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I'm a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States. I'm currently based in West Virginia, though I've lived and worked in Europe and Asia, and have traveled the world.

I'm currently operating as a UX Manager at a large internet security company, and provide web optimization consulting on the side.

I like tech stuff, learning new things, and picking up my cats with one hand to make myself feel big and strong.


Dec
16
comment Why should a user complete a user profile?
Is there a summary point that goes with this answer, perhaps that relates it back to the original question about benefit?
Dec
12
comment How could a webpage containing multiple tables be displayed effectively?
How you display the tables will depend on how many there are and how important it is that users can see them at-a-glance. So, how many tables need to be on this page? And will a user need to be able to see all of them all the time? i.e. can you show one or two "main" tables, and hide the rest, requiring a click to reveal? \
Dec
12
comment Where should I put an Add button in a Bootstrap Modal dialog?
Tab looks good (though I think the tabs are a particular weakness in Bootstrap. They're arguably too stripped down and flat. I'd be tempted to add some contrast color to the inactive tabs (active tab > white like the page, inactive tabs > light gray) just to strengthen the pattern. Also, as final note, your layout would really benefit from touch more whitespace. Just a few more pixels of vertical space between the horizontal rows. That would make it look less cramped and make parsing the page a bit easier.
Dec
12
comment Where should I put an Add button in a Bootstrap Modal dialog?
A couple of points. 1) It's not clear how to add a shift, and 2) as a general rule, the tabs should mimic their real world equivalents and connect to the main body they represent. The horizontal line above the Monday row breaks this.
Dec
10
comment What's the easiest website registration process?
Why not just stick with convention and use the "confirm email address" method?
Dec
9
comment Personal Websites - Simple or Animated, how to balance between creativity and content-ambiguity?
Regarding your note: Yes, this is a question that is phrased in way that it solicits subjective opinion-based answers. And no, most UX questions (or answers) are not subjective. This site is full such questions. User-centricity works because helps to remove subjectivity from the design process. You should consider rephrasing your question so it's more about a specific use case or design problem - an answerable question that will provide ongoing value. When a question is as broad as the one you've provided, the answer is always "it depends".
Dec
7
comment How to represent user interest in more sectors of same category?
What have you got so far? Can you provide a wireframe? or some extra context? You'll probably get a better answer if you provide a better starting point. Who and what is this UI for? These categories and subcategories; are they fixed or can user create them, if so, how would that work?
Dec
5
comment Can we expect users to close popovers by just clicking away?
@Andrew This may be true, but it doesn't mean they're infallible, or incapable of deploying something imperfect. My take is that big companies sometimes get things wrong because they're big (Microsoft being the extreme example) or simply because they can afford to. This all reminds me of sending an article to a (ecommerce site-owning) client, explaining multiple ways in which carousels are bad. He sent back a link to the Nike homepage. One big carousel. Something we can demonstrate to be a poor practice, in use by one of the biggest brands on the planet.
Dec
5
comment Should language be part of a website url?
Also, no need for the scare quotes or italics on "Domain Authority". This is not an arbitrary term or concept. It's a metric developed by the Seattle-based company Moz (formerly SEOMoz) that had been embraced by the industry.
Dec
5
comment Should language be part of a website url?
@earthmeLon - You can use rel="canonical" to distinguish between pages on different sites. Yes. But canonical URLs don't make any reference to language or region. hreflang essentially replaces and can be used the place of rel canonical. As for requiring a single domain to which you give whatever. Doesn't really make sense. Two different CCTLDs; .com and .com.mx, both can deliver similar content for the same brand, canonical or hreflang can be used, but they are obviously not one single domain.
Dec
4
comment Should language be part of a website url?
@corsiKa - Flags may be used a lot, but in a lot of cases they're used incorrectly. The site flagsarenotlanguages.com shows the multitude of ways of getting the flag/language/country thing wrong. Most designers put a lot less attention than necessary into this feature. As you've mentioned it, I'll edit my answer to work it in. Thanks.
Dec
4
comment Should language be part of a website url?
+1 for empathetic problem solving. Perhaps @Mark can take then into account when considering his eventual implementation.
Dec
2
comment How can I show an additional replace option but not clutter the interface?
@Adrian Did you work this out yet? Seems like an interesting design challenge. Assuming the replacing will only be done to search results, the search results are key. Can you show what these look like?
Dec
2
comment How to detect bad UI design
@Knerd I remembered where I saw that wGETGUI UI before. The ex-Microsoft engineer and UXer Everett McKay has written a series of blog posts called "Don't Design Like a Programmer", in which he points out a long list of reasons why UI ends up being bad when it was "designed" by a programmer. One example he gives is letting variable types determine control types e.g. booleans map almost too easily into checkboxes and radio buttons, and can result in their overuse. Well worth a read uxdesignedge.com/2010/03/dont-design-like-a-programmer
Dec
1
comment How to detect bad UI design
@Knerd - Right, but that's hardly ground breaking stuff, is it. Your question about detecting issues during the design process is a good one. The answer "think like a user" doesn't seem to warrant the label "great", at least through the eyes of this user.
Dec
1
comment How to detect bad UI design
@Knerd What does this answer have to do with detecting bad UI design?
Nov
28
comment Best position for 'Add Contact' button?
As in "weak fallow" vs "weak follow"? Well, first off, it's not my diagram. Fallow is the way I learned it, and from what I can quickly research, it's the technically correct term for this. Fallow is term that describes farmland that has been purposely left uncultivated. It doesn't take too much of a leap to see how this could be applied to the concept of layout design. When looking for a diagram to use here, I noticed several used the word "Follow" instead. I imagine this started with someone not recognizing 'fallow' and making the assumption that it was incorrect.
Nov
27
comment Canonical names for GUI design patterns
@Crissov Thought you might be interested in this. Just saw a post on my Facebook wall from ui-patterns.com - They've just relaunched the site with a new look and feel, an a thorough reorganization of the content.
Nov
27
comment How to show a workflow on a sequence?
Seconding this point. Your English reads well, it's hard to explain because the concept is complex. It would be really helpful if you attempted to mockup or wireframe what you're trying to achieve, or even part of it, even if it's not what you ultimately need. Then you can say "this mockup doesn't meet my requirements in the following ways", which is a much better starting point then a complex written description.
Nov
25
comment Best place for grid/list toggle button?
Made this a question and removed the request for examples, which are considered off-topic as links to example resources become dated and unreliable.