I came into some hardware I have no other use for, so it's time to try some "media center" software! Yay! Difficulties: Spouse-friendliness is important, I don't know the media center scene very well, the hardware I have isn't all that fancy, and my patience for scouring all the different projects' forums to sort them out is somewhat limited. Can you help me sort out my options and pick something that's close to my requirements? [more inside]
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]
What is a good domain name for a site showcasing online banking screenshots? [more inside]
Looking for good examples of website/cms administration UI. I know what I want, but I can't find it again. [more inside]
Is there a Greasemonkey script to turn side scrolling websites into up-down scrolling websites? [more inside]
Tell me about UI conventions in a language you speak (and read) fluently that isn't English. [more inside]
What is a good low-noise IRC client that will notify me of posts to a channel without requiring user intervention to make the notification go away? [more inside]
I got laid off about a month ago in NYC. Applied for unemployment insurance and got approved, no problems. Now I got a letter from the UI agency from my former former employer (2 employers ago) declining my claim and requesting a hearing on the basis that I voluntarily quit. This is true, and I was laid off from the place I worked at after that employer. Why is this happening? [more inside]
Is there a gallery like cssmania.com for web applications? Not marketing websites, web application UIs similar to this list from Jakob Nielsen? [more inside]
Form plus function, please. Recommend some blogs that you like for their successful combination of design plus usability. [more inside]
Is there a standard to preparing a software specification for an outsourced UI designer and programmer? [more inside]
When it comes to document interactivity, what are PDF files really capable of? Which features are best for creating dynamic displays of information? What are some of the best examples you've seen of interactive PDFs? [more inside]
Which agency/individual designed cnn.com?
I'm trying to write my first eclipse RCP application. I would welcome some ideas about how to design the UI, preferably using the RCP building blocks: editors, views, preference, wizards, perspectives... [more inside]
You know the little draggable overview map in Google Maps? What's that kind of UI control called? [more inside]
How can I change the behavior of searching in windows in Firefox? The Firefox search-in-browser bar is, and has always has been, awful. [more inside]
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]
Recommend the best advanced-level Java Swing and AWT reference books you know of. [more inside]
I'm running Firefox 3 RC1 on Windows Vista. How can I use userchrome.css to hide the "list all tabs" button until Tab Mix Plus is updated? [more inside]
Can Firefox menus use different fonts to display items in different languages? [more inside]
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]
What was the site that mirrored allmusic.com's content but didn't suck? [more inside]
Two Totally Unrelated Questions About THIS VIDEO. Not the content of the video, but the usage. 1) What flash player/UI is that? Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I feel like I've been seeing it not just on Gawker sites, but on many others. Is that a standard player UI that is built into Flash for output to .flv files? 2) Obviously this is totally unauthorized usage. Would this be considered "fair use"? Can anyone recommend any articles on the current state of fair use and online video? Are companies like Gawker and Huffington Post (example) on firm legal ground with this kind of excerpting, which they then host in their own systems/servers, or are they just gambling that the web is so anarchic, that Mr. Big Media Company won't come a suin'?
Web Design Nerds: Is there a common name for off-site link icons? What are the best examples and uses of them? The best example I can think of is the square with an arrow next to Wikipedia's external links.
We are in the middle of a redesign of a community voting site - and we're lookng for examples of good voting buttons. [more inside]
Looking for resources on specific programming topics, with a particular teaching methodology (basically, applied examples and real-world walkthroughs). Some of the topics are C#-specific. Some are more general, but would preferably be taught from a C# (or at least .NET) perspective. [more inside]
Making Firefox behave like a Mac application... [more inside]
I'm interested in displaying a system modal dialog on a Symbian S60/UIQ and/or a Windows Mobile device. [more inside]
What are some examples of newspaper, magazine, or content archive sites that you think have really good search interfaces? [more inside]
Kiosk and wayfinding design specialists! What is unique to your task that does not overlap with web UI and Interaction design?
Design for Kiosks / Interactive wayfinding systems. What are the unique factors to consider? [more inside]
I'm trying to clean up my del.icio.us links... [more inside]
Mac OS X software is sometimes known for excellent UIs. Is this something that only comes with Cocoa. Or are there applications written using another framework (specifically wxWidgets) that have great UIs? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a free or inexpensive usability tool for Windows Mobile 2003? [more inside]
I've been asked to build a web site for a company that is offering online courses--the kind where you sign up and there is a series of steps one has to complete, not the kind where it's just an archive of study material. People pay, register, complete weekly assignments, etc. I'm looking for a) good examples of sites that do this; b) good examples of sites that market this (ie, not as concerned about the "assignments/courses" aspects as the "why you should study with us" and "look how we offer this stuff up" aspects); c) feedback from anyone who has taken such a course and has opinions on what worked/didn't work well regarding it. Thanks!
CSSPopupFilter. I adore parenthetical comments, but they clutter up my writing, so in one of my projects, I pulled them out as endnotes. Then I discovered a clever way of doing them as css popups. But am I happy? No. [mi] [more inside]
A friend of mine is doing a study of websites that look beautiful, but have an air of exclusivity about them. I can't help, because I only ever use the internet for
skanky amateur pr0n the latest cricket scores. Can anyone else suggest anything appropriate?
Has anyone ever read any books, etc. about human-computer interaction or user interface design that were particularly worthwhile? [more inside]
I just gave up on two pages in quick succession; the first hung while it waited and waited on something from akamai, which was apparently taking a nap just then, and the second while it waited and waited on something from doubleclick, equally asleep. Like I care whether a page manages to do its dirty background business with doubleclick. Is there any browser that has a [SKIP IT] button you can click that means "give up on what you're trying to get right now, skip over it, go on and load the rest of the page"? Would such a button be feasable?Or have I been missing something that's been in front of me all the time?
I have been assigned as Project Manager for a project to design our company website. In order to understand how it will be navigated and ensure that all the project stakeholders understand its high-level structure, we will need to create a sitemap / site outline. Can anyone recommend any software or methodology ( sticky-notes on a wall? ) for doing this? I have tried using Visio, and it just seems too cumbersome.
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.
Best designed "information" sites? I've done a lot of web sites for bands / independent films / small businesses. I've now been asked to create a site for a large government organization and am scouring the web for design inspiration. What are your favorite sites (not necessarily gov't) that are clean/modern and well organized and/or offer features you think are important to a site that has a heft of wide-ranging information?
UI design question -- I have a Windows application, basically a frontend to a database, whose interface has mututated over the years, through various "enhancements," to the point that it's almost unusable by the non-technical people for whom it exists. Anyone have any recommendations of firms that do UI makeovers? What could I get for around $5,000?
I came up with a cool UI design (I think that's what it would be called) a few years ago but never learned enough programming to build it. Anyone with knowledge willing to appropriate the idea (or, barring that, tell me why it sucks)?
HTML/CSS: Damn it Jim! I'm an architect of buildings, not of the web! I've been working on the web site for our chapter of the AIA in Europe. I've been trying to learn as much as I can about HTML and CSS -- looking, reading, trial and error. Our new site is coming along but I have one vexing problem. On the front pages of two directories, some browsers exhibit three odd characters at the upper left hand corner of the page: ï»¿. Links are inside... [more inside]
How do you become an internet phenomenon? I am a writer who wants exposure and my friends keep telling me to start a website. I've started many a blog--all dismal failures--and need perhaps good advice on how to (a) construct a unique, functional website that is easy to post on and (b) get exposure. Figured this was a good place to ask. Thanks!
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