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 it recommended to play a sound for warning and error messages?

When you quit an application and it shows you a dialog box asking if you want to save or when you open a file and an error is encountered, some applications play a sound. By sounds I mean short, but ...
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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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How do you reduce the number of emails users send you?

We have a website for an amateur sports club www.cugc.org.uk with a lot of content, we have put a lot of effort into providing all the relevant information to new members or those interested in ...
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n-to-n selector UI [duplicate]

I am looking for a name of one specific UI element. I have unsuccessful tried to identify it before but this attempt failed. What I am looking for is an n-to-n selector where items move between two ...
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How can I provide more detail for a UI element when “mouse over” functionality is unavailable?

I have a game for the iPad and there's no "mouse entered" or "mouse hover" functionality on that platform. Within my game I have a hotbar or skill bar like below. Typically a game that uses such ...
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What is the correct meaning of “slider”?

I'm confused by the word "slider". It seems to be used interchangeably for two quite different types of UI control. An input allowing selecting of a point on a numeric scale, as in the jQuery UI ...
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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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What are some reference works for capitalization in UI text?

I'm currently in the process of updating the language files for a large web portal. Over time, a lot of inconsistencies have crept in, and so in different places you might see contrasting: Titles > ...
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Is it okay to use breadcrumb navigation on some pages and not on others?

Breadcrumbs would be redundant for some of my pages and quite pointless, but effective on others which are a bit deeper. Is it bad practice to only implement breadcrumbs on some of the pages?
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Where to put the “new button” in a metro style app

I am creating a Windows 8 style app, and I am confused where to put the new button. I have many options I can choose from. First above the search list: Second under the search list: Third with ...
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Language selection: top or bottom of the page?

A client has the requirement to provide translation options on their website, most likely using an automated solution like Google Translate. A colleague and I have been discussing the best way to ...
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What is the best way to ask for a specific amount?

Consider the following simple scenario: User has 2,352 cookies in his account. Now, he is prompted with a message, "How many cookies would you like to eat?" Given he can enter any number from 1 to ...
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Whats the best way to present a time duration to user?

We're trying to implement the most effective method of displaying duration it takes for user to complete a puzzle. Looking for simplicity and accuracy. I've added two examples that we've been working ...
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What is the benefit of anthropomorphizing a UI?

Earlier I withdrew some money from the cash machine and at one point the screen read: "Hold on, I'm contacting the server". The designers of the system had chosen to infer through the language ...
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Looking for independent usability study of the Microsoft Fluent UI

I have been trying to gather objective feedback/response on the design of the Fluent UI ('Ribbon') interface. Apart from one study by Forrester which was commissioned by Microsoft anyway, and various ...
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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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Microsoft Visual Studio 11 - why would they use uppercase in UI?

Microsoft has been very transparent with their updates to Visual Studio 11. It includes a huge change to the UI design of the entire IDE, most notably colour themes, icons and capitlization. In their ...
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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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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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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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UI/UX in an Agile Development Environment

I'm working with a company on a medium-large scale web application. The application is to replace existing applications, manual, and electronic processes. This project is on a tight deadline, and is ...
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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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What are the “Big Three” Gestures in Mobile Development?

last week, our project manager mentioned that we needed to incorporate more of the "big 3" gestures in our mobile software. unfortunately, she's off on vacation now and none of us know what exactly ...
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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 ...
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What's the purpose of the bottom bar in popups / modal windows?

There seems to be a common pattern where the bottom of a modal window contains an area that looks slightly separated from its content. I'm trying to find out where this habit comes from, and what ...
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Is it bad practice to remove fast forward and rewind transport controls on video player?

I have the opportunity to customize a video player for an iOS/Android mobile app and am considering omitting the '<<' (rewind/skip prev) and '>>' (fast forward/skip next) controls. My thought ...
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Skeuomorphism or OS-consistency?

