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I'm a software architect. Yeah, what do I do on a UX site, you may ask?

Software design - a nowadays largely forgotten discipline - is about making software which solve human problems. The difference between today's UX and yesterday's software design is that UX has to stop at the point where technology gets involved, while software design goes right to the point where the software is at the user's hand, and even further - covering development processes, testing, deployment, whatever needs to get that software working.

Whatever it takes to make people's life easier, to make people's life more effective, to make people work with less stress, through software.

I'm an architect with a focus on frontend, and a proficiency in web-languages and web architectures.

I worked as lead developer / software architect for startups and well-known companies, and when it was realized I'm not that bad at user interfaces, I worked as a UX designer for a well-known finnish company.

So, ask me if you have any questions on how it gets done: how do we solve problems for humans through software.


Oct
31
revised Form layout. Vertical Labels vs Horizontal Labels. Images inside
Inlined the images
Oct
31
comment “Likes” vs “Vote Up” For Sharing Content
Hmm, think of beauty contests, or contests for childrens' drawings. Although nowadays usually "implemented" directly with likes, they predate facebook by a decade at least. So, no, it's pretty fine to vote with only one option I guess.
Oct
30
answered Pop-up window choices
Oct
30
answered Users don't read (or even see) things. How can I deliver important clues?
Oct
30
comment How should I resolve the issue of smaller tappable area due to smaller buttons on iPad mini?
Great question. The thing is, the precision and size of human finger doesn't change with the introduction of a 7-inch version of a device, so take the pixels as cues on inches on the original device instead.
Oct
29
comment What happens when users register?
It's an added security against e-mail compromise (as e-mail is generally regarded an open communication network, that is, a lot of people are expected to be able to read your e-mail) so that noone can impersonate you even with your freshly created user. Even then this could be technically solved either with a "half-baked" session which turns into a full one when activating through the link or with a login form pre-filled with your username,with focus on password field.
Oct
26
revised Web-safe fonts: do Apple devices ship with Arial?
Added additional info from comment of author
Oct
26
comment Web-safe fonts: do Apple devices ship with Arial?
I guess by "devices", he means iOS...
Oct
24
comment Combobox-clutter… how to solve?
and on a sidenote, ye, I'm aware that it's a lot of required fields but originally we started with about 25 required and this was the level where we could minimize it to... the owner is unwilling to loose any more fields
Oct
24
comment Combobox-clutter… how to solve?
@JimmyBreck-McKye: the registration rate is lower than expected and normal, and I suspect the fact that comboboxes are kind of... "mistery meat" widgets (you don't know what are your options until you open them) and are generally considered "hard" (in the classic Wroblewski book) probably because of their visibility issues, I'm looking for alternatives, or someone reassuring that comboboxes are fine and the problems are somewhere else
Oct
24
comment Combobox-clutter… how to solve?
Oh, it's the second form out of 3... you can search the site, but in order to keep the site "serious" they require all these fields to be able to contact... the optionals are on another form. In fact, this morning I've got a mail because I've written "I'm just testing your registration form for you" in the about me section and got my account temporarily disabled...
Oct
24
asked Combobox-clutter… how to solve?
Oct
23
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
22
comment What is the best photo tagging experience?
@VoronoiPotato: I think we both agree, that the best experience is when these algos are there. After that, I started to enlist the "escape routes", mentioning recognizing simply that there is a face. I do agree it's a hard topic and it takes a lot of neural networks and perhaps it's nearly magic, but an OpenCV-based classifier is not unreacheable even for a startup (it detects just the existence of a face). Still I hold: the best experience is when it's not manual labor
Oct
22
answered What is the best photo tagging experience?
Oct
22
answered Left to Right Navigation
Oct
22
comment Is there any user experience benefit of having a patterned background in iPhone apps?
Perhaps I'm too minimalist, but my question is "does it add?" rather than "does it substract?" first. Of course, both questions are important, but I'm a strong believer that a great design doesn't contain any unnecessary elements.
Oct
18
comment Would an “around” search token make any sense?
@PeterBagnall: actually, logarithmic scale makes numbers closer have a higher score and it can ensure factors... Linear is pretty bad for representing factors (eg, '' it was about 50000" can be between 40000 and 6000" but "it was around 5000" is between 4000 and 6000, that's what log() is for
Oct
17
comment Aligning text data in a grid
Well, it works effectively only if it's part of a consistent grid, that is, the same gap, width, alignment edge is used elsewhere on the page or screen
Oct
17
comment Would an “around” search token make any sense?
Sorry to switch on the techie side, but a select abs(log(<searched value>) - log(value)) as score from ... Where ... Sort by score desc; would do it in an SQL based app; this would work well for some datasets, depends on underlying technology and scale though...