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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Hidden optional fields in form design

On a web-app I'm working on, we have many forms inside dropdown menus. On many of them we have an optional field: Description. This field has been added for the users that want to work on a more ...
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Any prototyping tools have ice cream sandwich stencils yet? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tools can I use to design for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)? I got a license for Axure but was dissapointed to find that Android stencils on there are from 1.6 ...
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How should I warn a user of a config problem in my software?

My Mac OS X software has complex configuration. The software does its best to auto-configure and to help the user through the process. However external components can change THEIR configuration, which ...
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How long to keep an Undo option available?

I'm working on a medical decision support app, taking certain actions in the app may result in legal consequences, therefore I'm adding an Undo. It's a single step incremental Undo and if not used for ...
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Best way to deliver “mockup tool kit” to engineering team?

I've recently assumed the responsibility of shifting the design culture at a very technology/feature-focused company. (Our "product" is a web portal that customers use to manage the lifecycle of ...
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How does a “mental model” relate to an information model

In UI design we often talk about "mental models" that users need to form. I'm wondering if there is a particular relationship between that mental model and the actual information model that the system ...
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MessageBox title standard? [duplicate]

I have a message box that has a confirmation to identity a crew or to skip the step. I have always put my titles of messages boxes as a short description as to what is going on. For instance, my ...
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User Interface for assigning times throughout the day

I am designing a roster where each staff member can be assigned to a particular task for any 15 minute block throughout the day. In practice, there are usually two or three primary tasks, as well as ...
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Features that a “basic” Torrent client should use [closed]

I am not exactly sure that this is the right place to ask this question, but anyways, I am an eighth grader, looking to rewrite the rTorrent GUI (type thingy) nTorrent (hosted at ...
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Multi-pane code editor with preview: help me find a good compromise between usability and complexity

I am creating a simple web site/app for testing JavScript code in the browser, similar to jsbin.com, jsfiddle.net, and tinkerbin.com. The usual approach is to have 3 code editors (for JS, CSS, and ...
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metro style UI is too early or not [closed]

I think metro style UI is just beautiful and user friendly. It is suitable for both Tablet and PC. Should I make my new website design in metro style or conventional standard?
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Where to place optimization controls in a scheduling interface with several vehicles and optimization criteria?

I'm involved in the design of a vehicle routing interface. It mainly consists of a Gantt-Chart, where jobs are arranged in a timeline. Each job is carried out at a different location. The total travel ...
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When is it appropriate to use a “well” UI element?

Are there standard uses for it? I see it most often when embedding example code... As see on Twitter Bootstrap: http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/components.html#misc
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UXD Methodology - Best practices for identifying a Global Navigation Toolbar implementation

I am part of a large webapp project, but a small UX team (we just went from 1 to 2, a few weeks ago). We were brought in terribly late in the process, to the point where there was literally no chance ...
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What's the best way to show 'multi-slots' on a calendar widget?

So we have data that is to be searched based on date, time and preferred duration. Think of it like a meeting scheduling system with a search functionality of finding a meeting room at one of the many ...
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What are the drawbacks of designing a Windows application to look like a Mac application?

I'm working with a company whose product is a Microsoft Windows application. As the UI/UX designer (and as a Mac user) I want to redesign the application so it is more visually appealing. Are there ...
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Combine load and save button into one button?

I'm having a configuration GUI, and want to enable the user to export the settings into a file and load that file later (or on a different computer). My dialog has several options, and is rather ...
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What software is used to create GUI concept videos?

If I was to create a video of a GUI concept video with animations, what software is best suited for that? The focus would be applications for mobile devices or screens integrated in homes, cars etc. ...
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What controls to fix this Filter?

https://www.scic.com/schedule I'm looking to replace the filters on the right side of the page and need to know some of the possiblities. For the date selector, I'm looking at using: ...
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In which situations is a popup window most appropriate?

There are many situations in which popup windows are currently used in modern UIs. Their primary use appears to be when displaying an error message or other descriptive information is desirable, ...
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Two dropdowns in a dialog box (Android)

We have a pop dialog in our desktop solution where you need to select values from 2 dropdowns and click OK. Now I want a similar thing for our Android solution. I'm not sure because in case of ...
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Best way to display a currency picker for an ecommerce site?

I've just converted an ecommerce site to support multiple currencies rather than just one and was looking for any feedback or experience in how to display the fact that the site can now be viewed in ...
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Examples of “Light table” GUIs for editing and comparing images, text or other data

I'm looking for examples of existing solutions of the following interface problem. The interface must have a table, list, thumbnail view or such of items, which depending on the example could be ...
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GUI for a add-and-combine workflow?

I have the following scenario: the user picks a set of entities from a palette (each palette entry can belong to a different class, and each class can belong to a different subclass). After ...
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Are there any studies that validate the golden ratio principles in designing websites?

Something like this that suggests the golden ratio is indeed appeasing to the eye from a user experience perspective? Applying Divine Proportion To Your Web Designs
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What type of visual cues can a GUI control panel use to effectively signal users that it is in the mode they are expecting it to be in?

