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bio website dennislees.com
location New Hampshire
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seen Jul 9 at 13:25

I'm an Irish citizen and US permanent resident currently based in New Hampshire, though I've lived and worked in Europe and Asia, and have travelled the world.

My background is in web design and development, but I'm currently operating in the realm of user experience and web project management.

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


Jul
9
comment Group Naviagtion type into a Catogory
Answering most of these is just a case of research to develop understanding. For the more ambiguous ones, when you get there, card sorting might be helpful. optimalworkshop.com/optimalsort.htm
May
2
comment Next step to help an organization hold designers responsible when management follow specs?
This is a big question that feels like it might benefit from being unpacked a little. Are you suggesting that you're not getting buy-in from managers? Or you're getting buy-in but they don't understand the process? How is your measurement of user satisfaction breaking out into actionable goals? Why just designers on the hook, and not engineers/developers?
Apr
28
comment Allow users to select a top 10 list from 1000 items in database table
How familiar are the users going to be with the content of the database? That sounds like the biggest question here. There are plenty of options for list building and sharing, but a 1000 item-long list isn't going to work. You need to categorize the information, and how you do that depends on what the core interaction is. Are users going to be searching for things they know are probably present in the dataset, or are they browsing/discovering content they're not familiar with?
Apr
24
comment Website theme change checklist
@Billa 1&1 is an all-in-one domain registrar, webhost, site building, provider. They consistently get terrible reviews, specifically regarding their support. whoishostingthis.com/hosting-reviews/1and1
Apr
23
comment When a button contains text and an icon, which should come first?
@DanBryant Yes, right below a bullet list, the first point of which is that universal icons work well.
Apr
21
comment When a button contains text and an icon, which should come first?
You should check out this article from UX Myths. uxmyths.com/post/715009009/myth-icons-enhance-usability - Based on that, if you still feel the need to use icons, it might be worth losing the 'person' part of the 'Send to friend' icon, just using an envelope, so that it's more universal.
Mar
31
comment How can I capture quality data about existing users' goals, outside the context of UI?
I hear you, I do, and agree with your points, but the modification of the current system, even in the light of the potential goals, and even for something as seemingly simple as adding as virtual pageview functionality, isn't something I'm going to get approval for at this stage. This option boils down to trying to change my companies approach to prioritizing business value. That's not going to happen before I need to deliver on this stuff.
Mar
31
comment How can I capture quality data about existing users' goals, outside the context of UI?
Wow! Talk about a borderline insulting answer. Perhaps I'm partially responsible because I didn't point out in the question that I was aware of the concept of "user research", and I that I figured that these things you call "interviews" would play a part, but I did explicitly ask about tools and lessons learned, and hoped for sophisticated answers from people who have some actual experience to share. Your answer suggests you didn't fully understand my question.
Mar
31
comment How can I capture quality data about existing users' goals, outside the context of UI?
Thanks for your input, but I think it misses the mark. Any data we're going to get will be about the current system, which we know is slow and inefficient, which is why we're completely rebuilding it. We'd have to go data mining to make inferences about goals. I'm more interested in capturing input directly from users, outside the context of UI and analytics.
Mar
30
comment How can I capture quality data about existing users' goals, outside the context of UI?
Is this just a case of a poorly timed question, or have you guys really got nothing for me on this?
Mar
26
comment How to offer multiple actions on table items, within the table?
I should have given more information. We've actually designed most these interactions already, but the complexity in the design meant that developers and PMs pushed back and asked us to provide UI and interactions that were more appropriate for prototypes. I appreciate your input, and have given your answer an upvote, but it's not 'the' answer. The accordion option, for 'Send To', for example; seems good, but that UI is more complex than less complex (to build) and it's not optimal for situations when there are many many 'send to' actions in the table rows. It's not very repetition proof.
Mar
26
comment How to offer multiple actions on table items, within the table?
The inline actions create either an empty table col, which affects the balance of the design, or, if the items are visible (but inactive) you get a lot of repetition and visual clutter. Good shout on the WP bulk actions.
Mar
26
comment How to offer multiple actions on table items, within the table?
Desktop. Highly technical users. Sys admins, network engineers, etc.
Mar
24
comment Alternate Navigation options for my web app?
Are the differences between Options A, B, and C large enough that you couldn't make the changes on the page? That is, not switching between these menus in the nav, but moving that UI onto the page itself? (maybe in a breadcrumb, or 'Pills' style. That breaks it out of the main nav, and makes your life easier.
Mar
24
comment How to display a lot of filters (cascading and/or not)?
Have you quantified what your users' goals are? Or do you have any idea how they generally behave in the app? The suggestion that "your company" is asking you to "add more filters" doesn't sound very user centric. Interfaces like this end up getting overbaked and confusing. A good solution can be to present users with what they will need and use most often, and make additional (more complex, or edge case) functionality available but hidden. That approach is more challenging than simply adding more filters, so more filters is what we usually end up with.
Mar
17
comment Best way to present a quick access option in a login form
How frequently would a user want to do this? Is it an occasional thing? or is it likely that they would always want to go straight to the data entry page?
Mar
14
comment What are -if they exist- the best books about UX and business?
Great suggestions. I'd add that if the OP is still in the process of developing a strong personal sense of UX and UXD, that Jesse James Garretts "Elements of User Experience" is a must read. jjg.net/elements
Mar
14
comment What are -if they exist- the best books about UX and business?
Krug's book is quite focused on Usability and User Testing, and while the application of his principles will generally lead to a better experience, this book will fall short if the goal is to "explain the importance of UX in business".
Mar
11
comment Why do stove dials rotate from “max to min” instead of “min to max”?
Feels like a question for a mechanical engineer. Probably just a reflection of the differences in the hardware used to control each.
Mar
10
comment What companies have opened up their UX content like Mailchimp has done?
You mean a framework for ux.stackexchange? that'd be pretty cool alright