31 Mar 2013 - 7:43pm
3 years ago
5 replies

Creating High Fidelity Prototypes for Desktop Applications


I'm a design student looking for recommendations for an application/software (or any other method) that would allow me to create a high fidelity desktop application prototype for the purposes of demonstration and testing. Unfortunately I can't code :(

Right now I'm using Axure but it's got it's limitations since it's best suited for web and mobile.

12 Feb 2012 - 8:00pm
4 years ago
11 replies

Why not shift to 1200px minimum desktop/laptop screen resolution

Hi guys,

I've just been asked whether there's a downside to moving to 1200px as the minimum desktop/laptop screen resolution we design for.

As far as I can tell, there are two downsides:

  • iPad browsers in landscape mode will be forced to zoom out to fit the content within the screen
  • Some laptops will be forced into horizontal

What proportion of laptop users? I don't know. I've tried to search for statistics on laptop screen resolutions, without success.

Are there any other segments or gotchas we should keep in mind?

6 Mar 2011 - 9:52pm
5 years ago
2 replies
interactive fiction

Frustration over GNOME Desktop revisions

Some of you may know of the GNOME Desktop Environment. It's one of several projects to create a desktop experience for Unix-based systems like Linux, BSD, and so forth.

GNOME v3 is due to come out later this month, and it's arousing a certain amount of controversy. The designers behind the project have decided to remove the maximize and minimize buttons from application windows, and leave the resulting space blank. In order to maximize and minimize, you have to use the mouse or keyboard.

16 Apr 2010 - 4:29am
6 years ago
4 replies
Mattias Konradsson

The UX of Notifications

Hi everyone,

I'm working on a desktop notification system and is pondering some issues I haven't seen much discussion about , perhaps the list has some insights and thoughts on the subject :)


12 Oct 2009 - 8:25am
6 years ago
22 replies
Clayton Miller

A vision for the 10-finger desktop

For some time, I've been intrigued by the question of what comes next
after the mouse and the windowed desktop, the Xerox PARC legacy of
desktop human-computer interaction. The paradigm that PARC gave us
has proven amazingly versatile. But even it has its limitations, both
in navigability and interaction bandwidth.

Over a span of about nine months, I pulled together some casual
research here and there, examining other proposals, trying to
determine their shortcomings, and, in the realm of thought
experiment, iterated answers to the problems that I identified.

10 Jun 2009 - 9:09pm
7 years ago
3 replies

Advice on Grid for Visual Studio Developers?

Is anyone aware of a developer's reference on defining a layout grid
(or the atomic unit thereof) in Visual Studio? I've tried searching,
but am perhaps not using the right search terms.

I mentioned the need for all our UIs to be designed according to a
grid, and got some "deer in the headlights." And when I used 960
site as a means to convey my point, they got it... but responded with
"that's CSS - for web development.

22 Sep 2008 - 11:31am
7 years ago
4 replies
Matt Doe

Advertising in desktop software

For a product we are redesigning, we are beginning to add advertising
to our desktop software. This will come in the form of contextually
relevant ads because of something the user searched for and they will
also be delivered on the homepage of our application. The ads on the
homepage will not necessarily be spam. They will be things that have
the potential to be relevant to our users, but in no way help users
reach their goals of why they are using this application.

My question is, you can have a page like

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