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

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Should video be used on home pages for company brochure sites?

I have just been in a meeting to discuss our company's new website. There was a lot of support for video being included on the home page. The video would include key messages and client's saying how ...
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What are your thoughts on using italics for primary navigation in a page header? [closed]

I'm working on a redesign for a large blue chip's website and the company brand uses a san serif italic font for the headings in it's marketing collateral. The brand/creative team would like to use ...
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Designing for children and young readers?

I am a writer and a developer. I wanted to publish my stories online and wanted to create my own website to publish. I was looking for some inspiration of a simple, readability oriented design. Some ...
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What's the best UX option to help users choose between three items

So, I'm trying to use an optimal UX design for three choices that are responses to questions. The three choices are choice 1, choice 2 and "I don't know." Currently, I've been considering using radio ...
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Good practice for eCommerce sites where you don't directly buy online? [closed]

I have a client that wants to sell jewelry, and she wants a website to advertise her collection there. The thing is, she doesn't have any means to sell them directly online. So the site is almost like ...
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Which is more suitable Separate Box vs Single box in BrijPad

I have created an editor for fast development BrijPad. I get feedback that there should be two boxes one for input and another for output. but I think for multiple operations it would be ...
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Placement additional menu on video website; top, bottom or something else

A friend of mine is building a video website where you can watch user submitted videos. Those videos are of individuals speaking their dream in the camera. The focus is on letting people watch those ...
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Looking for help on help page!

I have a lot of very similar data entry forms on several different tabs. I'm trying to get decent looking and effective help screens for the data. Also any ideas on the forms themselves. TIA You can ...
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CSS-based form display of data (not input controls) examples [closed]

I'm looking for examples for how to show data (not form inputs) with field name/field value on a form. Everything I find on CSS is always form INPUT fields. I'm looking for a css layout for form DATA. ...
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Can't find usability site about small quirks

I once visited a usability website where people submitted the small quirks that they liked about an interface. For example, one submission was about how Apple.com's search bar expands when you place ...
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Is it good or bad to follow iPhone native look and feel in design of mobile Websites?

Is it good or bad to follow iPhone native look and feel in design of mobile Websites? I'm making Mobile website for Smartphones (iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows 7 Mobile) but the UI ...
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What are the rules of thumb for margins in web design?

My web designer tells me that in a web page, the empty margins or padding should always be multiples of a standard. For example 6 px, 12px, 18px. This should produce nicely balanced lay-outs. I would ...
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Does the average user understand the standard HTML multiple select box?

If I want the user to select one or more items the HTML symantecally correct form element would be <select multiple>. So the code would be: <select multiple id="sel"> ...
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Subtle and understandable indication of AJAX page fragment load in progress? (No gifs!)

I am working with a home-grown CMS and have recently "upgraded" the entire thing to use javascript/AJAX/XHR to handle every page load and form submit, no exceptions. So far so good. All links load a ...
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Tools to develop user interface of a web application/ website ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which prototyping tools? What are the good tools to develop user interface of a web application/ website ? I know to use Illustrator but I doubt that is the best & ...
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User Testing and other best/most effective ways to implement UX in webpage

I am interested to know what some effective ways to determine and implement user experience would be. I think that user testing is a very effective one, i.e. getting people who are completely ...
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What's the best web design pattern for a list of people?

I have a list of people. Totally around 200. I need to display the people's name, pictures and some other information in one page. Users could sort those people by name, country and other attributes. ...
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What are some examples or design patterns of an aggregating website with different types of content? [closed]

I'm designing a website that is meant to aggregate on it's homepage different types of contents such as: Blog posts from around the web User generated movies, presentations, documents, pictures etc. ...
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Design / UX examples of multiple sub-sites with the same general look and feel

I'm working on an upcoming large project for a company that has many entities. They've recently decided that they want a master website to rule all of their entities. Each entity would have a section ...
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Using mobile design elements for standard web pages?

I'm a big fan of minimalist design and really like the efficiency and layout of sites and apps designed for mobile devices (Tripit.com comes to mind). I often find myself trying to incorporate similar ...
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When to change wording in an existing system

We're adding to our Wordpress site a forum called simple-press, and are tweaking the UI and the UX a little. One of the things that our designer wants to change is the wording on the submit button on ...
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Data visualization for small web projects

What's an example of good data visualization for a small web projects? I don't want to overwhelm the client. I must track progress, and keep stakeholders engaged. What I've got so far PERCENT OF ...
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Creating a web UI for an 'Expert System'. What is the best approach?

I'm new to this site, and am finding it quite useful. My question is that I'm creating a web-based user interface for an existing 'Expert System' ( http://bike.ballarat.edu.au/RDR.html). I'm just ...
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Why is that facebook, twitter and grooveshark have 40px height in their nav bar?

