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Roving Psychologist.


Jan
19
comment Why do laptops have so many stickers?
I particularly dislike how when they come off they leave a nasty sticky glue mark which can be difficult to remove
Jan
17
answered Is there a name for this kind of design flaw?
Jan
16
comment Do I really need to show an end date if my event goes past midnight? Isn't this implied?
I also get confused between 12 am and 12 pm.
Jan
16
comment Why don't chinese teacups have handles
I've found it quite handy to be able to have a UX conversation about cup design up my sleave, as often one is trying to sell UX in a meeting room situation when cups are the things one has to hand.
Jan
16
comment Why do washing machines have windows?
1947 Bendix Delux Washing machine with front window...showing the front window has been around for a while: esporta.ca/evolution-of-washing-technology
Jan
16
comment Why do washing machines have windows?
I think this nails it: generally designs of devices evolved historically for a reason and then tend to persist even when the original reason for the design has changed (cf the Scroll Lock key on a computer keyboard). The Wikipedia history backs up the comment about the need for manual intervention on older machines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washing_machine
Jan
15
comment Why do washing machines have windows?
Its a basic feedback indicator - at least you can see that something is happening even if you are not actually sure what the machine is doing at the time.
Jan
15
comment Why do washing machines have windows?
I love the mindset that goes with this question: you've looked at something since you were a kid it never questioned it, and then one day you look at it and go 'but why ???'
Jan
14
comment Should I call my button “Unjoin” or “Leave”
Some of those suggestions have a bit more 'character' to them than 'leave', which might go better with the overall tone of the text used in the software. Drop out would be similar to the actual footballing terminology of being 'dropped' from a team.
Jan
1
answered Why have two mouse buttons when one is sufficient?
Jan
1
comment Human Factors grad looking to start a career in UX
To answer part 3 - A suggested 'crossover' book for someone with your background would be Don Norman's 'The Design of Everyday Things'. It's a standard UX text but actually is more of an HF book written by a pyschologist.
Jan
1
comment Human Factors grad looking to start a career in UX
The suggested duplicate answer differs in that the person who asked it has a different kind of background.
Dec
31
answered Airport kiosk signage title
Dec
31
answered Would the concept of gamification be a bad idea in government?
Dec
30
answered Best way to get feedback from users
Dec
21
comment Why do department stores create bad experiences with escalators?
A downside from the store's point of view is that they have to use up space which could have product in it to provide a path between the escalators.
Dec
15
comment Positioning Enter/Backspace Keys on a Numpad
I'd agree with the bottom right for the enter button. There are actually 2 parts to the question: number order (calculator v phone layouts) and then where to put the Enter and Backspace buttons.
Dec
14
comment What algorithm to use to change colors on dusk / dawn?
Can I have this effect as a screensaver please ? :-)
Dec
13
comment What's the best way to present date of birth form fields?
Thats a good point: do you want to know their DAY of birth or just how old they are to the nearest year ?
Dec
13
comment Why would a web site hide the log out button?
Amazon does this as as it has two 'levels' of login: one for browsing and then another to access purchases or other more sensitive account information.