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Is there a program that can select a set of 5 to 10 colors based on a few main colors?

Say I want a color scheme to be 'vintage' and I know that, at least to me, that means a lighter sea green and a faded orange color. I know the art students will understand color theory enough to do ...
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Evidence for The Broken Window Theory in UX?

In criminology, Broken Window Theory postulates that seemingly small defects (graffiti, broken windows) in the environment around us can lead to increase in more serious crime by the means of priming, ...
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What do you call a GUI widget that slides out from the left or right?

In mobile applications, many times you have the main content taking up the entire screen but there is a settings page also. To reach the settings page you can to put your finger on the left or right ...
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How does size/complexity of a project impacts efficiency of a user centered design process?

Which approaches help for small/middle/large scaled software projects? I'm working sometimes on projects with 50-100developers (+other stakeholders) over several years and I'm still unsure if ucd ...
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One page or multiple pages, SEO vs User Experience

Exploring two possible strategies for my site, one seems better for user experience, one seems better for SEO. Looking for insight to help choose one or the other. My initial concept was a single ...
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Confusions about applying Hick-Hyman Law in user interface design

I think many people here have heard of "Hick-Hyman" law, which describes the time it takes for a person to make a decision as a result of the possible choices he or she has; That is, increasing the ...
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Minimalism, Maximalism(?) or whatever?

Tufte & Nielsen believe that screen real estate is one of the most important asset for a (UX) designer. Utilize available screen space - Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox: May 9, 2011 & The Visual ...
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Why left-align a website?

Looking around the web, I've noticed quite a few sites (mainly sites that haven't had a major facelift for a couple of years) that have the entire site sitting to the left of the page. Examples: ...
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Filtering: Additive or subtractive model?

A lot of sites use an additive filtration system while there is also subtractive now is used. A difference in an interaction method: Additive First of all you need to choose a set of the options ...
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“Clutter” equation

When trying to find the optimal size and placement for an element, I can model the utility using Fitt's law. Of course, using this law by itself will just tell me that everything should be massive and ...
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Icon based buttons or Color based buttons which is more UI attractive and Friendly

I am seeing websites increasingly switching to color based buttons and interaction elements rather than icon based is this a trend or do they have reasons behind the switch? For example see the ...
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Does having a visually distinct header help the user get comfortable with the website?

We had an interesting but "un-resolved" discussion recently within the team regarding header design (logo + navigation links etc) for a web application. I would like to know if having a dark or ...
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Can you describe the attributes, properties, and/or elements that make a user interface pleasing to the eye? [closed]

I've read that beauty is subjective and I've read that it is objective (I tend to believe a mix of both depending on the context). However I've also read that scientists found that a person generally ...
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What's the name of the design technique where you make something clearer by using contrast?

For instance, choosing a background color that makes all text stand out better, or giving all hyperlinks a background color the opposite of the color of the actual hyperlinks. An example of this is my ...