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Here in Finland the main reason is this: Image source Road markings are used to denote speed limits but never as a primary mean. And as Jung Lee points out, re-applying road paint is labor intensive, especially here, as studded tyres usually erode most of the paint in one or two winters. Edit: The Finnish law actually states that road markings, such as ...


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You read as you approach. Theoretically. In reality, levels of visual acuity mean that some people (like you and I) can read the whole block at once. Another reason that painting information on the pavement isn't always ideal. Here's a good visual for how this is designed to function in practice: The trick is (as the image above shows) the spacing of ...


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I believe there's some sort of misconception here. How good a design is is not in correlation with how expensive or premium something seems. A design can't be "too good" for its users. In the package of design (the art of applying knowledge and best practices into a solution) knowing one's target group and speaking to that target group accordingly is also ...


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I would say there are a couple of aspects here Line of sight : Though while driving your line of sight is mainly on the road, the main point of focus is at object ahead of you straight ahead (e.g. a vehicle going ahead). Hence writing the speed signs on the road would have to require the person driving to focus down and assimilate the information which ...


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If the data is tabular, then I see no reason why one shouldn't go with tables? After all, the whole purpose of table element is for showing such type of data. But if your query is how to make the tabular data look more beautiful, then read this article - http://darkhorseanalytics.com/blog/clear-off-the-table/ In nutshell, it follows the principle of 'Less ...


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Ryanair (Eurpean Airline based in Ireland) used to trade on their 'we are very cheap and we provide absolutely no frills at all' service And used to have a suitably cheap and nasty website to match ( all garish colours and animated gifs ) Since they changed strategy recently to not ""unnecessarily piss people off (see quote below from their CEO ) " ...


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Besides the snow-covered roads—a very clear reason but only applicable in a small number of cases—there are several vision-related explanations. The first one is simply geometrical. On an empty road, a traffic sign remains for a long time close to the centre of the driver's field of view (where vision is sharpest) and can be seen from far away. It gets off ...


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It depends on what behavior is being changed Milton Glaser created the following illustration he calls "The Road To Hell", which shows gradients in design ethics: For most cases in The Road to Hell, the design objective is to convince users to buy something. But the illustration shows that the nature of the product and the type of designed behavior can ...


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Do signs printed on the road offer a significant advantage for the user over signs on a post? Let's make a matrix: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | On Road | On Sign ...


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In complete agreement with the other answers, but to provide an alternate viewpoint: If you were driving at night, your headlights will reveal the beginning of the sentence before the end.


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Most games succeed by taking a good game design and combining it with a compelling theme (Taking over the world, building a real estate empire, or solving a murder--to name a few obvious examples). Without knowing much about your game, I would say it would probably benefit from adding some kind of theme that will make it less abstract and inform the visual ...


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To me, elegance is the combination of three features: Simplicity, coherence, and powerfulness. This can be applied to a design concept, aesthetic appearance, interaction design, and underlying code. Simplicity. Simplicity means few elements. It could be a concept that’s easy to explain in a few words, a visual design with few colors, lines, and shapes, an ...


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In addition to the ones mentioned by others, here are additional considerations: Road paint is more labor intensive to install initially. Road paint is more labor intensive to maintain as well because road needs to be repaved every few years and/or potholes filled. But more importantly, road paint is slippery in wet weather. (well known concerns among ...


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The key to good UX in game design is not only to make it easy to interpret and enjoy, but to make the physical design cohesive with the conceptual design of your game. It is difficult to completely understand the significance of the failure paths and consequences without fully understanding the game objectives. While the circle representation is simple and ...


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Couple of reasons: When driving there are often cars ahead, so anything written on the road can be obscured. The same is true with street signs, but it's not nearly as bad. Drivers look forward and straight. Signs are usually off to either side of the road, where both a driver and passenger can see. Thus the signs are a little easier to view for all ...


