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 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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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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Table Checkbox side best practices

When is it a best practice to allow for checkboxes to appear on the left/right and side of a table? A wireframe came across my desk looking similar to the wireframe below. The justification the team ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Counting to Infinity - Are counters usable?

As the web gets older and bigger the numbers in a lot of counters will tend to increase more and more. I'm very curious about the implications in usability and user experience: Are these big numbers ...
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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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Borders editing control usability

I need a simple and intuitive control for editing rectangle borders. At the moment I have the following: At the left - preview box and current border selector at the same time. User can click on ...
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Are there any project methodologies for UI Design?

For my graduation assignment I'm going to design a completely new UI for my company's software. One of the requirements my university imposes is that the entire process be based on a project ...
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What background colors would correctly describe level of importance of item on the list

I have a list of customers. They are( from least to to most important): Regular customer, VIP customer, Small company, Medium company, Large company. I list them in this manner: I would like to ...
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Showing the full path to a folder when changing its name

I have a form where a user can enter a new name for a specific folder. The full folderpath is displayed on the form for informational purpose which leads to a problem. I don't want my form to expand ...
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What do you call embedded dotts/lines which indicate sliding in GUI?

I have attached an image which explains which element I am talking about. I am trying to find out it's proper name. Can anyone help me please?
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Making contact detail form more friendly

I have a windows based form in my project for adding contact details. Here's a screenshot I have added textbox for First name, Last name , var and cst (vat and cst are numbers related to ...
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How can I make these links more obvious to click on?

I'm working on a website redesign for a dental laboratory. While testing the home page with a user, they never clicked on the links in the subnavigation. They clicked on the larger buttons in the ...
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Key dimensions to efficiently describe a user interface

What is clearly thought out is clearly expressed and there is certainly a way to efficiently describe and classify the various user interface types that have spread. At the UI components level, ...
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Are double tabs on the same level acceptable?

In my Windows application, I want to show the user some kind of map. The information displayed on this map can vary a lot, depending on filters set by the user. With these filters set, the user will ...
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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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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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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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Should :focus and :hover styles be the same or distinct?

I'm in the midst of redefining a cross-application style guide, and I want to make sure we're accounting for accessibility in the design, including contrast ratios, text sizes, and focus states. One ...
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Bigger font sizes trend

During the last years, there has been gradual increasing of the Web sites and programs UI font sizes. Even Google increased the font size. Could this be because of the aging population of the ...
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Design for Application consistency or follow OS convention?

When we design applications to be used in the new world of cross channeling, we need to take into account a lot of different factors. Not only do we need to address in which environment the app is ...
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Has user testing ever revealed that you have to change your app's UI colour?

Dark-themed UI colours have been popular for a while on certain desktop applications (Adobe Lightroom as an example), and seem to be popping up on mobile applications as well. I'm referring to the ...
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How are GUI and User Experience issues, approached by open software developers?

In my opinion, among open software developers there is not much attention given to the GUI or how it is used. With very notable exceptions of course, Blender, Ubuntu, VLC, and maybe others I've not ...
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What do you think of gauges to display information in web dashboards?

I'm redesigning a reviewer-type website for college entrance exams - there are different categories such as math, science, english. Students can take as many review quizzes/exams as they want, and ...
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How to highlight best elements corresponding to a search without changing their order

In a web application used to search content inside documents, we have a view displaying the main parts of a documents: Chapters Diagrams Tables of data Users can search for specific words inside ...
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Can a mobile application be made using a totally flat design?

In a current attempt at designing a mobile app using a "flat" design à la Windows Modern UI, I noticed that some aspects of the application feel weird to the average user. The main aspects here being ...
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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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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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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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Selecting multiple folders

I'm in the process of improving folder selection process of a backup software my company has developed. The goal is to have the user select the folder(s) he/she wishes to backup. This page describes ...
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How to visually suggest to the viewer that there is more than meets the eye in a elegant, neat looking way?

From a user experience design point of view, what would be a good way to let the viewer know, or better said, I want the user to "get it as he sees it" without further explanation that what I am ...
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Mapping piano keys to computer keyboard

What are reasonable ways to allow the user to play a virtual piano using the computer keyboard? And are there any industry standards across music programs, i.e. keyboard-piano mappings which (whether ...
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What would be the best way to fill “space” in an User Interface for irregular image sizes gallery?

What would be the best way to fill "space" in user interface for irregular image sizes gallery? Conditions: The row are subjected to hold maximum 3 images only. Float left If the total width of the ...
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Good ways to make a dynamic GUI?

I have an application I am designing and it's in a pretty functional state at the moment. But the database I am using has 1000's of items and is constantly changing and growing. The application of ...
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Where can I find a list of names for mobile ui components?

Long ago when I was just a lad, I sat in my Votech computer programming class and learned Visual Basic. Visual Basic proved a wonderful primer for learning about UI components and their names. I ...
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Mixing rounded corners and square corners

The question of the usability of rounded corners versus square corners has already be answered here. My question revolves more about the consequence of having them intermingled. I've heard some ...
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Does number of screens affect usability of a specific software?

Does it matter to the user if the application has 70-80 screens as long as all the functionality are provided? Does it depend on the platform, e.g. Handheld devices vs Desktop ? Is there a limit on ...
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Better way of merging two tree views into a single

I am working on a UI design which has two tree view components to show data hierarchy. Each tree shows same data but has two different functionalities. I felt showing them in such a way will confuse ...
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What's the difference between cards, panels, and tiles?

It seems as if with some of the modern front-end development frameworks there is a blur between the different types of 'container' elements. Whether this is an attempt to abstract the design from ...
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Time Scheduler UI

I am working on a doctor availability schedule page. In this page I need to setup the available times for each day in a week for a doctor. This is a one-time activity. Something is repeated for every ...
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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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Displaying information in a dashboard: Advice or references

I have to design a dashboard for managers who need to report to their managers on their areas of responsibility. In the past I have just put counts and line charts over time of what they are ...
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Why do web designers force users to enter credit card numbers without hyphens or spaces?

Credit card numbers on the cards themselves seem to follow a pattern--four clusters of digits separated by spaces. This seems to comport with "human factors engineering" that I think shows people have ...
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Industry standard for button captions that use a Function Key as the keyboard shortcut

If I have a button that has the caption _Save then when it shows up on the screen it will show the S as underlined. This tells the user that Alt+S will make that button "press". But what is the ...
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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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How do you best explain the fixed functionality and uses of well known UI components

People often ask questions about if it's okay to mix up UI components with clearly specified functionality e.g. radio buttons and checkboxes. Sometimes I feel that it's treading well worn ground and ...
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Massive menu on website, how to solve it?

I must change the following menu in some web site. This menu contain almost 30 items! Screenshot: Any idea? Categories: Home, Games, Leisure Children, Openly Software, Recipes, Study Lessons, ...