23,660 reputation
13667
bio website
location
age
visits member for 3 years, 11 months
seen 2 hours ago

Jul
5
comment Is there a good alternative to zebra stripes when rows use drag-and-drop reordering?
@Franchesca it may work, but I think that will actually cause the problem. If you are moving rows around, the zebra striping is likely giving you a visual anchor. They're likely not looking at the row being dragged, but rather where they want to drop it. And if upon dropping it each time, the zebra stripes flip, that could get disorientating.
Jul
3
comment Why circular icons/elements in user interface element become so popular?
What is the "circular hype trend" that you refer to in iOS?
Jul
3
comment Is there a good alternative to zebra stripes when rows use drag-and-drop reordering?
Also, I don't think parallax is the right term here. Parallax refers to stereoscopic site and distance.
Jul
3
comment Is there a good alternative to zebra stripes when rows use drag-and-drop reordering?
I think in this case re-striping is the problem. With repositioning rows, it's important that the row the eye is fixated on stays consistent as that is their landmark they are using to rearrange items.
Jul
3
comment Is there a good alternative to zebra stripes when rows use drag-and-drop reordering?
I wouldn't call it 'pretty good evidence' that they are the 'most effective' way. I would call it 'evidence that they can be useful at times'. Using zebra stripes shouldn't be a default choice, though. Only use it when it makes sense to and other options aren't providing the solution you need. With drag-n-drop, you provide a pretty good argument as to why you shouldn't use zebra stripes in that scenario.
Jul
3
comment Why most of the microphones are placed on the left of headsets / headphones?
Theory #1 sounds fairly solid. Wires get in the way. Most people are right handed. Put the wires on the left to keep them out of the way.
Jul
3
comment How to take advantage of white space on a blank interface
A 'useful default' is useful in that it's there. It shows the type of actual content that can be created/stored.
Jul
3
comment How to take advantage of white space on a blank interface
@BartGijssens name them 'sample playlist 1'. As for HOW TO ADD a playlist, if that's not already apparent in the UI, there are bigger issues.
Jul
3
comment How to take advantage of white space on a blank interface
Interesting that this got downvotes. This is not an uncommon solution.
Jun
30
comment What are slabs of screen sizes for developing apps for mobile devices(including tablets) ?
You don't want to design based on inches but rather on actual screen pixel dimensions (while accounting for high density displays)
Jun
30
comment What are slabs of screen sizes for developing apps for mobile devices(including tablets) ?
Never heard it referred to as 'slab'. Regardless, what you want to do is responsive design...accommodate them all.
Jun
25
comment Is “UX” as an abbreviation for “user experience” meant to be ironic?
It's a nice theory, but 'X' is a common way to abbreviate any word beginning with *x... so it's likely due to common usage more than anything. As for concerns about people outside the world of UX, it's somewhat moot as the term is really a term solely used internally. All fields have their own jargon. This is one of ours.
Jun
24
comment UX gains by embedding a responsive website into apps?
ah, gotcha. Well, in the grand scheme of things, those app store licenses are fairly minor.
Jun
24
comment What's the best type of car key?
There is no 'best' key. It's all dependent on context and objectives. That said to meet 'ease of use' and 'durability' the best key is an electronic one (such as RFID).
Jun
23
comment Responsive design - setting a single breakpoint?
Compromising UX to accommodate QA is likely not the best UX strategy. I'd question the need to check so many devices, though. The point of responsive is that it's device agnostic.
Jun
18
comment Usage of mouse click or replacing with hover
@HenrikEkblom that is cool. However, I don't how practical of a gesture that'd be. Neat, but not necessarily usable. :)
Jun
17
comment Metrics to gauge website design visual appeal
Hmm...well, I'm not a harvard researcher, so likely not qualified to provide a proper answer, but in a cursory look at the research, I think my context comment still stands. For example, one of the web pages they measured was Typographica. What the general population thinks of that page is really irrelevant. All that matters is what people highly interested in type thinks. So, my uneducated conclusion: your sex and nationality likely aren't the primary factors a designer should be considering when coming up with a visual design for a site.
Jun
17
comment Metrics to gauge website design visual appeal
Are you asking us our opinion of the research? If so, I think we'd need a link to said research. My main gut-reaction beef would be 'colorful' is both a vague term as well as so dependent on context that said general findings are rather useless.
Jun
13
comment Sending users to a 3rd-party site and then back
at that level, I think offering a PDF of instructions may be the most usable solution. The end-user can then open it up and put it next to their browser as they go (or print it out). There's no way you can technically connect to something like an IRS form though and inject 3rd party hep content.
Jun
13
comment Best interaction/layout for contact forms when users are ESL?
Changing the layout has likely no bearing on readability of language. Icons alone are likely not sufficient, though could enhance if placed next to the label. Gray text inside an input is typically placeholder text--which serves a different purpose than a label does.