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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Is there a well known ASCII character meaning “edit”?

When working with a UI that relies more on text than on icons it's common to find + to mean Add, - to mean Delete/Remove and X for Close (or also Delete/Remove). But is there a common character ...
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I'm looking for good examples of Welcome pages, and any good theory on how to go about it [closed]

Kind of a discussion based question, but bare with me anyway. I am working on a web app that provides reporting. It makes reporting fun, honest! I am struggling to design the Welcome page. It's a ...
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With straighten, do we really need rotate?

Related to Combining rotation and straightening of images. Rotate: Grab a corner, drag it to its new location, rest of image follows. Straighten: Either click-drag-drop a line on a horizon, or click ...
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Should I use a Dashboard for a mobile website

Should I use a Dashboard, in the style of an app, for the mobile version of a website? Is it considered a good or bad practice? There is some images associated with the news feed on the home pages of ...
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Combining rotation and straightening of images

Topic may seem weird as the two terms seem to mean the same. Clarification: Rotation: The typical way of grabbing a corner and pulling in the direction you want the image to rotate. Straightening: ...
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Making changes to existing products

I keep coming across this situation and was hoping someone would have more information on this: We have an existing product and I have been requested to "make something work better", so I start by ...
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Using a joystick on screen

I recently got a request to design a UI that features a joystick as one of the critical UI elements. It's not for a touchscreen or handheld; the app will run on a standard desktop. This means this ...
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Looking for a perfect control panel user interface

So I'm kinda stuck and I hope someone here can help me. I'm building this Control Panel for a data center, and I'm not very good with that. I want to make it as simplistic as possible, but expandable ...
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Multiple, hierarchical selections for web application

We are currently making improvements to the user interface of our real estate management web-app. One big problem we have is multiple, hierarchical selections for big amounts of data in input masks. ...
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how to control user focus?

i am currently developing a prototype for a piece of software. One of the most important things is to show the client, how the UI will look like, so I am making real wpf windows with no real data ...
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Best way to communicate the action of a non-button control

Question summary: I'm wondering what are some recommended approaches for communicating to the user what will happen once he clicks on an object, in the case that it's not possible to spell out the ...
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XML editor design indents XML without tabs/spaces - disadvantages?

I've developed an XML text editor that indents XML using a 'floating' left-margin rather than the more common tab or space characters. Indentation is updated continuously and only relies on the XML ...
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Nagging the user with double message box for something that is important.

When our software is installed, it installs some networking components. It may run fine immediately after the install, but chances are that some applications won't be able to talk to the network until ...
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Best practice for inactive actions in a table [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to prevent a forbidden action or display an error/explanation message? I have had some discussions with my boss about this below issue, please give me some ...
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What do you think which are the best Gallery Viewer plugins from UX point of view? Why?

Today I saw that Facebook has changed again it's gallery viewer but in my opinion it is still not the best! too slow too gray hard to distinguish from bakcground I have seen many, much more ...
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Making contact detail form more friendly

I have a windows based form in my project for adding contact details. Here's a screenshot I have added textbox for First name, Last name , var and cst (vat and cst are numbers related to ...
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How to represent a quoter and a quotee for a webapp

For my own personal project while I learn PHP, I am creating a web app where friends can quote each other. So a user will come and post what their friend said and their friends can like it and comment ...
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UX design case studies [closed]

I am looking for well-written and in-depth case study articles of real life UX designs. I'd like to read how other designers tackle design challenges, and how their designs solve those challenges. ...
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Flag vs. Star in E-mail apps! Which would be the optimal placement for a 'flag' or 'star' icon in e-mail apps?

Most people read from left to right, so In my opinion the flag or star icon should be definitely on the left. In MS Office it's on the right, but there is an exclamation mark on the left (which has a ...
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Where to place list filter controls?

Suppose the user -- from a CMS backend WYSIWYG editor -- opens an Insert link-dialog. When having a list of possible link destination pages, where would be an appropriate place to put filter ...
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Real example of inline edit [closed]

I am looking for an example of use of inline edit pattern (one of the Yahoo! Patterns library) for my work in the University. I founded examples of Table Edit (like spreadsheet) but this patterns ...
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View refresh frequency

My application displays data that can be periodically changed. Changes follow 5-10 times per second. I have to avoid so frequent updates to increase application performance. But I have to add some ...
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Do you know of any mobile websites that allows a user to crop a photo for uploading?

I'm curious to see how designers have addressed this problem on a touch-screen device given the size and technical constraints of mobile.
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How can I find UI designers for iPhone apps

I am a software developer who likes to develop iPhone apps in his free time. I have found that being not very skilled (or maybe talented) in graphic design, it takes a lot of time to create the ...
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How to convey element dimensions to casual users?

In a CMS backend dialog for controlling the dimensions of a content element (e.g. an image) including the possibility to adjust padding, borders and margins; In a GUI, what is a good way to convey ...
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Where can I post a UI design for feedback from the community? [closed]

I'd like to post a design I'm working on to get some feedback and suggestions from the community. Is this site a good place or are there other better suited sites?
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History of file system GUI

I don't know if this is the right place where to ask. I'm doing a project about TreeMap for visually identifying in an intuitive manner large files on the harddisk. For that I'm looking for some ...
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Simple, elegant manner of presenting parent/child CRUD operations

Consider the following grid: The parent is comprised of "Code" and "Type", and each parent can have 0 or more children. Each child is comprised of "Name" and "Type". There's already a delete link ...
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Looking for some ideas of for an alternative display of Full Name@Company Name

I'm trying to find a sexy/elegant way of displaying a user's full name and the company they represent. Currently, I'm doing Full Name@Company Name, for example Bob Smith@Microsoft or Sally ...
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Blogs/Websites That Showcase Windows UI Examples? [closed]

I'm looking for a blog or website that showcases nice UI designs. Specifically, one that has examples of Windows user interfaces. I have a few of these bookmarked (like Beautiful Pixels), but they are ...
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Blank slate invitations - best practices

Blank slate invitations (a term taken from the book Designing Web Interfaces) are inline invitations/instructions on how to interact with the UI - primarily aimed at novice users. That is, e.g., when ...
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When creating a GUI wizard, should all pages/tabs be of the same size?

I understand that some libraries would force me to, but my question is general. If I have a set of buttons at the bottom: Back, Next, Cancel?, (other?), then should their location ever change? If the ...
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Light source direction

It seems to me like the light source direction in most UI designs comes from the top or top-left. This is like the de facto standard, but I'm curious as to if anyone has ever successfully made ...
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Tiled Print dialog design

I need to design printing part of the interface for desktop application. Now the application in question works with drawings of arbitrary size, and has no concept of page or page size. The output ...
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Is Expression Studio / Blend good for designers?

For a while now, MS Expression studio is out, and it's Blend is designed to be for application designers (the 'look-and-feel', not API design...). Since I never (or rather rarely) used any of design ...
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Good ways to make a dynamic GUI?

I have an application I am designing and it's in a pretty functional state at the moment. But the database I am using has 1000's of items and is constantly changing and growing. The application of ...
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Scrollbar on the left

Is there a deep study that suggests to place a scrollbar on the right? Personally I move it to the left whenever it's possible (firefox allow this, as well as xterm and emacs). I know that placing a ...
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Do users know the difference between a web application and a desktop application?

As cloud applications become more prevalent and the line between what is a desktop app and what is a web app becomes very blurry, different patterns for design, security, privacy and user experience ...
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Are multiple entry points good or bad?

My example is a web-based application, but I guess this could go for anything: Multiple entry points for the same action, good or bad? My example: Adding a product against a supplier (vendor). This ...