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, and some web sites will be set up only to respond to one or the other.
You need to confirm with whoever is in charge of the web site, which is acceptable to ...
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, & productivity
side of interface development?
is it not important to focus on additional fancy style?
I have a little problem with the question, as there are ...
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.com loads the site and example.com does not. They are two, different, separate, addresses. This is all controlled by the server. Both addresses may work, or one ...
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 fit a form.
A user interface is for use and usability, so if you're making compromises on function (usability) in the name of form (aesthetics), you've got ...
Actually there may be a great deal of thought put into such usage, well beyond personal preference or some client directive.
If you know you want a more friendly, loose "feel" then you would go with more rounded shapes.
If you want a more corporate, serious appearance, you'd lean towards corners, triangles, and generally hard line shapes.
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 do not need a great looking UI to succeed.
But a site better have some really amazing content to make it worth getting through a really bad UI.
In other words, ...
Green, yellow, and red can’t go together? The Ethiopians must be terribly insulted. Google for green, yellow, and red images, and I think you find several attractive examples (along with ugly ones).
How well any set of colors goes together depends on the exact color coordinates, and the relative positions, shapes, on sizes of the colored objects, and the ...
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 expanding a menu, whether it be a hamburger icon, three vertical dots or a "menu" link on the top right edge of the screen, possibly the left top. But there in the ...
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 Companies will never do.
They need/want to stand out of the crowd not to blend in. It's exactly because such design speak to the mass. And Facebook/Apple/Twitter ...
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.
Regarding print, the stronger the contrast the better.
For type size, we use 12/14pt for body text, nothing lower (footers/headers, footnotes are 10/12pt). I ...
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 so as to not distract from the proposed client branding. I'm trying to sell the client, not promote my brand in such materials.
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 and whether it's a button are other indicators that could confuse users.
I tend to find it more obvious when situated on the right hand side like spiral has ...
I think that it's not immediately obvious that they're links. Nothing wrong with that though and they'll realise if they hover over it.
I'd just add a fail-safe option where you've put [...] as a standard (blue) HTML link saying Read More or something similar. Nothing wrong with two links to the same content.
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 screenshots from an actual mobile device:
As you can see, there are elements overlaying and cutting off text and images. The images in the mobile device illustration ...
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 and emotion to design. A curly-cue feels so different than a right angle.
A circle or blob as a design motif suggests harmony in the simplest way.
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 show of your own branding at a presentation.
On the other hand, using the proposed branding for the presentation itself can also get messy. Especially at the ...
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 does have flat elements and the iPhone looks much more flat than it did a few years back.
I assume Microsoft is also large by any standards and also looks ...
This is called a SlidingUpPanel - given that one has this sort of interaction behavior with the element in mind:
Searching for SlidingUpPanel as UI element delivers the best search results as well as the most ready to use components out of various frameworks.
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 below for better usability (eg. "light mode", "dark mode").
Some quick ideas:
Piece of paper with a plus sign on it.
Pencil icon to represent "Compose", could be on paper as well.
Plus sign within a button that is a color that stands out. If the page is all white with hints of blue, make the button a green color for example.
A plus sign in a speech bubble.
Any of these ideas with the text "New Thread", "New Post" ...
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 interfaces really need to look good?
While "Looking good" is indeed a matter of opinion, the world clearly demonstrates over and over and over again, that while we ...
I agree very much with user568458.
Form Follows Function
To expand however on his/her answer:
In the "real world" budget is everything. Its why the vast majority of new website based companies fail. They make it slick and hip rather then focusing on Sales & Profits.
For those that have said a company can't be judged just be users. ...
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 foremost, to meet the requirements of the client - be it a website, app, email template or other interface.
If the client wants a subtle, flat interface (in line ...
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 from details to see the whole now and again, but the devil is in the details.
To quote the Master; da Vinci:
Details make perfection, and perfection is not ...
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 depend on the specific detail you're talking about.
I think you get closer to the key issue when you ask
Can they be useful in any and every situation to ...
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 obvious and large" is all you need.
If, on the other hand, we're talking about differentiating a product in the marketplace, then it's pretty much entirely about the ...
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 lightest shade for the visited links. If possible, I would also make the headers bold. That would give you something like this (guesstimating the colour values a ...