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Been paid for developing for 15 years, in addition to the assembly, Basic, and DB III I learned for the fun of it. Most of my professional carreer has been spent developing server systems and web applications.

Some things I have come to believe are:

  • Simplicity is hard, but oh so necessary
  • The hardest problem is understanding
  • Users are great, they keep you humble

Mar
15
comment Need a better way to list events
That's another quite useful view.
Feb
24
comment Magic meaning of Apply button on a form
I've seen a couple dialog boxes that have a [Reset] button that at least gets you to some defaults if you royally mess things up.
Feb
23
comment Is it okay to open a help link in a new window?
Note, the options listed above are in order from easiest to implement to the most difficult/time consuming.
Feb
23
comment How to make it obvious when filtering by time
What's wrong with having the time slice end at the "Present"? That is a reasonable expectation that the user will have. In short, the end time of the time slice is always evaluated for the current request. Any time pickers that don't allow you to pick "Present", "Current", "Now" or whatever you want to call it is where you need to fix the UI.
Feb
22
comment Should I use a banner-like or logo-like header in this website I'm designing? (based on aestetics and ui-design principles)
Understood; however, my point had to do with finding that balance. Taking the bannerless option removes all the fun he wants to convey. As is, it is too busy.
Feb
22
comment Should I use a banner-like or logo-like header in this website I'm designing? (based on aestetics and ui-design principles)
You must really like people, you've got it listed twice :)
Feb
18
comment Apply the legibility principles to screen reading
google.com/search?q=typography+web+vs+print NOTE: the biggest difference between web and print is designing for the availability of fonts on the client's machine. The WebFont CSS standard helps address that problem, though.
Feb
18
comment How to indicate that something has changed on a form
Some colors are worse than others, and the amount of area you are strobing also has an effect. When in doubt, you can use this tool: trace.wisc.edu/peat
Feb
18
comment Apply the legibility principles to screen reading
I think you'll find more similarities than differences. The differences you will find have to do with the screen being illuminated from behind vs. light reflecting off a page. If you do a little research with polling people, I'd recommend a couple control samples that really exemplify bad design. This will help you determine if the user simply understates their reactions.
Feb
18
comment Ideal column width for paragraphs online
Is it really character specific, or are these numbers based on some assumptions about media distance and text size? Someone with a 30" wide format screen is sitting fairly close. Even when the desk is 36" deep (~ 1m), the eye will have to scan a good distance. You can set the font size large enough so that you are technically following the guidelines but still taking up the whole screen. I'm thinking it's not just the number of characters at work here.
Feb
18
comment What is the optimal placement for the RSS icon? is there any?
Pretty much. I think it is more recognized than there are users for it.
Feb
18
comment friendly version of date formats
It's also not correct. It's a pattern known and recognized by a lot of European countries, but us pesky Americans and people who think like us tend to want the month first. This fundamental disagreement is why localization was invented. Also, when the date is 03-02-2011 is it March 2 or February 3? Without another date where the day is higher than 12 the user may never know....
Feb
18
comment What is the optimal placement for the RSS icon? is there any?
Maybe you could say "well advertised?"
Feb
18
comment Where can I find an official or recommended Windows desktop application user interface usability and style guide?
Looks like you found your own answer. BTW, there's also UI style guides for Java and GNOME platforms as well. Guidelines are simply a way to keep your app from looking like a complete amateur wrote it. Eventually you'll have to surpass the guidelines or thoughtfully decline their advice to address certain usability problems.
Feb
17
comment Should label and field be separated with colon?
In that case, using the answer as a guide, there is no need for the colon. It actually adds some visual clutter that the user doesn't need.
Feb
14
comment What other solutions do you use besides A/B tests for testing the efficiency of two site structures?
I don't think there is another or better method for testing your results.
Feb
14
comment What other solutions do you use besides A/B tests for testing the efficiency of two site structures?
Did you analyze what would prevent people from converting and address those problems? If so, try out a beta for a while and see if things improve. If not, go back to the drawing board until you find what the issues really are.
Feb
14
comment I'm developing a dark application UI, how do I make sure I access / style all possible components?
I think the fact that you used the phrase QT4 confuses the matter. Basically you are asking about designing a dark desktop user interface theme. If you rephrased the question without the technology, and only include the technology as a footnote in your question it would be clearer.
Feb
14
comment How do you conquer the challenge of designing for large screen real-estate?
Unfortunately no. The application would be considered sensitive by the client at the time. However, a similar type of system is hosted here: sandbox.onjira.com/secure/Dashboard.jspa and here: demo.redmine.org
Feb
14
comment How do you conquer the challenge of designing for large screen real-estate?
So that's it? Make everything bigger? I got more thought provoking answers at programmers.stackexchange.com . There is more than simple readability and legibility for UIs, I even narrowed the field a bit to help get a better response.