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bio website surfaceeffect.com
location Ipswich, United Kingdom
age 39
visits member for 2 years
seen Mar 14 at 8:17

I'm a software architect, mostly for web based systems on Unix, and an interaction designer (although I prefer the term interaction architect, since I'm more about efficiency and getting the job done than making things pretty).

I'm now running my own consulting firm focussed primarily on interaction design, but I do seem to get my hands dirty in code very frequently!


2d
awarded  Yearling
Feb
25
comment Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight?
There's a paper by Prof Alan Dix called "Hands across the screen" alandix.com/academic/papers/scrollbar where he suggests that psychologically the pointer is our hand. He uses this to explain why scroll bars are on the right hand side of the screen, and not the left as used to be the case on early systems. I'd suggest the pointer is a hand proxy, and so comes in from the right for right handers - clearly it should be reversed for left handers.
Jul
31
answered How could you prevent users from leaving their original copy in the photocopier?
Jul
31
comment How could you prevent users from leaving their original copy in the photocopier?
Most copiers now are basically scanners and printers. The don't actually use the xerox process any more. So scanning 20 sheets to disc, getting you to take the originals away and then printing all 20 sheets isn't a problem. (The fact copiers do this is a security issue - their hard drives need to be treated as having sensitive info on them!)
Jun
3
comment All capital titles: good or bad?
I believed the word shape thing too, but apparently it's not true. It seems the brain is looking at the letters but in a fairly complex way. microsoft.com/typography/ctfonts/wordrecognition.aspx
Apr
14
awarded  Yearling
Nov
3
revised How fast should a banner rotate on a website?
added 133 characters in body
Nov
3
comment How fast should a banner rotate on a website?
Thanks Rob, that's really useful, I'll edit the answer to include that.
Nov
2
revised How fast should a banner rotate on a website?
added 5 characters in body
Oct
29
answered What's used more to submit a search, enter or submit button?
Oct
24
comment Is this rotating cube interface user-friendly?
@JerryCoffin I think he could also disable tabbing between fields. That made it WAAAY to easy. I get focus in one field, and I'm done!
Oct
24
answered What is the current pixel width standard for a website's content area?
Oct
24
revised How fast should a banner rotate on a website?
added 140 characters in body
Oct
24
awarded  Scholar
Oct
24
accepted How to interpret vague date input in a search query
Oct
23
answered How fast should a banner rotate on a website?
Oct
22
comment How to interpret vague date input in a search query
had never considered seasons, that's a good point, as is the slang issue.
Oct
22
comment Is it ok to require certain users to have JavaScript enabled?
@SchroedingersCat If the JS is never observed then who's to say it's broken. Surely it's both broken and working until someone tries ;-). Sorry - couldn't resist
Oct
22
comment Is it ok to require certain users to have JavaScript enabled?
It may also be that that 2% are 2% of browsers, but not 2% of people. For example, say someone looks at a site from work, where their security policy demands JS be switched off, they may still be able to use the site in all its glory from home. So how much it matters might depend on the context in which you want to talk to those people - are you talking to them in their work role or as a private person.
Oct
22
comment How to interpret vague date input in a search query
I love the idea of a VaguePeriod object, good name for it! I'd not considered the time between now and the target date as a cause for increased vagueness, but it makes perfect sense, as does fuzzy reporting.