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answered What makes more sense? To order replies/answers according to rating or chronologically?
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answered Client wants me to copy the Google Apps UI style for a web app I'm building - is this okay?
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comment Can an icon depicting two arrows pointing in opposite direction be used as an indicator for “Follow me”
@iAspire - isn't an arrow going in a circle a standard reload icon? or sometimes a sync icon? I would stay away from arrows except for next/previous/move up/move down
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answered Is there a site where I can vote for usability issues in well-known software to be fixed?
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comment Who designs great UIs with usability testing?
@Rahul -even if my idea is the worse idea ever saying that the fact that Apple and Google didn't do it indicates its bad is a bad argument - by that logic everything new in the latest version was a bad idea one day before it was released because "the leading UX companies have not implemented" it yet.
Oct
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comment Who designs great UIs with usability testing?
@Rahul - woman clothing is notorious for being uncomfortable, difficult to put on and lacks "convenience features" like pockets -> bad usability (if you still don't appreciate the example try high heals shows) and still, there is no shortage of buyers.
Oct
31
comment Who designs great UIs with usability testing?
@Oskar Duveborn - I understand you, just this morning I was thinking to myself I should have written here about my baking oven - it usually takes me 2-3 attempts to set the timer on the thing, but for baking it's the best oven I have ever owned and I would buy it again without thinking twice (because good bread beats usability, obviously).
Oct
28
comment Who designs great UIs with usability testing?
@Rahul - 1. "millions use them just fine" does not imply high usability (example: woman clothing). 2. people buy low-usability products "because they're beautiful" all the time (example: woman clothing). 3. I should have said "have some bad usability problems" instead of "not usable" 4. my suggestion isn't a cure-all it's at best a solution to my personal pet problem. 5. The fact that both Apple and Google don't have a solution does not imply a solution doesn't exists - using this logic you could say two years ago that a Q&A system that works isn't "lying around waiting to happen" :-)
Oct
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answered Who designs great UIs with usability testing?
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comment Who designs great UIs with usability testing?
@DanM @DA01 - the problem of positioning the cursor is not that hard - add an arrow keys mode to the on-screen keyboard, placing the cursor within say 5 letters of the target is easy even with my fat fingers and taping right-arrow (or left) a few times would get you the rest of the way - but that isn't cool and would look awful in demos so don't expect to see it on an Apple product. Apple do make beautiful products that people really like - but people like them because they are beautiful - usability is a minor factor here
Oct
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comment Who designs great UIs with usability testing?
I'm adding this because I'm sure otherwise all the Apple fans in the world would answer my previous comment telling me about the magnifying glass thingy that pops up if you leave your finger on the screen - I know about it, I use it, the cursor always moves a little when I'm pulling my finger off the screen after positioning it with the magnifying thingy - another example of a beautiful and very cool looking UI element with severe usability problems everybody ignores because it's so beautiful and cool.
Oct
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comment Who designs great UIs with usability testing?
Apple products are not usable - Apple are just good at hiding the usability problems (example: I have an iPhone - the on-screen keyboard in great for typing but totally useless for editing because the only way to position the cursor is to achieve sub-pixel precision with my big fat finger - the result is that writing long e-mails is painful - not what I would call usable, unless I act like Steve Jobs and answer all my customers with rude one line messages)
Oct
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comment How to indicate a table is missing rows that have been filtered out?
I actually like your existing implementation, the fact that its big and in-your-face make's you less likely to make mistakes - it's a great design, some elements have to stand out to be effective (even if it makes the page a little less esthetically pleasing)
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