User Interface Design: Peepshow Windows

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

I have a 20″ screen, but the software forces it to 2″ screen.

Modern software user interface often forces your screen into a tiny box.

Internet Explorer 9 UI design tiny window 2012-03-07
Internet Explorer 9 options modal box.
Oracle VM VirtualBox setup
Oracle VM VirtualBox setup, 2011.
Twitter direct message screen 2012-04-06
Twitter's interface for direct message, as of .

Google Plus Peepshow Windows

Google Plus peepshow window 2013-06-24
Google Plus peepshow window . This pops up when you want to post a new message. It encourages one-sentence posts.

Sometimes you just wonder, what are the designers thinking??

what are the possible reasons they do this?

so, am guessing, vast majority of people feel comfortable scrolling around a tiny window to compose? Or, perhaps, 99% of posts are 2 sentences?

Google Plus UI tiny comment box 2013-05-17
Google Plus's new UI, .

Code Snippet Scroll Peepshow Window

Many programing sites use a small scroll box for code snippets. It forces you to scroll, vertically and or horizontally.

StackOverflow peepshow windows screenshot 2013-06-18
StackOverflow code snippet peepshow windows screenshot
code block peepshow window 2013-06-15
code snippet peepshow window

Wrap it, my friend.

Web Design

  1. Typography Sucks
  2. Font Size problem
  3. Serif or Sans-Serif?
  4. Grey Text on White Background
  5. Dark Theme Web Design
  6. Peepshow Windows
  7. GUI vs Command Line: a Unified Design
  8. Skeleton Screen
  9. Fixed-Layout vs Flowed-Layout
  10. How JavaScript Breaks UI, Evolution of UI
  11. Should Hyperlinks Have Underline?
  12. Survey of Tab Style 2006
  13. Problem of Header Linking to Table of Contents
  14. Understand Atomic CSS in 1 Minute
  15. CSS: What's a CSS Pixel? What's Reference Pixel?
  16. Web Design, Minimal Window Width
  17. User Interface Design: Internet Explorer 9's Dysfunctional Colorful Tabs
  18. Phone and Tablet Screen Density Comparison

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