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Need help for making GUI

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I am making one call charging software for Serial post PBX.
The GUI I developed is not good looking.
I make the inner functionalty quite good but need suggestions for good-looking GUI.
Any suggestion,backcolor,font etc will be appreciated.

Jan 6 '09 #1
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Plater
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I myself am terrible with colors and design.
When in doubt "borrow" from a design you like?
Jan 6 '09 #2

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@Plater
Still, suggest anything please :)
Jan 6 '09 #3

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The same main problem for me too, I'll tell you a secret !
I was coding my projects (tiny type of projects) and let my friend Hazim to make the UI, then i began to cheat from him - he knows that - the importance is he was depending on GroupBox and colors like blue and orange weighty.
Anyway i think your UI is cool !
Jan 6 '09 #4

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Thanks, but still i would urge all of u to please help me.
It's not only about the colors, it's also about the position of controls, the type of controls i have used.
Jan 7 '09 #5

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There is some help for us guys.Jakob Nielsen's heuristics. Explained a bit more here. Slightly contradictory but they are a good start.
Jan 7 '09 #6

nukefusion
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Well, unfortunately I'm not a design guru either and when I had similar issue quite sometime ago I just bit the bullet and invested in a very good third-party control toolkit with skinning capability. That kind of solved all my problems regarding control types and eye-candy very quickly.

You say you would like any suggestion though, so one thing I think I would change first if it was me, is the border style of your pop-up form. I would probably use a Tool Window border, rather than having it borderless. I don't think it's distinguishable enough from the controls behind it at the moment, but maybe that's just me.

The rest of it looks like a good start to be honest. You haven't got an awful lot of controls on the form so there's not much else you can do with it at the moment.
Jan 7 '09 #7

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hi ,all

you can put picture to explain your project and write small comment in the middle by bold font with quit color such as(blue ,rose,red,.....etc) but the color must be suitable with the color in your picture, font is big,make the name in the left but leave smallspace then put text box,add button put first and under it put cancel (name,add,cancel)with the same color (blue)and make the back ground for all is white ,

Regards,
uogen
Jan 7 '09 #8

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The problem with user interfaces is that where you prefer blue, someone shall surely prefer yellow.
The good news is that the solution is simple to specify. The best interface is one where the user can decide how they want things to appear.
The bad news is that implementing user configurable interfaces is complex, tedious and seems to gain very little.
See my swing article for a few pointers. Ignore any Java specific stuff in there of course.
Jan 7 '09 #9

Plater
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The reason Blue is so highly used is because it is considered a neutral color. It does not cause stress on the eyes the way a Red or a Yellow would. It contrasts well with a number of other colors.
Find someone who is artsy, or at least good with color theory to help you with color scheme. Then find someone who has no concept of your software and ask them to review it. They will be able to give you a better idea of where buttons would be usefull, etc, etc
Jan 7 '09 #10

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Thanks plater,uogen,nukefusion,r035198x,baseem. :)
More suggestions are always welcome.

Nice suggestion about dialog border style, Nukefusion.

Here is the update so far.


Jan 9 '09 #11

uogen
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hi,all
the interface is very simple , try to put something attract the user as picture ,you can make themes by using frontpage
i hope this help you
Jan 9 '09 #12

Curtis Rutland
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Actually, in my opinion, simple is good.

I like that interface. It's not flashy or jumbled, it's clean and efficient.

I might use the "Control" color as the background instead of white. That way, there's not as sharp of a contrast. Also, it changes to whatever the user sets as their system color.
Jan 9 '09 #13

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