Questions tagged [gui-design]

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 design.

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Using a joystick on screen

I recently got a request to design a UI that features a joystick as one of the critical UI elements. It's not for a touchscreen or handheld; the app will run on a standard desktop. This means this ...
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Looking for a perfect control panel user interface

So I'm kinda stuck and I hope someone here can help me. I'm building this Control Panel for a data center, and I'm not very good with that. I want to make it as simplistic as possible, but expandable -...
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Multiple, hierarchical selections for web application

We are currently making improvements to the user interface of our real estate management web-app. One big problem we have is multiple, hierarchical selections for big amounts of data in input masks. ...
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how to control user focus?

i am currently developing a prototype for a piece of software. One of the most important things is to show the client, how the UI will look like, so I am making real wpf windows with no real data ...
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Best way to communicate the action of a non-button control

Question summary: I'm wondering what are some recommended approaches for communicating to the user what will happen once he clicks on an object, in the case that it's not possible to spell out the ...
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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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Nagging the user with double message box for something that is important.

When our software is installed, it installs some networking components. It may run fine immediately after the install, but chances are that some applications won't be able to talk to the network until ...
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Best practice for inactive actions in a table [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to prevent a forbidden action or display an error/explanation message? I have had some discussions with my boss about this below issue, please give me some ammo ...
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What do you think which are the best Gallery Viewer plugins from UX point of view? Why?

Today I saw that Facebook has changed again it's gallery viewer but in my opinion it is still not the best! too slow too gray hard to distinguish from bakcground I have seen many, much more ...
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Making contact detail form more friendly

I have a windows based form in my project for adding contact details. Here's a screenshot I have added textbox for First name, Last name , var and cst (vat and cst are numbers related to registered ...
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How to represent a quoter and a quotee for a webapp

For my own personal project while I learn PHP, I am creating a web app where friends can quote each other. So a user will come and post what their friend said and their friends can like it and comment ...
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UX design case studies [closed]

I am looking for well-written and in-depth case study articles of real life UX designs. I'd like to read how other designers tackle design challenges, and how their designs solve those challenges. ...
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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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Where to place list filter controls?

Suppose the user -- from a CMS backend WYSIWYG editor -- opens an Insert link-dialog. When having a list of possible link destination pages, where would be an appropriate place to put filter ...
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Real example of inline edit [closed]

I am looking for an example of use of inline edit pattern (one of the Yahoo! Patterns library) for my work in the University. I founded examples of Table Edit (like spreadsheet) but this patterns ...
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View refresh frequency

My application displays data that can be periodically changed. Changes follow 5-10 times per second. I have to avoid so frequent updates to increase application performance. But I have to add some ...
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Do you know of any mobile websites that allows a user to crop a photo for uploading?

I'm curious to see how designers have addressed this problem on a touch-screen device given the size and technical constraints of mobile.
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How can I find UI designers for iPhone apps

I am a software developer who likes to develop iPhone apps in his free time. I have found that being not very skilled (or maybe talented) in graphic design, it takes a lot of time to create the ...
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How to convey element dimensions to casual users?

In a CMS backend dialog for controlling the dimensions of a content element (e.g. an image) including the possibility to adjust padding, borders and margins; In a GUI, what is a good way to convey ...
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Where can I post a UI design for feedback from the community? [closed]

I'd like to post a design I'm working on to get some feedback and suggestions from the community. Is this site a good place or are there other better suited sites?
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Best UI approach to align the column titles of reports

I would like to know what the best approach is to align header columns according to their data type. I haven't found any Human Design Interface articles explaining this. Should the header column ...
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History of file system GUI

I don't know if this is the right place where to ask. I'm doing a project about TreeMap for visually identifying in an intuitive manner large files on the harddisk. For that I'm looking for some ...
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Simple, elegant manner of presenting parent/child CRUD operations

Consider the following grid: The parent is comprised of "Code" and "Type", and each parent can have 0 or more children. Each child is comprised of "Name" and "Type". There's already a delete link ...
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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 Smith@...
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Blogs/Websites That Showcase Windows UI Examples? [closed]

I'm looking for a blog or website that showcases nice UI designs. Specifically, one that has examples of Windows user interfaces. I have a few of these bookmarked (like Beautiful Pixels), but they are ...
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Button bar: criteria and position

