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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Disable combobox with one entry?

Imagine an arbitrary list of items. To execute a command, the user has to select one of these items in a combobox (if there are no items, the combobox is not shown at all). Should the combobox be ...
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Positive connotation Icon for number of errors

We have a game where we need to count number of errors as performance criteria. We are looking for a way to positively note the scores. One idea was to make an association to golfing by naming it ...
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Intuitive vs. Efficient: Which is more important?

When faced with a design decision in which one option is more intuitive, and the other is more efficient, what guideline should be used to prioritize one desideratum over the other?
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Many possible responses to content

I have an Event page, to which a viewer can have many possible responses (not mutually exclusive): accept, decline, nominate someone, propose a new time line, thinking about it, email host etc. I ...
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Progress Indicator suggestions for multithreaded operations?

In the old version of our application, the operations performed during loading were sequential. We indicated progress by updating a single-line text string with the component that was being loaded. ...
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Usability studies about Unity-type interfaces

I've just installed (upgraded) Ubuntu 11.04. For those of you not familiar with Ubuntu, 11 is the year and 04 is the month. Ubuntu has a six month release cycle, so the next version is around the ...
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On an unlabelled slider, why does right mean higher, and left mean lesser?

Horizontal volume sliders, for instance, are often unlabelled. Other than the VLC player volume slider, I've never seen a label saying that the right means things get louder. How did that convention ...
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What is the best way to display per-tab commands or actions?

I am working on a multiple document interface Windows application. We're using tabs to represent open documents for editing. I have three levels of possible commands: Global Per-tab Per-sub-tab ...
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In a form, is Switching between advanced to basic a good idea?

I have a web page/form which users have to fill in before clicking the 'proceed' button. Same old story I guess. It looks like this: report name: [...] report type: (*) PDF ( ) HTML ...
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Is it good to leave Select dropdown with default style for better UX and Accessibility?

When I design websites. many time I try make the select drop-down more attractive. example By default select drop-down looks slightly different in almost each Desktop and Mobile browser but ...
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Red buttons in an e-commerce site?

I'm designing an e-commerce site with red buttons. It has a yellow/white background and it looks quite good that way. Now, my boss finds the same, he likes it, but he is doubtful, because red could ...
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Are custom scroll bars easier to use or do they just look “nice”?

I've noticed that a lot of webapps have started using custom scroll bars. A few examples include Facebook, Trello, Google Docs, and Twitter. I'm sure you can think of some more: How do these types ...
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scale or rating design

I was wondering what would be the best way to say someone is one thing or another. So, i want to create a form for Jungian Personality, but i want to make it fast and simple. So i was thinking of ...
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UI for audio synced with text

I'm working on an outlining application that syncs items in the outline to recorded audio. The ideas is that you can play the audio from a specific place in your document, or get to an item from a ...
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Software startup screens [closed]

I know there is advice (and very good advice at that) to generally not have startup/welcome screens in software. Our software I think has a legitimate need for one, our free download is served from ...
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iPad UI: 2-Player Multi-touch Decisions Affecting Game Play

I am working on a game project that resulted from a summer game jam session. I had the "brilliant" idea to try and port the game to the iPad and I now find that I have painted myself into a corner so ...
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What would be an intuitive icon for expectations? [closed]

Orders in my application can have expectations of the customer associated with the order. For example a customer may expect a certain dresscode, he'd expect a follow-up call and so on. The seller will ...
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Jumping progress bar or running process indicator?

I'm developing a process with a predefined number of steps to complete so while process is running I can know how far the process has gotten and how much is there still to be done. My process ...
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Best way to shorten item's names in lists, but retaining per-item uniqueness?

We have a drop-down menu for the user to switch between several accounts or profiles, and these accounts are identified by their legal entity name. There's a higher than random chance that many of the ...
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Should i use country flags in language selection fields?

My users can create content in different languages, and i need to provide an option to choose the language when they enter new content. Right now there are only 5 languages (en, fr, de, pt, es), and ...
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Should a web browser indicate “year” near the lock icon to encourage more safe/secure website?

There are many important technologies coming to web browsers in the next few years. Not to mention that where we are today is a culmination of lessons learned and several security pitfalls. However, ...
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This feels too bland

Take a look at this communication app I am making for our small company (you might need to open it in a new window to see it clearly): The application is docked on the right side of the screen. It ...
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Usage of Golden Ratio [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it? How is that to use the Golden Ratio for the design of graphical interfaces. when I use it or should I? and on designing ...
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What knowledge about GUI standards/design a test analyst should have?

I am a software tester who works on a newly developing software product. Sometimes I feel the GUIs are not very user friendly but could not justify as I do not have enough facts/knowledge on GUI ...
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Is there a better way to show 3 states of 2 types of data?

We are writing a web-based testing application where the user (teacher) can't move on to the next step in the process until all students (a young age group) have completed 2 separate tests. First all ...
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Responsive web design technique in desktop application?

