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Roving Psychologist.


Apr
16
comment Why did early telephones use a rotary dial instead of 10 individual buttons?
I don't think the technology answers which have already been given answer the final part of the question though..."and why did they stick around so long even after phones with buttons came on the market?"
Apr
14
comment Do long domain names really affect user experience?
Turning single letters into words which take up one memory item is called 'Chunking' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chunking_%28psychology%29
Mar
27
comment Why doesn't the Android OS have a system wide “Forward” button?
I think the key point: "It would make more sense to focus on why users mistakenly press back instead"
Mar
25
comment What content is considered off-putting, “scammy”, or users don't care about for a website?
Anything which makes a site look 'home made' tends to put me off. Which is a mixture of both design and content.
Mar
20
comment How best to show server availability over a 24 hour period?
If you need to show more detail in the representation above why not just let users click on the hour showing yellow to display another chart with the actual outage times ?
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.
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
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
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
21
comment Why do department stores create bad experiences with escalators?
A downside from the store's point of view is that they have to use up space which could have product in it to provide a path between the escalators.
Dec
15
comment Positioning Enter/Backspace Keys on a Numpad
I'd agree with the bottom right for the enter button. There are actually 2 parts to the question: number order (calculator v phone layouts) and then where to put the Enter and Backspace buttons.