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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Start an activity when a barcode is read

I am designing a Point of Pay, as in a Point of Sales, pretty much the same functionality. Someone comes with a payment slip containing a barcode and the cashier will scan it, and the system can ...
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Where to put Settings button in App with endless list scrolling

I am currently working on an App for both iOS and Android for phones. The main screen of the app has a header with the option to select different feeds. Below is a list that has endless scrolling to ...
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Action requires users leave and interact with another site, how to ensure they come back?

I have a scenario in which a user must copy code from a Site A, paste it into the source code of Site B, then return to Site A to confirm the action was successful. What's the best way to make ensure ...
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Multi-range Slider for Budget Allocation

I'm currently designing a slider that will be used to allocate a fixed budget to different channels. I posted some shots of the current design below. Right now, it's possible to simply drag the slider ...
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Best place for grid/list toggle button?

I'm working on an effort to introduce a grid/list toggle, and we can't decide on where to place it in the page. My vote was for the top-right, but the client wants to explore other placements. Is ...
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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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Show or don't show the currently selected option in menu or dropdown

Let's say you have a dropdown where a user can choose a color. I'm currently comtemplating whether or not to use the following scheme. When a user selects a color, that color disappaers in the sorted ...
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Usability of vertical split bar to resize splitted view

I have a program with an interface that is much like jsfiddle, specifically the vertically draggable inner "bar" that lets you resize between the size of the left panels and the right panels. I ...
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Should a user be prevented from making an invalid selection or denied with an error message after the fact?

In my UI, there is an icon for ‘Open File’. When user clicks this icon, a normal file browser window opens. The user selects a file by browsing through the computer. The user should only select ...
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What explains the current shift from glossy UIs to matte UIs?

I've noticed an interesting phenomenon in the user interfaces of many famous applications, they're moving away from the glossy complex to a more dull and bare minimum design. Why the sudden change? ...
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Can not reorganize large number of controls on a form , in a visually appealing and efficient way

I am software developer that has a job to create database for storing contracts. Contracts have annexes and construction reports ( I don't know how to translate this better, English is not my native ...
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User and Role management is a mess

At the local level, the system admin can add add/remove/modify users and user groups. At the same time, we have an internet based user management system. The device is registered to the cloud account, ...
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Is there any recommended control for triple options like YES / NO / NONE?

I'm designing a user opinion page where the user has three choices. For instance, if the question is "Is it suitable?" the three options could be "YES", "NO", or "NoIdea". In this case, what control ...
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Horizontal scrolling widget for mobile webpage?

I'm looking for a widget that is similar to what the iphone uses as a datepicker (found here), only horizontal. Does anyone know what this would formally be called? I've been looking all over and ...
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Displaying PC's Not Online to the User Via Website

I am nearly done building a web site that allows a user to pick a set of files that he/she wants from a list of computers.Right now I'm displaying a modal popup window with checkboxes representing ...
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Display two column table on smartphone

I've been somewhat struggling on how to display a two column table on a smartphone (iOS app specifically). My said that they would like something other than a boring UITableView to display the data. ...
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Displaying information on minimalistic long panels

I had a question about displaying information on long panels. For example, the first is an empty panel and the second is what I'm doing right now: The main issue here is that putting text ...
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Dealing with overlaps in dynamically changing positions

My question is similar to this one. I have a line graph made using c3js. When the user alters some parameters through sliders, the line will be replotted. I have also created a custom legend (per ...
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Which user input validation approach is better: preventing or explaining? [duplicate]

Scenario: let's say we are talking about a simple form, which contains the following field types: All fields are mandatory. Number: only digits are allowed. Text: text must not exceed the maximum ...
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How to handle change in data types and relevant data values against it

On my UI, user can change data type from drop down menu and enter a value against it. User can also change data type and data value at anytime. Now let’s say, user has selected String data type and ...
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Design conflicts between different target groups

I am working on a design for a travel agency. Their main target is elderly people (60+). The site should also apply for the second target group. People (late 40’s – 50+). The client also want to ...
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How to indicate a disabled core functionality?

How should a certain action be disabled, when the user has run out of necessary permissions to perform that action? Specifically, I am designing a search engine where each search may take up to an ...
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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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How best to create a link/relationship between multiple elements of a webpage?

My current UI looks something like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups A 3 column layout with a list of tasks with titles/details in the middle. I need ...
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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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Is top-tab bar anti-single-hand operation?

Some Design such as Android Design suggests that we place the tabs in the top. It will be very cool to swipe to change a tab to another close one. But when it comes to more than Three tabs, it will ...
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What are some alternatives to dropdowns and wizards for multi-level options?