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Your CEO probably knows already that Marketing is a pretty precise craft that operates with data like KPI's and metrics. What he doesn't seem to know is UX does wonders for just that. Best UX practices, applied to the website/app design, will guarantee that Conversion, Retention, pageviews, visits and all other important metrics will go up. And that the ...


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The world of screen sizes and resolutions are is a world of chaos. We could try to design for different devices ending up with many mockups, but it wouldn’t do any good. Instead, we try to design against a grid system only dependent of the width. The boundaries will change over time, but the general thought is to design for three different layouts: Desktop, ...


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There is certainly value in ensuring continuity between an organisation's print material and website. For one thing, if a customer goes to a link promoted on a leaflet and the resulting website looks completely different, the experience feels disjointed and lacks credibility. It's important for a brand to have a consistent customer experience across all ...


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As for the UX aspect of this question, I'm going to have to say I very much doubt their effectiveness. If anything, perhaps it's because they cut off a slightly smaller part of the image within the same square dimensions: Having said that, I'm pretty sure Swarm's reason for using hexagons relates to their branding, which draws from nature's very own ...


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When sorting anything either a Vertical or Horizontal list of items is preferred. (but not both) A vertical list is my personal preference as many devices are built to easily scroll up and down (i.e. mouse wheel, smartphones, etc.) among other reasons. Sorting Cards in a Grid First of all, this is a great question so go ahead and vote it up now. ...


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Removal of the failure track would be preferable, since it clutters the card, and causes a lot of "look-up" work for the reader. The combined circle is the direction I believe you should go, however; as you have stated, having multiple dice roll numbers on the circle is to much information for a single circle. My solution is to have a (Dice Roll | Failure) ...


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Per Nielsen Norman: Chrome is the visual design elements that give users information about or commands to operate on the screen's content (as opposed to being part of that content). These design elements are provided by the underlying system — whether it be an operating system, a website, or an application — and surround the user's data. What ...


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There are certain sports where a neck-proximate pocket would make sense, but given the shape of this particular pocket I'm almost positive it's decorative and not functional. For road cycling, where a rider is crouched, side or chest pockets are hard to reach so a neck-proximate pocket could provide betterUX. For climbing, a climber's chest is often close to ...


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Your current approach is heading in the right direction. When your users use this data regularly, they will already know the relationship between the groups. Switching background color is one way of creating contrast between groups. Other ways would be to use line separators and white space. One thing you can have do to make it more obvious is by ...


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Extreme Environmental Conditions Similar to conditions in Finland, as shown by @locationunknown, locations in India suffer problems as well. Where monsoon damages roads every year. Imagine speed limits and other markings on road would never be seen on these roads. Other constraints here in India, why speed limits are not on road is the sheer ...


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The job of a UX designer is not to make sure the product makes sense, it's to lead the user to the end goal. For many of us, that's to get the user to buy something or spend money in some way. The question of ethics plays little role there: to drive the business you need revenue, and that comes from a UX that promotes making purchases. That said, it is ...


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"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." - Henry Ford I understand the dilemma. I do agree with @Jamezrp. We as UX designers/engineers are between the function of the system, business objectives of the firms we consult/work with, and the most importantly the user who is going to use the system to meet his personal ...


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Trends... There has been a general positive trend over the last 15 years for designers to take on larger and larger scope of responsibilities within the product development process 15 years ago in the "Microsoft" era of formal software development, human-computer interaction, visual design, or information architecture were specific disciplines in design, ...


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Two well known articles from the by Jakob Nielsen commenting the results of usability tests on tablets running flat designs and windows 8 http://www.nngroup.com/articles/tablet-usability/ http://www.nngroup.com/articles/windows-8-disappointing-usability/ Both point in the direction that flat design leads to a loss of visual affordances. My two cents. ...


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Actually, I would be surprised if the development work isn't pixel perfect. Developers need logic and rules for programming, and if you are not supplying them with a style guide that they can plug into their development framework then I should think they will be asking you a question every five minutes about the spacing or alignment or hex value for the ...



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