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Roving Psychologist.


Oct
14
comment Shower Controls
Thanks for all the thoughtful answers - I'm stuggling to nominate a particular answer as the right one !
Oct
14
comment Shower Controls
I like the idea of being able to 'preset' my desired temperature at home.
Oct
6
asked Shower Controls
Sep
30
comment Best way to display continents and countries lists on a web page
Would the user be finding 'their' country - when they probably know where it is - or for finding other countries (when they might be hazy about which continent they are on in the first place - eg the Europe / Asia boundry is a bit vague)
Sep
25
comment What is the psychology behind road markings on lanes unaffected by speed cameras?
From a driving point of view it does also serve the purpose of warning you that there are speed cameras (ie on motorway gantries - where they are not obvious) and they are where you should be looking (the road) rather than where the actual warning signs are (the edges of the gantries)
Sep
25
revised What is the psychology behind road markings on lanes unaffected by speed cameras?
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Sep
23
comment How is mobile information architecture different from desktop?
The 'core techniques' work for any kind of interface: desktop / mobile / kiosks / physical etc as they deal with 'how' not 'what'.
Sep
21
comment Do users like getting form 'we received your message' emails?
Probably the best way to implement it would be a checkbox so users can choose whether or not they got a confirm email.
Sep
18
answered Field studies unnecessary for brochureware sites?
Sep
16
answered Drawbacks to user feedback
Sep
15
comment Should I disable google maps scroll wheel zoom?
I find this annoying as well - particularly as on a laptop with the 'scroll' areas on the trackpad turned on its easy to trigger accidently.
Sep
13
answered What are your prefered tech tools to note take during a usability study?
Sep
13
comment What are your prefered tech tools to note take during a usability study?
I find just writing keywords is still the best way to note stuff down that I want to investigate there and then.
Sep
12
comment What are your prefered tech tools to note take during a usability study?
You might want to distinguish between real time note taking: ie recording points to pick up there and then; and session recording for later analysis.
Sep
12
comment OR & AND representations for the non technical user
A lot of people are really bad at understanding formal logic things - I'd try to represent it graphically (maybe with Venn Diagrams)
Sep
11
answered Users keep missing an important page element
Sep
9
comment Do we really need the system tray, taskbar and “quick start” separate?
Its a bit more than just notifications: the system tray is also where you'd tend to look to turn OFF, or alter the operation, of software which has allowed itself to start on start up.
Sep
5
comment Quantitative and qualitative data used in UX research
Trouble is: the more you interupt their 'mental flow' the less representative their behaviour becomes.
Sep
4
comment Method for usability testing of physical products
I think the question isn't clear about the method of testing / evaluation to be used. Regarding physical interfaces I work on the basis that an 'interface is an interface is an interface' (basically person : world ) However you have to do more thinking / research up front about the 'context of use' - ie mobile devices may be used in bright sunlight - so screen visibility in bright sunlight might be part of the scope of the test.
Sep
4
comment Method for usability testing of physical products
I think the question needs clarification: you can either get some interface experts to look at it and check it off against a checklist (Heuristic Evaluation) - or you can test it with representative users carrying out representative tasks. They're not the same method of evaluation. nngroup.com/articles/how-to-conduct-a-heuristic-evaluation