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Feb
26
comment Why do microwaves have any other UI than two dials?
The same applies to washing machines: 50 options and most people only use 5 of them.
Feb
17
comment Best way to verify a user for a dating app?
Maybe ask for a credit / debit card details (although I'm not sure whether credit card merchant systems actually attempt to match the name of the card to the name which is input ).
Jan
27
comment Is there any evidence to back up the theory elderly people won't know how to use a smartphone?
"Vision Problems" can kick in from late 40s when eyesight starts to deteriorate. 'Older' doesn't necessarily mean approaching 70.
Jan
11
comment When did UX start being called UX?
I'd be happy to push back the package of ideas which we call 'User Experience' back to 2000/1999 since this ties up with the dot.com internet boom. There wasn't really a UX industry before then as companies only started realising that bad design could cost them money with the growth of e-commerce - ie when websites went from being informative to transactional.
Jan
4
comment How would you have avoided the Miss Universe 2015 mistake?
Once again a graphic solution wins over anything that makes the presenter 'have to think'. It would be even clearer without any of the redundant and confusing "2nd Runner up (3rd) text"
Jan
4
comment How to avoid 12:00 AM midnight/noon confusion in a time input field?
Noon is a proper British English word. And people with a large vocabularly will understand it. But it's not used very much. We use "midday" generally. ------ (Demonstrating once again, the dangers of the assumption that both sides of the Atlantic speak the same language :-)
Jan
2
comment How to avoid 12:00 AM midnight/noon confusion in a time input field?
I'd combine option 3 with the moon / sun icon suggestion. This has the advantage that it needs less screen space than trying to write 'midnight' and that its easier to understand for users who don't have a high level command of English as "noon" is quite an obscure word ( As I've just tested: my native English speaking, average at school, 12 year old has just told me that "noon means at the end of the day" :-)
Dec
22
comment Why do we say UX for User Experience rather than UE?
It became more widely used around 2007 / 2008 when (in the UK) there was a sudden increase in the number of people interested in interface design. This may in turn have been to do with the broadening in of the scope of interface design to include Mobile Phone Apps ( the first iPhone came out in 2007 ).
Dec
11
comment How do blind people cook?
Fair enough on the 3 heat settings: although what the interface actually needs are 'target heats' - so if you want it to bring to the boil and then automatically turn down to simmer, the electronics are clever enough to do this for you without your intervention.
Dec
10
comment How do blind people cook?
The 'stovetop for the blind' illustrates the more general principle that things which are designed for people with accessibility problems - are often better designed for fully able people.
Nov
15
comment How do I get large numbers of specific users cheaply?
Voting to re-open. It's a very tangible practical UX problem.
Oct
24
comment Why AMBULANCE is written as ECNALUBMA on emergency vehicles?
Surely it's an emergency vehicle whether it has ambulance, fire or police written on it. As a driver you know that you are supposed to let it though !
Oct
23
comment Where is UX in an organizational structure?
The basic rule about 'corporate initiatives' - If it supported by someone on the board, preferably as a 'target', then people will take notice and things will happen. If it isn't, you are wasting your time.
Sep
18
comment Why doesn't the Android OS have a system wide “Forward” button?
Thanks. Having found this hidden away on the settings menu - I use this a lot !
Aug
28
comment History, first use, of Wizards?
I'll second it coming from MS: I have this hazy recollection of using an early version of Powerpoint with a Wizard sometime in the early 90s.
Aug
28
comment Usability testing
A good answer - though clearly DIY testing isn't going produce the same quality of results as hiring a professional to do the research.
Aug
4
comment How to encourage honest user behavior in UI
Ok. How about giving users the OPTION to see a video feed of themselves. You might find that the existence of the words 'show video feed' on the UI are enough to nudge users into thinking about the possibility that they could be watched; and about whether they are being honest. As I've seen in an experimental situation, sometimes the psychology of word cues is very very subtle.
Jul
29
comment How can I ensure users don't fear the word TEST in the invitation for usability testing?
It's a bad term. We know what we mean by it. But in terms of the people being tested I'd call it user research.
Jul
27
comment Purpose of Screen Recording
I think screen recording always adds something to the picture. If you tie what is happening on screen to what is happening on the audio it will give you better insights into things people don't understand properly. "Perceived Usabilty" is a very vague measure.
Jul
1
comment Why is there no standard layout for computer keyboards?
As a touch typist its absolutely crutial that keys stay in their standard positions and dimensions. Many makes of laptop are rubbish in this respect.