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

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How to get better at design?

So im a pretty good programmer and am trying to get better at design. I have a really tough time putting my thoughts onto paper or really just making sites 'flow' and look professional. You can see ...
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Is there a better way to show 3 states of 2 types of data?

We are writing a web-based testing application where the user (teacher) can't move on to the next step in the process until all students (a young age group) have completed 2 separate tests. First all ...
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Quickly change row status

I have a table of items that each have a particular status color icon. The users will need a quick method to change this status. I imagine click on the status icon an picking the new status. However, ...
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Better way to show the calendars

I'm working on a single report page for a web app. I need to show how to filter the displayed data it be per day (diary) or between two dates (weekly). When the user select diary (Diario), it shows a ...
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Optimal position for call-to-action button

Where in the banner area of the landing page is the optimal position to place the call-to-action button to maximize click rate?
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So how big is the mouse pointer?

In the research of creating a design standard for touch applications, the size of the average finger pad comes up as an important figure (1cm x 1cm) But what about the interaction method we have been ...
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Should a website directed towards programmers and code enthusiasts require IE8 (and earlier) support?

Very simple question: Should a website directed towards programmers and code enthusiasts require IE8 (and earlier) support? To elaborate (on why to ask such a question), I assume most experienced web ...
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Buttons and links for website navigation

I've just been reading Zusch's comments on his blog about buttons and links and their functions, where he advocates that buttons should execute commands and links should link to content (Links and ...
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Content first or Design first?

When designing a layout, should we consider content first or design first? I make websites and 99% of the time my client wants the design before they start thinking about the content. In these cases, ...
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Credit Card input format

Somewhere, in one of the Usability books I read ( probably Donald Norman ), there was a suggestion that the normal format for entering credit cards was wrong. The usual format is 16 characters in a ...
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Where we should keep primary navigation in a mobile website, especially on the Homepage?

1) Vertically On home page with logo and footer and then at bottom of each page see on iphone http://j.mp/qpbN1A 2) Or horizontally like desktop websites see on iphone http://stackoverflow.com ...
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Does SEO really affect user experience in a positive way?

SEO experts will constantly sell to you that SEO not only helps make your website easier for search engines to parse and determine the content of but also that SEO improves the user experience and ...
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Do you design/develop a site primarily for the laptop/desktop and think about mobile later?

Do you design/develop a site primarily for the laptop/desktop and think about mobile later, or do you design your website to be mobile and unmobile friendly, therefore cutting design/dev time in half? ...
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How do rounded corners affect usability?

How do rounded corners on buttons and containers affect usability? Do they make buttons look more clickable? When used on other non-button elements, do they make the site look more friendly? I'm ...
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Ideal login / password / signup page for editing account

I am trying to design a simple login and password signin dialog box that pops in on the same page. I don't want the user to navigate AWAY from the page to login. I am looking for examples of sites ...
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Is it really necessary for a web app to have a 'stunning design'?

I created a forum for foreigners in Taiwan. I showed the site to some people last night. Some said that the logo (and design) has to be more 'attracting' or 'stunning.' I'm not very sure if this is ...
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What do you call the customizable boxes like in my.yahoo.com?

If you haven't seen my.yahoo.com, see this screenshot I can customize my page, by adding more boxes, removing or rearranging them (I can rearrange using drag and drop, something like WYSIWYG), or ...
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How should users be informed when a page is printed differently than displayed?

I have a good deal of users who need to print certain pages of an intranet application for record keeping. We used to have "printer friendly buttons" (I nixed them after asking this question) that ...
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designing a 1-2-3 step guide

Being primarily a web developer, I'm always looking for tools or guidelines that make it hard for me to mess up the user experience. I'm looking to create a 1-2-3 step guide. I'm thinking that it ...
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Horizontal main Nav+drop down, and right hand vertical Nav, bad approach?

I'm involved in a project that is being designed and architectured by a fairly big agency and they have just completed the wireframes. However, I have some reservations in how they have designed the ...
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Modifying images for mobile sites: scale them or cut them?

This is the first time I design a website that has a mobile version. This is the original size of the images (well, they are a little bit bigger): This is the size when they are displayed in ...
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Best way for selecting a time/time span on the web

What is the best, most user friendly way of selecting a time or a time span on the web? Is it good to use something like a date picker for time or maybe sliders for time span? What is the best ...
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What could be a single term (for use in a website) to refer to a community that encompasses students groups, academic institutes & recruiters?

I need a simple term that I could use in website's main navigation bar to refer to community encompassing academic groups, academic institutes & recruiters. The target page is supposed to contain ...
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Why do video sites let users choose the resolution?

Youtube does a good job of automatically changing the resolution based on the current viewing size: Initial - 360p Expand - 480p Fullscreen - 720p or 1080p depending on your monitor size If ...
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Visualize many appointments for a week view

I'm trying to display "the week" for appointment scheduling. The problem is that my current implementation is way too busy (but it does put everything on the table). Also, the page easily gets taller ...
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What color should the “Add new” button be?

