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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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 ...
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What makes a great Time Tracking/Project Management app? [closed]

I want to design this Project Management/Time Tracking application. In this application you can add a company and then each company has x number of employees, each employee can add ...
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iPad tap to edit text: how intuitive is this / how can I make it clear to users?

I am building the following iPad UI, and it includes a "tap-to-edit" feature: I personally like this type of UX - I like UIs where a user can interact directly with a document. However, I'm ...
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Help with UI for Grouping Interface [closed]

Im trying to think of a way to visually make grouping 'a set of businesses' more interesting. The only examples I can think of are the google circles, the iphone app group functionality (having a snap ...
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How to indicate top level menu not clickable?

Working very test example here: http://learntango.webfactional.com/ I am working to make my Argentine Tango website more friendly to new devices mobile touchpad etc I (the tango teacher) am ...
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How to re-design an app's user interface?

I am new to the interaction design field, basically a student. I have an assignment where I need to research into topic about Interaction Design of applications for smartphones / tablets when you ...
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Any actual reason for complicated UIs? [closed]

We all know there are very good interfaces out there, some of which we use everyday:               And now and then some make our ...
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Are there any advantages to matte interfaces over glossy interfaces (or vice versa)?

I'm curious about the usability of such interfaces for complex tasks, repetitive tasks. Are there any studies that focus on this comparison? Note: My question is not just about phone interfaces but ...
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Where can I find research about UI Design Across Form-Factors/ Devices (e.g. TVs & entertainment systems)?

Has there been marketable research in new UI design ideas that could work across form-factors (from desktop down to smartphones on the one end and to widescreen HD TV for games on the other)? So that ...
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How best to display top-down decomposition data (hierarchical) with in place-editing and child addition?

We have an HTML/CSS UI where there exists a top-most item (root) - you click that you get a text box to enter some content and save. It shows up as indented/styled child of the parent. Basically the ...
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“Desktop”-like web application

We are a group designing a big project. Its main purpose is educational matters (we run an online quiz). I have designed a desktop-like interface for the website with icons and a start menu. I just ...
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How can I deal with too much blank space in a desktop application?

Usually people are concerned with too much data/interface, and not enough screen real estate, but I'm in the opposite situation. The desktop application I'm working on has several tabs for entering ...
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Pop-dialog usage on Android tablets

I am in the process of adapting a large application to taking advantage of Android 3.x features and introducing tablet type look and feel. One thing I am unclear about is what the usage recommendation ...
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What indicates Zoom uniquely?

While reading a slideshow on How People Really Use the iPhone. It seemed a lot of users are confused when looking for a "zoom" icon; finding the magnifying glass to mean "search" and the plus sign to ...
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Awesome sources to see great UIs and usability [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Must-read User Interface Book? As an outsider (aka. not a designer) and due to the lack of time to innovate, I want to create great UIs and great usability by example, ...
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How can I promote a value/ feature in a UI

I would to promote certain features/ values of my application throughout all its UI/ look and feel. Edit: That is, through my application UI I want to place small hints that my company has certain ...
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Where should the GUI light source come from?

I know that historically the light source on GUIs is in the upper left, casting a shadow on the bottom-right of buttons and the upper left of fields. Now, I see some places (like Apple) use a top ...
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What is a good visual format for a “show” page?

Let's say the user clicks on something that is an entity in the system. In my case, it's a template for a course that students take. On this screen, I want to show various properties of the template ...
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Why do websites not use entire width of browser?

What reasons might a website not use the entire width of the browser, like Gmail does? For example, StackOverflow does not use the entire width — it has left and right margins. This means the ...
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(One to many) to many form?

What is a good pattern for displaying a form with a One-to-many-to-many relationship in a web form for data entry? One parent element (a case - 15 data fields) One or more 2nd level elements ...
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Displaying and editing complex data

I need to display large amount of data per each record, and perhaps edit it. I thought maybe displaying data that is most stable in table rows with an additional side panel for additional data, like ...
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Suggestion for Critical Application GUI Font

I create a critical software (which affect safety), on the GUI, I need a font that has clarity & clear typeface which is very readable, mostly that font will be displayed at height of ~18px, do ...
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Any recommendations on dealing with wizard screens with wildly different amounts of content?

I'm facing an issue with a wizard import system. The content of each screen in the wizard varies to the tune of creating white spaces as big as 300px by 300px. A stakeholder thinks this is too much ...
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Main Tabs & Sub tabs colour codes, best practice?

We are developing a webapplication and some of us has gotten into a small argument of how the main tabs and their corresponding sub tabs should be displayed. It's mainly a question of weather the ...
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Is there any HTML5 or Javascript based Wireframing tool which can work on iPad? [closed]

I want to keep my ipad with me to show my ideas to client because laptop is heavy and I think iPad can do this. Is there any HTML5 or Javascript based Wireframing tool which can work on iPad and can ...
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What's a good scroll bar equivalent for a spiral script?

One of my friends is writing a fictional story about a people who use a script that is read in a spiral from the inside out. They write on long coils of flexible material, and longer texts are fed ...
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Is flashing red text a good idea for denoting an active alarm?

I'm working on a windows application that is showing the realtime status of a particular piece of equipment. While operating the equipment (via the application), two important values & labels are ...
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When users ignore icons is it poor design or distracted users?

I maintain an enterprise intranet application which has extensive logging. After reviewing months of error logs we focused on one trouble spot where the user must enter mandatory activities before ...
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List with links on a touchscreen device

I'm new to this community (and kinda new to ux design too) and I'm having some trouble building the interface for a digital menu for restaurants which is going to be used on android tablets. The main ...
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Force Directed graph for visualizing hierarchical forms Bad Idea?

Currently we got lots of forms which we realize using Tree-view. Person clicks the tree node and a forms we designed for that opens in page aside the tree-view(Using the tree-view because there is ...
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How to design an IDE?

I am looking for professional advice including blogs and papers on how to design scalable Integrated Developement Environments (IDEs) and different approaches to it. By scalable I mean that the IDE ...
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Name for specific search form type for automobile sites

I'm doing a research on web search usability and interface design for search. I already have a website to exemplify, which is a sort of search engine for cars. The search form is important in the ...
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How to present data, part now, part later

Here's the scenario: You have a (hierarchical) catalogue of information about products. Some product information is local and the rest is remote. There could be upto 1000 distributed in some way - ...
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Is there any free tool to explain the interactions between website pages and elements on a big single screen? [closed]

Is there any tool to explain the interactions between website pages and elements on a big single screen? I have all screenshot images for all pages of websites, Some are lightbox on same page. some ...