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May
14
comment What is the gender implied by this infographic person
Interesting question. I would have thought the use of the standard female graphic design WOULD imply a gender...
May
11
comment Why do inflight wifi networks display a captcha?
I like the way it says "visually impared ?" - in small print...
May
9
comment Undisclosed mailto: links. Why is this still prevalent?
I will add my name to the 'hate it' list.
May
7
awarded  Notable Question
May
7
comment Is there a human advantage to painting heavy equipment (aka “baggers”) bright yellow?
Putting 'warrning signs' into google shows that there is a marked existing pattern for the use primarily of yellow and black (and to a lesser extent red) in warning signage. google.co.uk/…
May
6
comment Is there a human advantage to painting heavy equipment (aka “baggers”) bright yellow?
Plus of course the ubiquous yellow hi visibility jacket. And in nature wasps and bees use the same warning colour scheme as the digger.
May
5
comment What's the actual likeability of “voice control”?
Good question. I personally loath the attempts with call centre software to attempt to understand speach and would much rather just listen to some options and press the right number.
May
4
comment Examples of UX Research Proposals
I think that rather fails to answer the 'how would you actually find out about this particular issue' question.
May
1
comment recommendations for best practices in testing upright and angled directory experiences on large-scale touch-screen display?
The basic testing method would be the same except with physical peramiters thrown in: ie how high up the wall should the thing be mounted so that its at the optimum height for your desired users ( ie do you want it thumped by small kids ?)
Apr
30
comment What objective qualities make a user interface intuitive?
I think the average American (and it was American's who worked in offices they were selling to) was familiar with these things back in 1981.....en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerox_Star
Apr
29
comment What objective qualities make a user interface intuitive?
Quick Answer: Make it look like something the user is already familiar with: so with the original mac interface it was files; folders; and a trash can.
Apr
28
comment Should a device charger provide a visual indication that it is charging?
If the charger uses electricity when it is left plugged in - maybe what it needs is an led which comes on when its charging and NOT charging anything - to remind users to switch it off at the wall.
Apr
26
comment How to display errors with single LED?
Could you use morse code ?
Apr
25
comment Why are HUDs not used more in cars?
It would be interesting to see some data on how regularly drivers actually do check their speed.
Apr
23
comment How to design the optimal UI/UX test teaching lab?
You need somewhere for people you are testing who turn up too early to sit.
Apr
23
answered Ergonomic standards
Apr
23
comment Why do we say that door knobs afford twisting?
That paper is a good summary: I've always found Gibson's view a bit metaphysical. Somewhere in POET Don points out that if you have to add a sign on an interface then its 'affordance' has failed !
Apr
23
comment Why do we say that door knobs afford twisting?
Part of the clue to affordances is size relative to the hand: If the round handle was 0.5 metres in diameter then it would not easily 'afford' turning. Affordance theory came from JJ Gibson way before Don quoted it. The background is given in Gibson's 'Ecological Optics' work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_J._Gibson
Apr
23
comment Why do we say that door knobs afford twisting?
Off the top of my head I think Don's door handle examples are more to do with whether its a push or pull door and how that's signalled by the handle design - and not these kinds of door handles. BTW - The original 1988 Basic Books edition is called "The Psychology of Everyday Things".
Apr
16
comment What are the conventions for keyboard shortcuts in Windows and OSX?
I'd be surprised if this wasn't in the OSX Human Interface Guidelines - developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/UserExperience/…