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bio website shadowburst.com
location Cambridge, United Kingdom
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visits member for 1 year, 7 months
seen Aug 20 at 10:01

I'm a programmer passionate about design aesthetics and user interaction, with a background in graphics algorithms and data visualization.

I run a business selling Android games and apps, and I also keep a design blog, where I write about good software and game design from a UX perspective (often including practical code snippets for programmers).


Aug
14
comment Applying features and add-ons for multiple lines
I'm afraid the site's wireframing tool requires Flash, and Adobe doesn't support 64-bit Linux, so I can't use it.
Aug
14
answered Applying features and add-ons for multiple lines
Aug
14
comment Applying features and add-ons for multiple lines
Is it actually desirable that the user can add that many lines at once, or is there a smaller maximum number?
Jul
4
comment Zebra striping in dynamic table
It's great that you've come up with a pop-science just-so story about why you think this works, but to be real science it needs data. Since you say you've used this before and tested it on users, can you show your experimental results?
Jul
3
comment Is there a good alternative to zebra stripes when rows use drag-and-drop reordering?
The re-striping is exactly the problem I'm thinking of.
Jul
3
asked Is there a good alternative to zebra stripes when rows use drag-and-drop reordering?
Jul
3
comment Is there a better way than zebra stripes
+1 for providing actual data. If all answers on this site were like this it would be much more useful.
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
8
revised Is there a better metaphor for a single-use checkbox?
Explain the background to the problem better.
Jun
8
comment Is there a better metaphor for a single-use checkbox?
@DaveHaigh Yes, it should be undoable, but I suppose it's not strictly necessary if there's a benefit to that. The user can work around lack of undo by triggering the dialog and cancelling out of it to reset the manual override.
Jun
8
comment Is there a better metaphor for a single-use checkbox?
@try-catch-finally Think of a pop-up blocker with an "always for this site" option, but where the rules are as complex as email filters. It's possible to make a rule that matches very broadly, and then since the rule stops the dialog being presented, it's hard to undo that or make a more specific rule.
Jun
2
comment Is the return arrow a recognized symbol for submitting an input field?
I don't quite understand what you're saying about shortcuts. Yammer, Tumblr, Facebook, and Gmail all use keyboard shortcuts (such as j/k for next/prev list item) to help power users.
May
8
comment Is there a better metaphor for a single-use checkbox?
Could you explain this a little further? How does the user enable and cancel the override?
May
8
comment Is there a better metaphor for a single-use checkbox?
@MattObee I'm just considering alternatives. I'm still at the mockup stage with the actual design.
May
8
asked Is there a better metaphor for a single-use checkbox?
May
1
comment What are some best practices to follow when designing for users completely unfamiliar with computers?
Great analogy, but it doesn't really answer the question. We already know learning to use a computer from scratch is hard: the question is what to do about it.
Apr
15
asked How does the visual size of a text input field affect users' expectation of how much they should write?
Apr
5
comment What character can I use to represent the space bar?
Tangetially: I hope your abbreviations are compatible with RFC 1345 character mnemonics.
Mar
19
asked How can I replace a clickable list in a GUI without annoying the user?
Feb
5
awarded  Outspoken