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 long to keep an Undo option available?

I'm working on a medical decision support app, taking certain actions in the app may result in legal consequences, therefore I'm adding an Undo. It's a single step incremental Undo and if not used for ...
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XML editor design indents XML without tabs/spaces - disadvantages?

I've developed an XML text editor that indents XML using a 'floating' left-margin rather than the more common tab or space characters. Indentation is updated continuously and only relies on the XML ...
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What are we calling the 3 lines button in mobile apps? [duplicate]

This button is appearing in many mobile apps and has the function of displaying off-screen menus, whether from the top of the screen or the side. When writing tutorials for example, what is a ...
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What does a folded corner mean to a user?

Lately I've noticed an increasing amount of folded corners as UI and/or decorative elements on several web pages. However, it seems most of the sites seem to differ in what they want to convey with ...
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Heuristics to choose most appropriate chart for given data

I have typical web app. where the user effectively makes a query and he/she gets back some data. The data is in the format of 1 dimension/1 metric. For instance: city/population country/population ...
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Using application bar in data forms?

I am developing an application for Windows Phone. Asking some of my friend to test it I realized the way I designed data forms and the application bar behaviour is very annoying. The form design ...
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Any recommendations on dealing with wizard screens with wildly different amounts of content?

I'm facing an issue with a wizard import system. The content of each screen in the wizard varies to the tune of creating white spaces as big as 300px by 300px. A stakeholder thinks this is too much ...
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Flag vs. Star in E-mail apps! Which would be the optimal placement for a 'flag' or 'star' icon in e-mail apps?

Most people read from left to right, so In my opinion the flag or star icon should be definitely on the left. In MS Office it's on the right, but there is an exclamation mark on the left (which has a ...
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What is the best way to display per-tab commands or actions?

I am working on a multiple document interface Windows application. We're using tabs to represent open documents for editing. I have three levels of possible commands: Global Per-tab Per-sub-tab ...
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How to let the user add and edit items in a ComboBox? (WinForms)

In my WinForms application there is a ComboBox with default values. The user should be able to add items to the ComboBox or rename existing items. I want the design to be simplistic. This was my ...
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Progress Indicator suggestions for multithreaded operations?

In the old version of our application, the operations performed during loading were sequential. We indicated progress by updating a single-line text string with the component that was being loaded. ...
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Two search bars on the same page or combination?

The main use of my site is video browsing. There is a search bar in the nav to search for videos. My site also has a photo section. I need to add search functionality on the photo section. I'm torn ...
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Looking for some ideas of for an alternative display of Full Name@Company Name

I'm trying to find a sexy/elegant way of displaying a user's full name and the company they represent. Currently, I'm doing Full Name@Company Name, for example Bob Smith@Microsoft or Sally ...
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Would you consider this a button? [closed]

I am working on a web interface and I want to emphasize a portion of it and make it attractive for people to click on it, which will show additional content (with a 3d css flip animation). The first ...
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Icon to “Reset camera view” [closed]

Imagine you work in some 3D application where you can control the camera and view data graphs from different points of view, controlling camera position and direction. Sometimes you might get lost in ...
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How can I promote a value/ feature in a UI

I would to promote certain features/ values of my application throughout all its UI/ look and feel. Edit: That is, through my application UI I want to place small hints that my company has certain ...
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How to avoid big banks of buttons?

What are some alternatives to having repetitive rows buttons that create large banks like the one shown below. I think it's too visually dominant and distracting, not least because there's one of ...
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Why does the mouse cursor switch direction over line numbers in programming IDEs?

When you mouse over line numbers in IDEs, such as Visual Studio or Notepad++, the mouse cursor is flipped horizontally. I can't think of a reason this would be a ubiquitous user interface decision. ...
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Creating Interfaces that Build Emotional Bonds

What are factors in the user experience that lead to users having an emotional tie to an interface, why, and what would be an example of each factor.
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Vertical & Horizontal Scrollable UI

I am creating a UI that will allow users to search. The search results are displayed in a section that is scrollable both horizontally and vertically. This is weird because the web page will end up ...
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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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Best way to represent distance in a clear way?

