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Apr
6
comment What is enough to convey a Show / Hide link information?
Collapse is a pattern alright, but in my view is somewhat overused. If you chart the use case and conduct cognitive analysis, you may find that progressive disclosure or modal are better solutions. In the case of the former there is only 'show conditions control', which once clicked is replaced with the content (exactly like the comment I'm typing now, which has no 'cancel' option). You can argue that conditions are distinct - the user doesn't need them along with the rest of the page, so a modal might be a better choice here.
Apr
1
comment Volume control and Pause/Play toggles are inconsistent, why?
This is, again, the state/action ambiguity that is inherent in toggle buttons. See this answer, and this thread for more.
Mar
9
comment Auto Follow Video Mode on a Video Mixer
Are you sure the term AVF isn't common enough such that changing it would only confuse people? Terms that are known by many in a specific domain are normally more usable than terms that would be clearer to the layman. For instance, in the audio world the term DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) actually refers to what is really a music production software; but DAW is the common term which everyone other than complete newbies understand (and complete newbies learn it quick).
Jan
26
comment Should Front-End UI and Back-end UI be designed by same person?
There is no such thing as 'back-end UI'; back-end, by definition, has no user interface - no presentation layer. A better term is admin interface.
Jan
21
comment Better approach to design sub-menu for item management menu
What's the context of usage? What are the user goals? What sort of tasks they may perform? How often? How many items are involved?
Jan
19
comment graph exploration and data overload
There are A LOT of papers on this topic. Just put 'Graph visualisation' in scholar.google.com. But you can't push an elephant through a key hole, and in the case of the brain you can't make the key hole any bigger. So you need to make the elephant smaller, slicing it, and communicate the best slices, while possibly using progressive disclosure.
Jan
19
comment Icon Visual Alternative for “Keep Open” functionality
@ChrisW. There's a wealth of cognition that pours into UX and is based on years of empirical studies, not quite on opinions. We like Nielsen because most of his publications are the result of systematic investigations. Even the stuff that is opinion-sourced, when properly done, goes through some rigorous data collection and analysis methods. Remember that even Einstein's general relativity is ultimately based of beliefs.
Jan
19
comment Icon Visual Alternative for “Keep Open” functionality
Most of UX is about opinions? Max Wertheimer and quite a few people would turn in their graves, or if still alive - in their beds.
Jan
13
comment The Personal in Personas
It should be noted that personas are not without some controversy. The concept is seemingly great, it helps many (including myself sometimes), and is a standard part of the UX curriculum. But it has its opponents and there's actually quite a bit of empirical research that casts doubts on their usefulness, whilst also revealing some key issues, especially when used with non-UXers. Believability, which personal aspects are largely to serve, is one of these issue.
Jan
6
comment How would you have avoided the Miss Universe 2015 mistake?
I love this answer! I think that the folding matters less, it's the idea of not presenting them all at once. Admittedly, myself, like many of the other responders, were blind to this line of solution and focusing too much on trying to rearrange the lines on a single card. You could easily adapt this idea to 3 separate cards @K.AlanBates.
Jan
6
comment How would you have avoided the Miss Universe 2015 mistake?
@PandaWood, definitely something worth considering - can't really see a fault in it. I didn't mean to come across as evasive - on the contrary, I was apologetic for not following the problem solving process.
Jan
6
comment How would you have avoided the Miss Universe 2015 mistake?
@PandaWood, if I'm honest, I wasn't giving to the redesign too much thought. I was just combating the issues I've mentioned. Personally, I think the winner is the first thing to draw attention (which is the most important thing), from there the announcer will have to scan upwards. These sort of things are already at a level where you probably want user testing rather than informed analysis.
Dec
26
comment Non-technical term for “such that” in a programming language
Technical users or not - I see why people don't get 'such that' - it is simply not used that much in daily language. Programming has got some strict logic foundation, I wouldn't try to reinvent the wheel. By 'such that' do you really mean 'and'?
Dec
18
comment Why are page numbers (il)logically inverted?
What sort of image gallery involves such behaviour. I suspect you refer to a very specific one.
Nov
26
comment Colored circles to signify status - a violation of accessibility guidelines?
@A.L, sorry for the misunderstanding, I wasn't sarcastic. Greyscale mode does what it says on the tin - the whole iPhone display becomes greyscale so no more colours (like B&W TV), which simulates monochromacy. On desktops, Chrome plugins like See help to simulate other visual impairments. These are just some of the tools used to accessibility-check designs.
Nov
26
comment Colored circles to signify status - a violation of accessibility guidelines?
@A.L, much as vaseline on glasses simulates cataracts.
Nov
26
comment Colored circles to signify status - a violation of accessibility guidelines?
@plainclothes are you suggesting that discriminating against the impaired is just? And as for the greyscale mode, have you ever heard of Empathic Design?
Nov
17
comment Not including a 'first page' and 'last page' button in a data table
There isn't a direct specification for pagination in their design documents. I think you infer something from the screenshot which you shouldn't. Last page links may or may not be useful for users depending on the data presented. My guess is that for exactly such reason there is no direct reference to this issue.
Nov
10
comment Should there be a space after the copyright symbol ©?
@Kevin Despite the wikipedia article, I'm next to sure this is no longer the case. See "LIMITED RIGHTS AND CLEAR NOTICE NO LONGER HELP USERS AVOID INFRINGING" in law.uci.edu/faculty/full-time/reese/…
Nov
9
comment For death year, should I use N/A or — if person still alive?
@TotZam Still not explicit as writing "Still alive".