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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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. ...
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How to design a UI that will not put people in the situation of hitting ESC or clicking randomly

As mentioned in this UX question, people try to click around when an application is non-responsive (it hangs). Is there a practical way for an app to indicate it is still "alive" so that it doesn't ...
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Is it a bad idea to have two progress bars in one dialog?

Discussing with my team-mates this morning but we're not sure which one is the best way. Scenario: When users select a single document to process, they will see a progress bar and text displaying its ...
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Notifying the user of unsaved changes

I have some settings that the user of my software can change via a GUI. The settings reflect both the current state of the underlying properties, and the state of the user interaction. Example: A ...
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Designing for 1280

If you had to design for 1280 without using fluid or responsive design (project constraints), what width would you set the design to be? For example, a set width of 1140 should allow enough gutter ...
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Time entry that doesn't allow overlaps

I'm working on a time entry form for a project management app. The time entries entered represent real tasks done, so they cannot be allowed to overlap. Currently we accomplish this by simly ...
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Masked password characters in a GUI vs terminal

In a GUI form, or for example a login box on a website, it's usual for masked characters to appear like ********* as you type out your password. But in terminal applications, for example ssh, this ...
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What is the best way to communicate that certain functionality is currently unavailable in an application [duplicate]

Let's say there is some feature in an application (accessed via a button) that only becomes available once a number of criteria are met. Off the top of my head, there are 3 options here: Hide the ...
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Tree manage in ribbon UI

I'm implementing ribbon UI in one of my application. It manages some trees so I move all the options to the ribbon (contextual tabs) but it just doesn't look fluent. Is placing tree options ...
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Is it okay to have a login requiring users to first select from multiple services?

We have two services with logins on a page. Should we consider having a single login box which asks users to select which service they want to log in to before hitting the login button rather than two ...
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Why aren't Gmail-like “on-page” dialogs more popular UI solutions?

A few months ago, Gmail gave us the choice to switch to a new UI, with many new features (...) including an "on-page-docked" window. I personally find this piece of UI very useful as it allows users ...
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Best way to display support, contact, and preferences in Mac App

I'm trying to decide what the best way to display the following options to a user is: Contact / Social Connection Links (ex. find "company name" on Twitter / Facebook) Support options (ex. in-app ...
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Multiple actions for each node in a hierarchy

I am looking at improving an existing design, which has the following properties: The information is hierarchical; Every node in that hierarchy can do multiple things, such as expand to view ...
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How should I design a table with clickable rows?

I have a table with information about all loans a client had. This table looks like this Book_Id | BookType_Title | StartDate | EndDate | ...
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What would you label 'Delete oldest and Save' action?

The (iPad) app has a limit to the number of sessions which can be saved. Once the limit is reached, when the user tries to save a new session he gets a dialog box telling: You can either delete ...
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Where to place the '< Back' link or button?

I am building a simple transactional site with two step process both on web and mobile (responsive). Target users both male & female age from 30-40 relatively tech savvy. First page is a ...
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Can a visual progress bar be used as a navigational element?

We're having a bit of a debate here among teammates as to what would be a better UX solution, so I was hoping you guys could help me settle this. We have a linear flow through a data-collection ...
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Multiple-axis content access - Is three dimensions too many?

Referencing previous article: Are multiple entry points good or bad? Our Intranet design has IA and global navigation that is currently based on locating targets along three axes. Content is sparsely ...
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How to indicate that settings have been modified?

A button ("Filter by") allows the user to select a subset of all choices. After the user configures a filter, how should I indicate that a filter has been configured? I've thought about adding text ...
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Is it okay to use breadcrumb navigation on some pages and not on others?

Breadcrumbs would be redundant for some of my pages and quite pointless, but effective on others which are a bit deeper. Is it bad practice to only implement breadcrumbs on some of the pages?
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Form Design: Mutually Exclusive Tabs vs. One Form

I am working on a form design that currently has two mutually exclusive forms accessible via tabs (Option 1). During usability testing my team noticed that users missed the tabs and only noticed them ...
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Is it OK to use 'free' in a tax subtotal?

we are designing a checkout page and in the subtotals area we have a breakout for tax, shipping and discounts. We use the term 'free' rather than '0.00'. So, for example: Subtotal: $140.00 Tax: ...