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Colour combination for three buttons

The Go button should be bigger and have the highest contrast of all since it's the primary one. The Clear button is okay because it's a secondary action and it should be neutral. For me the Switch ...
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What is the difference between wireframes and mockups?

A wireframe is about functionality. It can be a really simple sketch that demonstrates what sort of things you can do in your design. For example, a wireframe of a website will show the navigation, ...
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How to draw a hierarchy button set and look less offensive than it is?

Your arrow concept and what you plan to use it for seem appropriate. And from what I can see, I guess you don't have much room for icons anyway. Maybe what could help you is simply to use thicker and ...
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Should I use company's logo color as a website color even if its bad?

Any single colour can be worked into a working colour setting, even for a website. So, yes, they are right in stating that using their blue is good for brand recognition. A good idea might be to take ...
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Is programming a website for mobile first really necessary?

From a purely design standpoint, starting with the mobile version first does make sense. The hardest part of the design process is always pruning, never adding. So the smaller the screen real estate ...
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What is the difference between wireframes and mockups?

Wireframes are rudimentary shapes or lines used to designate position and/or size only. The goal of any wireframe is to "fit" the elements into a layout, not indicate how elements may actually appear ...
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Illustrator: what is this black dotted box? How can it be disabled?

It's the print tiling indicator, basically showing you what and where your artwork will print with the print page size you currently have set. You can turn it on and off from the view menu (View ...
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'This page is under construction' message or no page at all?

Most of the time for live sites you should not have a page at all or, if you really want it live (perhaps to show to others and you don't have a development site), don't link to it publicly anywhere. ...
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How do designers choose shapes in a design?

Actually there may be a great deal of thought put into such usage, well beyond personal preference or some client directive. Style If you know you want a more friendly, loose "feel" then ...
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How can a popular free site with minimal budget obtain quality UI/UX design support?

On your home page put a big ad: Do you really like this web site? Want to help make it better? I'm looking for a UI/UX designer to collaborate with to make this project better. I wish I could pay ...
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Colour combination for three buttons

One solution is to visually separate your button by priority. You'd typically have primary button(s), secondary button(s) and sometimes tertiary button(s) and/or non-preferred action buttons. For ...
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What is the difference between wireframes and mockups?

I support detailed reply of @Yisela, also to add this vision exposed in following presentation
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Is programming a website for mobile first really necessary?

Mobile first is best practice -- it's not law, and if you understand why you "should" be using it, you can make an informed decision as to why you don't want to use it on a particular project, and ...
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How to indicate dark mode / light mode options on a user interface?

You could simply be straight forward with it....
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New generation of Save icon that is not a "disk"?

As @Bennett McElwee also points out, the checkmark is something we're getting more and more used to in our interfaces. Also the asteriks is used to indicate something that's not saved. We might ...
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What questions should I ask when giving interviews to a senior graphic designer?

The topics are good, but most of these questions are too narrow to be good interview questions. If it can be answered in one word, it's too narrow, it needs to spark a conversation: Instead of "how ...
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How to document a double click?

This is the exact way that Luke Wroblewski indicated single tap and double tap with his gesture icons: These have become de-facto standards in UX wireframes, but can't say if they'd be intuitive to ...
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Why are these two designs considered outdated and old-fashioned?

Okay.. simply looking at the first design... This is merely my opinion.... First. The logo needs to be reworked. it is the #1 factor lending things to a "dated" or "old-fashioned" ...
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Am I working too slow?

A business startup that expects 3-4 day turnarounds on well-designed websites? A startup with arbitrary and poorly-communicated goals? A startup that plans to give up on development if "people" aren't ...
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The effectiveness of the hamburger menu in 2016

I think the hambuerger menu is recognizable by the vast majority of users nowadays, when in the right context. In your example, I do not think it is obvious. I usually expect to see the icon for ...
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Why does material design recommend a 2dp border radius for buttons?

The answer to your question lies in the psychological concept called Contour Bias as illustrated in the book Universal Principles of Design. As the book quotes: Objects with pointed features ...
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Do I need to be Creative and Artistic to be a graphic designer?

Yes But being creative or artistic does not necessarily mean "ability to draw". Creativity is a must-have. A good designer needs to be able to imagine/see information in various constructs, ...
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What is the difference between wireframes and mockups?

Here is a short summary of an article by Marcin Treder: Wireframe A wireframe is a low fidelity representation of a design. It should clearly show: • The main groups of content (what?) • The ...
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How can I be creative in web design

Think of the Tango (the dance). You learn the moves (components of the dance) in a set sequence. When you know them well, you can make up your own sequences and so create a unique dance of your own. ...
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Should I use company's logo color as a website color even if its bad?

Vincent's answer is right on the money. I would also advise you take a look at a lot of the trends in web design lately, specifically regarding the subtle use of vibrant color, and take some cues from ...
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Sketch 3 Text Wrap

"You can't get there from here." This is a GLARING omission from an otherwise excellent app, which should include the layout capabilities of all basic CSS. Float/wrap is intrinsic to web layout and ...
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professional design of an extremely slim vertical menu

Consider using established UI patterns like the burger menu icon or an arrow to show that there is a draw or menu. The icon is enough for people to know there is navigation / settings to be clicked. ...
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Meanings of mouseover colors (outlines) in Adobe Illustrator?

Color of the outline does not mean object type. Color is associated with the layer, as such it is something you define. So it has no intrinsic meaning beyond what you want it to have. You can change ...
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User Input Color Restrictions

I'd stay away from showing all color options in a color picker like this for a couple reasons: 1) it's frustrating for a user to see (or even choose) options that they can't end up having. And more ...
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Why large companies never use flat design?

Because they are not followers of trends. They are trend setters. Whole thing about Apple is "think different". You got 20 e-mails with "see what's IN in design in 201X" and it's something that Big ...
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