I am working on an application that has a GUI-based control panel window that can be switched between several similar devices. Many typical use cases have users walk up to the panel, select the ...
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Best approach for capturing data for items in a listbox

I have a series of cascading ListBoxes in an aspx page. This UI was selected to allow the equipment list to be filtered by Assigned Services and then Equipment, which in-turn will allow the user to ...
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Does a developer need a book resource for UX design or just get information from articles, websites?

I'm a java developer and in the last few years I've been doing more and more gui coding and design with Ajax toolkits. I've seen a real need to improve my skills with CSS and javascript in wanting to ...
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Are side borders abused or they are actually useful?

Lots of desktop applications and websites add a border at the edges of the application area. Some are clearly made for a good reason. For example, a left and right side border on User Experience.SE ...
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What is the UI pattern used for managing people in Google+ called?

I've tried to find more info on this particular UI pattern Google+ exposes, and I'm sure I've seen it before, but still, I haven't been able to find references to it. If you go to the Circles section ...
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Standard for entering latitude/longitude in text fields

Is there a standard for users to enter latitude and longitude into two text fields? Decimal degrees is probably easiest, as it can be entered in one single fell swoop. The standard for geocaching ...
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Certificate/Diploma in UX/UI/IxD [closed]

I am looking for a certificate/diploma course in UX/UI development. Basically, I think I am good in design as well as programming. Right now I have a job as an Interactive Developer and I get to work ...
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Price plan table with multiple payment options

I have a pricing plan table with multiple payment options. I'm not sure whether it is best to place the pricing options in a drop-down (and fire off the submit on the "onchange" event) or simply have ...
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What are the most important visual indicators to improve the presentation of a web page?

I have a task to redesign a web page, the functionality is simple, but the code is robust. The problem is I think the users will give it a low score due to the blah colors and lack of presentation. ...
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How do I communicate the absence of settings?

A table in our web application contains items where one column specifies whether the item has a policy bound to it or not. This column can display three different states: Has policy : ACTIVE Has ...
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Best practices for designing a finance dashboard

I'm creating a finance dashboard that allows the user to drilldown further into various kinds of metrics. Does anyone know of any best practices for designing something like this? I'm also looking ...
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best way to design data query builder

I'm creating a report designer for my customers so they can create any kind of report based on the data in a mysql table. These users have no knowledge of databases or queries so I need to make the UI ...
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Is it better to 'XOR' or 'shade' text that is highlighted?

What is the best way of displaying highlighted text in a text editor? I know of shading, which simulates what a physical highlighter does: And 'xor' highlighting: Are there any other methods? ...
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iOS Settings Standards: Using Checkbox Rather Than Switch

If you are familiar with iOS devices, you know that the settings application uses the UISwitch control to show that a parameter is enabled or disabled. This control appears as a toggle switch and even ...
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When are shadowless icons preferred over shadowed icons?

My question is when, if ever, a shadowless version of an icon is preferred over the shadowed version. By shadowed I mean the tiny, almost imperceptible little black gaussian blur below the icon. I ...
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What are the best practices for UX concerning Web 2.0 RIA applications?

I've seen some questions on specific UX designs best practices, like for the mobile apps (Android), but are there best practices for UX for the new Web 2.0 interactive web applications, like for RIA? ...
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How to provide great UX in navigation from bird's eye view web-component to smaller web-component and vice-versa?

I have a web application, let's call it "Molecule", that provides a bird's eye view over the status of several other web applications, let's call them "Atoms". I want, somehow, to navigate from the ...
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What UX implications should I be aware of when designing an enterprise website/intranet on SharePoint

We are currently weighing up the for-and-against in relation to whether to use SharePoint or an arguably better suited ECMS. I am looking to gather compelling evidence both for and against SharePoint ...
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How does a 3d shading impact circular button use?

I recently ran across a circular smiley icon with lambertian shading, specular shading, and cast shadows. The effect was a little like a ball on a table. Here it is: Clicking the icon toggled an ...
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Custom user gesture recognition: listen on startup or on hovering specific area?

I am developing a multitouch UI that takes input from a depthcamera (Microsfot Kinect). In other words, there is no physical "screen" for a user to touch. In addition to the default multitouch ...
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Is it a problem if a word describing a software action has additional controversial meanings in the real world?

Is it a problem if a word describing a software concept has additional potentially controversial meanings in the real world? To name some examples: icon - in software it is a small image which ...
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Using application bar in data forms?

I am developing an application for Windows Phone. Asking some of my friend to test it I realized the way I designed data forms and the application bar behaviour is very annoying. The form design ...
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Blinking, bouncing and flashing elements

I'm responsible for the UI/UX in a software development company. During my absence, some developers decided to implement a "bounce" effect on a button of a website that they think should have more ...
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Good alternatives for replacing multiple nested modal dialogs?

Having a mature and good-selling Windows desktop application, we are focusing on improving the user experience for the next release. One thing that I try is to get rid of multiple nested modal dialog ...
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Slider-less time selection.

I'm using the default datetime picker with rails. I'm mainly focusing on the time aspect of this because for my purposes the day will rarely ever be changed. I'm looking for some sort of way to make ...