Questions tagged [interface-design]

Questions about developing and implementing graphical elements of a user interface such as controls, aesthetics,

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Output knobs from Altium 3DS as “filmstrip” image array

I'm a project manager coordinating development of audio plugin software. Our GUI designer is using Altium 3DS to build a 3D photo-realistic GUI, and will then output images from there for the software ...
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Designing GUI for mobile apps working in bright sunlight environment

I'm going to create GUI for a mobile app that will work in bright sunlight environment (inside a car so it will not be fully exposed to sunlight) and the usability and visibility of certain GUI ...
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Concept OS Mocking: Illustrator vs. Photoshop vs. Other

As a school project, I am graphically designing my own mobile OS. I already have hundreds of hand drawings of each aspect of the OSs design and I need to make the step to digital mockups. As the ...
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Coming from a programming background, where should I start to learn web design?

I'm a web developer mainly working in front end developing. My main fields are HTML5, CSS3 and Flash ActionScript 3.0. Here in Iran, teamwork means nothing for most of the people, but I think it's ...
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Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design and business goals?

I am designing a one page site, and I need to go back to basics and learn about how to translate business aims into a homepage design. Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design ...
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How to design a modern/slightly futuristic-looking application?

I was hoping to get some advice from some more experienced UI developers. I have been presented with a unique challenge by my customer, and I feel like I am failing. Specifically, they want a UI that ...
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Recommended books about styling elements for App / Interface Design

I'm new to Photoshop and I'm looking for a book which helps me to learn design iOS Apps and user interfaces. I don't look for a book that teaches me about good UI, I'm looking for techniques I can use ...
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What is the GUI style called that is commonly used in sci-fi media?

What do you call the style, trend or design commonly used by bodies mentioned in the title? I always see these designs in sci-fi movies and dashboards used by FBI or CIA. Do you know any toolkit using ...
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Design pattern for assigning items to two buckets/lists, where items can be in both, one or none

I'm sorry I could not name this question any better -- if anybody knows of a better term to refer to this by, please let me know. I'd be happy to edit my question. At any rate, I have a design ...
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How to to use bevel and emboss properly for clean buttons in photoshop cs6

I've heard of different methods in getting a nice highlight on the top of a button. Can some of you explain a preferred fx for the example here? Along side the nice highlight on the top of the button,...
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How to display an user-defined logo in a Metro dark themed application?

For a Windows application currently under development we have chosen a dark Modern UI theme. As I don't have any representative screenshot at hand, let's say our look and feel is somewhat similar to ...
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Designing a UI for Programmers to Use [closed]

I am doing UI design for a group of programmers who are working on building music-related software. I have created .psd files for all of the mockups, graphics, etc. I was assuming they just needed ...
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Is there any learning service like Pluralsight but for design?

Meet Pluralsight. We are a group of serious developers. We are also committed to creating the best training available. This mix of training for developers, by developers is what rings true to our ...
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Why doesn’t the Illustrator keyboard shortcut Ctrl+3 work? [closed]

I seem to be unable to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+3 to hide a selection inside of Adobe Illustrator. Ctrl+2 for lock seems to work fine, but Ctrl+3 doesn’t do anything for me. Object → Hide → ...
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How to resize a palette that's dropping off the screen?

I'm using CS6 on a laptop, usually hooked up to an external monitor. In that setup, the monitor is my primary screen and the latop's is my secondary. Since I like some real estate in my palettes, I ...
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What colors are good to avoid eye fatigue in dark environments?

I'm working on a program that requires a dark interface, because it's mostly used in dark rooms. After some thought I decided to add a light version too and let the user swap them, but both still have ...
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How can I overcome the impulse to continuously critique (and possibly rework) my designs?

I have been designing for almost 5 years now. I have noticed something very strange in my development lifespan. My appreciation for my works decreases substantially over time. Especially in my UX ...
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Is there a way to create a dockable palette for Photoshop with ScriptUI?

I am using ScriptUI for the first time and would like to create a custom palette with several text boxes and buttons that can be conveniently docked into the Photoshop UI. Can this be accomplished ...
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Grid-based design in Illustrator — need help setting up a grid!

I'm trying to explore grid-based layout design in Illustrator to help me create mockups for prototypes. I was wondering if anybody here could help me set up a grid based layout easily in Illustrator ...
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Do most web designers make their own textures?

I'm a web developer by training who is branching into UI/UX design. One of the things my design work lacks compared to experienced designers is subtle use of texture, such as on these sites: http://...
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Is it possible to change the layer visibility (eye) icons to be more readable, in Photoshop Elements 11?

In previous versions of Photoshop Elements, the eye icon appeared as opened or closed to indicate a layer's visibility. In Photoshop Elements 11, the layer's visibility is only indicated by a diagonal ...
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What considerations are there in designing pixel fonts?

I'm designing monospace pixel fonts for a game, and so far I've only been able to work with extremely small sizes (largest I've managed is 5x9) because those ones are the easiest to try and err with. ...
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Distribute guides evenly in Photoshop

I'm trying to make a color chart for someone that would be four thumbnails across and four thumbnails down. Now, this seems simple, but there is too much math and calculator work to try and get this ...
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jquery mobile user interface vectors or something very similar?

