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Roving Psychologist.


Nov
21
answered Should an interaction designer know how to do visual design
Nov
21
comment How to design for people not willing to learn?
One aspect of 'tuning the testing process' would be when the testing process is just too long: people have a limited span in which they will concentrate and it may become apparent that the users being tested are flagging towards the end and that the testing sessions need to be made shorter by reducing the number of tasks.
Nov
20
answered How to design for people not willing to learn?
Nov
19
comment Would a 'Processing' indicator on pedestrian crossing controls be helpful - and if so how would it be designed?
Marjan would you like to post that as an answer ? - Having experienced the brilliance of Dutch road engineering in terms of user behaviour; I'd consider that a tried and tested solution.
Nov
19
comment Would a 'Processing' indicator on pedestrian crossing controls be helpful - and if so how would it be designed?
Some kind of 'countdown' seems a good idea. It'd be useful if was actually in seconds and labelled as such rather than in some random unit (as I've seen used in one or two places) A 'crossing the road' app which could pick up data from the crossing would be cool !
Nov
19
revised Would a 'Processing' indicator on pedestrian crossing controls be helpful - and if so how would it be designed?
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Nov
18
asked Would a 'Processing' indicator on pedestrian crossing controls be helpful - and if so how would it be designed?
Nov
18
comment One charger for all cell phones
To update my previous comment: now that this policy is obviously being rolled out, the 'user experience' benefits of not having to have a kitchen draw full of different types of chargers becomes more obvious - I note that a digital radio which I bought recently also works off the same micro USB connector.
Nov
13
answered NPS question after think aloud test
Nov
12
answered How to prevent yourself going a step back in usability?
Nov
10
comment Does a self-learning UI make sense?
Another approach to 'self learning' would be the use of 'hints' which pop up sometimes if the system spots that the user is doing something in an indirect way.
Nov
8
comment How to prevent yourself going a step back in usability?
I think this is an excellent question: particularly on an interface which has had a number of 'owners' over a period of time - owner 1 may have done research on design 1; drawn conclusions; implements changes; and then owner 2 comes along does research on design 2; draws different conclusions; implements changes; etc etc. So depending on the 'draw conclusions' stage it is quite possible for an interface to get worse over time not better.
Nov
7
comment Does a self-learning UI make sense?
Having been driven nuts by Office doing this (the first job on a new installation being to turn most of the 'automatic' stuff off) - I think one of the issues is that an experienced user tends to work on a 'spatial' basis: ie that particular spot on the screen does that particular thing'. If that thing moves around then the user continually has to mentally interact with the screen to find the missing button.
Nov
6
comment User research on 100 people
You might want to run a small trial first to get some ideas on what to ask your larger sample.
Nov
5
comment Which are the main disciplines that UX comes from?
I agree: the HISTORY of UX is quite an interesting topic which I've never seen dealt with in a book: one of the early events in UX is the invention of the mouse by Douglas Engelbart in the early 60s - as you can't have a graphical interface without some way of interacting with it ! (rather than the 'command line and keyboard model') en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse_%28computing%29
Nov
2
answered User experience metric from individual measurements
Oct
30
comment Do web users understand the 'sandwich icon' for side bar when used on a desktop site?
I agree with Rumi: users learn as digital design fashions change (and I've seen the sandwich icon used on websites already). I'd put that up as 'the answer'.
Oct
27
comment Is there a better way to design switches than I/O?
I've just had to dig this question out as I have a new fridge with a (non illuminating) switch marked 1/O and still couldn't remember which setting is supposed to be 'on'...
Oct
21
comment Where did combo box/drop-down lists come from?
Most of the basic interactions of a modern GUI were in the Xerox Star. Which was groundbreaking as (as implemented on the Lisa and then the Mac) they replaced MS DOS's blank screen with a flashing cursor...
Oct
17
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