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Do signs printed on the road offer a significant advantage for the user over signs on a post?

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,...
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Why do many sites leave half of each webpage empty?

There are many reasons, but the main ones are visual cluttering and hierarchy of information on one side, and structural consistency on the UI side. Visual Cluttering Clutter is an important ...
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Why does the cursor have a tail?

To add to DA01's great answer, here's the history of cursor arrow. The link also links to a well known document from Xerox with further explanation, from which I took the image below. However, this ...
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Best error color on blue color?

MD guidelines aren't rules The Google Design team wanted to provide a good selection of colors for app devs who can't think in color. It's a solid palette (the whole UI framework is great), but it ...
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Why do most of us wear wristwatches on the left hand?

It is a matter of: Usability Comfortability We wear it on our less skillful arm. It makes sense for right-handed people to wear it on the left wrist because it is easier and gives more precision to ...
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Most User Friendly Color Picker

Basic users first I assume this isn't a color theory app. If this is intended to support quick color selection with a sub-set of power users, a hybrid palette chooser / builder will work well. Make &...
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Why do many sites leave half of each webpage empty?

The optimal line length for your body text is considered to be 50-60 characters per line, including spaces (“Typographie”, E. Ruder). Other sources suggest that up to 75 characters is acceptable. ...
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Why is bright pink background a bad UX/UI?

It hurts the eyes Certain colors and color relationships can be eye irritants, cause headaches, and wreak havoc with human vision. Yellow, pure bright lemon yellow is the most fatiguing color. Why? ...
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How to enforce shoes removal in a lobby/house?

Instruct Having something like this doormat outside your front door will 'permission prime' your guests on your expectations about shoe removal. Reinforce Having your shoes on a shoe-rack on the ...
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Why do many sites leave half of each webpage empty?

There is a reasonable limit in the amount of information the user should see at once. If the view is filled with more information than the user can assimilate/understand it becomes overwhelming. This ...
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What's the point of a delayed popup on a webpage?

It is about increasing the chance of the user having a look at the popup. Task-completion mode Users in task-completion mode are eager to fulfil their goal (eg, "Is the product/information/answer I'...
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Why does the cursor have a tail?

It's an arrow: pictograms of arrows have mostly always had at least the arrow head and the shaft: Whoever drew the cursor as we know it was drawing an arrow. It became the default standard. You ...
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Why do we prefer shiny finish on cars and dull finish on devices?

Practical origins defined our tastes When car finishes became shiny (because they weren't always) [1,2] due to the availability of the required technology and paint materials, it was mostly for ...
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Background for black and white chart

White is giving the appearance as the absence of data. Data visualization is not about what you intend, it's about what they perceive. Black and white have connotations as opposites. Some cultural ...
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What some alternative ways to present tabular data instead of the standard table in the UI?

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 ...
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For death year, should I use N/A or --- if person still alive?

Well, you can write the predicted year of death based on user research, or you can say "TBD" :). And more seriously - it would be a good idea to develop two templates for this item, one for dead ...
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Why are messages on the road printed in reverse?

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 ...
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What is such a presentation of music cover art images called?

It's called Cover Flow. It's used by Apple in OS X (among others). Cover Flow is an animated, three-dimensional graphical user interface element that is integrated within the Macintosh Finder ...
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How to enforce shoes removal in a lobby/house?

It is not uncommon to take your shoes off in Europe (at least in the UK and Belgium where I've lived). However, just sticking up a sign might be seen as rude / impersonal. If all else fails it's best ...
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What is such a presentation of music cover art images called?

It's an ordinary Carousel with a fancy 3D touch to it. Image source: Yahoo design pattern library Carousels are often used on webpages, in this context a carousel often shows a single item at any ...
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Do signs printed on the road offer a significant advantage for the user over signs on a post?

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 ...
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Why are clients afraid of empty space?

While for the end-user, the "less-is-more" theory tends to be a huge win, you've got to get into the client's shoes to get where this opposition comes from. The short answer is: they want to 'get ...
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Should input fields be cleared out when the user selects them?

Don't do that, there are different approaches to filling out values, and for some it would be disruptive. For example if the user just wants to change the last digit... A good, non-disruptive ...
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Might a design be "too good" for users that expect a low price?

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 ...
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Ways to improve readability of recipe ingredients?

First of all, if you are just looking at a text list of ingredients then I would say that it probably isn't going to matter too much which option you go for. Out of the 3 options I would personally ...
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Why is bright pink background a bad UX/UI?

Is it true? No. Nor is it true that it's good UX. It's a visual design question that can only really be properly answered in context...and part of that would be how it works with the overall page ...
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Why are most pens (that we use to write) blue in color?

Because the first widely used ink was iron gall which had purple-black or blue-black colour. And the color remained as a standard until today. text written with iron gall ink Detailed explanation: ...
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Should input fields be cleared out when the user selects them?

You could have the input value selected when the user clicks on the input. This way the user can just press backspace or start typing to change the value or copy the value instantly.
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Background for black and white chart

Stacked bar charts often use a darker colour at the bottom and lighter colour at the top. Bolder darker colours look strong and more supportive of what's on top. Your chart bars looks top heavy, with ...
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Is it crucial for a UX designer to understand the principles and concepts behind Object Oriented Programming?

No. Those are two fundamentally different jobs. Except in the scenario that the UX design is for a product the primary purpose of which is OOP development (e.g. an IDE). Otherwise, of course, ...
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