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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Interface for configuring a chain of modules

From a UX point of view, what is an effective way for users to configure a chain of modules? Each module can process one, or two types of data Modules can optionally accept inputs (one for each kind ...
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Numeric input, text fields, drop-downs : Is this too complex?

I'm redesigning an interface to control an exercise game. The interface is going to be something like this (and exists on a PC, not mobile). Right now, we've gathered that our users want to be able to ...
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What indicates Zoom uniquely?

While reading a slideshow on How People Really Use the iPhone. It seemed a lot of users are confused when looking for a "zoom" icon; finding the magnifying glass to mean "search" and the plus sign to ...
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How to design a Win 7-like dialog for choosing One of N options without a confirm button?

The Copy file dialog of Win 7 constitutes an approach to presenting One of N options choices to users. This dialog, however, has been accused of being too hard to scan, and lacking click affordance. ...
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In mobile website when we use “Back” button then should it be always the titled as “Back”?

If we use Back button in website inner pages should we always use the text Back all the time or we should use the title of the last page. But title of last page can be longer than Back For example ...
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Selection of multiple items and then selected one as default

I'm trying to design a web interface in which users pick particular "items" and set one of them as default. The textbox for searching uses autocomplete to find the matching item. I've come up with the ...
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How do you show that a feature can be selected individually or combined with another feature?

The user has 3 options/features to choose from, but here is the problem: Each feature can be selected separately/on its own. Feature A can be selected/combined with feature B. Feature B can be ...
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Essential input elements of a gui toolkit

I am in a process of designing a new toolkit for mobile devices (as a part of my Master's thesis). I would like to know if there is some theoretical backgroud (researches, books, tutorials, etc...) to ...
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What is the usual way to specify a GUI?

What is the typical or most effective way to specify the design decisions and interaction patterns of a specific application's GUI? I began to realize I do not really know what the parts of a precise ...
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iPad tap to edit text: how intuitive is this / how can I make it clear to users?

I am building the following iPad UI, and it includes a "tap-to-edit" feature: I personally like this type of UX - I like UIs where a user can interact directly with a document. However, I'm ...
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Right amount of padding between buttons in a mobile app

I am designing a mobile app for both ipad and iphone. I have a navigation bar which has several buttons next to each other and an action bar that has several buttons next to each other. Is there a ...
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Good example of a Keyboard Shortcut Manager implementation [closed]

I am implementing a keyboard shortcut manager in which the user can assign shortcut keys to global (or contextual) commands in a Windows desktop application. Note that the application has load of ...
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Is it a good idea to add new rows on top of existing ones?

Consider my fiddle implementation of a table1. (For those who are curious, here is the code2) At the beginning, my table was more conventional, featuring the + button below the table and adding new ...
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How to make textual messages in an internal company web app casual and interesting?

I'm planning to develop a web application for our company's internal use. So I need to design the UI of the application in a casual way. My intent is to make the system interesting. An example of ...
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Importance of colors in a mobile application?

I am software + hardware engineer who possibly does a same common job as others with a similar qualification. I am under the process of designing, developing and publishing a mobile application where ...
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Typical Android app behavior for deleting data from a list

I am an app developer but not an Android user. My app is a baseball card collection management tool. The main screen displays the list of baseball cards which the user has entered into the database. ...
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Default text for optional dropdown menu

My app has a dropdown for a "Reason." Most users will/should select a reason but they do not have to. We could have the default choice be Select a reason... to increase odds of people picking one. ...
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What default font to choose for desktop applications?

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Reliable sources about UI/UX best practices in Japan?

Everything I read about usability on western websites is mostly the opposite of what I'm told to do at my workplace in Japan. For example : - make landing pages as crowded as possible - avoid share ...
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What is the best way to communicate that certain functionality is currently unavailable in an application [duplicate]

Let's say there is some feature in an application (accessed via a button) that only becomes available once a number of criteria are met. Off the top of my head, there are 3 options here: Hide the ...
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What's the generic term for the Apple Menu, Windows Start Menu, etc.?

A number of applications and operating systems have a single "main" button or menu, often in the corner of the screen, that seems to be conceptually higher-level (or maybe it's lower-level?) than any ...
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Change button for color input modes

I have this SWT widget (color picker) with label: By pressing the star button, color picker field transforms into code field, where you can write code: I am not satisfied with this "star ...
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What is the term for making one UI component better but is not in sync with whole of UI?

Individual UI component owners (developer/GD) tries to make their component more useable/shining in the process losing the focus in the overall picture. I have somewhere read this to be something like ...
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How to best enter long digits on a small touch device without using keyboard input

my current task is to create an user interface for a mobile strategy game. stuff can be transported from point a to point b. the user can select an amount of stuff between 1 and 1.000.000. it is ...
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Managing CRUD operations in a tree

I'm using a tree view in my web application to present the administrator a way of managing entities in the system. So far I had to deal with simple entities that require only a name that is way i ...
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Address list following a postcode search, should a drop down list or radio buttons be used?

