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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Help panels inside application

Are there good UX reasons for not putting a "help panel" within a web application? (one that can be shown or hidden). Most applications open help in a different browser tab. I'm thinking of just ...
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How much choice should I give users?

I am considering adding an update to my iPhone app that allows the user to choose many new features such as the background image, where certain buttons are located, button colors, button design, ...
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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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Graphically displaying a conversation between more than two people

I'm working on a project that involves displaying a text-only conversation between anywhere from two to ten or more people. The reader will be either zero or one of the participants. The main UI will ...
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How should I indicate that an element responds to user click?

I have a list of people that the user wants to contact. They can "Mark as done" when they have made the contact (then it goes to their follow up list 3 days later). Displaying the "Mark as done" ...
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Best resources to make great reusable UI elements (icons/buttons/etc)? [closed]

I'm new to "crafting UIs", but I've been doing User Experience / Interaction design for a while. Being unable to design my own graphics has been a serious handicap for my work as I'm dependent on ...
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Merging huge data

I've searched UX.SE and other resources but not able to find any solid answers on how to merge N multiple records. Here is the attached screenshot of application which needs to be revamped. Before ...
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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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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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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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Understanding the scroll bar in the Firefox 'List All Tabs' dropdown

I'm trying to understand the rationale behind the vertical scroll bar in the 'List All Tabs' dropdown in Firefox (15.0.1); All the tabs are listed here, so it gives the wrong impression of the list ...
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How should I warn a user of a config problem in my software?

My Mac OS X software has complex configuration. The software does its best to auto-configure and to help the user through the process. However external components can change THEIR configuration, which ...
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Best Method to Present a Many to Many Form to User

I have a questions about how to best present a form based off a many to many relationship to a user. I'll explain my models to help give an idea of what data I need to present. Models and ...
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When is it appropriate to use a “well” UI element?

Are there standard uses for it? I see it most often when embedding example code... As see on Twitter Bootstrap: http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/components.html#misc
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Where to place list filter controls?

Suppose the user -- from a CMS backend WYSIWYG editor -- opens an Insert link-dialog. When having a list of possible link destination pages, where would be an appropriate place to put filter ...
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Masked password characters in a GUI vs terminal

In a GUI form, or for example a login box on a website, it's usual for masked characters to appear like ********* as you type out your password. But in terminal applications, for example ssh, this ...
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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 should a dangerous action be presented to the user? [duplicate]

Consider a simple spyware detector that detects a suspicious activity by a program and needs the user to decide, whether it is OK or not. I came up with the following dialog. download bmml ...
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Presenting options in tools where users can have two (or more) different roles

Applications where clients & contractors actions (such as odesk and elance) are displayed in the same dashboard can get confusing. These sites sometimes overcome this by stating: Click here ...
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Red buttons in an e-commerce site?

I'm designing an e-commerce site with red buttons. It has a yellow/white background and it looks quite good that way. Now, my boss finds the same, he likes it, but he is doubtful, because red could ...
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Is skeumorphism dead?

I've noticed that many big companies stopped using skeumorph graphics: Microsoft completely removed any glass-style look of Windows 7 and switched to a flat, "digital" and artificial look in Windows 8 ...
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Combine load and save button into one button?

I'm having a configuration GUI, and want to enable the user to export the settings into a file and load that file later (or on a different computer). My dialog has several options, and is rather ...
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Which is better option 'School', 'College' or any other?

I have used the school field name for both school and college on my website, but I think 'School' and 'College' have different meanings. Can anyone suggest a more appropriate option?
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Why does Gmail hide email options under a '+' sign?

Why does Gmail website hide options like "links", "smileys" etc. under a '+' sign when there is clearly enough room along the footer? Am I missing something, or is google really pushing google+? ...
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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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Should an interaction designer know how to do visual design

So, we have the long discussion about if interaction designers should know how to code. But what about visual design or GUI design? A common team setup seems to pair a IxD guy with a graphic ...
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UI Layout improvement

I'm currently implementing a database querying tool, and am currently working on a section which would allow users to specify ORDER BY and Aggregate clauses. My biggest challenge has been to represent ...
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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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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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Entering any two of four inter-dependent values

While designing a garden landscape, I want users to be able to define a slope of the terrain. There are four values users can enter: Run - the horizontal distance along the depth of the slope Rise ...
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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, ...
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Alternative to color code in table cell

I am currently redesigning an LOB application that makes use of color coding in tables to 'categorize' each row of data. For instance, in the picture above, the 'St' column (which stands for ...
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App design process - Prototype phase: Photoshop design every single screen?

I've just started designing apps and still learning my way through. I'm now doing a project that it is quite complex, so this was the rough process: Understanding of client's requirements and ...
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Choices for users who don't read

I'm building a touch UI for a timesheet program. Requirements: 1) Record the start and end time of a break. 2) Determine if the user is leaving the work place for their break (for safety reasons ...
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Best way to show long list of detailed information for summarized items in a table?

I'm working on an application page for an insurance company regarding purchasing policies and showing all the detailed information that comes with the policy. The problem I'm facing is knowing how ...