I am trying to design user interface that allows a user to select out of multiple workflow options. The options list is fixed but has more than couple of options. It's important for the user to be ...
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Is there a better character than the asterisk to indicate a modified document?

In Windows applications it seems to be a common way to indicate modified, unsaved documents with an asterisk * character. E.g. this is how Visual Studio .NET 2012 indicates a modified document: ...
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Activating/deactivating functionality with additional settings

I'm working on an application which is split up in several features which can be activated or deactivated. The user can activate or deactivate the functionality but when activated he has to fill some ...
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Should dates be displayed with a time entry?

I'm working on a project where there are numerous time entries for a given a record. The times are stored in the database as timestamp, however for display and editing it's clutter to display the ...
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Indicating user-independent updates

I have a system with many users, who can edit data and I distribute those updates on the fly to all logged on users of the system, so they don't have to explicitly load them. I do this to increase ...
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Can't properly redesign GUI to get better user experience

INTRODUCTION: I am a junior software developer tasked to implement an informational system without assistance. Due to a tight deadline I was unable to design a UI that provides a great user ...
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How to improve UI within a form, where a field can change type, based on data you want to enter

Goal: I want to have a input field that changes its name and value based on what the person wants to enter. Scenario: I have a form that currently goes like this: Some Data input field ...
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Change long “continue without saving” button to say “skip”?

I'm working on a project and I found what I think is an issue. The product is a kind of web editor. After making some changes, I go to change the page and get a confirmation dialog that says: "Page ...
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Will using “X” for both “close” and “remove” cause confusion

I'm working on a shopping cart design. I'm currently using "X" to mean both "close" and "remove" in the interface. As shown in screenshot below. Will this cause unnecessary confusion? For quick ...
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Ideas for mobile, tablet, desktop or web for app that in a first step consists of lots of data entry?

With a friend I am making an app that basically consists of one big calendar in which data can be entered. The app will be a sowing calendar which can be used to enter the months in which you are ...
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Android Design Principles? [closed]

Hi I am getting started with building Android apps and I think I am getting good at coding, but now I need help with the design. So can you please help me by suggesting any tools or books where I can ...
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Distinguish between Time and Duration selection

We have a mobile app, which on the same screen, has a means to select Time and a means to select Duration; like this: Time Left Home is a time of day Planned Work Duration is duration Both of ...
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Best way to do colours and sizes for eCommerce site

I am doing an E-commerce site like Ebay but for clothing industry and I want a way that users can manage colours and sizes. Sizes should be based on quantity. Based on this what,s the best way to ...
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Best way to populate multiple lists from a shared data source

I'm trying to design a UI wherein a person is moved from a list of people into one of four mutually exclusive groups. Each group needs to be shown on screen (there are typically less than 15 people in ...
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Should I use a separate icon if the response will be slow?

I'm currently building the UI for a webapp where users can refresh various bits of content. The speed of this refresh depends on the type of content. In most places this is a very quick operation (max ...
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Separate administration pages vs. front-end integrated administration

I was wondering if there have been any studies on this topic. Which one do most users prefer? For example, Wordpress separates the front-end views from the site administration views. Different theme ...
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help redesigning table options

I've been asked to look at the design of a table that has buttons at the end (highlighted) Obviously these options should be at the head of the table where they can be seen straight away by the ...
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Client wants to remove footer on certain pages, should I?

I have a client who insists that we remove the footer from certain pages under the guise of 'the footer will distract people and they will leave the site/not finish the journey'. To me, this sounds ...
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Why doesn't Mac OS X use Pointing Hand Cursor instead of Arrow Cursor on Toolbars and Tabs?

I want to understand the rationale behind Apple's design decision of not using Pointing Hand Cursor on clickable areas such as Toolbars or Tabbars of applications' user interfaces, and even buttons. ...
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Best way to display support, contact, and preferences in Mac App

I'm trying to decide what the best way to display the following options to a user is: Contact / Social Connection Links (ex. find "company name" on Twitter / Facebook) Support options (ex. in-app ...
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Crash dialog - motivating user to explain what they were doing

In my application (a browser), there are two types of crashes which can occur: Python exceptions, i.e. I can handle the crash just when it happens and display a crash dialog immediately. Segfaults ...
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When a star-rating is right-aligned, should I fill the stars from right as well?

When building graphics for an app, I have right-aligned a rating from 1 to three stars. Being mainly a designer, my gut told me to fill the stars from right to left. So, i.e. empty empty filled for a ...
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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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Is my back button OK where it is? Could it be in a better position?

I am developing an app for tablets and was considering moving the back button to the top left, but I would have to make the change in a few places and was wondering how much of an effect it would ...