8 Best User Interface Guides for Desktop and Mobile Apps

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

You’ve all used desktop and mobile applications before. But have you ever wondered how much effort it takes to design them? The process involves accuracy and precision down to the last pixel.

These user interface guidelines developed by these companies will give you insight into the way they design. They explain pixel specifications, naming conventions, best practices and other standardized methods they use to design their user interfaces. By adopting a systematic approach to design, these companies are able to deliver a stable and consistent user experience on all devices.



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


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

  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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