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Don't use meaningless imagery just for decorative purposes. They'll get ignored, it's clutter, it needs to be downloaded by the end-user which means the site will be slower to load... There are numerous reasons not to use such images when they don't have any purpose. However I think you are overlooking one option: Typography. Good typography can be ...


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Another option is to use a semi-transparent layer on top of the images for text which allows you to control the colour and hue of all the images so you can have a more consistent looking portfolio (if desired). The Verge uses a lot of colour gradients which may of may not be to your taste, but it can be an effective way of combining both text whilst being ...


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To find an alternative that solves the problems with the Pinterest layout, step one is identifying what specifically the problem with the Pinterest layout is. The big design compromise with the pinterest layout and your example is lack of *heirarchy* - relying entirely on the imagery in equally-weighted items to catch the eye. This underlies your problem ...


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It's a psychological trick. Reflections were Apple's enormously influential way of communicating: technological advancement pleasant ux Flat (popularized but not created by Google) is a way of saying "we've moved beyond all the bling." It communicates: simplicity efficient ux It's nothing new (look to the international style design of the 50s and ...


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Two words - Improved Usability. I like to think it as an improvement in usability in ux designs, rather than a latest "trend". It's a lot easier to process flat based (iconized) user interfaces for the users. In a way, it's related to how the road signs are designed. Just imagine if the road signs were glossy and 3d and colorful.. that would be very ...


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I actually think this is a rather smart pattern. Just to clarify on terminology (I'm using Twitter Bootstrap as a reference): Static Menu - a menu that scrolls away with the rest of the view (ie, will not be visible after scrolling). Fixed Menu - a menu that is constantly in the view, regardless of scroll. Autoshow Fixed Menu - a menu that hides itself on ...


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This feature of making the address bar disappear when you scroll down is a practice that I saw for first time in the Pinterest App, and recently in one of the last updates of Chrome (both iOS). In the case of a mobile device this makes a lot of sense because we have reduced space and this cleans the screen getting a "full screen" experience (in the case of ...


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I'd caution against comparing this feature in the browser and this feature on a website because people (usually) use the browser much more than any single website, so tend to learn and become comfortable with the new browser behavior more quickly than they would the behavior in a website. Another confusing factor is that different websites implement this ...



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