I'm designing a windowed application. When the application starts up the user needs to be presented with a Login interface. The initial (and minimum) window size is 800x600. A header of height 42 pixels must be displayed.
The way I'm presenting the Login interface currently is by displaying a Panel at the center of the Window, however I feel that some users may be discontent with this option.
I considered the idea of starting with a small window, displaying the Login interface and expanding the window if the authentication succeeds, however this will pose a problem with the animations that take place and I feel that some users may be uncomfortable with small windows.
Any innovative and intuitive ideas to present the Login interface would be appreciated. -Chris Smith