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Is it essential to type "WWW" when our design contains URL, or is it a matter of taste by now?

www.example.com and example.com are two different addresses. It is only a common convention for web servers to be configured such that both variants work the same. This convention is not universal, ...
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Do interfaces really need to "look good"?

Edit: Since you keep pushing :) I will answer directly: Is the style, creativity, & inspiration side of interface design not equally important compared to the content, efficiency, & ...
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Is it essential to type "WWW" when our design contains URL, or is it a matter of taste by now?

www. may have valid technical reasons for being used. When a server is configured it must be set up to use http://www.example.com and http://example.com. It is completely possible that www.example....
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Do interfaces really need to "look good"?

Short answer: Form follows function. It's an age-old but often forgotten design principle: how things look or are shaped should follow what they are for. Function shouldn't be twisted or squeezed to ...
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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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Do interfaces really need to "look good"?

Do interfaces really need to “look good”? Nope. As you state, and prove, some very highly succesful websites that have horrific UIs succeed. Reddit is a great example. As is Craigslist. So no, you ...
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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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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 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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What should a designer consider when laying out print materials for elderly audiences?

I work for a group called Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (alcoa.ca) — we were looking into design issues affecting websites and found this site to be very helpful: http://www.nia.nih.gov. ...
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Presentation - Brand Identity

I, personally, always brand presentations with the client branding. That way the client gets an overall sense of the proposed design. In fact, my company branding is reduced to monotone and minimal ...
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The effectiveness of the hamburger menu in 2016

Nowadays, it is a well established indicator as a button to reveal a menu. There is no reason to worry that people won't understand what it's for based on the icon alone. However where it's situated ...
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What is the name of this UI Element?

This is called a SlidingUpPanel - given that one has this sort of interaction behavior with the element in mind: https://pub.dev/packages/sliding_up_panel Searching for SlidingUpPanel as UI element ...
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Critiques on portfolio site

There seem to be a lot of problems on mobile. You have CSS breakpoints set for smaller browser widths but for some reason on an actual mobile device you see the full width site. Here are some ...
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How do designers choose shapes in a design?

This is probably going to get hammered shut but in brief; the basic shapes, circles, squares and rectangles are invaluable as the fundamental elements of design. Shapes and curves can provide feeling ...
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Presentation - Brand Identity

In my experience it can be quite confusing for the customer if a presentation uses the design company's own branding. There might be a clash of styles and it can seem little smug and out of place to ...
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Why large companies never use flat design?

Not sure what qualifies as a 'large company' and exactly what you expect to see in a 'flat design', but some of the latest Android interfaces do look pretty flat to me. Also, Facebook's app interface ...
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How to indicate dark mode / light mode options on a user interface?

You don't really need an icon for this. I would just use a toggle switch: place it in a distinct, fixed position in the design, then customize. You can play with the fills and strokes, or add wording ...
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Do interfaces really need to "look good"?

I think that everyone so far has gotten tied up with taste, design principle, and /or opinion, while the question, if you guys take a look at the title, is actually a pretty objective one. Do ...
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Do interfaces really need to "look good"?

I agree very much with user568458. Form Follows Function To expand however on his/her answer: Budget Constraints In the "real world" budget is everything. Its why the vast majority of new website ...
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Subtle vs bright GUI design - Is there inherent value in design subtlety beyond user preference?

In my opinion, a designer should never always design anything in any way! I've been designing professionally for a few years now, and every time I have designed a product it has been, first and ...
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Best List lots of Address BUT SIMPLE as well

I don't think displaying more information will make the process any easier. Quite the contrary, you will have an overcrowded screen where locations are still difficult to find. I would instead ...
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How to distinguish between links and headings without colour variation?

Are you not allowed to use bold text? Given the restrictions you are working under, I would probably use the darkest shade of blue for the headers, the medium shade for the unvisited links, and the ...
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Design Nuances: Can they add value to any design, or are they simply a personal taste decision?

As with everything, context is critical. If we're talking an emergency shut off valve at the gas pump, no, the 'little things' probably aren't important at all. Focus on the big thing "Make it ...
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Design Nuances: Can they add value to any design, or are they simply a personal taste decision?

I think you're looking at the question wrong. It's not a matter of "smaller things" or details being automatically more or less important than the broad aspects of colour and layout. It will always ...
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Design Nuances: Can they add value to any design, or are they simply a personal taste decision?

In a way, I think you have the cart in front of the horse. There is the old saying; if you take care of the pennies, the pounds take care of themselves. Of course, you need to be able to step back ...
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Critique : Feedback for portfolio website design

Visually, it's cute. Nice work on that. Structurally, it's lacking. When you have to explain what to click on to navigate the site, the navigation is broken. Asking a user to read that they need to ...
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Critique : Feedback for portfolio website design

One thing I noticed is your use of punctuations. You may use them as you like in informal situations, but if we're talking about professional typography, you need to remember these rules: Any ...
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Mobile Phone Design - Data Tables

The common way to show data on a phone is reorder all the data from columns to rows. You can find several libraries to do that, just search for "responsive tables". For example "reflow" Table: ...
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icon indicating "Nothing happened" or "No Data"

To imply nothing happened / no data, I would use "nothing" - IE an empty circle:
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