GUI question

Posted on 2003-11-06
Last Modified: 2010-05-03
How do you define a good GUI?

How do you do a good GUI? Like placing the controls in the right place, deciding which information to be shown.

How do you decide using a Dialog, MDI, SDI, etc.?

I'm doing a software for my company, I wish to have some references from others.
I request some screenshoots of *selfmade* software, not like Windows, WinZip etc. These are too commercial.

Thank you!
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check out:


GUI Design Essentials
by Susan Weinschenk (Author), Pamela Jamar (Author), Sarah C. Yeo (Author)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Book and CD-ROM edition (March 24, 1997)
ISBN: 0471175498

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also, go to GOOGLE, and search on "GUI Design"

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Google Search : "GUI" .. in image search ..

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Well, I did searched google b4 I post.

Arthur_Wood answered *part* of my question, but I'm still can't get the right concept/imagination
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the real problem is that there is NO RIGHT COMPLETE, single, answer.  There are guidelines, and 'rules-of-thumb' but you will never find a single, definitive statement that says "DO THIS, and ONLY this".

and, as you can see, there are entire college-level courses devoted to the topic, and Books wriiten on the subject, so you will not get an answer here, for 250 points, in one or two days.

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"How do you define a good GUI?" is sort like "How do you define a good tasting wine?"

You may not be able to define what is a good one, but you can certainly recognize a BAD one when you come to it.


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Good one, Arthur ... thats a perfect comparision ..

there is no ideal GUI ..

GUI as I see it is mostly a matter of ART and ABILITY TO READ THE USER MIND ...

Whenever I have to develop a GUI .. I always contact a friend mine, architect by profeesioon, .. doesnt know anything about software dev .. but his GUI guidance for me is more than what I need ...

Make it Artistic, Classical .. but at every point remember that the user doesnt know as much as you know .. u have to keep his ease in mind as he first thing .. u dont want to run into tech support problems of GUI origin .. thats the worst programming ever !!!


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