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Sep
5
comment Does a developer need a book resource for UX design or just get information from articles, websites?
The problem is that your "common" sense may be a mystery to the end user. Most of us human-types have a hard time seeing outside of ourselves, so I definitely think it is important to have some kind of research or user testing to back up your decisions... whether you use an expert or just read articles seems to depend more on budget and scope.
Sep
5
comment stages after UX design to front-end development
I think it varies depending on the size and priorities of the company. In my company, a graphic designer creates the PSD for web layout along with other print-based communication. The web designer slices and dices those graphics and writes the HTML/CSS to make it all work. Unfortunately, the print-media bias of our graphic designers means there is a lot of back and forth when their ideas do not translate well. Other UI elements are typically a collaboration of the web designer and the programmer.
Sep
3
comment Why do applications move themselves to the top after they finish starting?
I would not go so far as narcissism, but yes. Is it likely an old school convention that needs to go away, for all the reasons everyone has stated. When the application is done loading, it gives focus to the portion of the application the dev team have determined the user will most likely want first, without considering the real world context where we all have several things running at a time.
May
2
comment Designing a “create” UI for a complex “object” in a system
why not a hybrid? Start with an import of everything the admin does know, including the minimum data required to create that person object, and then a web interface it add to and modify what was imported. Ideally you would test your users in some way, even within admin there is a wide range of skill sets and mental models.
May
2
comment Designing a “create” UI for a complex “object” in a system
You could imply direction by adding numbers to your tabs...
May
2
comment How do I simplify my complex form? wizard vs. scrolling
Are you aware of any studies conducted on this subject?
Apr
29
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Apr
29
comment How do I simplify my complex form? wizard vs. scrolling
what do you think of having the groups (within their sections) in an accordion control that only allows one group to be visible at a time?
Apr
25
comment How do I simplify my complex form? wizard vs. scrolling
Thanks! It actually is not a survey, but instead something that takes travel information for a trip the user has won. So I have a captive audience, they have to give all the info to go on the trip.
Apr
19
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Apr
19
asked How do I simplify my complex form? wizard vs. scrolling
Oct
29
comment Why do Microwave oven UIs fail?
@yisela thanks, but I don't have any studies to cite and back up my opinion, so I simply added to this answer which talks to my point at the beginning ;-)
Oct
23
comment Why do Microwave oven UIs fail?
The reason the microwave UI is not intuitive is because the marketing push with microwaves is all the "great" features is places at your fingertips. Back in "the day", when microwaves were new and exciting (and had dials - in the US) the entire reason for buying one was convenience. They were supposed to revolutionize the kitchen and free up the overworked housewife... etc. That snazzy digital interface is designed to demonstrate all its "high-tech" features and sell the machine, not help you use it.
Aug
6
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Aug
6
answered Do embodied agents improve usability?
Aug
2
comment How to display complex, interactive grid?
If I read this right, you are talking about 2 checkboxes in each cell (edit and view). I feel like that will be just as visually cluttered as the dropdowns. Unfortunately, I cannot combine pages as one of the requirements is for the business user to see them all in one place.
Aug
2
comment How to display complex, interactive grid?
I really like this approach. Thank you.
Jul
30
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