KDE HIG

The KDE HIG (human interface guidelines) determines the guidelines for the user-centered design of programs of the KDE family.

Baloo KCM

KDE sprint in Randa boosts productivity since VDG members and developers talk directly to each other. In this blog post we present an alternative for the configuration of Baloo file search that meets the guidelines for KCMs.more...

Look and Feel of Plasma sidebars

KDE sprint in Randa boosts productivity since VDG members and developers talk directly to each other. Goal of this proposal is to unify the user experience of Plasma sidebars.more...

KDE control module usability using the example of KCM for pointing devices

After reorganizing the system setting structure, the KDE control modules (KCM) should be updated as well. The pointing device KCM should be the proof-of-concept for all design ideas. Your feedback is highly appreciated, especially in respect to the duality of simple vs. advanced.more...

Libreoffice Human Interface Guidelines: Context Menu and Sidebar

The Libreoffice Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) have been given a new lease on life. In this posting we present the recommendations for context menu and the sidebar.more...

Libreoffice Human Interface Guidelines: The second step

The Libreoffice Human Interface Guidlines (HIG) have been given a new lease on life. In this posting we introduce the impact of two primary personas on guidelines about menu bars and tool bars.more...

Libreoffice Human Interface Guidelines: First steps

The Libreoffice Human Interface Guidlines (HIG) have been given a new lease on life. In the first step, generic artifacts including the vision, personas, and an UX manifesto are presented.more...

Using the Kano method to prioritize requirements

On the basis of data from the user survey about KGet we show how to apply the Kano method for use in massively multi-user online surveys.more...

How could KTracks look like?

In a series of articles we illustrate the user centered design process from scratch, based on a still missing application in the KDE world: KTracks, an endurance activity tracker. In this part #3 we present mockups of the application.more...

Reprise of Akademy 2014: Artikulate

During Akademy 2014 BoFs we scrutinized some applications usability and visual design. In this article we present the outcome of our work with the KDE pronunciation trainer 'Artikulate'.more...

Vote for your Keyboard Layout Switcher plasmoid

Please vote for your favored design and workflow of the KDE keyboard switcher plasmoid.more...

KDE HIG: Search refined

The search pattern was analyzed, discussed and finally added to the KDE HIG. We outline the concept by means of modified KMail.more...

KDE HIG: The Search Pattern

For search and filter operations various solutions exist in KDE applications. We propose a new guideline for the search pattern to make UX consistent and reliable.more...

The Vision of KDE

KDE's current vision written in 2008 is rather outdated with its praise of KDE 4. So we should rethink what we want to achieve in future.more...

KDE HIG: Survey about how to align controls over multiple groups

In the course of revising the KDE HIG we reached a point where visual aspects are considered, in particular the alignment of controls. We'd like to ask you how to align controls over multiple groups.more...

Quick Poll: Visibility of password fields

We want to introduce an inline toggle button for the visibility of password fields. Please help us to define the optimal behavior.more...

KDE human interface guidelines: About Viewing and Navigation

The KDE usability team is proud to present the next chapter of the human interface guidelines. We want to discuss the part about Viewing and Navigation.more...

What is a status bar good for?

The KDE usability team discusses pros and cons concerning the default visibility of the status bar and asks you to vote how the future should look like.more...

KDE human interface guidelines: First steps

As announced recently, we are rebooting the KDE human interface guideline. The first revision is done and you are invited to join the discussion.more...

Style the guide: A new HIG for KDE is in preparation

The KDE usability team announces the kick-off to reboot of the human interface guidelines (HIG).more...