Me and my team are (re)thinking some UI details of our main application. It's a "traditional" desktop application for the Windows platform. It's a business targeted application, and our customers are ...
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How to best represent a ToggleButton (representing on/off) with the ability to be locked

I'm designing a ToggleButton control that has the ability to be in a locked state in which user interaction will not be able to further toggle the control. In general I would like the button to appear ...
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Blank slate invitations - best practices

Blank slate invitations (a term taken from the book Designing Web Interfaces) are inline invitations/instructions on how to interact with the UI - primarily aimed at novice users. That is, e.g., when ...
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How to present Actions (eg. CRUD) buttons without taking focus away from main content?

I am looking for a way to present Actions (eg. CRUD) buttons while not taking focus away from main content. It'll be great to see examples of good application design (I am doing a web app (probably ...
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When creating a GUI wizard, should all pages/tabs be of the same size?

I understand that some libraries would force me to, but my question is general. If I have a set of buttons at the bottom: Back, Next, Cancel?, (other?), then should their location ever change? If the ...
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Light source direction

It seems to me like the light source direction in most UI designs comes from the top or top-left. This is like the de facto standard, but I'm curious as to if anyone has ever successfully made ...
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Tiled Print dialog design

I need to design printing part of the interface for desktop application. Now the application in question works with drawings of arbitrary size, and has no concept of page or page size. The output ...
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Should hyperlinks be blue?

I've built a site where all hyperlinks have the default colors: blue for links, purple for visited links. They turn red on hover. I believe that always using blue for hyperlinks is a good thing, so ...
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Is Expression Studio / Blend good for designers?

For a while now, MS Expression studio is out, and it's Blend is designed to be for application designers (the 'look-and-feel', not API design...). Since I never (or rather rarely) used any of design ...
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Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change?

I have a quick question about buttons that toggle between two states. (Think Play/Pause, or Shuffle/Regular Play.) As the title says, should the toggle show it's current state or the state to which it ...
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Good ways to make a dynamic GUI?

I have an application I am designing and it's in a pretty functional state at the moment. But the database I am using has 1000's of items and is constantly changing and growing. The application of ...
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Scrollbar on the left

Is there a deep study that suggests to place a scrollbar on the right? Personally I move it to the left whenever possible (Firefox allow this, as well as xterm and emacs). I know that placing a ...
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How to represent a numeric input that is limited to increments of some number

I have a requirement for a form that restricts a field value to fixed increments of 50 and I'm not sure what would be the most elegant way to represent that constraint in a meaningful fashion. The ...
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Submit a Button and Cancel a Link… Too Confusing?

I have noticed in the last couple years a lot of web forms, if they have cancel at all, it is a link. I assume this is to drive the person to the UI element, a button in this case, that 99% of the ...
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How to visualize the possibility of drag'n'drop?

My web application contains a list of elements, which can be sorted by drag'n'drop. How should this feature be visually represented to users?
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How many elements are too many for one screen of a mobile (iOS/Android) application?

Without scrolling, what would be the maximum amount of centered buttons I could arrange on a vertical axis before it became too cluttered? Interface Builder gives suggested distances between elements,...
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Should the OK/Cancel buttons be aligned right or centered?

Where should I put the OK/Cancel buttons on my dialogs? At the bottom centered or aligned right? I've seen both and I personally don't care, but I want to create a consistent look across my ...
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Should form labels be placed inside of input boxes and slide out of the way?

Is it good idea to put form labels inside input boxes? In this case, the labels slide out of the way when the user clicks on the box. See here live example of form
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Do users know the difference between a web application and a desktop application?

As cloud applications become more prevalent and the line between what is a desktop app and what is a web app becomes very blurry, different patterns for design, security, privacy and user experience ...
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What are the best practices of button alignment?

There are reasons to align buttons to the left, center, or right. What are the best practices of button alignment and what factors should we consider? Which buttons should be on the left, center, and ...
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Are multiple entry points good or bad?

My example is a web-based application, but I guess this could go for anything: Multiple entry points for the same action, good or bad? My example: Adding a product against a supplier (vendor). This ...
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Save vs Save & Exit

We're designing an application for creating personalized photo books through a Flash-based interface. When the application first opens, we display a dialog encouraging the user to give their project a ...

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