I am uncertain if the "add new" button is a "positive" action and should be colored green. Or a neutral action and colored blue. What is the best practice for this?
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Should Website “Container” elements reach the bottom of the screen?

I've got a fixed width layout site much like SE and Twitter and it personally bugs me when my "short" pages don't reach the bottom of the page. I've been wondering if this is a purely stylistic issue ...
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Should “Printer Friendly” buttons be used?

I have an intranet application that has a few "printer friendly" buttons on pages users were expected to print, and I really would like to get rid of them. The previous designers didn't know what they ...
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Why web-safe colors only?

We are often told to only use web-safe colors for font's and background colors etc when not using an image. I don't understand why this is? Most websites contain high quality jpegs these days with ...
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What are some approaches for avoiding rounded corners?

Rounded corners require images (sprites), i.e. extra bandwidth and I'm working with slow Internet connections (think dialup at 56k or less). What are some approaches for designing so that rounded ...
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Is it better to provide different layout for Landscape and Portrait orientations in iPad Websites? or Same layout is fine

Like BBC and many other websites iPad shrink every element of layout to fit into Portrait mode automatically? Is it ok? Or we should make the change in layout to reduce/remove/replace the items ...
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Should we give a Site-map page in Mobile Websites?

I noticed Mobile website's are not having site-map page? Is there any reason behind it? Should we give a Site-map page in Mobile Websites? Can it be useful? I think user can see the sitemap page ...
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Is there any research on when we should provide search for website (Desktop and Mobile) and when not?

Is there any research on when we should provide search for website and when not? As I know. If pages are few then search don't require, but I'm not sure how many pages should consider as few. and ...
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When did 1024x768 become the standard desktop screen resolution?

I need to justify my choice of screen resolution for a website that has to run on old PCs. When did 1024x768 first become popular? Are there stats somewhere about how far back you'd have to go to find ...
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Are my thumbs up and thumbs down buttons clear enough for the user? [closed]

They are basically like the the ones you see in Digg. I also thought about using arrows (like in StackExchange sites), but I think people are more used to thumbs these days (due to Youtube, ...
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Which type of experience for exploring added reviews is more interesting and useful for exploring newly added beer?

I am trying to nail down a good experience for user's who want to browse added beer reviews for my upcoming site. I'd like it to be a fun experience so I've tried a few different ways of displaying ...
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Listing the features of a discussion site or letting the users discover them by their own?

I built a discussion site for foreigners in Taiwan using bbPress: Right now, there are 3 features that traditional forums don't have (as far as I know): Users can vote topics and replies. Users ...
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Subdomains and usability: giving a user an address that immediately redirects them

This is a practice that simply baffles me. For example just today I got my water bill, which tells me to pay at www.water.website.com. This page exists only as a redirect to www2.website.com/water/. ...
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Date picker button placement: inside or outside the right bounds?

Which of these is a better approach for placement of the date picker button: Having the button outside the right bounds of the other textboxes: Or having the picker inside: I'm also thinking of ...
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How big should an image be on a computer for you to clearly see someone's face?

I have a website where people need to be able to clearly see each other. What is the smallest that say, a PNG, could be, while allowing the viewer to clearly see the features of a face?
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Best practices to prevent distracting and overwhelming design?

I'm designing a discussion forum. I want to build something that doesn't look too much like a traditional forum (I want it to look more StackExchange-like): Initially I placed the categories like ...
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How does a “visitor counter” on a web site affect user experience?

Many amateur sites have a "You are visitor number X" counters on them. What effect does this button have on visitors to the site? Does it increase their trust in the site?
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What reasons are there for “go to bottom/top” links no longer being used much? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do people use back to top links? Some websites have links like Go To Bottom or Go To Top. It seems like this technique has fallen out of style. Are there good reasons ...
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Using color range to make votes and replies stand out (without confusing the user in the process)?

In this layout, the number of votes and replies go from gray to red: I want to make those with more votes and replies more visible. Should votes and replies have different range of colors? Does ...
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How do I improve the readability of body text?

I always find it hard to judge the readability of my site and there is so much conflicting information out there. So I thought I would ask for some options here. Could you please take a quick look at ...
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Making voted discussion replies stand out instead of sorting them in order to avoid breaking chronological order

Basically, I want to build an interface that Doesn't interfere with chronological discussion Simple Doesn't require the user to click a link which changes the order of the replies. Doesn't have ...
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How can I make this complex photo upload system easy to use?

I have a rather complex task ahead to change an existing photo upload system for a website. Current Situation: The website has a number of areas in which users can upload photos to (ie: gallery, ...
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Single replacement for: “Upload a document” and “Upload a Video”

I need a single replacement, to place in GUI, that categorises both "document" and "video". I need to place in my website interface to replace: "Upload a document"... and "Upload a ...
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Advice on layout/presentation of information to user in web page

I'm developing a website that helps connect nightlife promotion companies with consumers. Each night life company hosts events and various venues and on various nights. I want to give users/consumers ...
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Triaging UI improvements, where to start?

I have been hired to redesign an auction website (which I cannot disclose), the usability, design, even the code beauty is pretty disastrous. The trouble is, the site is already active and my client ...