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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A better way to display a forum thread

I want to figure out a better ways to make a forum thread easy to read. Common solutions to this: A flat thread where every post is sorted by time. This is easy to understand and easy to display ...
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Show mapped input in form

As a part of a form I got one field where users input an id. This id maps to a name. I want to show this name in the form since spotting a typo in a id sequence of numbers is harder than recognising a ...
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Could scaring users be good UX?

I work on an application that's designed to be usable by new users, but has a lot of complicated configuration for advanced users. Our approach to keeping users away from delicate settings is to make ...
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Intuitive design pattern for selecting indexed table combinations in a relational DB

Background I am attempting to design an interface for users to browse data in a relational database. The features are similar to PhpMyAdmin but is intended to be simpler and more user-friendly for DB ...
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Interface for configuring a chain of modules

From a UX point of view, what is an effective way for users to configure a chain of modules? Each module can process one, or two types of data Modules can optionally accept inputs (one for each kind ...
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When is themeing applicable in web application?

I have seen few applications with the ability to change themes, for example, in my case, a HRMS application (there are many such). But, people seldom use custom themes or care about them in such ...
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Does it make sense to combine Contact settings with company contact info?

We are looking to expand our website and want to have 3 sections: Contact Us Let us Contact you Stop contacting me Does it make sense to combine these 3 sections into a single page? Do you think ...
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Remove color to add emphasis

Context I'm working on a new user interface for a project portal system. Part of the system is a dashboard that lets the user know what the status of his project is. This dashboard is also there to ...
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Distracting User Attention with elements [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Blinking, bouncing and flashing elements Following my previous question, I have another question to ask of you. We've been asked on this UI build to consider adding RSS ...
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Internal or external settings window?

I'm designing the settings/preferences area on a hobby project in java. What is the best way to allow users to edit settings and why? My main considerations are: New window with it's own symbol on ...
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How to present information about multiple warehouse locations? eCommerce

I have a design decision that I would like some feedback on. I have an e-commerce store for electronic products. I am based in the UK and ship products from my location, this means I can show the ...
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How to make it obvious the contents of one table are based on the selected row of another?

Given a dialog with two grid-style tables, what's the best approach to visually showing that the selected row of the left table is what populates the right table? The best I can think of is an arrow ...
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Is there a visual glossary of (Windows) UI controls?

Some days it seems every member of my team calls each control by a different name. Is there a good resource, preferably with images, for what the official name of each control type is? I found a few ...
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How to determine how many widgets is too many widgets?

Following on from my last question, we're working on a UX design for an application. Once logged in, the user is confronted with a dashboard, something in a similar vein to this; just more complex and ...
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Display related images along with the main image

Let's say I've got one screen that has 10-20 images. Each of those will have up to 4 related images. I would need to display the related images along with the main image. Any suggestion on how to ...
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Creating beautiful User Interface Designs [closed]

I usually have a hard time designing a good UI for my applications/websites (especially the websites). Are there any tricks to this? Are there good books that can help/guide me? Or libraries eg. ...
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Lightbox for “In-Context” Editing

Some sites effectively combine the concept of, for the lack of better term, "in-context editing" and lightbox to allow users to easily do page content update. For example, check out Schoola and try ...
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Invite your Facebook friends in web app - Styled like Facebook or native web app style?

I am not sure how to decide (other than testing and doing the work twice), whether users when prompted to invite their Facebook friends, would be more comfortable with 'wall of faces' that is styled ...
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How to make this 'Enable SMS' more intuitive

People seem to be missing this 'Enable SMS notifications' link at the top (which i can understand), I'm just looking for a suggestion as to how to make this more intuitive while still keeping the same ...
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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 ...