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

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To scroll down or to use thumbnails, that's the question…while building a web portfolio interface.

What is more efficient: scrolling down or opening thumbnails? Which one would respect the user's patience the most?
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Best way to align text on a website?

Curious about text alignment on websites. For a blog, for example, is it better to have left-aligned or justified text? I like the look of justified text but I'm not sure if there's any downsides to ...
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Suggesting options without limiting input?

When designing a page for adding a new software project to a website, one of the information I want to ask is the project's license. Since most projects will probably fall under a small set of ...
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What are some good User Interface words/phrases

I'm a programmer, and I come across the issue of naming UI elements on web pages often. What are some good words/phrases? Like: Dialog popup Modal Window Alert Box Image carousel Is there a ...
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Designing a web front end for launching long running batch processes

I'm looking for an example of a "web portal" application which has a well-done, easy-to-learn user interface. By "web portal", I mean a web interface to a batch-processed system that runs ...
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How does one create Website UI guidelines? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How did you create design guidelines for your organization? What points do you need to consider while writing the UI guidelines for a website. How much in depth should ...
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Resource/advice for deciding a design process?

I've been having a debate with my peers as to which is the best process to use when we're designing web apps. Our development phases are working well but I think there's room for change in the ...
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Error message that always appears in the same place

Is it okay if error messages always appear in the same place on a website? I know the right thing to do is place errors inline, close to where the error occured. But there's hundreds of errors that ...
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Trying to decide which page should be my home page [closed]

I'm not a UI person and would love to get your recommendation - which page should be my homepage? myvoternation.com or http://myvoternation.com/mvn/questions
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Why do you need to keep users engaged through your site?

I hope this is an appropriate forum for this topic. If not, I apologize. To rephrase the question, I am debating a new tactic that some marketers are trying to implement that goes against everything ...
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Simple design for a phpBB forum [closed]

I'm looking for some examples for a better design of phpBB. I would like to redesign a forum which is targeted to people with a minimal experience with forums. Now the forum isn't working well. No ...
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Geek-friendly website design for a software shop [closed]

We are in the process of branding our start up. Our target customers are technology shops around the world. Thus we want our logo and website's look and feel to be appealing to techies and geeks (Not ...
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On date select field, should the weekday be displayed after selection ?

I have a date selection field in a reservation field. The standard popin calendar is there to help users select a date, with a the top the weekday names in short form. After the day is selected, there ...
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Drawbacks of auto “focusing” on a web page's text field (JavaScript)

Do you guys know any drawback of focusing on a text field on a web page ? It's pretty useful when you know users will use this text field more than others (like on the google homepage), but it's a bit ...
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What are innovative, new ways to design Master/Child relationships on a page?

I'm currently working on a ASP.net application that has a variety of master, child relationships, portrayed on the page in a master gridview with tabs below. While this works for a somewhat small set ...
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HTML buttons vs hyperlinks for navigation

When creating an overall site style guide, how do you determine when a button or a hyperlink should be for something other than navigation? I see many time with the heavy usage of jQuery and AJAX, ...
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How to improve end user experience and data reporting in web application?

I have a decent working web application (Java/Servlet/Jsp) that I would like to improve the end user experience and what they get out of using the application. The web app captures business data ...
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Synchronizing albums

I need to create a user interface for synchronization of photo albums in two systems (some website and facebook). Copying to each system should be optional, and there should be a possibility to update ...
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HTML templates for web applications [closed]

There are a lot of sites with free templates for homepages. These are often too simple for web applications, which have sometimes a lot of deeper nested content. For example. An application view ...
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Are there standard methods to maximise space?

We have a web application that has a lot of controls and has steps that the user progresses through. Most of the steps are on the same page, and when one section is done, we don't necessarily need to ...
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Is there a site where I can vote for usability issues in well-known software to be fixed? [closed]

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question - of course I am willing to move/delete it if requested. I wonder if there is a site where well-known usability issues in popular software ...
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Search box in header or body?

I am designing recruitment sire where focus is not to search job but to write resume .As I know focus is on resume writing service , I have option to place job search box in header or down after ...
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Suggestions for menu mockup with “user options”

I currently have the following mockup for a menu of a web application. I like the left hand side with the main menus and their sub fly out menus. What I'm not sure about is the right hand side. I'd ...
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Inline sharing URLs

What's the purpose of these inline URLs? Why clutter the interface when people can easily copy and paste their browser's address bar? Google Maps Google Maps does not change the browser address bar ...
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Is it just me or are all website UIs similar? [closed]

Why is it that every website has a navbar on the side or on the top? I have yet to see a really innovative website interface? why? Are there certain rules that most sites follow in laying out the ...
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Should hyperlink text color be changed after visited

I must admit sometimes it is useful but i realy dislike it.
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Change text color when hovering over hyperlink

Should the text color change when hovering over a hyperlink? I usually change my hyperlinks to a lighter shade of blue upon hover. a:link { color: #0088cc; } a:hover { color: #0099dd; } I ...
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Seasonal changes to the user interface? [closed]

Partially adapting the UI for the holidays is not an uncommon practice. This is also humorously known as the season of: "the client wants snow on the logo". Do you have any good, funny or dreadful ...
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When would I use HSLa over RGBa? What are the benefits with HSLa?

