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Roving Psychologist.


Mar
17
answered Why do people love Comic Sans?
Mar
14
comment Would a hard to learn UI be acceptable?
I'd agree with the point of 'learnability' versus 'usability'. For a UI which is used by a professional group of users 24/7 (say the UI for an aeroplane) something which is 'stripped out' of helpful graphics and mouse movements, may be more efficient for experienced users to use.
Mar
12
comment Analog Clock or Digital Clock to tell the time
If they both take up the same space you could make it user configurable to display either clock type. And then you'd find out what users actually prefer.
Feb
20
comment Why are graphical user interfaces considered user-friendly?
This is the psychological bottom line "Since recognition memory is superior to absolute recall" - A command line interface requires recall; a GUI works on recognition.
Feb
10
answered Which software do you use for facial expression analysis?
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