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Jul
23
comment Will users understand this digital spinner without shading affordances?
In a word: No. Even the original isn't particularly clear about it's mode of operation.
Jul
22
answered The term “User Experience” in sales
Jul
22
comment Why isn't a keyboard in alphabetic order?
As someone who learnt to touch type - I don't actually 'know' (consciously) the keyboard layout. Only my fingers know where the letters are. So having a mobile keyboard in the same format is actually no help to me at all.
Jul
21
comment Is a usability study on just a newsletter effective?
Agreed Ben. With this kind of thing I'd also worry that the presence of the experimenter will distort the study in that they are more likely to read it (rather than just skim it or ignore it) if they are being 'tested'.
Jul
20
comment After how many years does a Web Interface Design Book become outdated?
Agreed. We take a lot of Graphic User Interface concepts as read, though somebody had to come up with the concept initially. Don Norman's The Psychology of Everyday Things was published back in 1988 - and is still perfectly valid as its about how people work, not about a set of technologies.
Jul
20
comment Should we be aware of bandwidth concerns given recent data-plan pricing changes?
It's a good question. There have been various stories in the UK media about people incurring massive call charges on smartphones when they take them out of the European Union, as they don't realise that some apps continue to 'call home' even when they are not being used.
Jul
19
comment CLI and Recall Memory
There's an issue about whether users are motivated to learn the commands: if they are then they'll put the time in to learn them.
Jul
19
comment How Do I Teach People Rules When They Don't Read?
Could you show them a short video with a voiceover ? (maybe even MAKE them watch the video before they can dive in )
Jul
18
comment Why don't ATMs give you cash before your card?
There's quite a lot of psychological research (which I'm going to have to look up) which covers this whole field of task management in problem solving (which we do all the time). Some problem solving tasks can get quite complex !: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Hanoi
Jul
18
comment Why doesn't the Mac OSX finder have a Cut option?
I never use 'cut' for exactly the reason given in the answer. The phone goes halfway through the operation; you close the file down. And then find ooops - you've lost a big chunk of the document.
Jul
3
comment How best to combat right hand column blindness
+ 1 for the left to right reading order observation. And not all cultures read left to right.
Jul
2
answered User friendly language for notifications?
Jun
30
comment Why are modern ads so fast-paced and flashy compared to older ones?
I'm curious as to whether you had commercials from 20 years ago to compare with ? I actually looked at this issue in the late 80s - and even, then TV ads had a high 'cut rate' (ie the number of changes of 'view'). Its possible that the issue of reduced attention span has actually been around for some time.
Jun
30
comment Is spacing between touch targets an unnecessary recommendation by Microsoft?
Looking at the Metro interface - the spacing is actually a visual requirement rather than a touch requirement: ie if there are two adjacent blue tiles its difficult to judge visually where the touch areas meet.
Jun
28
comment How long should a software update be postponed when the user says “later”?
Don't forget the 'never' option. :-)
Jun
25
answered Drawing users' attention to unrecoverable actions?
Jun
22
answered Nielsen's Model of Usability vs Eason's Model of Usability: Which is more relevant and the most widely used?
Jun
21
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Jun
19
comment Exercise to educate graphic designers about the importance of usability
That sounds like a good follow up. It'd be an interesting discussion to ask the question: "Is there a linear relationship between the size of font and whether people notice it ?" - ie if you make the font twice as big, do twice as many people read it ?
Jun
19
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