a web service's site design. I am not sure what should I place at the homepage i.e.: Some services like dropbox and readability have a quick video tour which ...
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What is a wireframe?

Ok. I sort of know what is a wireframe, but I still need a lot of help. The question actually wants to ask how to get started when "designing" a wireframe for an online shop. I am doing an internship ...
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What is the proper name for “notification bars” in web design? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The notification tray at the top of Stack Exchange sites: what is it called? And are there other good examples of this? Many sites these days make heavy use of large, ...
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What's the preferred vertical orientation for a toggle script?

What's the expected behavior of a disclosure widget on a website? What's the conventional direction of the expanded state? Upward the content pushes down the clicked button while it gradually ...
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How do you design a registration form?

I am trying to learn about registration forms, what should I be careful about when designing one? Is there any "best practice" or do you know any great websites with great examples of registration ...
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Is the left or right side of the screen “more clickable”?

I'm in the second year of fine-tuning a homebrew CMS, and I've been going with this theory (which I imagined) that it's best to have interactive elements like submit buttons, back buttons, and links ...
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Could I validate the user experience objectively from paper prototypes?

I have paper prototypes for an application I am about to develop. I need to choose from alternatives. Is there any technique or methodology available to validate the different prototypes?
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How do I restructure content to be more user friendly?

I've got a content management system that isn't the most usable at the moment, but it is pretty intuitive for the end user. The front facing content is a mess, however, and someone decided that most ...
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How do I elegantly limit text area input by size not by character count.

I am building a web app that requires user input of text and images to be placed on a PDF page which will later be printed as a letter. This page will have a specified area for text and a specified ...
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How to choose colors wisely to work with Low brightness and contrast screens?

In Mobile Phone and Tablets to save battery many people (Including me) keep brightness and contrast low. And sometime it makes harder to read if color scheme is not good. So my question is how to ...
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Individual welcome page vs. site content

I am thinking of the structure of one my new apps for the web. What do you think would be the most userfriendly approach to present the sites first page? Have a welcome page that shows just a ...
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Site for collaborative critiquing for web usability of websites? [closed]

I like conceptfeedback.com where users post their opinions about a webpage. However the critiques are mainly about a page's layout and visual design. Are there similar sites where critiques go beyond ...
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Fixed-position header and menu on a web page — is that okay?

A client of mine is insisting on two things for a website I am designing: That every single link is shown in the header – about 10 links or so with no sub-categories. ie. no drop-downs, rollovers, ...
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When you hate your design and you're almost finished with it, what do you do?

I started out with a web design template that I loved. I spent a few days finding, cropping, and touching up the perfect images. I tweaked the CSS to better fit my page's style. In short-- I was in ...
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Does moving the secondary navigation impact a users experience?

I'm in the process of designing the navigation for a web application. I have a few different types of views. One is a map, the others are all fairly similar and are like a standard web page. Mapping ...
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iPhone app link : AppStore + Website or only Website

I'm currently redesigning my personal web site (you can find it here) and I want to link to my different iOS apps. I have currently two links for each of my apps : Website and AppStore. But is the ...
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What would be the best layout width when traffic monitor sizes are mostly 1280 x 1024?

I am arguing with my client, that 960 pixels layout width will be okay for the site. He keeps suggestion that the layout width should be larger. He gave me these Statistics In % descending order: ...
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What are some things to consider when optimizing a web page for a projector? [closed]

I'm guessing I should plan for low resolution and big fonts? Any good examples out there?
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Organizing user settings for a website as header, content, footer or color, images, and fonts?

I'm not very sure which method of organizing a settings page (Wordpress): Option One: Header - Content - Footer Example: Header Front Color: Background Color: Background ...
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Usability of Web Analytics Applications

Are there any usability resources out there that specifically deal with the design of an analytics web application? I've been tasked to design a web app with a strong analytics component and I've ...
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Is it good to make different website for Desktop and iPad?

Is it good to make different website for Desktop and iPad? or same site is more better?
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Best practices for applying user achievements to business applications

I've read over a few papers projects and related to the use of video game style achievements being put into regular applications as a means to encourage users to explore the tools and create a desire ...