What do you think about using responsive web design techniques in a desktop application? We need more space for large data and since all monitors today are widescreen, it could be good practice I ...
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How to Intuitively build a Checklist

I am developing an application where users are required to build and execute checklists. The concept is easy and the code not hard but I am struggling to find an intuitive mechanism for them to do ...
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Right amount of padding between buttons in a mobile app

I am designing a mobile app for both ipad and iphone. I have a navigation bar which has several buttons next to each other and an action bar that has several buttons next to each other. Is there a ...
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Most Common Screen Size used to play facebook games?

I am developing a facebook game. this game is written in php/Jquery/CSS. Up until recently, facebook games have been display in an iframe that was 720px wide. But recently, they gave the option to ...
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How to best embed a search-as-you-type feature into an input field?

In an intranet UI, when creating or editing a news post, the user is able to attach a file to the post. This is done by selecting the file which can be found through either: a file name search ...
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Crisp GUI Look and feel for developing applications like spotify

Am wondering if anyone has any recommendations on what GUI library can be used for developing cross platform applications such as Spotify. I have a feeling Qt-Quick might be the best answer but am not ...
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Displaying information in a dashboard: Advice or references

I have to design a dashboard for managers who need to report to their managers on their areas of responsibility. In the past I have just put counts and line charts over time of what they are ...
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What do you call the customizable boxes like in my.yahoo.com?

If you haven't seen my.yahoo.com, see this screenshot I can customize my page, by adding more boxes, removing or rearranging them (I can rearrange using drag and drop, something like WYSIWYG), or ...
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How to let the user add and edit items in a ComboBox? (WinForms)

In my WinForms application there is a ComboBox with default values. The user should be able to add items to the ComboBox or rename existing items. I want the design to be simplistic. This was my ...
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The use of tabs

I am working on redoing a clients application, which needs to be done for other reason, but one of the changes is to remove tabs. The application is, in essence, fronting data records, very basic. ...
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Where can I find information about the effects of GUIs

I need resources for information on the effects of the creation of GUIs for PCs. When I started looking up information on GUIs, but I mostly found the computers that first started using GUIs, the ...
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What color should the “Add new” button be?

I am uncertain if the "add new" button is a "positive" action and should be colored green. Or a neutral action and colored blue. What is the best practice for this?
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Best Practices on UI Architectures

I wanted know some of the recommended best practices for UI Architectures. Also How important is to understand browser architecture and web server architecture from UX point of view.
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How to mark a tooltip-containing word in a paragraph?

I have a sentence in which one word has a tooltip. The data in the tooltip is supplemental and putting it into the main UI isn't required. However, how can I mark the word to notify the user that it ...
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How to design a Win 7-like dialog for choosing One of N options without a confirm button?

The Copy file dialog of Win 7 constitutes an approach to presenting One of N options choices to users. This dialog, however, has been accused of being too hard to scan, and lacking click affordance. ...
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In mobile website when we use “Back” button then should it be always the titled as “Back”?

If we use Back button in website inner pages should we always use the text Back all the time or we should use the title of the last page. But title of last page can be longer than Back For example ...
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Are carousels effective?

Go to just about any eCommerce site and the homepage is nearly guaranteed to feature a carousel - an auto-rotating panel, usually with some sort of small navigation, usually highlighting new product ...
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What affords scrolling?

Besides the obvious: Scrollbar Touch interfaces (especially mobile ones) A sign saying "You can scroll here you know!" This for a desktop application.
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Advice on ordering horizontal lists of commands

I have a set up like this with a title and then several buttons/links to perform actions: TITLE delete preview share stats publish All else considered equal, I'm trying to consider how to ...
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Is it good or bad for user to give a feel and look of native apps to Website for mobile?

Is it good or bad for user to give a feel and look of native apps to Website for mobile? Transition effects on page change Fixed floating footer or header Hide address bar Native app like UI or ...
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An intuitive way to present a Login interface

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 ...
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Alternative control to drag and drop for assigning tasks to an individual?

I am working on a web application for Branch Managers at an investment bank to assign accounts that are without Financial Advisers for whatever reason. Some reasons are the Financial Adviser has ...
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Solving the “accidental confirm” problem with dialog boxes

The scenario is all too common: An application brings up a dialog box while you are typing, and you hit the space key before you even realize what's happening. The dialog is gone and you have no clue ...
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Which of the two is the best UI approach for a tablet app destined for reading?

I am in the process of prototyping an application for delivering news content. Our first platform will be the iPad (along with web) but other tablets will follow. Decomposing the application into ...
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Is there any research on whether users understand ellipses (…)?

This GUI design pattern goes right back to the Apple Lisa in the early 80s: Is there any research covering: Whether people actually notice the three dots (...) at the end of a menu item or ...