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comment What are the disadvantages of Material Design?
@Ooker is "playing devil's advocate" the expression you are looking for?
Jul
19
comment Why should our website be made handicap accessible?
+1 powerful stats (one in four! gosh) - also it might be worth emphasising that in most developed countries, populations are aging so the % with vision / dexterity impairments will only increase. It can probably be safely assumed to not just be one in four, but "one in four and rising"
Jun
30
comment Should a multinational website background color be a conscious choice?
For context, in case anyone didn't already know, Baidu is China's biggest search engine (and the world's second biggest), sometimes described as "the Chinese Google". It's a big deal.
Jun
14
comment What are some compelling reasons to disallow spaces in usernames?
@GoodSp33d That's exactly what I said - any query for Expert Sex Change would be treated as identical to a query for expertsexchange or any other variation. Any username searches on Expert Sex Change would return "One user found" pointing to the user who inputted their username as Experts Exchange, attempts to create a new user would return "User already exists" matching that user, etc etc.
Jun
12
comment What are some compelling reasons to disallow spaces in usernames?
The more I think about this, the more it seems like if it's done right it's essentially just a difference approach to labelling. "We don't store spaces, please type a different username, for example 'JohnDoe' Okay" and "We don't store spaces. Save username as 'JohnDoe'? Okay No, I'll type something else" are almost the same thing.
Jun
10
comment What are some compelling reasons to disallow spaces in usernames?
Making sure I've understood correctly - suppose I enter my username as Experts Exchange, the system will silently translate it into expertsexchange, and the system will direct queries for a user with username Expert Sex Change to my account?
Jun
5
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Jun
5
revised What does a psychology research graduate need to develop to become ready for a career in UX/HCI?
Made question slightly tighter
Jun
5
comment What does a psychology research graduate need to develop to become ready for a career in UX/HCI?
I've suggested an edit to the title of this question to be a little more specific and answerable (I'm a little surprised it was closed: UX professionals with psychology backgrounds and psych-grad colleagues can give factual answers based on their professional experience of what they and their colleagues use from their degrees, and what skill gaps they needed to fill compared to colleagues from other backgrounds. This site even has a "career development" tag...)
Jun
5
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Jun
5
comment What does a psychology research graduate need to develop to become ready for a career in UX/HCI?
There's general info on gaining experience on Getting into UX as a CS graduate. Many UX people I've worked with have psych backgrounds, it brings strong advantages: you've conducted research with human adult subjects, you understand sample sizes & research design, you already know principles like priming, attention, cognitive load, affordances... emphasise everything like this on resumes etc. Your main skill gaps will include experience and knowledge of tech trends and design patterns: join groups, follow blogs, do projects in your own time, etc.
Jun
3
comment Does visual design really affect UX?
Lots of authors, lead author is William Lidwell, the publisher is Rockport. Lots and lots of two-page summaries of usable design principles, each with short overview of evidence, very useful
Jun
3
comment Does visual design really affect UX?
It's also known as the "Aesthetic-usability effect", there's a good short summary of it and the evidence in the book Universal Principles of Design (but I can't see any way of linking to that online)
May
29
revised Which comment sorting order makes more sense on blogs?
added 24 characters in body
May
13
comment Should I show the “Save” button before the required state is achieved
+1 there are so many frustrating times I've had to angrily google "Why is [x] greyed out in [application]" or "Why has the [x] button disappeared in [application]", and it always takes a very long time to find out.
Apr
27
comment Should I redirect the user if there's only one search result, or still show the results list?
The new Google Maps is an interesting example that is on the edge for this. If I search for, say, "Washington Monument", there's only one such place, and I expect to be taken straight there, not given a list (which is what it does). But often it gets it wrong: e.g. recently I was searching for pubs with gardens, but instead of giving me a list, no matter what I typed just took me to one nearby pub called "The Garden". If you make assumptions about users' intentions, give them an alternative in case your formula guesses wrong
Apr
14
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Apr
14
comment Are there devices narrower than 320px (and data on their usage for web browsing)?
Downvotes on SE are broken, 90% are just meaningless animalistic grunts from the ignorant. I stopped caring about downvotes years ago, sadly. This is the best answer, so have an accept.
Apr
14
accepted Are there devices narrower than 320px (and data on their usage for web browsing)?
Apr
13
answered Back button on iPhone