Graphical User Interface design (GUI-design for short) refers to the visual aspect of designing computers, appliances, machines, mobile communication devices, software applications, and websites with the focus on the user's experience and interaction. Generally refers to digital rather than physical ...

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Signal Strength or Connection Speed icon [closed]

We have a stand alone application on our site that uses realtime video/audio. We are in the process of adding a connection speed icon but it seems we have some disagreements on the icon that should be ...
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Should a login page have links that send you away from the form?

I'm designing a login form and wondering if the header and footer on the page get in the way of logging in. Maybe I'm being too fussy, but wondering if removing the primary navigation links from the ...
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Design of location & tag based filtering

I'm no UI expert, but I'm working on a experimental pet project that consists of an interface to search "items" (could be events, real state, etc. doesn't really matter) by location and tags. I ...
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What are best practices for blocking UI when application is busy

I'm writing a web app using Twitter Bootstrap with PHP on server side. My app makes regular ajax requests via jQuery and i want to disable certain parts of the UI until the server completes processing ...
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Differentiating between 'register your business' and 'register yourself as individual' - best practice?

I have searched around here and looked at How should I divide my site between B2B and B2C? which doesn't quite resolve the specific issue we have and am hoping someone may have some ideas around this? ...
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Display notes section in table of data without making the table huge

Im developing the ui that uses a table based layout for listing items, it needs quite a detailed notes section, the obvious thing would be just to have an input in a similar way to a cell in a ...
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What is the right way and time to signal validation problems to the user?

I'm developing a GUI-based desktop application. In one dialog, the user can enter a couple of numeric values. The set of values must always pass certain validity checks. As an example, suppose ...
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Default text for optional dropdown menu

My app has a dropdown for a "Reason." Most users will/should select a reason but they do not have to. We could have the default choice be Select a reason... to increase odds of people picking one. ...
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How can I design an effective GUI for labels and values for an Android Tablet?

I'm trying to create a simple GUI for an android application that will primarily be used on tablets. I have portrait and landscape screenshots of my current GUI. Note that this is literally the only ...
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How to design a 'Search for Duplicates' GUI in an Image Cataloging Program

We have an image cataloging program in which we have a database holding the already cataloged images. Let's call them "The Archive". Of course, everyone wants to keep the Archive clean, hence we ...
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How to best assign primary and secondary styles for multiple functional buttons?

I have a page that opens to a search bar with a search button beside it. On hitting the search button, a listing will appear below that section. There's a button at the bottom to submit after ...
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What, as a rule of thumb, is the maximum tolerable time the UI thread is blocked for?

The title basically says it all. The question is not too easy to google: What is the maximum time I can block the UI thread without creating a noticeable 'lag' in the UI from the user's perspective?
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Do people still use drag and drop?

Is drag and drop (for say photo uploads) a good idea? Aren't users frustrated by all the steps you have to take? Do most people even know how to do it? Open a window Browse to your files Ensure ...
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Best Practice when dealing with long user first names in UI

For the app I am currently developing, I have a vertical navbar which contains the main menus required for the user. One of the menus is for User Admin, which is a profile picture with the User's ...
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Improving design for item review site

I am currently working on a site in which the main goal is to provide a very easy and fast workflow to review an item, make some notes, and submit it. All the fields included in the below image are ...
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UI options arrangement, various ways

I have the following interface for image modification where there is a preview and the user can set options from a tabbed interface. The problems with current interface are: There are ...
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iOS Global Tab Bar Navigation - Reset navigation “stack” when switching between tabs?

I have an iOS app that uses a tab bar global navigation scheme (UITabBar), with 4 tabs. Some users are getting confused when they go from Tab A, to Tab B, and then back to Tab A, where they see the ...
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Android: best way for user to choose from 100s of options [duplicate]

I have an android app that needs some UI improvement. The user has to choose a name from a spinner (dropdown), which initially only had about 20 elements. This was fine, but now the spinner has over ...
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Why did browsers get rid of the standard menu across the top and now have one button in the top left corner?

It used to be typical of most computer programs to have File, View, Options etc. across the top of the application window. I have noticed that, starting with browsers, many programs have gotten rid of ...
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How to present multiple options

I have a very simple application. It has three different options to explore some data, then it displays those data on a different view, which is a level deeper in navigation. It has some breadcrumb ...
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How to enhnance thumbnails resizing?

We have a standard thumbnail browser interface in a desktop application which (for our discussion) resembles much to Windows Explorer. Something like this: download bmml source – ...
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How should a dangerous action be presented to the user? [duplicate]

Consider a simple spyware detector that detects a suspicious activity by a program and needs the user to decide, whether it is OK or not. I came up with the following dialog. download bmml ...
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Presenting categories management to the user

I'm creating a page in my webapp which should be for displaying and managing the categories. As you can probably tell I don't have much experience about user experience so I came here to ask. I have ...
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How to unobtrusively add item to a current scrolling list?