I recently learned about the HSLa format for specifying colors with CSS3. When would I use HSLa over RGBa? Here are two articles that briefly talk about it: http://css-tricks.com/yay-for-hsla/ ...
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Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it?

This is just one example of an article promoting use of the golden ratio in design. Over the past few years I've seen quite a few similar articles, but none of them really seem to go into depth beyond ...
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External link warnings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: External links: Whether & how to distinguishing them from internal links, and to open them What would be the best method of warning a user that the link they are ...
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What should a local musician's website look like?

Last week, I found a client that is a Hawaiian local artist. His music is really good and I would love to design his site. The problem is, I don't really know what to design. I have all of these ...
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How can I place contents on the body of this site layout without making it look like it's floating? [closed]

I am a programmer and I need a designer's expert advice regarding the website layout I am currently working on. Here is the layout to start with: Click image for full resolution I have a full ...
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One website for multiple client resolutions

I keep thinking that although creating a single website for multiple client resolutions or screen sizes might be hard work, it's far more maintainable than creating a separate website for each device ...
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How does a “random page” option help an application to succeed?

Some documentation applications, particularly wikis (including, of course, Wikipedia) have a Random Page function. My question is - how important and useful is that? Is there any objective data ...
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Is it necessary to double-check a user's password on registration? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a “repeat password” field necessary in a signup page? (Migrated from Stack Overflow) Do you find it necessary/worthwhile to make a user repeat his ...
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How best to display a point of interest extra information?

I need to show points of interest on a map, and extra information when the user clicks the marker. For the extra information, I am thinking of either a popup on the map, or showing the information ...
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What objective qualities or elements of a website design can help build trust with users?

I've seen some anecdotal evidence of trust seals or security badge helping improve conversions on ecommerce sites by boosting the user's confidence in the site. Companies like Verisign, TrustGuard, ...
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Labeling an advertisement

Management at my company said we needed to start labeling our ads. We need to make it clear that an ad is not part of our site by putting the word "advertisement" near the ad. (A) Is labeling ads ...
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Should hyperlinks be blue?

I've built a site where all hyperlinks have the default colors: blue for links, purple for visited links. They turn red on hover. I believe that always using blue for hyperlinks is a good thing, so ...
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Is it correct to sometimes capitalize words mid-sentence in computer user interfaces?

I've noticed that many sites and user interfaces tend to capitalize certain words or sentences like so: Choose File Select a File to Upload Account Settings How to Format but in some other ...
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Japanese people hate my site [closed]

I did some A/B testing on how language translations affect the ability for people to install a browser plugin. I got around 20 languages professionally translated. I use Javascript to default to the ...
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Who designs great UIs with usability testing?

If you want to make a usability expert twitchy and uncomfortable, ask her how companies like Apple can create acclaimed, wildly successful, and usable products using top-down design without ...
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Displaying a panda's family tree

I have a section on my website that displays information about all known captive pandas, (Nearly 700) in total. Each panda has a single page which display it's name, birth / death and where it has ...
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UI design app for programmers.

I am looking to do some basic UI elements for my website, eg a logo. I am not looking for anything really fancy, something like: and this sort of things. Besides photoshop, was program do you ...
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Should Printer-Friendly button open a new browser window ?

Reading Common web app usability gotchas? I felt guilty when I read that using a target = "_blank" is a bad thing. I have developed a small web application that format Stack Exchange questions in a ...
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Usability and security for user access and password handling in a web application?

I'm looking at putting together a website aimed at ordinary users that will handle personal data which I don't want to be compromised. How can I make the site secure but also usable? It seems most ...
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Using a combination of horizontal navigation with submenus and vertical side navigation with submenus in one website

I've been involved in a website redesign where the navigation includes a primary horizontal navigation menu with one level of dropdowns and secondary navigation in the left column that repeats the ...
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How or where to add an explanatory legend without the use of asterisk?

We are currently working on improving an online e-commerce website, and recently we bumped into the issue of adding an explanatory legend that had not previously been requested. There's a product ...
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one page websites

Yes or No ? Why ? Why not ? I'm thinking of making my future project a one page website. It's not going to be something simple. I want to include membership, comments and views in the same page or in ...