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UX Designer / Solution Architect / Utility Infielder at BarometerIT.

Rare blogging occurs at AnotherTrick.

I live in the exurbs of Minneapolis, MN with my wife, dog, three daughters and lots of white-tailed deer.


Jan
23
comment Why do many/most (Android) phones have the power button opposite the volume buttons?
Anecdotally, many iPhone users don't even know about that upper on/off button. They just use the home button and never turn the screen off. I'd also agree this isn't a great question for this venue but I totally relate to it - I also have an N5 and it's really hard not to accidentally hit the buttons opposite the one you intended. You need an opposite surface to squeeze your hand against, and they put buttons there!
May
31
comment What's the least confusing UI for offering to either enter a URL or upload a file?
@Erics indeed, which may be a case for making the file upload a second step in the process, as imgur does.
May
30
comment What's the least confusing UI for offering to either enter a URL or upload a file?
(I wouldn't recommend this as a pattern without some caveats.)
May
30
comment What's the least confusing UI for offering to either enter a URL or upload a file?
I find this control to be confusing - I screw it up frequently. The underlying pattern makes sense, but the graphic implementation is sooo bad. The "center-everything" layout is ragged in every way, it's not clear that "from my computer" isn't an action itself, and there is mix of three styles of button-looking elements that each do different things. For selecting the image input type tabs, iOS-style toggles, radio buttons, or vertical stacking would be better than a button bar.
May
30
comment What's the least confusing UI for offering to either enter a URL or upload a file?
I totally agree re: SO's pattern being confusing. I'm thrown for a loop quite often by the sequence of controls to press.
May
10
comment What are techniques for showing a future state on an empty dashboard?
guiders.js is nifty!
May
10
comment Indeterminate state for toggle buttons?
...so toggles would be fine except that they don't have a neutral initial state.
May
8
comment Are there numbers and letters to avoid for activation codes via SMS?
+1 for responding to user confusion and the XKCD method. See my answer for more specifics on Microsoft's activation codes.
May
4
comment UI: Hover/focus to reveal controls?
Also, touch screens don't have hover. You'll need to provide a workaround.
May
1
comment Has there been an implementation of a tag hierarchy with graph edge relations?
Is Swedish tax law as horrendous as in the US? In our case, we started out hoping any or all of our users could manage these complex structures, but over time we have narrowed the management down to our employees and qualified super-user types. For typical end-users just consuming the structures, it's not as important that they understand the model, but it can still causes some confusion.
Apr
25
comment Studies or experience on using faded text to indicate more content?
@kaiser Thanks for the thoughts. I reworked the lists. Also, probably both of the last ones could be called an "inner shadow", though the key is that it's an inner shadow on a container that truncates text - hence why I was trying to draw the parallel. My wording needs some revision...
Apr
25
comment Studies or experience on using faded text to indicate more content?
The key point is whether the OP meant that the fade happens over 10 miles or 10 mm. I don't think it's clear, given the terse description and lack of example. I'd agree that huge gradients over text are bad - the examples you include look pretty awful in the best of conditions. But just because the description is vague doesn't mean you should assume the worst case. I'd be curious what you think of my answer that addresses a case where perhaps the assumptions are more optimistic.
Apr
20
comment Studies or experience on using faded text to indicate more content?
Also, this answer assumes a lot of practical limitations we can only guess at. Is it web-only? (If it were web-only, what about progressive enhancement? And most of the time on the web today, isn't millions of colors the norm?) What about desktop environments? Intranets where hardware is known? This is a pretty general question. (Plus, surely blocking in a gradient applied to text will be less ugly than your example?)
Apr
20
comment Studies or experience on using faded text to indicate more content?
I, like @Ilari Kajaste, also suspect the OP did not mean the fade would be over such a long distance.
Apr
17
comment Implement gamification on Time reporting to minimize late reports?
Good point. The emphasis on the most recent attempt is key - you've always got a chance.
Apr
17
comment Implement gamification on Time reporting to minimize late reports?
You might want to take a look at @FrantisekKossuth's rather dour answer, which nonetheless makes an interesting counterpoint. How do you motivate the bottom? Esp. if their delays are out of their control? If all you end up doing is rewarding those who already are successful, you may not address the business problem - the people who are not.
Apr
17
comment Implement gamification on Time reporting to minimize late reports?
As grumpy as this answer seems, it's a really interesting point. How do you motivate the bottom? Perhaps rather than a single high-score list that compares all to all, you somehow make it relative to peers, or only compare yourself to yourself and encourage improvement.
Apr
12
comment What is the name of this kind of pattern/component?
Might only work on initial signup? I just did this on math.se without problem or delay.
Apr
12
comment Explaining “circular reference” to a non-technical end user
A snake eating it's tail would make a good image below a simple explanation.
Apr
10
comment What is the name of this kind of pattern/component?
if you link your SE accounts, you get a 100 rep boost.