I'm developing an app that fetches lists of items from a web service. I cache the responses for quick fetching, but I don't know how to handle displaying new data. When the user is scrolling through ...
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What to display during a 'buffering-type' problem: play or pause?

I'm developing a music streaming app. All's good, except I'm hung up on what to do when the music is playing and the network connection fails causing the stream to buffer. Should I keep the button ...
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Is it better to put “Preview” on an iFrame with a specific height or just show it in full?

We have a page that shows a preview of another page (newsletter) on an iFrame. Now we have two ways of displaying this: Give the iFrame a specific height so that the user can scroll up / down ...
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What is the name of the function that causes a page to rise above another when scrolling? [closed]

What is the name of the function used on websites to make your second page appear to rise above the first and where may I find this particular plugin? I understand that this is jquery functionality ...
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Need Usability Questions for application with black schema

I'm in marketing, and we are about to beta a desktop application with a black user interface. There are areas that have red text on black, blue text on black, and the menu bars are a dark shade of ...
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What default font to choose for desktop applications? [duplicate]

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Best type of UI specifications for UI design?

I've had some problems handing over specifications that were wireframe designs + explanation of elements, to UI designers/artists. What tended to happen was that the first few screens created were ...
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What default font to choose for desktop applications?

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Pressure-sensitive touch screens: What uses do you envision? [closed]

The pressure-ignorant touch screen is an anomaly, a transitional technology that must inevitably give way to something better. The pressure-sensitive screen allows devices the physical button's ...
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Applying the Windows UX Design Guidelines for Layout and UI Design consistently

There are many potential threads to this question I want to ask, but I will just limit it to two aspects from this example: Firstly, in the Insert Picture Dialog there are five different types of ...
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What is the best way to display the individual results of a survey?

I'm creating a UI that allows a client to review the individual (and global, but that is for another time) results of a survey once it has been completed by another user. The question types are pretty ...
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Is it better to mirror a real-world system for specialized users?

I'm designing a web interface for a control-center kind of thing that's extremely information-dense because it controls a fairly complex system. To an outsider, it's kind of been like trying to make ...
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Display Old value vs New value

I write an import software. I want to display values that can be imported, right next to the current values. I thought about a datagrid like this ...
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Do I have three levels of content, or can I reduce it to two?

I'm working on overhauling an interface that has two clearly defined levels of navigation, and then one murky level. Clicking on the first level will reveal sub-options which correspond to that ...
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Is there a better character than the asterisk to indicate a modified document?

In Windows applications it seems to be a common way to indicate modified, unsaved documents with an asterisk * character. E.g. this is how Visual Studio .NET 2012 indicates a modified document: ...
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In GUI/UI design, why is the clock on the right?

I've been trying to design a new User Interface for the Desktop, while at it a friend has told me about his thoughts on UI design and we had a discussion about the placement of the "clock". In ...
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User access level grid - idea for gui

In my software application, multiple users can be created and every user belongs to a single Department. Users can add tasks to other departments. For example, the accounting department can add a new ...
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Reliable sources about UI/UX best practices in Japan?

Everything I read about usability on western websites is mostly the opposite of what I'm told to do at my workplace in Japan. For example : - make landing pages as crowded as possible - avoid share ...
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Do iOS application icons need to be updated for iOS 7?

as a graphic designer, would an application icon need to be updated to match the simplicity and flat UI of iOS 7? Do you think this would contribute to the UX overall?
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Implementing UI Design of iOS to Android App, Good Idea?

I found a similar question here but I want to hear the answer to my questions. Our team has launched an iOS version of our app, let's call it X App. We have sold this to 3 clients and they like it. ...
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Mixing rounded corners and square corners

The question of the usability of rounded corners versus square corners has already be answered here. My question revolves more about the consequence of having them intermingled. I've heard some ...
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What are the key elements for clarity and simplicity of a web application GUI?

We work on a web application. We have spend more than two month to simplify every process and workflow. Now, we would like to make the User Interface looking more simplier and clear, working only ...
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Why has web annotation so far been a failure?

It seems that through the use of browser extensions, web annotation could provide an awesome way to 'add more channels' of data to an existing web resource. Given the limited technical challenges, and ...
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How can I check my UI mockups on my iphone without emailing myself the files? [closed]

How can I check my UI mockups on my iphone without emailing myself the files? I found a great app called "Live View" which is a remote screen viewing application, but it requires having a mac ...
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Show list selection based on multiple attribute selection

In my traditional desktop app (not web app), I have a screen with a relatively short list of items (typically 10 - 20), from which the user can select any combination (including all). The items have ...
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Why does the mouse cursor switch direction over line numbers in programming IDEs?

When you mouse over line numbers in IDEs, such as Visual Studio or Notepad++, the mouse cursor is flipped horizontally. I can't think of a reason this would be a ubiquitous user interface decision. ...
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Why is tree representation of data becoming unpopular?

I'm asking not about professional software like IDE's, but about OS GUI and web interfaces. A few years ago there was File manager in Windows, Gopher and other interfaces and data models like this. ...