Skeuomorphic UIs should give the user something that looks like a familiar object, presumably making it easier for them to understand what it should do and how it should be used. Even if the UI isn't ...
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Selecting many elements from a long list

I have a scenario where my 'create user' dialog has a very long list of options, of which the user needs to select many. The project manager has suggested a 'dual list' approach: a long (scrolled) ...
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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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Form Design: Mutually Exclusive Tabs vs. One Form

I am working on a form design that has two mutually exclusive forms accessible via tabs (Option 1). During usability testing my team observed users missing the tabs and only noticing them when we ...
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Are there any special design guidelines for big touch screens (30–50 inch)?

I'm about to develop an application for a large touch screen (around 40″). Now to my question, are there any special design guidelines for such a large screen? I have read Android/iOS/Windows RT ...
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Is it absolutely necessary to show the currently selected language in a language selector?

There are three choices of language. At least on mobile it would be nice if I could save a little space in the footer by omitting the currently active language. This seems risky though as it means the ...
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Tabs design pattern, solving for “N” tabs

I've seen many design patterns that help solve different content presentation issues by leveraging "tabs". Assuming I do want to display grouped content on a page (complex content or simple) and ...
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UI / UX Review Site? [closed]

I stumbled upon a UI/UX review site some time ago, but cannot seem to put my finger on it again. Could someone please advise if you are aware of what this site may be? I have a few designs I'd like ...
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Is there a design pattern for dropdown lists in iOS?

I've searched quite a bit for this but surprisingly could not find any comprehensive answer. XCode doesn't provide any simple way to add dropdown lists to iOS interfaces. Stackoverflow just showed ...
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Can placing dark and light elements or blocks next to each other in a UI lead to problems in visual perception?

A designer on my project has proposed something that uses both light and dark backgrounds within the same context (basic mockups below). A short background for the app: It is a platform on which ...
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Grammar for describing UI design

Does anyone know of a formal grammar approach to UI design? I currently have wireframes for 100+ pages and I'm now driving out the commonality / identifying reusable components. I'm interested in the ...
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In Google Maps, why did Google use back arrow icon instead of “X” close for search results list when its clearly a layer on top of the main interface?

I've been getting into Material design lately, and I really liked one of the material concepts, and thats to think of the UI in X,Y,Z axis. But noticed a discrepancy with what might be extremely ...
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Convey to user that they can input absolute numbers or percentages

I have a quoting form in which I want users to have the ability to add a discount. The discounts can be added as percentage or absolute values. My current design is a text field and a dropdown for ...
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Visually show “File cannot be dropped here”

I am trying to show to user if "File cannot be dropped to the desired location" on my UI. Refer to the image attached above, user can drag and drop a file to the rectangular areas defined but not ...
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Why put the controls in the bottom (or the top) of a music player UI?

Among alot of the music players around the player controls have usually been arrange to the top of the application window, or to the bottom. What is the rationale behind the positioning, the choice ...
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Another phrasing for the term “Directions” in this case?

Below is a short browser based linux simulator for training purposes. It basically starts off with a blank screen, and gives directions for the user to enter a linux command to do a given task. If the ...
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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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Counter in a corner of a button

I'm creating a user control which is essentially a wide tile-like button (think Windows 8 "wide" start menu tiles), but in the upper-right corner there's a darkened area which contains a counter. This ...
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How to design a screen in which users must choose a value from a list of options for each row in a 500 row table?

I'm designing an application that's supposed to help ease a very tedious and difficult task. Prior to this app - each user would be given a spreadsheet with about 5-8 columns, and 300-500 rows. (Each ...
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How do I show margin and padding values?

I'm writing an application to create road signs (it won't be obvious to most people), and a certain interaction involves the user clicking an object on the workspace (in this case the text "Newmarket",...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of “minimal” design?

E.g. Google has minimal web design (just a search box). How do you define minimal design? How does this relate to minimalism in general? Is Facebook also minimalism at least from the beginning?
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What symbols should be used for YES and NO when the user can't read?

This is a non trivial problem, as demonstrated by this blog entry. There are problems with all the obvious options: Check and X : we're already using that as "correct" and "incorrect" Thumbs up/...
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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 practice for checking a series of checkboxes?

I have a large table (some 100 rows) for setting user permissions. Each set of permissions has a set of 4 possible items, which in many cases will all be checked but not by default. For efficiency we ...