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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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'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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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 ...
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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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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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de-emphasizing cancel

Is it a good idea to de-emphasize the cancel button? download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups vs. download bmml source
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Form Design: Mutually Exclusive Tabs vs. One Form

I am working on a form design that currently has two mutually exclusive forms accessible via tabs (Option 1). During usability testing my team noticed that users missed the tabs and only noticed them ...
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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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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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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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Are the Metro UI icons poor for usability?

While looking at Metro UI styles I thought about one of the unique aspects of the icons. Their placement inside circles. E.g. I can imagine that this provides a target like effect, emphasising the ...
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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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Why do the popular browsers copy each other's user interfaces?

Why do all the popular browsers blatantly copy each other's user interface? See these screenshots to understand what I mean: Mozilla Firefox (see Australis is landing in Firefox Nightly and ...
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Displaying percentage difference from zero

I need to display the difference in percentage from the old value with the new one. I got the formula and it's working except I don't know what I should display if one if the value is zero and the ...
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n-to-n selector UI

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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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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Difference between 'modify' and 'edit' buttons

Is there a difference between the words 'modify' and 'edit'? I am creating a form that will allow users to make changes to their order - what should the call to action button name be - 'edit your ...
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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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Do iOS application icons need to be updated for iOS 7?

as a graphic designer, would an application icon need to be updated to match the simplicity and flat UI of iOS 7? Do you think this would contribute to the UX overall?
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Mouse wheel interaction with nested scrollbars

Nested scrollbars (a scrollable area within another scrollable area) present some unfortunate difficulties, mainly when scrolling trough them with the mouse wheel. Whether such scrollbars are a good ...
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What is the difference between web design, interaction design, user experience design, and user interface design?

It seems all four of these branches of design relate to each other at one point or another, and one can easily be confused for another by novices or outsiders looking in. Job postings online ...
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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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What's wrong with this picture?

Context I'm a developer (not a designer) working on a drawing app, and I'm a little clueless about ui / ux design. The functionality is there, but something is really wrong with the look of the menu ...
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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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How to mark a tooltip-containing word in a paragraph?

I have a sentence in which one word has a tooltip. The data in the tooltip is supplemental and putting it into the main UI isn't required. However, how can I mark the word to notify the user that it ...
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Flat design worsens UX. Could/should the pendulum swing the other way? [closed]

I often argue with people that so-called 'flat' design leads to worse UX as it leads to a lack of clarity regarding actionable objects but also reduces the ability of the user to distinguish between ...
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Showing user's (name) initials but what if more than 1 user have the same initials?

I'm designing an app where users can assign tasks to other people. The space I have available to convey to whom the task is assigned to is about 23-25px. So right now we're just showing two initials, ...
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Identify different types of clickable shapes?

We're building an application that is like an interactive flow chart. When users are viewing the flow chart, they can interact with certain shapes: Link to another flow chart. Link to an external ...
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what's a good way to show the left/right hand of piano notes in “piano roll” format?

I'm a "lone developer" in need of some UX advice. I'm working on a piano practice program and currently show notes like this: (argh, please note that these are shrunken images of the real thing) ...
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Breadcrumb or tabbed form or best of both?

We have a web application that allows users to query a database. The results are returned in a breadcrumb style interface. We brought this change in at a new version, and our users have been ...
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Why are developers ignored by UX? [closed]

I'm a hobbyist software developer who dutifully looks at UX to better design software with the user in mind. I appreciate the nitpicking that UX does for three main reasons: The user's benefit ...