Floating Windows as seen in User Interfaces

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Windows were initially interactive blocks in desktop applications, and have since evolved into portals for any software. Desktop and laptop computers are running Operating Systems which require many different panels and windows to work with. But even websites have begun adopting the idea of floating windows, modal popups, and fancy user panels.

In the gallery below I have collected some great examples of window design. The idea behind this trend is to separate functionality from other areas on the page. Added benefits come from a nicer user experience and even some dynamic content. If you can pull off the right look, floating windows are perfect for most any digital application.

Mini Audio Player

Email App UI

Dear Evernote…

Editr 2

Select Photo Window

Player App with Chat Window

Silkscreen Main Window

Caffeinated Popovers

Write Tweet

Choose App Platform


History Window

Mac OS X Lion UI

Collab App

Timer Alarm App Interface

Texit Editor: Graphite

Cloud App for OSX

Spotify OSX Minimized

Dictionary App

Micro E-mail Client



Play by Play

Found UI

Popup Interface

Photo Manager App


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About the Author: Kalen Smith

Kalen is a freelance writer and entrepreneur. He can be found on the web writing about topics including startups and UI design. Check out his other articles through Google or follow his updates on Twitter @engineerbiz.


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