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Teaching the visual language of user interfaces to novices

I'm looking for resources that explicitly lay out what probably has a more technical name but what I think of as the generalized visual language of most modern UIs (especially as pertaining to web design). My goal is training computer-illiterate/technophobic people to be able to recognize common UI elements across multiple websites and applications. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Jul 7, 2016 - 12 answers

Software that makes the user design the User Interface before using it

I am looking for software (no video games; see inside for explanation) that lets you design the graphical user interface however you wish before you start actually using the software. [more inside]
posted by 2ghouls on Nov 11, 2015 - 24 answers

Who are the best UI/UX designers in the Linux community?

Who are the best (most innovative, most polished, most competent) designers of user experiences on various Linux platforms? Similarly, what Linux-based programs or application do an excellent job on UI/UX? [more inside]
posted by rorgy on Apr 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Mac app that shows image overlaid over another app?

I'm looking for an app on Mac OS X (Mavericks preferred. Can't use Yosemite). The app would simply display an image with adjustable transparency such that a second app could be positioned behind this image-displaying app, and I could see the image overlaid. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Dec 24, 2014 - 4 answers

This is how Android SHOULD work. Is there a way to do this?

After much experimentation, I’ve finally realized how I want the Android home screens to work: Like this (simple 30-sec video clip). Essentially, I want it to work like making a Mac OS X app full-screen and assigning it to a work space. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jul 18, 2014 - 7 answers

What are your favorite ABOUT US pages?

I run an alternative arts nonprofit that does literary events between pop and high culture, social justice interventions, and online magazines. We're making a new ABOUT US page. What are your favorite ABOUT US pages online? [more inside]
posted by johnasdf on Jun 23, 2014 - 4 answers

In search of cool user-interface tweaks for XP

Help me pimp my box! [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Dec 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Best Practices for Database Interfaces on the Web?

I'm in the earliest possible stages of building a web interface that will make it easy to display, graph, download, summarize, and interact with a wide variety of data. If you use scientific data from the internet, what are some of the websites you've encountered that make using data the easiest, most intuitive, and give you the best control? Also, what are some must-have features for you, and some of the best and worst design decisions the site builders have made? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Best practice for "other content" link placement

Most Read Articles | Related Articles | Recommended Articles: These kinds of things that you see on news websites, what are they called? Is there an all encompassing UX term for this? How do content managers decide what is placed where? Do users even click on these links or are they just used to make sure search crawlers get to deeper content? [more inside]
posted by chillmost on Oct 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Can my smartphone simultaneously (i) accept input from my mouse and (ii) send output to my monitor?

Can my smartphone simultaneously (i) accept input from my mouse and (ii) send output to my monitor? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Aug 11, 2012 - 5 answers

You don't know what you've got til it's gone. Gmail, I'm looking at you!

I hate the new GMail and have finally been forced to upgrade. How can I force the new interface to be less hate-worthy? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Apr 18, 2012 - 39 answers

From Developer to Designer

My background is in Web Development, but I just took a "User Interface" Developer position. What are some good resources to help me move from the world of code to the world UI? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Mar 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Non-Popup Notifications

What are some well-designed web apps that dynamically add/remove content (notifications) to pages without using lightboxes/overlays?
posted by phrontist on Feb 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Great password reset UIs?

Please share some great user interface examples involving password setup and password reset. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Specifying where new windows are to appear

Is there a way to specify exactly where, on my screen, each successive new window should appear? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Oct 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Help inspire me to design great website UI's!

I'm a solo UI designer for an ad agency & I'm looking for good website or blogs that'll inspire me to make cool & effective user interfaces. Individual websites are cool & all ,but what I'm really looking for are sites like TheFWA or SmashingMagazine that curate cool designs. Bonus points for sites that look at e-commerce websites. Fellow web designers: Where do you get inspiration?
posted by cuando on Jul 20, 2011 - 6 answers

A sticking point re: carets

The "caret" or "insertion point" is the blinking " | " symbol that indicates where typed text will appear. Does anyone know how to modify it? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jun 16, 2011 - 11 answers

User Interface Design 101

Calling all UI designers: What are your favorite books/resources? What is "required reading"? Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by eleyna on Feb 22, 2011 - 18 answers

Can I fix how iTunes 10 is displaying the album artwork/info column?

In iTunes 10 (running on Windows XP), is there a way to get the album details displayed underneath the album artwork rather than to the right of it? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Jan 8, 2011 - 0 answers

Why do videogame developers not allow players to remap their controller?

Help me to understand a prevalent console-based video game UI design decision : Why do so few developers allow the player to freely remap buttons on their controller? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Dec 22, 2010 - 12 answers


What are some examples of tiny user interface changes that had a huge effect on usability? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Apr 9, 2010 - 36 answers

What are context menus for?

Is there evidence that the average computer user is familiar with context menus? [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Feb 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Are we going to lose 'mouseover' on touchscreen computers?

What user interface 'technique' is available (or may come to be available) on touch screen based devices that replicates the 'mouseover' function of a traditional computer? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 on Feb 1, 2010 - 20 answers

Online banking screenshots

What is a good domain name for a site showcasing online banking screenshots? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Nov 12, 2009 - 14 answers

Are there needles in this haystack?

