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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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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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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 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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How do native speakers of a right-to-left-language read an image?

Summary: They usually read it from right to left. Be careful on flipping. Consider creating a localized image. According to a Cognitive Science study [1], the reading order of an image depends on the ...
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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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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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How can I avoid icons with double meanings?

A rule of thumb with icons is to keep it as simple as possible. It's important that users get the idea by the first look, not by the second and third until the 'AHA' moment occurs. In general, you ...
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How do designers choose shapes in a design?

This is very opinion based but: many times these 'shapes' are derived from the actual logo and/or are part of a branding system. eg. Vodafone's rhombus system other times they could be just trending ...
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How do I differentiate between vegan/vegetarian, wheat/gluten or dairy/lactose icons?

As for Wheat / Gluten labels unless you specifically want to convey that the product contains these, you should cross them out to signify wheat-free or gluten-free products. Not sure what your full ...
4 votes

How to indicate dark mode / light mode options on a user interface?

Dark mode and light mode is not something that you'll switch every few minutes or every hour or even ever. Most people select one preferred mode and forget about it and some could switch regularly ...
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Is it essential to type "WWW" when our design contains URL, or is it a matter of taste by now?

To add more technical background to the existing answers: Why would there be differences in DNS between www.example.com and example.comin the first place? There are many cases when one does not enter ...
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icon indicating "Nothing happened" or "No Data"

Ask yourself: what is the consequence for the user? Does it matter to them? Do they need to refresh/retry/debug/uninstall/pick differently/etc.? If it is a plain error, need to make an error icon. If ...
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Icon for reordering a horizontal nav on an iOS app?

You have to understand the icon first. Just like the toggle next to it it represents physical object. It visualizes the tactile feedback of the uneven surface (think old Nokia battery cover) that lets ...
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Critique: how to visually differentiate similar looking icons of "Test", "Save", "Load" & "Download"

Just my take.... Test = Checkmark Save = What you have already Load = A single circular arrow (yes it may seem like a refresh icon, but it's also often used as a load or reload icon. Given the ...
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Two logos on a website header

What's hard with these 2 logos is how they have the a similar shape. What I often do for that kind of project where there's a primary logo and a secondary one is making sure the emphasis is added to ...
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Critique : Feedback for portfolio website design

There is a Playboy bunny rabbit logo on the tail of one of your planes. If you're in Mubai you don't know, but it's a magazine of naked women. You probably do not want that on a professional site! ...
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