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Don Norman's "Why we Love (or Hate) Everyday Things" opens with an account of a famous study on this, conducted by N. Tractinsky in 1999. He tested four different designs of an ATM machine, where each could have either good or bad usability, and good or bad aesthetics (a 2x2 research design). He reported that the degree of system's aesthetics affected ...


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Yes, visual design affects user experience Here's a common meal with only one visual difference. It's enough to drive a dramatically different user experience: There is more formal literature on this topic, but since others have already provided citations, I will add one more a simple illustration. The following two forms are almost identical except for ...


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Designers When it's your working version and you just want some text in there to visualise the overall page balance, and you'll only share it with other designers, then using Lorum ipsum should probably be fine. End users For end users, I would suggest using some other real example text. Yes, you'd have to localise this, but it's quite easy to simply ...


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Font and layout is exactly what Lorem Ipsum is designed to do. It has been used by type setters and printers since the 1500s. The idea is that by not having real words the users focus on the layout. It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is ...


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There is enough ambiguity here that labeling and context are necessary It doesn't matter whether 30%, 50% or 70% of users think this is male (vs female or gender-neutral). There is enough ambiguity here that the infographic will fail to communicate gender effectively so context and labeling are necessary to make it effective. This Nielsen article ...


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You could start by reading interaction-design.org's entry, by Noam Tractinsky, on visual aesthetics. Remember also to read Jeffrey Bardzell's comments on the entry. Then you could check out Tractinsky's seminal What is beautiful is usable: A multivariate analysis of covariance revealed that the degree of system's aesthetics affected the post-use ...


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Your graphic seems to require far too much information to describe what it means. Github does this through a table of Longest Streak next to Current Streak. It is easier to understand with just text. To keep it compact you could remove everything but the most important information: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq ...


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There were scientific studies in aviation, that show, that visual aesthetics of control dashboards in plane's cockpit affects effectiveness of flight operations. So visually appealing design affects usability. But what was interesting, that when the system was too beautiful for operators, they perceived it as too intelligent and ideal, so the effectiveness ...


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I agree with most of the points that have been made so far, so I'll just add one that hasn't been touched on yet. One of the things often overlooked about visual design is the impact that it has on the user's trust. If you've ever gone to a small-business website that has been constructed using one of the many. template-based, cheap, hosting websites, ...


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Consider the following: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Bullet graphs provide a condense and clear way of comparing data when you have a list of skills where you need to compare between "target" and "actual". The 100% line makes it very easy to tell whether you have enough resources or not. There's also no need ...


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If the goal is to provide a short text sample for the style then use a pangram like "A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog". This will show how each letter is rendered.


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Generally it's not a great idea to present 'dense' 3D data. But let's say this really needs to be done. In this case the dimensions you're trying to present are: Skillset (30+ categories) x Competence (4 categories including none) x Capacity (TBD). The skillset category makes the data dense. So with respect to the other answerer, a spider chart will ...


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While it can be computationaly and mathematically complex, the concept of heat maps can help you out here. The point of a heat map is you add a third dimension to a 2 dimensional plot not by actually having an additional axis, but by using color. For example, your X axis could be "employees", your Y axis could be "project", and time could be represented by ...


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**Here are two alternative ways to represent ratios ** Using a high watermark line. This allows them to contrast their all time best with the current streak while also affording them to see some minor trends in their performance. A risk is them not understanding the high watermark which a screen overlay the first time might help them out. Apples health ...


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Just label it! The beauty of donut charts is the ability to include explanatory and informative labels. You have the informative part there, but you've left out the explanation. Try something like this:


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Something I do which I believe is more relevant, is instead of using ambiguous percentages I use years, relative to my career. I still use a sort of 'bar graph', but the numbers have context in relation to the length of time I've been working: The numbers across the top are the years of my career (2000 - 2015) and each skill is represented as a ...


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This one tested well with both the technical and non-technical users and can generate pretty much any possible database query... The benefits are that it's very clear and a user can drag and drop (or delete) any expression or group of expressions in the tree. The down side is how much space it consumes.


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If the text preferences are important, you should not use example text in a different (which includes fictive) language. Languages have different characteristics, and what looks fine for a paragraph of "Lorem ipsum …" is not necessarily ideal for text in other languages. So you should show text in the language the user is setting the preferences for. You ...


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Choose a text generator that suits your domain and use it instead. Lorem ain't good for layout/typography, it was never meant to (see other answers for why it's not, unless you are in a real printing business, Gutenberg&co-style). If you're after font/typography, use a pangram for the language you are after (hello localization!), like @ratchetfreak said ...


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Tackling the competency and capacity in a single visualization may be a tall order, but I think a spider/radar graph is a good, tested solution for visualizing competency. http://www.one45.com/wordpress/assets/Best-practices-competency-spider-graphs-radar-plots.pdf As the above link mentions, this representation is best for quickly communicating skill ...


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Take a page from video games and treat your personal best streak as a high score. Classic games like Pac-Man show your high score at all times as a goal to reach, and when you achieve it you get to see both numbers change at the same time to reinforce the fact that each point is setting a new record. More recently, Diablo 3 offers increasingly ...


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Is there a reason you're doing a ratio of "current streak" to "longest streak"? I don't know why that would be helpful to the user and encourage them to continue with their habit change. Do you want to go a more aspirational route? The user is either going to be 1) In the middle of creating their longest streak or 2) working towards meeting their longest ...


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While there is nothing that specifically makes this icon of a person male or female, there is a tendency in our current culture to assume a "generic" image of a person is male unless it has various markers to mark it as specifically female. To play off the other person's answer where they gave several answers that implied the image could represent "both ...


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Gender neutral icons are a unaddressed issue within modern design patterns. The iconization of digital interfaces has occurred out of screen real estate with insufficient thought applied to user/cultural interpretation. There is some good work going on at the noun project to address this. https://thenounproject.com/term/gender-neutral/132954/ Notice ...


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I would go ahead and assume this donut chart wouldn't be the only one displayed, but will be part of a row(s) full of charts and visual graphs. In this case, I would absolutely organize the text in a readable data structure - Label top, Data bottom. When visualizing data as such, it is better practice to first give them the key for the data(which normally ...


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Your question is about information design. First, if this topic interests you greatly, I recommend you find The visual display of quantitative information by Tufte. His books are beautifully illustrated but expensive—so check your local library first or get your employer to buy you this book. Tufte will get you thinking about the design of charts and graphs ...


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Here is another option that might work depending on the situation. It has the added benefit of not needing to be localized into different languages... credit: Facebook placeholder loading card


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There is a lot of research on this topic. 1. Overview Here's an excellent review from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute on the performance of different gauge designs, including linear, radial, and others: http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/793/78868.0001.001.pdf?sequence=2 It covers a broad range of gauge ...


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So there are two approaches coming from a cartographic standpoint that could work in your situation, but it depends on what you want the user to do with these markers. The first involves the user using these as just a visual aid meaning they would have no interactivity and be just static images to inform the user. In this case, I would a pie chart marker ...



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