Human Interface Guidelines (or short: HIG) refer to a written documentation that line out common elements for a user interface. These guidelines help develop a consistent interface and user experience across a team.

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How to design a Java based interactive GUI for a desktop application [on hold]

I am making a Java based desktop application, and I am required to make a modern GUI which is colorful and has animation kind of thing, e.g. the user hovers over an icon and it increases in size, and ...
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Allow Multiple Instances of a Page

On my UI, I want to have any option/icon so that user can show that this page can be copied or not e.g: The sample that I have decided so far is that when user hovers over the page, "allow multiple ...
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Input “Infinite Value” option in spin control

In my UI if a user selects to allow multiple mapping, he checks the check box next to “Multiple Mappings”. When this check box is selected, “Maximum Content Limit” option becomes enabled. Here user ...
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Maximum length of a UI element string [on hold]

I generally keep it as a good rule of thumb that if a UI element contains text that is longer than 20 characters (and is not an input field), then the contained characters should be a tooltip rather ...
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Visually show start and end of a condition

I want to visually show starting and ending of an if block in my UI. Each if block starts with <%if and ends with <%end%>. The condition is written in red. I’ve figured out a few ways to ...
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Warning message to the user if name he enterred already exists

I want to warn user if the field name he enters already exists and ask him if he want to try with another name. Following options I think will go good in such situation: "A field name with this name ...
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Better option to warn user about an existing name

I’m designing a UI and user can drag and drop fields from “Available Fields” area to “Selected Fields” area as shown in image below: Now, if a user wants to rename a field, he double clicks on ...
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Why do some people physically cover their macbook cameras [closed]

Obviously, if a malicious user could save camera snapshots or streams you have a bigger issue on your hands than improperly lighted selfies. Or do they simply not get this / this isn't as commonly ...
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Do you know any good source for human-robot interactions?

"In most cases, user experience design (UX or UXD or UED) fully encompasses traditional human-computer interaction (HCI) design, and extends it by addressing all aspects of a product or service as ...
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Studies about negative readability

I've been requested to design a dark interface which spreads a little light as possible. I'm interested in academic studies / researches about white text on black background. Is it really tough to ...
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Filtering results in a given radius

I have the following structure on the server : Parent -> child object. I have around 30-40 parents which each parent has 1-10 childs. A user can search children at a given point in a given a radius, ...
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Current Web Applications with bad user interfaces

I am looking for some web applications with bad user interfaces. I need to find an application that can be redesigned using some standard user interface principles.
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Which label text is good for “Enter email address”?

I'm about to place one text field in the log in area where user can enter email address and password for logging in, but I'm confused which text should I use for label and placeholder text? Here are ...
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can selected/active items be clickable?

I am considering to design an icon based menu and to use the classic pattern: inactive, hover-state and selected. However, I would like the user to be able to click on a menu element even if the ...
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Several buttons in navbar on iOS

I'm currently working on a app that basically follows Apple's HIG with title, back button and an additional button in navbar on all pages, but it's where my questions start. It is a search/browse ...
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How detailed can/should I go with the Android OS in terms of design? [closed]

I am working on designing my very first Android app for tablets and I wanted to know what all should I know before even opening PS or other programs to design? The current app that I'm redesigning ...
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Responsive design for big resolutions

I would like to design a one-pager site which will be responsive and will be presented well in huge resolutions, such as 2560 width. One method of doing this is design the site with a maximum fixed ...
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For 2 related sets of info, should I divide layout into 2 separated fixed Panels or just use 1 Panel?

Let's say you are building a website and you want to display 2 related sets of information. The first set is often brief while the second set is the detail. Ex: table of content vs article, product ...
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Regards to Records in a Table: Long Scrolling versus 1 > 2 > 3

There are some questions that have been asked along this topic; however, I did not find this exact question. I am having a disagreement with the technical architect on my team in regards to how to ...
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Handedness in touch or tablet software UI design

I read a previous post on discussions about designing UI for left or right hand users, but I thought they left out an important discussion when it comes to touch and tablet devices. For example, I ...
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Plain tables customization in iOS

I'm designing a view that contains a plain table view with a single fixed row. I want this row to let the user choose an item from a list I navigate to, then navigate back, and then tap a button next ...
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Suggestions for how to consolidate multiple admin areas into one?

