Reader UI of the Week: Kraayliis of Azuremyst

Eliah Hecht
E. Hecht|06.05.09

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Reader UI of the Week is back! Each week will bring you a fresh look at reader submitted UIs. Have a screenshot of your UI you want to submit? Send your screenshots, along with info on what mods you're using, to

After a bit of a break, Reader UI returns with a nice set-up from Kraayliis, a Death Knight on Azuremyst-US (view large). Here's what he had to say:

I've just been working on setting up a clean UI that still retains the look and feel of a full UI while still minimizing the amount of clutter on-screen. I'm currently running WoW @ 1920x1080 resolution. This is my first shot at designing a UI so I just wanted to toss this out there to see what people would think.

I started using Btex for the background a few weeks ago and couldn't find what I wanted so I decided to draw my own.

Well, Kraay (may I call you Kraay?), I like it. I can't say I'm usually a fan of using big art panels to cover up valuable screen real estate, but you make it work well. I especially like the compass rose shape around the minimap, and the brass pipes and pipe fittings around the top of the bottom section.

I also really like how neatly the various information displays are tucked away, the buff timer bars on the left, and the presences and experience bars on the right. Overall this reader does a great job accomplishing is stated goal of minimizing clutter while retaining the feel of a "full" UI. It's not what I would use - I tend more minimalist myself - but for what it is, it's pretty cool.

Here's his list of what addons he's using:

What can be seen onscreen:

AlphaMap: Configurable map in a separate frame with transparency options
Ara_Broker_Tradeskills: LibDataBroker plugin for information about tradeskills and shared cooldowns
Atlas: instance maps
AuctionLite: A lighter auction-house mod
Bagnon: All your bags in one frame, and more
Bartender4: Action bars
BrokerProfessions: LibDataBroker access to your profession interfaces
BrokerTransit: LDB access to teleport spells and items
Btex: Customize textures at the bottom of the screen
ButtonFacade: Reskin your action buttons
Deadly Boss Mods: Information and alerts for raid bosses
DoubleWide: Puts your quest log into two side-by-side areas, one for quest listing and one for description
LightHeaded: Wowhead information and comments in your quest log
MinimapButtonFrame: Puts all your minimap buttons in a separate movable frame
picoFriends: LDB friends display
picoGuild: LDB guild member display
Postal: Enhanced features for your in-game mailbox
Prat-3.0: Chat enhancements and customization
QBar: Dynamic action bar for quest items
RicoMiniMap: Mini-map shape, coordinate, and transparency customization
SatrinaBuffFrame: Replacement buff frame
Skada: Damage meter
SmartBuff: Automate and facilitate buffing
Titan: Bar display for LDB and other data sources
tomQuest2: Quest tracking frame for LDB
TomTom: Coordinates, waypoints, and in-game arrows
TourGuide: Interactive leveling/questing guides
XPBarNone: Lightweight XP bar
XPerl: Unit frames

Addons that aren't seen most of the time:

BankStack: Sorts and compresses your inventory, bank, and guild bank
FreeRefills: Automatically restock items
GoGoMount: One-key mounting solution
GraphPaper: Configurable grid to help you align your UI
HideBlizzard: Hide Blizzard default frames
SellFish: Shows vendor prices for items
Viewport: Change the size of the area in which the game is rendered

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