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Jan
11
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
Oct
31
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
31
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
28
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
27
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
27
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
25
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)
Oct
25
comment How do you know when an interface is complete?
@blunders - it's easy to know if your goals are complete - they are not - "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy", you list your goals for version 1 (and change them as needed according to what you discover during development and testing), when actual users get to touch your lovely application you incorporate their input into the list of goals for the next version.
Oct
24
comment What are the benefits and drawbacks of dialog sheets as seen in Mac OS X?
@Bevan - maybe you should A/B test an initial dialog sheet implementation against a dialog boxes - my guess is that you won't see any user behavior changes between the two groups but I may be wrong (if you do that I'd love to see the results)
Oct
24
comment What are the benefits and drawbacks of dialog sheets as seen in Mac OS X?
@Bevan - just two points: 1. I'm not sure dialog sheets are more usable than dialog boxes, actually I suspect they are not 2. it will take more work than you think to implement this well, GUI widgets tend to have a lot of corner cases that have to be covered and a lot of subtle behaviors that have to be implemented -- those two pints lead me to suspect you are going to make a large investment in both development time and training time for no benefit.
Oct
21
comment Making it clear which items in a long list are selected
Just remember you don't have mouse over on touch devices
Oct
20
comment How to solicit feedback from customers
If I get a low number of support requests wouldn't the forums be a "ghost town" and make it look like the I don't have any customers?
Oct
19
comment What is the most effective way to solicit and manage open source project UI feedback?
@Rahul - I'm not sure it's a question about user testing (I know you've seen my comment on the question so you know I'm not sure what the question is about) - if the question is "how to get and manage feedback about UI" than the answer to the "get" part is user testing (you already answered the "manage" part)
Oct
19
comment I want to let the user toggle a column heading to sort a grid by a date field. How can I make ASC/DSC intuitive?
I never remember if "up" is ascending or descending (even in software I wrote) so I always just look at first two items to see the order - and that's why I like Michael Zuschlag's answer
Oct
19
comment What is the most effective way to solicit and manage open source project UI feedback?
Are you asking about "UI to get and manage feedback" or "get and manage feedback about UI" (the question text seems to suggest one while the title talks about the other)?
Aug
18
comment Unambiguous way to display timezone information in a compact manner
Love the city idea (I would use state/country), but I hate normalized times - this always ends up displaying someting that is either complete nonsense (like showing the local time at my home town for a face-to-face meeting at teh otehr side of the world) or plain wrong (normelized time + daylight saving time change = being one hour late for a meeting)
Aug
10
comment Simplicity vs. Flexibility
@Christian - maybe, it all depends on what app you are writing, if it's an accounting package those geeks wouldn't use it anyway, on the other side if it's an open source alternative to a Microsoft product those geeks would use it with or without the flexibility.