I'm looking for user interface shops or departments within companies that do a particular kind of work, and that hire a particular kind of role (even if they have no jobs open right now). Do you know if they exist, and whether they're common or rare? Or, do you know how I can find out? [more inside]
posted by Other on Aug 17, 2009 - 6 answers

CERN GUIs in Angels & Demons

I just watched the Angels & Demons movie starring Tom Hanks. The first part takes place at the CERN collider, and shows many very cool and stylish computer graphics on the screens of the operators. Where can I find more about these GUIs? Are they real, or just movie glitz?
posted by Emera Gratia on May 16, 2009 - 13 answers

beta beta beta

I'd like to be a beta tester for devices, specifically cell phones and smartphones. Is it possible to do this? I don't care about getting paid or actually getting to keep said device. I just really like playing around with them and would like to aid in their development as a real user. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Mar 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Print too small, coworkers go blind.

Urgent UI Help with OmniGraffle please...can't get it to print correctly. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Nov 3, 2008 - 4 answers

An MP3 Player for my Cold Dead Robot Hands

I'd like to buy a nice MP3 player that doesn't involve capacitive sensing. So: controls that only have moving mechanical parts like buttons or wheels, and aren't dependent on me having to generate a bioelectrical field conducted through my fingers. I'd also like it to have a large memory, and video playback if possible. Essentially, a wholly-mechanically-controlled version of the 160 GB iPod would be ideal. Does such an MP3 player exist for those of us who have trouble with our conductive capabilities?
posted by Greg Nog on Oct 8, 2008 - 15 answers

Apple Mail.app list selections (and deletes!)

Apple Mail.app question: I'm setting up a friend with Apple's Mail (mail.app 3.5 on Leopard 10.5.5). Everything is great -- it works like a charm. Except for something that is different than his old client (AOL for Mac -- ack!): When a message is selected, and you delete it, the selection moves "UP" the list, selecting the *prior* message, not "DOWN" to the *next* message. This is exactly the opposite of AOL and Outlook and other mail clients. Anybody know of a terminal hack on defaults write or another way to swap this behavior? [more inside]
posted by zpousman on Oct 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Paper prototyping tools?

I'm interested in doing paper prototyping for interface design. Learn me on the best tools for the job. [more inside]
posted by SamuelF on Oct 5, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me get our developers excited about mobile devices.

How to create iPhone demonstration videos (and what software works best)? [more inside]
posted by genial on Jun 20, 2008 - 2 answers

MY EYES MY EYES - help me avoid the WordPress interface and still post to my blog.

I don't like the WordPress 2.5 look and feel. I am not interested in switching CMSes. What are my options for basic postings to my blog with minimal interaction with the WordPress interface? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jun 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Adobe and the inflexible acrobat

I have a few pdfs of tabular data that I would like to use in a spreadsheet and/or database. Acrobat Reader is not cooperating; it converts obvious tabs into spaces. Is there some way to get this data, properly formatted? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Apr 10, 2008 - 44 answers

What was the site that mirrored allmusic.com's content but didn't suck?

What was the site that mirrored allmusic.com's content but didn't suck? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Dec 20, 2007 - 9 answers

Great Online Media Search Interfaces

What are some examples of newspaper, magazine, or content archive sites that you think have really good search interfaces? [more inside]
posted by pessoa on Aug 27, 2006 - 2 answers

Help Menu Quality: Sub-Optimal?

Is it just me, or do Help menus typically suck? Why do they suck so badly? [more inside]
posted by lisaj32 on Apr 28, 2006 - 28 answers

Up is down?

User interface question: When I'm simply watching TV, pushing up on the remote's channel changer button moves me to a higher-numbered station. Yet when I'm viewing the channel guide, pushing up brings me to a lower-numbered station. Why the discrepancy? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report on Mar 27, 2006 - 12 answers

Art Museum Web Redesign

Redesigning an art museum website (content / design / strategy / the whole shebang). What would you expect to see? What would you like to see that they're not doing? What would totally blow your mind? What do you know they'll include that you just don't care about? And, on a slight tangent, best web examples for art museums? Not the content that resonates for you, but rather kind of information and how it was executed. Thanks!
posted by warhol on Dec 31, 2005 - 24 answers

Need ideas: designing UI for Q & A with audio/video content

Posting this for a friend whose MeFi account is not active yet. I have a UI issue I'm trying to solve. How to create a casual but efficient interface to a series of audio and video clips of an author, talking about themselves and their book. It's a "conversation with the author" feature for a book site, and I'd like to avoid making the feature just look like a "clip browser". It should have a conversational feel to it. [more inside]
posted by camworld on Dec 5, 2005 - 3 answers

De-aquify Safari form elements

Is there any app or modification I can make to safari to have the form elements render in the way the page designer intended rather than with aqua UI elements? I tried to look around but couldn't find a hack for it.
posted by rhyax on May 4, 2005 - 10 answers

DHTML advice sought.

Can this be done with snazzy DOM scripting, or do I Flash or (shudder) Iframes? [more inside]
posted by Pericles on Feb 18, 2005 - 15 answers

JavaScript scrollbar width detection?

JavaScript: is it possible to detect a Windows XP user's chrome settings? For some perverse reason, chromed-out Windows XP scrollbars are a pixel wider than their "Classic" counterparts and it's breaking an interface.
posted by yerfatma on Nov 4, 2004 - 6 answers

Seeking books about human-computer interaction or user interface design

Has anyone ever read any books, etc. about human-computer interaction or user interface design that were particularly worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by jeb on Jul 29, 2004 - 20 answers

Map this paper to the Web

A friend of mine has a philosophy PhD paper that takes the form of 100s of short aphorisms. There are several different narrative "paths" through these. He wants to put them on the web and allow people to choose their paths through. What's the best way to do it? each aphorism as an xml record, each with a "tag" for "next aphorism in path A", "next for path B.." etc? Bonus Guinness for suggestions on how web users can set up and save their own "paths" thru for others to follow.
posted by Pericles on Jul 23, 2004 - 11 answers

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