I'm building a job board and the user can search for jobs around its hometown. It can adjust the radius using a slider. Example: 1) User enters "Brussels" in the input box. 2) User changes the ...
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“Modernizing” legacy applications and legacy users

I'm tasked with modernizing many older UNIX based applications to new, web-based applications. The UNIX applications are completely keyboard-based (ie. "04" to select the fourth application, "Enter" ...
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Completing a process in linear steps - what should happen if a user changes one of the previously entered steps?

I'm working on a tool made for professionals to calculate advice for their customers. The user is following predefined steps. The steps are represented as tabs (with arrows) in the interface. The ...
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Balance between mandatory fields and optional fields

I am working on the project part of which is building a user profile page that is used to collect some information from the user so that this can be used to display better matching results for that ...
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Usage of Golden Ratio [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it? How is that to use the Golden Ratio for the design of graphical interfaces. when I use it or should I? and on designing ...
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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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What is the best way to visually layout an element with 3 or 5 images

My problem is that I have an element in an iOS app that is represented with a variable number of images (2->5). For 2, 3 and 4 images simply using something like this works great. What would be the ...
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Is it necessary to show the name of the application on the screen?

For a mobile application, should all views show the name of the application? On the one hand, we don't want the user to get lost, but on the other, it could just take up space. Is there a UI best ...
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What is a suitable interface for exploring big images?

With the infographics fever there are a lot of big resolution images around the web. Usually, the designers are constrained to create them using long vertical formats otherwise it would be too ...
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“Copy from” vs “Import”

This question arose suddenly as I was implementing some new features in my app. Maybe I`m just overthinking this one, so I hope you can help me make things clearer =) The question When user takes ...
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Is the absence of a visible scroll bar confusing when asking users to agree with license terms?

This is for a web application, where the user is asked to accept the terms and conditions. Those license terms are displayed in a small window with the Accept button at the bottom. The full text does ...
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Standard for entering latitude/longitude in text fields

Is there a standard for users to enter latitude and longitude into two text fields? Decimal degrees is probably easiest, as it can be entered in one single fell swoop. The standard for geocaching ...
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Click *Show More* to get one more option

Lately, several companies that I have seen have a show more button which simply shows just one option. An example of this can be found here: https://getadblock.com/pay/ Would it not be simpler to ...
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One click 'select' and 'continue'

During a subscription process; the user has to select a product, out of a possible four, and then advance to the next stage where they enter their payment details. Is there a preference over having ...
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Designing an app for iPad / iPhone retina display

I am working for a client to develop an iOS app both for iPhone and iPad including for retina displays. The client is going to get the UX designs himself. We use the Apple's iOS Human Interface ...
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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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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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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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Links vs Actions

This question may be a little vague, but thought I would ask anyways. I'm working on application that has alot links and actions visible in my interface. Most of my actions are accompanied by some ...
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Are UML class diagrams necessary for designing UIs?

I want to design UI prototypes and wireframes, based on Use case diagrams, activity diagrams and sequence diagrams to represents the flow and process relation. Is it necessary to include the class ...
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Difference between UI , GUI and HMI

I wanted to get these three terms viz UI, GUI and HMI clearly identified from each other. My current understanding : UI : Any general interface by which a human being or machine interacts with a ...
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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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Improve Design for Master/Detail View

I'm trying to put together a design draft for a UI in a business application that will allow a user to view a list of documents that will be published to recipients in one or more departments in a ...
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Tree manage in ribbon UI

I'm implementing ribbon UI in one of my application. It manages some trees so I move all the options to the ribbon (contextual tabs) but it just doesn't look fluent. Is placing tree options ...
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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 ...