8 Best User Interface Guides for Desktop and Mobile Applications

by on 09/16/10 at 2:23 pm

You have all used desktop and mobile applications before. But have you ever wondered about the amount of effort it takes to design them? The process involves extreme accuracy and precision down to the very last pixel.

These user interface guidelines developed by these companies will give you insight into their world of design. They show the pixel specifications, naming conventions and other standardized methods they use to design the human user interface. Designing a great user interface is not as simple as throwing a few controls together, adding some text and color and calling it a day. That’s the amateur way of designing. The professional way takes into account size, order, grouping, alignment, spacing, style and context for every single UI element across the platform. By adopting a systematic and standardized approach to design, these companies are able to deliver a stable and consistent user experience for their users.


Apple Human Interface Guidelines

Microsoft Windows UX Guide (PDF Download)

GNOME Human Interface Guidelines

Java Look and Feel Design Guidelines


iPhone Human Interface Guidelines

UI Design Guide for Windows Phone 7 (PDF Download)

Android User Interface Guidelines

Palm User Interface Guidelines

2 Responses to “8 Best User Interface Guides for Desktop and Mobile Applications”

  1. Oli

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Blackberry UIG are available for download at http://docs.blackberry.com/en/developers/subcategories/?userType=21&category=Java+Development+Guidelines

    I can’t tell if it counts as „best“ …

  2. Chris

    Jun 3rd, 2011

    Thanks for this. I’ve compiled a list of mobile specific UI Guidelines here: http://mobilegui.net/list-of-mobile-mannufacturer-uiux-guidelines/ if anyone is interested.

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