My Ui and guide to creating it
First off lets post a pic of my ui
This is my User interface sitting idle with nothing much going on. As you can see the screen is very clear not a lot of clutter any where.
Firstly to start out, one of the most important user interface options is built into wow it's self.
Following the path: esc>video>advanced you will find a check box beside a slider named "UI Scale" My setting is below
The most important addon in my ui is called Bartender.
Bartender simply removes wow's standard hot bars, and allows you to put them where you like in groups you like.
There is a lot of user input to this addon but it is user friendly, and very easy to learn.
Bartender can do many creative things such as hiding a bar until it is moused over (did you wonder where my bag bar was?)
Next we have to get rid of that ugly standard map and it's mini map buttons the addon used here is sexymap
Again this addon has lots of custom user options, but downloads with a very nice map. (right click on mini map for options)
Now that we got rid of those pesky mini map buttons that were uglying up our screen where did they go?
Titanpanel is a very small panel at the top or bottom of your screen. It can display a lot of information in a very small area.
Titan panel is the name of the addon and "searching curse for titanpanel" will show you a large number of plugins find what works for you.
As a healer i have a problem with the standard wow player and target frames as well as the party frames, and raid frames.
The answer to this problem is x-perl.
Again this addon can be cutomized to show as much information or as little information as you want/need.
Grid is an excellent replacement for raid frames, it can show you debuffs, aggro and numerous other things in a very clean and compact way (see the raid photo)
Grid can also be used in combination with Clique as a healing addon. while this creates some problems with clicking on player and target frames for s menu the problem can be resolved in cliques options (ask me how)
Another problem with wow's standard ui is the cast bars, they do not show input lag. The addon for this is Quartz, this program can move and change every cast bar including GCD bar and Swing bar for melee.
If you look in the upper left corner of that last screen shot you will see my tool tip. This is accomplished with an addon called Moveanything i believe it to be self explanitory.
Lastly where are my raid addons omen, recount, ect.
Most of these addons appear when you enter a raid group
That is my active raid ui
Lastly kgpanels is a fun toy to clean up the look of things.
Thanks for taking the time to read my guide, but let me stress that a custom ui is just that custom and should be built for what you need or want to see.
I have barely touched the tip of the iceberg of custom ui's and not mentioned several addons I use, but i hope you can use my guide to start making your ui work for you.