I have been given the task of consolidation multiple admin sections of an app into one. Each admin area is a large page which contains form elements. To achieve this I am considering the following ...
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Do the Apple Human Interface guidelines allow to use bevel buttons like this?

I am working on a GUI application. I'm doing the Mac OS X interface right now and I'm trying to make it adhere to Apple's interface guidelines. I currently have this: Relevent Mac interface ...
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Looking up for an item in a list and different table styles in iOS

I have a settings view with a grouped table. One of the cells of such table is intended to show a very long list of items from where I want the user to select one. Due to the length of the list, I ...
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Mouse-click modifier keys for selection in unordered collections

I'm looking for guidelines for mouse click selection behavior, especially for discontiguous objects. (That is, for a view of objects in arbitrary, unordered locations.) For ordered collections of ...
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Designing the view for a routing functionality in iPhone

I need help with the layout of the view where I show a map intended to provide users the possibility of selecting an start and an end of a route and display them the instructions to follow. The ...
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iOS navigation bar buttons design considerations

I have some questions regarding the buttons placed in a navigation bar that I don't know if actually meet the iOS Human Interface Guidelines: 1) I'll need a button at the right side of the nav bar ...
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Designing a table view cell in iOS for providing two possible ways to enter data

I have a table view in an iOS app that is a form for requesting user data. One of the fields (a cell in the table view) is intended for requesting a serial number the user could enter either by typing ...
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Guidelines for designing usability for Japanese elderly

I'm currently working on a Japanese website (all in Japanese) aimed towards Japanese users age ranging from 50+. It's not a traffic heavy website and it's just mostly text and information with a ...
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What are the key elements for clarity and simplicity of a web application GUI?

We work on a web application. We have spend more than two month to simplify every process and workflow. Now, we would like to make the User Interface looking more simplier and clear, working only ...
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Left pane of a split view and popovers in iPad

Having a split view similar to Mail app, whose left pane hides when in portrait orientation, is it possible (and conforms iOS Human Interface Guidelines) to display a popover when tapping some of the ...
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Migrating a Tab Bar iPhone app to iPad

I have an iPhone app whose overall UI is designed like this: That is, a tab bar and different app perspectives within each tab item, and you can navigate to different views from within a tab. I ...
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Navigation bar and buttons considerations for iOS

I have some questions regarding navigation bars and their usage in iOS apps, both from the point of view of UX and Apple´s submission and human interface guidelines: 1) Since the iOS Human Interface ...
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Best way of editing rows and row details of a UITableView in iOS

I have a table view which may have several items (rows), which in turn have more information that I want to be displayed in another view by tapping the row (common scenario). The point is, I'd like to ...
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iOS and UITableViewCell: best practices when requesting user input as a form

Firstly, I'd like to make a general question regarding table view cells' customization: are there any restrictions about the controls they can cointain, and/or its number? I read in iOS HIG iOS Human ...
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Modal vs non-modal views in iPhone

I've been reading and looking at different iOS apps to design the UI for mine, and it feels like sometimes the difference between using a modal view or a non-modal view is not entirely clear... for ...
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iOS multi-step form and user input validation

I need to design a form that may consist of 3 or 4 steps, all of them requesting both mandatory and optional data. The overall form contains a lot of data inputs, so I thought it would be better to ...
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Guidelines for developing multi-monitor enabled applications

I recently started a side project for a tool to help writers, both fiction and non-fiction, delivering their works and maintaining consistency. My idea is to have different information available in ...
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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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Cross-platform HIG. What do you use for html5 apps?

When designing an Andriod or an iOS app, it is clear that you should follow their respective Human Interface Guidelines (HIGs). But what do you do when designing a Html5 app? What cross platform ...
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Should I be using zoom and pinch to resize user elements?

Is it a violation of the iOS Human Interface Guidelines (HIG)—or for that matter, of good UI design—to use pinch and zoom for the user to size elements on the screen, rather than the whole ...