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May
13
comment Dark on light versus light on dark for command line and development tools
@epw the 'theme' has nothing to do with battery life--though the actual brightness setting of the device may.
May
13
comment Dark on light versus light on dark for command line and development tools
What makes them special is your own personal preferences. Nothing else. In terms of why people prefer one over the other, it's usually in combination with their work environment--namely the ambient light (or lac thereof).
May
13
comment Mobile. Long list to scroll, vs. collapsible trees
I'm confused as to how grouping reduces the length. Can you provide a visual?
May
11
comment Album title before or after the photos?
In addition, Facebook isn't a tool for organizing things.
May
9
comment Should an application warn when it is used excessively?
Interesting question! The Wii does this, btw. After x hours (or minutes) of play time you get an 'interstitial ad' that suggests maybe you go play outside for a bit. Does it work? I don't know. Another thought is making it a user-set option. Something akin to the browser plugins that let you block web sites for periods of times: lifehacker.com/5780575/…
May
7
comment Is my assumption right? Most convenient area for most frequently used functionalities
We can't answer this. Only the UX team at Evernote can.
May
7
comment What is the usability benefit of “drag files/images here”?
@virtualnobi that is valid. I should have say may offer a slight advantage...
May
7
comment Personal portfolio site - Information Architecture
How much contact information do you have? I'd suggest just placing it in the footer of every page. That said, there's no right answer here.
May
7
comment What is the best way to design an ecommerce search bar
We can't really answer what is 'best' without a much deeper understanding of your content, IA, users, etc. All things being equal, however, you can do worse than copying Amazon.
May
7
comment Volunteer Work to get exposure to UX
@MelHogan Whether you and I agree or not isn't a big deal, but I do want to emphasize for others that they don't need to work for free to gain experience. Even internships can (should) be paid positions--yes, there are a few industries where that isn't the norm (Television, being one) but those tend to be the exceptions rather than the rule.
May
6
comment Volunteer Work to get exposure to UX
@MelHogan the guy mowing my lawn may not have experience doing it, but I'm pretty sure he expects me to pay him.
May
6
comment What is the usability benefit of “drag files/images here”?
re: step 4, lots of OSes now offer very nice system search tools right in the dialog window. I find that typing to find a file is actually very quick--and for me, at least, a whole lot easier than rearranging all my windows to accommodate drag-and-drop. Listing the steps is a bit misleading, as there can be a lot of substeps in each case depending on the user's habits and setup.
May
6
comment What is the usability benefit of “drag files/images here”?
@CodeMaverick the medium is always a part of the criteria one should put into the decision making process. I'm not saying there's a right answer here. But one should always consider what are users are already familiar with. On the desktop, they are familiar with dragging and dropping. In a web browser, not so much.
May
6
comment What is the usability benefit of “drag files/images here”?
@CodeMaverick it's different because it is different. That's my point. For 20 years people have uploaded files to the internet on a web page in a different way than dragging files into a folder or app. Right or wrong, it has been a different experience.
May
6
comment Volunteer Work to get exposure to UX
This can be a good option, but a few caveats: 1) Typically UX can not work alone, so it's not always an easy thing to pitch by itself. 2) remember that non-profit isn't synonymous with "doesn't have money to pay". :)
May
6
comment What is the usability benefit of “drag files/images here”?
@CodeMaverick I was specifically talking about dragging-and-dropping to trigger a browser upload. Dragging and dropping is certainly useful as a general UI interaction in the OS. I'm not convinced it's a great way to upload files via a web browser.
May
6
comment What is the usability benefit of “drag files/images here”?
It seems like a useful feature, but I admit, I hate it myself. I think the issue is that it's trying to emulate desktop file management inside a browser--but everyone that uses a browser is already used to the way browsers have handled uploading for the past 2 decades. Plus, I rarely have enough screen anymore to have everything open side by side to even make dragging practical.
May
5
comment Displaying prices, where lower is better, in a graph
When charting data, it's really hard to answer specific questions like this without having a much broader understanding of the context. Can you post an example of your data? What is important, the price, or change in price? Who's the audience? etc...
May
5
comment Is there a standard icon for web accessibility?
Philosophical comment: physical world accessibility is often separate from the rest. Bathrooms, parking stalls, etc. Web accessibility shouldn't be separate...perhaps making the need for an icon for web accessibility completely moot.
May
5
comment Why are the profile pictures rounded nowadays?
And what do click-through rates have to do with avatar/profile photos?