It's a pretty simple question I guess. I'm fairly new to UI design. I'm generally a programmer, but I've been putting a lot of thought into my most recent project and I think I've managed to make a fairly cohesive design across the application.
My questions are
- How far should I take this design?
- Should I just accept that the Windows Explorer window is familiar to everyone, so when I save a file I just show that one like normal.
- What is the standard practice for UI developers when developing Windows applications. Do you try to make everything look the same or go with Windows dialogs as default?
I guess I know in my own experience when I use a Java app in Windows it always catches my eye when it uses a custom explorer window to save something.