Its just coincidence or is a perfect size for a better ui?
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what is the best UI for multiselect from a heirarchy of data

i have a hierarchy of data and i need to create a UI to pick from this list. the data is structured something like an org chart where teams have parent teams. team seven team three --team one --team ...
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Project dependency visualization and navigation

I have to visualize software project dependencies and provide a way to navigate through the dependencies. I want to combine showing the dependencies of the currently selected project as well as ...
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User friendly method of arranging replies in a site that takes the two most voted replies and place them on the top?

Basically, I'm building a site that has a liking/voting system like Youtube (it places the most voted comments on the top. But is harder than I imagined, for instance, I've been facing the situation ...
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Web comic site with three languages?

I want to start a web comic site like this one. But I want users to see English, Spanish and Chinese at the same time (so they can also learn). Not sure how to arrange that. I want the user to feel ...
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Alternatives to dropdown list when possible results are not known

For quite some time I've been looking around the web for alternatives to a dropdown list in assignment of data (i.e., during data capture that will be saved, NOT when searching for some data). One ...
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Multiple sites or one site?

My wife and I run a creatives business as my part time and her full time job. We do photography, illustration, print design, Flash development, and sometimes web development. We have a simple little ...
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In an era of the print stylesheet's ubiquity, are “Print this page” links or buttons still a good idea? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are “print” links needed on a website? On a well-developed website with a print stylesheet, simply using a browser's Print… command will send an ...
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Which of the following layouts is better in terms of design and usability (Online date renting site)?

This is proposal number one: This is proposal number two: Which one is better in term of design, usability, accessibility, and visual appeal?
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Top list of the most down-voted items. How to avoid user confusion?

Context: web application. I have a list of items, each one with up and down arrows (a la reddit) but my list doesn't shows the most up-voted items, but the most down-voted (technically it's ordered ...
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Is it better to put the action in the href or in an onclick event?

From usability point of view: In most of website we can see a link which do an action such as "Delete" link which deletes a record for example, "Add Comment", "Vote Up", .... Is it better to put the ...
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Home page design with search options [closed]

We're building a website where the user will be able to perform four different types of searches. We have to come up with 3-4 design ideas for the homepage. There will always be a menu from where ...
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To what extent should a client be involved in UI/UX Design?

To what extent should a client be involved in User Interaface and User Experience Design? For instance, in a web design job, at what extent the client should be involved in the structure of the ...
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what do you think design an on-line newspaper?

I got a practice project to design a online version for a printed newspaper. The basically thing is to reorganize the information, and the navigation would deal with this. What others do you think is ...
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How large should a phone number be on a webpage?

I'm under the belief that if a phone number is in an appropriate place (website header, footer, or even contact page) that any user looking for the phone number will surely find it. I have a coworker, ...
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If an iPhone can't use it, is it bad UI?

Question: If an iPhone user has trouble using a website, does that mean the UI is intrinsically bad? Examples of trouble: Here are some examples of where a website can give users trouble when ...
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Keyboard shortcuts overriding default browser action

I'd like to add some keyboard shortcuts to my website. How severely is usability affected if I override the default browser behavior? CTRL+B: bolds the text instead of open bookmarks. CTRL+N: go to ...
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A suggestion/complaint selection page for 3 languages

I want to create a web page from which a user can select the language and if its a suggestion or a complaint, I was thinking of creating six links, two for each language one to take him to the ...
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Is it okay to open a help link in a new window?

I have read Jacob Nielson's usability book and he says links should never open in a new window. Here are some of his reasons: Novice users cannot manage multiple windows and become disoriented. The ...
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Change all to accommodate one?

Sometimes a layout doesn't look great for all the different variations in data it will have. For example: Say you have a style set for the headings on a particular type of page, like a product page. ...
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Should I use a banner-like or logo-like header in this website I'm designing? (based on aestetics and ui-design principles)

This is proposal number one: This is proposal number two: In terms of aesthetics, professionalism, and balance of colors, and ui-design principles, and how it fits the current layout. Which one ...
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Progressive images = Better user experience?

Do progressive images give a better user experience generally for browser based web applications?
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Ideal column width for paragraphs online

There is nothing worse than coming across a website with paragraphs that span the width of your screen resolution. They are usually so hard to read, I don't even bother. A lot of web designers use ...
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Need a better way to list events

Our site, http://www.racedayworld.com has events that you can register for which are listed in a table with sortable rows ... I'm basically not too enthused with the design, but can't think of ...
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How do you conquer the challenge of designing for large screen real-estate?

This question is a bit more subjective, but I'm hoping to get some new perspective. I'm so used to designing for a certain screen size (typically 1024x768) that I find that size to not be a problem. ...
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Is there a usability reason for centering a website's content area on a page?

A lot of websites these days have content area's which are center-aligned: http://ux.stackexchange.com is an example. However some sites are left-aligned e.g. http://forums.adobe.com/index.jspa, ...
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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?