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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.


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 suggested 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
Jan
27
comment Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form?
Thanks you @Kevin for the link to the article. TecBrat - to test your hypothesis I'd suggest asking your target audience. When does the average user use field? Terms like 'Radio button' also fit into this category. Lastly for multiple either list them or use something like 'The information marked in red is incorrect' or something less clunky! People know what information means, along with 'what you have entered' and other non tech terms.
Jan
24
awarded  Good Answer
Jan
23
awarded  Mortarboard
Jan
23
comment Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form?
Amp - in the case of you have multiple fields failing you still don't need to say fields. You can say 'Please check below for missing or incorrect information.' or 'The information marked in read is either missing or incorrect'.
Jan
23
comment Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form?
I don't have evidence that I can share but in order to convince yourself I would suggest testing the term with users. No matter how experienced I am the users will answer your particular question with more authority. I can only say that field is not something I would not expect to test well with users. Other terms like 'Radio Button' would have a similar response even though we know the term well.
Jan
23
comment Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form?
Sorry nothing I can share.
Jan
23
answered Help with information architecture vocabulary
Jan
23
answered What is the best way to let users understand what widget's function about?
Jan
23
answered Dark admin theme - is it wise?