Does anyone know where to get jquery mobile vector .ai files preferrable? In need to do some mockups in high quality for print but cannot find any ilustrator or vector psd templats for this. Is there ...
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UX research on where to put website menu? [closed]

If you browse websites, you can find pretty much all types of sidebar menus: on top (like our very own Stack Exchange), as left or right menu bar, or even at the bottom (though that's a less common ...
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Glossy buttons: what optical phenomena are they supposed to imitate?

What are these effects supposed to replicate ? Is it a reflection, a refraction, caustics ?
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Why are Yahoo's emoticon's more effective at conveying emotion than others?

What do you think are the objective features of Yahoo's well known emoticon set, that they use for mail, instant messaging etc., that make them so much better at communicating user's feelings and ...
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what's the legal status of copying an existing OS theme to implement a GUI framework

I'm not sure if this is an appropriate question for this site, but I tried to find an answer through Google and I found a question here about copying UI themes/paradigms so I hope it's not off-topic. ...
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Methods for using the Golden Ratio in fluid application UI design?

I have seen a bit about leveraging the Golden Ratio in traditional web design applications, however I've not found much in the way of thoughts on utilizing it within fluid desktop application design. ...
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Basic iPhone interface elements and shadow effects

I'm working with a graphic designer to create some iPhone interface elements, but I'm not a graphics designer myself. So I do not really know how to describe what I'm looking for. I'm afraid of over-...
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Design tools in Fedora

I am reasonably experience developer on photoshop and it has spoiled me to no extent. I am searching for a graphic tool on fedora which is simple to generate images that I would like to use on my ...
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Design tips for a web design by a beginning developer

I'm currently in the process of making a design for a web application. Although I'm very interested in design, I'm actually a programmer, and I don't have a lot of experience with design. That's why ...
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Company offered to pay for design training. What should I suggest?

I'm a computer engineer on a small development team that specializes in designing mobile apps. We're all coders, and we're starting to realize that we need at least one or two qualified designers on ...
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What do you call the model for creating buttons for a web application?

I am looking for the graphic design terminology for describing themed buttons used in a web application. The way I understand it is that certain color/backgrounds are created and various sized ...
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Difference between Android, iPhone and BlackBerry

From the point of view of a graphical designer, which are the differences in developing for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Is it possible to design for one platform and to use that work on the others?...
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Graphic design/color compositions for waveform presentation

I have a dashboard of data, on which one of most important elements is a waveform of medical data (a real-time stream, in most cases it would be ECG waveform). I am looking for a way to present this ...
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Looking for suggestions for making type more readable with a drop shadow

I want to show a menu with indented items on top of a black background. I tried a lot of colors but can't find the right ones. I'm using css property text-shadow: text-shadow: 1px 1px #191919 , -1px ...
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Designing and prototyping for iPad

I have to do some prototyping for an iPad app, and just realized why I was having so much trouble: this is an iPad app. I am used to design website pages/templates, computer interfaces, etc.. I have ...
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Illustrator: Disabling random layer colors?

Creating new layers automatically assigns random layer colors in the Layers Panel. Is there any workaround for having new layers assigned the same color (e.g. Red)?
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Can a mockup for a smartphone app be used for the real app?

I should mention i don't know the first thing about designing smartphones apps. I hired a freelancer to create a mockup for a smartphone (Android/iPhone) app for me, and I was wondering if I'll be ...
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Inspiration from existing works - where is the limit?

I am trying to create icons for the UI of my website to represent key concepts of my trade such as "translation services", "languages", "translation tools"... and I am having a hard time to come up ...
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What will a UI designed for a 4S look like on an iPhone 3?

I have designed a UI for the iPhone 4S. What will be the application appearance be if I use the same images and UI for the iPhone3? If I run the same application in iPhone3 and iPhone 4S, what will be ...
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Design cues for draggable page components

I'm working on a web project where a user will be able to edit the ordering of a list. I'd like to update the visuals for the items that are draggable so that there is a a clear indication of each of ...
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Icons are getting blurred in iPad and iPhone

All the icons i am designing for iPad & iPhone applications are looking good on my PC. But the same is looking blurred on any iPad or iPhone. Can any one please help/suggest something, is there ...
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Mockups: Coding vs Drawing?

This isn't about web design but about interface design in general. Is better to code Interface Mockups or "draw" them in a graphics program, like GIMP, Photoshop, etc.?
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What are some common mistakes that a designer can make when designing for web, and how can they be avoided?

What are some common mistakes to avoid while designing? I know color, text and images play a major part in designing, but there are so many other things that we need to take care of! I don't know ...
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Emphasize diffrence in a chart

I need to present a chart (not really specified more than that right now) that will consist of two almost equal parts (ie ~50% each). However, a pie-chart would almost always look about the same, ...
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Creating popular mobile app menu/action bar effect in photoshop

I see this line effect in a lot of mobile apps. It looks pretty nice. How can I recreate this effect in Photoshop?
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Icon to indicate “not a member”, “guest” or “visitor” but not in a “no-access” kind of way

In my app I need an icon to compliment a link for an app for a sport/club venue. [ICON] Member Booking [ICON] Visitor Booking Is there any icon that springs to mind for a "visitor" - the context is ...
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Dealing with a huge top-level navigation menu requirement

What are ways to deal with a large number of top-level navigation items? I am working on a site that requires 50 items at the top-level navigation. The items are all at the same level: they cannot ...

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