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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How to protect a user from accidentally deleting/redacting when Undo isn't available yet?

The next release of our [edit: java] application will allow users to delete and redact text that they've selected, based on right clicking and choosing one of those options. Unfortunately, we haven't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I quickly convey the concept of organising the cloud using images?

I am working on https://datkey.com, and the UI design and UX aren't working out. How do I build a good quick set of images for a simple splash page or convey quickly to the users the concept of ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Selection of multiple items and then selected one as default

I'm trying to design a web interface in which users pick particular "items" and set one of them as default. The textbox for searching uses autocomplete to find the matching item. I've come up with the ...
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Triaging UI improvements, where to start?

I have been hired to redesign an auction website (which I cannot disclose), the usability, design, even the code beauty is pretty disastrous. The trouble is, the site is already active and my client ...
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What to pay attention to when designing a completely new service from scratch for the first time?

I a novice UX designer and my current assignment so far has been designing UIs for the "version 2" of existing services - which means I use data points for improvements of existing UI which I gather ...
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How to convey the message of 'organising the cloud' to users?

https://datkey.com is a service we are launching in the near future and I got great input from my prior request so hope a new page connects with users better. Any tips on how to convey to users the ...
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Examples for good Frequent Flyer / Loyalty Program pages [closed]

I'm looking for good Frequent Flyer / Loyalty / Rewards program pages. I'm talking about the "My Account" pages displaying current status and how long till we reach the next "level". (You know, ...
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Better way to implement a dynamic hierarchy

Just a bit of a background, I write business apps and have never been concerned with user experience. If the application works then that's what is shipped. I have been starting to change my thinking ...
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Is there a resource for MMORPG trading interfaces?

I’m searching for some documentation/training/resource on MMORPG trading UIs (marketplace, auctions, changing items etc.). Is there any detailed documentation in this topic somewhere? ps. Google is ...
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How could I handle product returns through this interface?

I have a dialog where users allocate product on an order to various available lots of product. So basically if there are 100 units on a line item of an order, the user would have to allocate this ...
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When is it appropriate to use fading animated messages for feedback and notification.

To clarify: these are messages (text or symbols) that appear right at the point of interaction, and then float away and fade out. You see this kind of animation when adding people to your Circle in ...
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Fixing UI Antipattern “multiple menu levels”

My brain seems to be pre-programmed to make administrative UI's look like the mockups below. In the mockups I have 3 levels of navigation, with on the form another set of buttons for the form ...
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How do I improve my visual design skills?

I am a novice UX designer and I am fairly comfortable with information architecture, interaction design, and creating mockups (low, med., and high). But when it comes to creating the actual UI, I have ...
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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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What is the best way to allow users to navigate through a large amount of information on a website that is categorised in numerous ways?

As a web developer, I'm often given designs that look good from the web designer, but don't necessarily function as well as they should. This is especially true for navigation elements, increasingly ...
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Are iPhone / mobile type toggle switches actually usable on the web?

Are iPhone / mobile type toggle switches actually usable on the web, to replace a yes / no radio button option? Will the change in normal user experience make it harder for the user to decide what ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...