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I'm a working User Experience consultant who has been in the UX industry since 1995. I have a degree in Interactive System Design and have worked on TV Services, websites and mobile operating systems. I've previously worked for companies like John Lewis, BBC, Sky and Orange.


Feb
10
comment Why does the Facebook registration page require you to retype the email and NOT the password?
If you get the password wrong you can reset via email. If you get the email wrong - then you're stuck.
Feb
10
comment What is the best way to select the apparel size?
Dropdown menus hide vital information. As a rule of thumb if you can show vital information in a clear way, do so.
Feb
7
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Jan
31
comment How can you change a poor design without alienating experienced users?
Good point. A drop down is one solution.
Jan
31
comment Can Information Architects and UX Designers work as separate profiles?
And many organisations (like the BBC) have issues with definition of those roles and people stepping on each others toes. A good agile team will allow people to work outside of their description and too their strengths. For example I don't want a creative director who is weak in core UX doing UX work - as often happens at the BBC.
Jan
31
comment Can Information Architects and UX Designers work as separate profiles?
If you're focused upon User Interface chances are a better job title is interaction designer. UX is not (just) UI.
Jan
31
comment How can you change a poor design without alienating experienced users?
In some ways the previous experience was better because you could see the options. Drop downs hide away clues for the user to follow and are recommended only when space runs out. Lists provide more clues to users than drop downs.
Jan
31
comment What is the best way to select the apparel size?
Yes - see johnlewis.com/… for example. Go to most sites like John Lewis or ASOS and go through to the product page.
Jan
30
comment What is the best way to select the apparel size?
This is too gimmicky and creates a smaller hit area for small then large - making large look more important.
Jan
30
comment What is the best way to select the apparel size?
I agree about the radio button widget, and most default widgets! Check boxes and drop downs are overused, see my answer for more on this.
Jan
30
answered What is the best way to select the apparel size?
Jan
30
answered Is there a specific order to respect for filters [apparel store]?
Jan
29
revised Why are certain fonts more legible than others?
This is a visual design question.
Jan
29
comment UI for dimming light
This shows why it's important to do UX work prior to designing the UI. There's no way of knowing if this solution is usable or answers the problem given.
Jan
29
comment UI for dimming light
Is this for a physical or virtual interface? How many are there together and how pleasant do they need to look if they're physical. The more context you can provide the better answers we can provide.
Jan
29
suggested approved edit on Why are certain fonts more legible than others?
Jan
29
answered What should a tag list do?
Jan
29
comment Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form?
I'd say 'input' would be understood but not be friendly. It's not quite as bad as saying 'affirmative' instead of yes but it does have a techy feel. Language is an emotive thing and getting the right terminology is more than just if the user understands it. Speaking to the user as if they are a human is probably the most important thing. When you are asked to type in a security code most use 'enter' rather than 'input' for that reason. Or 'type in'.
Jan
28
comment Web User Experience: Surrounding the content area with filter-buttons on all four sides
The answer is that is that all sites provide personalised content by people using the navigation. Personalisation is on of the most talked about but least used solutions to any web site. Requiring the user to put in work before being allowed to then try and find what they are after is a huge barrier to entry. I have worked on intranets that people use everyday and even then a 'widget' approach often is asked for by users and business but, in reality, is hardly used and gets in the way.
Jan
27
answered Web User Experience: Surrounding the content area with filter-buttons on all four sides