I'm working on a project at the moment using an OOTB solution. We have an address search facility where a user will neter there postcode, click 'search' and is then presented with a list of addresses. ...
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How does a “mental model” relate to an information model

In UI design we often talk about "mental models" that users need to form. I'm wondering if there is a particular relationship between that mental model and the actual information model that the system ...
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Are there any advantages to matte interfaces over glossy interfaces (or vice versa)?

I'm curious about the usability of such interfaces for complex tasks, repetitive tasks. Are there any studies that focus on this comparison? Note: My question is not just about phone interfaces but ...
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Pop-dialog usage on Android tablets

I am in the process of adapting a large application to taking advantage of Android 3.x features and introducing tablet type look and feel. One thing I am unclear about is what the usage recommendation ...
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Best way to shorten item's names in lists, but retaining per-item uniqueness?

We have a drop-down menu for the user to switch between several accounts or profiles, and these accounts are identified by their legal entity name. There's a higher than random chance that many of the ...
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Crisp GUI Look and feel for developing applications like spotify

Am wondering if anyone has any recommendations on what GUI library can be used for developing cross platform applications such as Spotify. I have a feeling Qt-Quick might be the best answer but am not ...
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What to pay attention to when designing a completely new service from scratch for the first time?

I a novice UX designer and my current assignment so far has been designing UIs for the "version 2" of existing services - which means I use data points for improvements of existing UI which I gather ...
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Choices: showing new items vs a clickable “x new items” banner

We are creating a web application with a Twitter-style list of items, with a new item being added/shown once every few minutes. A subject for debate is whether we should show new items automatically ...
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What UX guidelines should one keep in mind when designing the GUI for a automobile center stack/console?

Desgining the UI for a center stack (100% touchscreen), still in the wireframe stages. However, when mocking up the home screen, it dawned on me I don't know much about UX (I do mostly backend work, ...
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Multiple Items Settings

Are there any known design guidelines for allowing users to apply the same settings to multiple items at the same time? Also how can I make it clear which items have the similar/same settings? As a ...
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How do I justify a “friendly view” when a department head is adding “table view” as a requirement?

So in the web app I'm currently working on, I need to display a list of objects. I opted for a "friendly" view, with each object being a div. StackExchange's question list layout is actually a good ...
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Best UI element type and location for password retrieval on login form

I have currently the login form shown below and I'd like to add a UI element that the user can click in order to retrieve their fogotten password. However I'm not sure what element to use and where ...
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Is there a resource for MMORPG trading interfaces?

I’m searching for some documentation/training/resource on MMORPG trading UIs (marketplace, auctions, changing items etc.). Is there any detailed documentation in this topic somewhere? ps. Google is ...
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Advanced search query builder on smart phone

I'm developing a Windows Phone 8 app where all the pages are in portrait orientation. I have the problem of designing/porting this kind of a GUI to smart phones: download bmml source – ...
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Best type of UI specifications for UI design?

I've had some problems handing over specifications that were wireframe designs + explanation of elements, to UI designers/artists. What tended to happen was that the first few screens created were ...
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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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Scrollbar width in Component Vs. Containers (UX dilemma)

Do you think a thinner scrollbar should be applied in components (such as combo box and text area) and wider scrollbar in containers such as window & panel? And if not, will you apply a thinner ...
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Does Metro scale?

This question has bugged me for a while, I thought I might ask it. In software, we say something "scales" if it's able to stay coherent and consistent over a long period of time, but more ...
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Documented guidelines for one-handed mobile phone interfaces

I'm trying to come up with user interface ideas for a mobile app that can be entirely used with your thumb while holding the phone with one hand. While I've looked at Apple's guidelines it doesn't ...
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Invite your Facebook friends in web app - Styled like Facebook or native web app style?

I am not sure how to decide (other than testing and doing the work twice), whether users when prompted to invite their Facebook friends, would be more comfortable with 'wall of faces' that is styled ...
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Hidden optional fields in form design

On a web-app I'm working on, we have many forms inside dropdown menus. On many of them we have an optional field: Description. This field has been added for the users that want to work on a more ...
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MessageBox title standard? [duplicate]

I have a message box that has a confirmation to identity a crew or to skip the step. I have always put my titles of messages boxes as a short description as to what is going on. For instance, my ...
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User Interface for assigning times throughout the day

I am designing a roster where each staff member can be assigned to a particular task for any 15 minute block throughout the day. In practice, there are usually two or three primary tasks, as well as ...
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Alternative control to drag and drop for assigning tasks to an individual?

I am working on a web application for Branch Managers at an investment bank to assign accounts that are without Financial Advisers for whatever reason. Some reasons are the Financial Adviser has ...
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Which of the two is the best UI approach for a tablet app destined for reading?

I am in the process of prototyping an application for delivering news content. Our first platform will be the iPad (along with web) but other tablets will follow. Decomposing the application into ...