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Sep
5
comment Isn't www.google.com violating one of the most important design and usability principles?
@metamorphosis my opinion is the same in both situations. Google is making a calculated decision here.
Sep
4
comment When does a prototype become alpha software?
@Jayfang that is an excellent point.
Sep
4
comment Isn't www.google.com violating one of the most important design and usability principles?
@metamorphosis I disagree with that. Everyone uses a computer today. They may not be power users, but they certainly aren't novices. Knowing how to 'google something' seems a pretty standard skill no matter one's roll in the office these days. For those that have yet to use google, I don't know if Google benefits from catering the UI to them. Seems they'd generate more revenue from power users anyways.
Sep
3
comment Checkbox vs toggle
This convolutes things even more, though. On iOS, where the toggle is prevalent (for better or worse) it's a replacement for a checkbox. The examples at the bottom ore being used as replacements for radio buttons. So I'd say you're not using a not-so great pattern for a checkbox in a way it was never intended for. That said, I do understand the logic and reasoning behind it. Just note that it is a very atypical use of the toggle.
Sep
3
comment When does a prototype become alpha software?
I think it's less about finding the 'point where we call it alpha' and more about 'using a development process that accommodates this from the start'. Agile would be the first thought...as Agile processes tend to be better suited for this than waterfall. Also look at LEAN UX.
Sep
3
comment Isn't www.google.com violating one of the most important design and usability principles?
That's an interesting example. Good point.
Sep
3
comment Isn't www.google.com violating one of the most important design and usability principles?
Amazon does an amazing amount of user testing and research, though. So if Amazon is breaking best practices, it could be that the best practices are out of date.
Sep
3
comment Isn't www.google.com violating one of the most important design and usability principles?
But are there novice Google users? It may simply be that it's an audience that is so small, Google finds it not worth focusing on.
Sep
3
comment When does a prototype become alpha software?
I think the only answer is "when it makes sense to do so." It's going to vary wildly depending on the team, product, company, process, etc.
Sep
3
comment Isn't www.google.com violating one of the most important design and usability principles?
Google appears to be doing OK. Seems that it's not hurting them too much. Remember Google.com (the search engine) does pretty much one thing and one thing only.
Aug
28
comment Are buttons perceived as rectangles first?
This is somewhat of an iOS7 convention. And it is different than the typical placement where action buttons are placed BENEATH the content area rather than above. So I don't know that it's so much the type of link/button you have, but that it's still a new pattern in general to a lot of people.
Aug
27
comment How can I determine the appropriate color,font for a website based on target group?
It's not really a set of tips, but a process. Objective and subjective elements go into the design process which includes iterations until a final product comes out the other end. You really need to go through the process.
Aug
27
comment How can I determine the appropriate color,font for a website based on target group?
The general guideline for those questions is to answer "it depends on a lot of things..."
Aug
22
comment Explaining Wireframes to Remote Clients Sent via Email?
@ChrisAplin IMHO, wireframes is a language that is mostly spoken by UX folks and (ideally) those developing. I actually think it's a burden for clients to have to learn a new language when they only care about the final output. Granted, the realities mean they often do need to learn the language, so it only makes sense that we're there to help translate.
Aug
22
comment Explaining Wireframes to Remote Clients Sent via Email?
Disclaimers are good, but clients (like users) don't read. :)
Aug
22
comment Best way to navigate a complex web system
We need more details. Can you describe what these multiple features may be? I can see navigating to two separate pages within the app. But that's not really a UX issue as much as it is an implementation issue--simply ensure that the app allows a user to launch multiple instances in separate browser windows if they so desire. For example: I can open Gmail in multiple windows if I want, each windows preserving their own state.
Aug
22
comment Best way to navigate a complex web system
"Allow use of several features at the same time" = by one user!?
Aug
22
comment Is the vertical left hand menu obsolete?
@CraigHB both ebay and amazon use left side navigation.
Aug
22
comment Is there a recommended height for text fields on high density mobile screens (retina, etc)?
In other words, if you tell mobile safari that your page is supposed to be the same size as the screen, then yes, it will auto-double. However, if you don't tell safari that, it will do its best to shrink the page to a size it feels best fits the phone.
Aug
22
comment Is there a recommended height for text fields on high density mobile screens (retina, etc)?
@myklee are you talking about a mobile web site? Yes, it does apply, but you also need to tell safari about the viewport settings: developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/AppleApplications/…