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I run a user interface development and consultancy company called Think ui based near Cambridge in the UK, having previously been involved in UI consultancy and outsourced development with another company for many years, specializing in UI, UX and graphic design.


Aug
5
comment How to represent optional fields?
@Jimmy - yes - Gary said it's cleanly designed, clearly stated and clearly placed - that's unusual enough :-)
Aug
5
revised How to represent optional fields?
added an unexample
Aug
5
comment What's the most efficient/least troublesome way to scroll when reading on mobile?
Are you including the BlackBerry with a touchpad, because that should definitely just scroll.
Aug
5
comment When is double-clicking appropriate for the web?
I just 'discovered' Google maps has double click to zoom in by a pre-defined amount at the mouse point. And, yep, right mouse double click zooms out.
Aug
5
answered How to represent optional fields?
Aug
5
comment Too many tabs - use buttons instead?
Tabs are not the only fruit. See alternatives to the tab control - I think the master-detail answer is relevant here. Essentially what you want is to provide a navigation control?
Aug
5
comment Do many spinners on a page look good?
At the very least, if you do end up having many spinners, consider doing some damage limitation and making the animated graphic quite faint. The more of them there are, the fainter they can be. Eg - 10-15% opacity.
Aug
5
answered Rough and fine adjustments with horizontal slider
Aug
5
comment Should we call our achievement system something else?
Also a term recently used by google news
Aug
5
comment How do you choose which game mechanics to apply to a non-game system?
@Rahul A comment on Gabe Zichermann's theory that people are motivated by four primary factors, SAPS: Status, Access, Power and Stuff.
Aug
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
4
comment How to minimise the biasing influence of stakeholders
Can you request sitting on on the presentation to users as it's important from a UX perspective to see users first time engagement (or not!) in order to further improve the design - whichever way it goes. You can get a lot from observation that you cannot in a feedback report. It would benefit all sides, surely?
Aug
4
comment How to minimise the biasing influence of stakeholders
Is there a possibility that your concerns could be more specifically addressed via another question on ux se? eg: Best way to...'whatever'. without involving ownership of ideas or even the specific ideas themselves in the question details? At the moment we are dealing with generalizations and that may not be enough to actually help you.
Aug
4
answered How to minimise the biasing influence of stakeholders
Aug
4
revised How to minimise the biasing influence of stakeholders
removed lines that do not form part of the question
Aug
4
comment How to minimise the biasing influence of stakeholders
+1 for "Illustrating pain from the end user point of view helps me win every time". But what if the response is 'Yes but that's not representative of the sort of users we want to attract anyway'. (Rhetorical answers allowed :-)
Aug
4
comment How to explain to a client that User Experience and web/graphic design is different?
Design does not always mean 'visual design'. See also my answer about Methodology difference between UX and Usability where you will see that the word 'design' can be applied to about half the different roles in IA, whereas usability is applied to a single more focused role. .
Aug
3
comment Rough and fine adjustments with horizontal slider
It's not unusual for shift/ctrl to multiply the effect of the scrollwheel over sliders, but it's also not easily discoverable if you're not used to it. Can't you use scrollwheel for finer local adjustment and drag the slider for rough adjustment. (leaving arrow keys for ultra-fine adjustment)?
Aug
3
revised Do I have the skills for UX?
minor typos
Aug
3
answered Hierarchical multi-state tree check box selection