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GUI Design: CAPITAL Idea

Back when I was first designing GUIs we talked about two types of capitalization: Title Capitalization and Sentence Capitalization. There’s a new category now that I have never heard a name for, but I call it “txt msg capitalization.”   btw it has no caps & no punctuation 2 Title Capitalization Title capitalization refers to capitalizing a phrase as would be done for a title in English. From the introduction of the Apple® Macintosh® in 1984 through Microsoft® Windows® 3.1 in the early 1990s, Title Capitalization was generally used for all buttons, headings, and labels. Figure 1 shows a screen shot of the Macintosh 3.0 Control Panel dialog. Notice that every label in the entire dialog follows Title Capitalization, including the dialog title, groups labels, and labels on individual controls. The only words not capitalized are … Read entire article »

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GUI Design: Look and Feel

Designers often use the expression “Look and Feel,” but many think of it as a single concept. “Look” and “Feel” are two different things. Some years ago I had a conversation with a colleague at Novell®, when for the first time I gained a real appreciation for the different terms. I realized at that time that, though I knew the different concepts, I had not always kept the two ideas separate in my design process. Look and Feel work hand in hand, but concentrating on them separately and designing them independently from each other can ultimately result in a much better solution. LOOK “Look” basically involves everything that is visible, regardless of the purpose of the application or interface or any entity on the interface. Look includes graphics, icons, fonts, and colors. … Read entire article »

Filed under: GUI Design, Mistakes, Process