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Aug
15
comment How can you indicate a hidden button on the back of a device?
If you're going to going to put buttons on the back of the machine - make them big buttons with clear labelling. The original Classic Macs used to have a big rocker switch around the back that you could operate just by feel.
Aug
13
comment How to properly guide a user not to cause an error?
Agreed. It's not ideal.
Aug
13
answered How to properly guide a user not to cause an error?
Aug
13
comment Is creating personas against the principles of User Centered Design?
There may be some references to academic research on which the Personas concept is based in "The Inmates Are Running the Asylum" - but I don't know as I don't own the book...
Aug
13
comment Is creating personas against the principles of User Centered Design?
According to Alan Cooper - who thought the personas idea up in the first place (or at least published it) - Personas are not based on research data but on formalising 'what you have in your head' 'infodesign.com.au/uxpod/alancooper "So you’re externalising what’s going on in your head? - Yes"
Aug
11
comment User Experience Research on Users Total Digital Environment?
Its a good question: people won't use one communication channel which is difficult - if they've got another easier method in their other hand. You might want to look at Ethnographic approaches.
Aug
11
comment Correlation between number of colors used and brain processing?
It's probably worth looking at how artificial (AI) vision systems handle colour - though how machines do it isn't necessarily how we do it. Since we live in a world of coloured objects, for adults these just represent a normal background level of cognitive load (being in an entirely black and white environment would be the anomaly situation)
Aug
9
comment Alt key shortcuts anymore?
Alt + E (End Task) in the Windows Task Manager is a good way of regaining control of the machine when the mouse has frozen.
Aug
1
comment Is it worth paying to read ISO 9241-110:2006 - Ergonomics of human-system interaction — Part 110: Dialogue principles
If I was spending £70 - I'd probably spend it some other books...
Jul
31
comment Is duping the consumer really a good business practice?
Instructions ? - What are those ? :-)
Jul
30
comment Icons, their Cognitive Effect and Scientific References
I've been around a long time ! The 'Classic' Apple Mac GUI was based on a lot of academic research, which unfortunately they've dropped from the Human Interface Guidelines Documentation. Both Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini who now work for the Nielsen Norman Group spent time working for Apple.
Jul
30
revised Icons, their Cognitive Effect and Scientific References
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Jul
30
comment Is HCI applicable to game design in the way I'm trying to apply it?
I don't understand the question: I think it needs explaining better.
Jul
30
answered Icons, their Cognitive Effect and Scientific References
Jul
29
comment What scholarly UX publications do you know of?
A useful link to the British Library Catalogue
Jul
28
comment Maximum set of stairs users are willing to climb before needing an elevator
If you find an existing building with both stairs and an elevator a bit of careful observation should give you some data.
Jul
27
comment Why don't users want to see adverts relating to products/services they might be interested in?
+ 1 on the 'creepy' criteria.
Jul
27
comment Maximum set of stairs users are willing to climb before needing an elevator
Presumably the code requirements are based on some kind of research into user requirements ?
Jul
27
comment Maximum set of stairs users are willing to climb before needing an elevator
Building 'future proof' houses is a good idea. With an aging population I think its something housebuilders in the UK are starting to think about. A lot of it is just down to allowing sufficient space in the original design so that other facilities can be introduced at a later date if required.
Jul
26
comment How do you show non-affordance?
Don seems to use the term constraint to mean something different here: jnd.org/dn.mss/affordance_conv.html