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Feb
17
comment How can a retractable pen design be enhanced to discourage users from clicking the pen frequently?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it isn't about user experience. That the pen does click is why people like it. That is the UX they are after.
Feb
17
comment Is it bad practice to use “Lorem Ipsum” example text in a text-preferences screen?
@slicedtoad I don't think any developer would be upset about it. Just pointing out that it's not a known thing by everyone. If it confuses some developers, it likely confuses a lot of users. That's no slight against developers or anything.
Feb
16
comment What some alternative ways to present tabular data instead of the standard table in the UI?
Tables should be the default for presenting tabular data, but there are definitely times when a table isn't ideal--namely if the site is to be responsive and mobile-friendly. Formatted lists are but one alternative that may make more sense.
Feb
16
comment Is it bad practice to use “Lorem Ipsum” example text in a text-preferences screen?
@A.L it's called 'greeking': en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greeking but is really more about layout mock-ups than sample text meant to help a person pick a font size.
Feb
16
comment Is it bad practice to use “Lorem Ipsum” example text in a text-preferences screen?
There are many, many pangrams out there. So this is a good answer. It's real words, but clearly silly real words which I think the average person would 'get' moreso that Lorem Ipsum (which does confuse a lot of people out of context)
Feb
16
comment Is it bad practice to use “Lorem Ipsum” example text in a text-preferences screen?
Ah...I see, they are saying the 1500 comes from a type specimen book. That may be true, but I'd sure like to see a proper citation. Typically type specimen books use Pangrams rather than lorem-ipsum. Also, the loremipsum site claims the 1500 reference is about a printer scrambling a galley of time. It's highly improbable that that is what produced Lorem Ipsum. That said, it's possible, and perhaps true, but I'd like to see a more viable source for that.
Feb
16
comment Is it bad practice to use “Lorem Ipsum” example text in a text-preferences screen?
Do you have a citation for the 'since 1500' statement? I'm not aware of lead typesetters even bothering to greek text. Seems like a huge waste of labor.
Feb
16
comment Is it bad practice to use “Lorem Ipsum” example text in a text-preferences screen?
I've had many developers and Q/A testers come back to me with questions like "all of the text in the wireframe is in Spanish or something, what should we put there?". So, I don't think Lorem Ipsum is any more relevant to developers than it is to the general public. It seems to be something pretty much relegated to the graphic design/ad world.
Feb
15
comment Is marketing the closest career to UX?
@phillipw feel free to add it!
Feb
12
comment What is an effective way to present wireframes and other IA deliverables to client?
@ricardozea My only hunch is that there are UX people that feel wireframes are the only deliverable a UX team should provide. I get frustrated with those teams. It's rarely a good solution.
Feb
12
comment How do you build empathy for users that you don't relate to?
Try meditation. Alas, empathy is a rather critical part of UX. No matter how awful the end-user, our job is to advocate for them.
Feb
11
comment What is your UX strategy when your users want opposite things?
@CodeMaverick I'd agree with that. Good way to put it. But to reel it back to the beginning of a project...people often ask for wants, but don't realize what they need. At the early stage, I think UX's role is to digest those wants and figure out what they mean in terms of needs. After than, I agree totally, come back with the cherries on top.
Feb
11
comment What is your UX strategy when your users want opposite things?
UX isn't about wants. It's about needs.
Feb
9
comment How far should UX venture in graphic design territory?
@Okavango well, I'd like to believe that the concept of "UX Teams" is a temporary stepping stone for companies to eventually build in UX (or CX or Service Design) into their overall business processes. In other words, I think a company that is highly UX-centric likely wouldn't have a distinct UX team--as the UX skillsets should be more distributed throughout the company. I know that is all pie-in-the-sky day dreaming, of course, :)
Feb
9
comment How far should UX venture in graphic design territory?
@Okavango I'd argue that there shouldn't be any UX boundaries. In an ideal company, UX would permeate all. :)
Feb
9
comment How far should UX venture in graphic design territory?
@user1337 well, I'd say generalists do make great UX designers, but I don't think every UX designer needs to be a generalist. What's more important than the individual skill sets is the overall skill sets of the UX team as a whole. You may have some specialists, you may have some generalists.
Feb
9
comment Flight Passenger Experience: 1 window per seat row
@reirab paying the same company for a different type of seat is not the same as 'voting with your money' in terms of market competition and choosing a better competitor. These are two separate concepts. I do agree with you, people have already voted and as such, we're left with a commodity product. The reality of commodity products is that UX is typically not the primary business focus.
Feb
9
comment Flight Passenger Experience: 1 window per seat row
@reirab we're playing semantics here. I'm saying that just because there is more than one airline you can choose from, that isn't, itself, much of a way to vote with your money--as one choice isn't significantly better than any other. Air travel is a commodity. The industry knows that, and knows that there isn't a strong reason to have to differentiate themselves all that much. The goal is to get the hub and ride it as long as they can.
Feb
9
comment Flight Passenger Experience: 1 window per seat row
@jamesqf of course there's always a choice. But when it comes to choosing air options, the choices are limited and arguably not all that varied.
Feb
9
comment Flight Passenger Experience: 1 window per seat row
@Johnny yes, cost/benefit is always a factor. And that's what I'm saying. The airlines have done the cost/benefit analysis and have decided to put very little towards improving UX (or service design in general). I agree with you, people want cheap. That trumps UX.