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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
10
comment Fastest way to choose 2 items from a list of 10
@Kevin - so the user has to consider all options. Can this be a 'difficult' decision? Would it help, for example, to be able to discard some items already considered not to be relevant - so as to reduce 'noise' when scanning the list a second or third time?
Aug
10
accepted How important is it to consider color for color blindness in a design
Aug
10
comment How do you decide whether additional information is harmful?
Great! And in a similar vein, Krug's third law of usability: Get rid of half the words on each page then get rid of half what's left. [From Don't make me think]
Aug
10
comment how to explain logarithmic scale to a non-techie user
@Rahul The point is that it's a differentiator between linear and logarithmic. It's a visual representation of the fact that you are looking at one type of graph over another, when you are using the dropdown box to flip between different types of graphs, some of which are linear and some of which are logarithmic. You mentioned in your own answer about having the checkbox more visually connected - by changing the background, I'm proposing the differential be right there in with the content so you don't even have to look at any other indicator to know it's a linear or logarithmic scale.
Aug
10
comment How do you version-control your wireframe/prototype assets?
Agree that many version control systems are aimed at developers. However, for any reader wishing to check it out (pun intended) then Tortoise SVN certainly makes life easier for Windows users.
Aug
10
comment How do you version-control your wireframe/prototype assets?
I see quite a few people relying on DropBox as their backup and version control system that also just happens to fileshare. It bothers me - but I'm not sure whether it should. However, the 'version control' features (i.e. restore file to previous version) I'm not sure make good sense for easy version comparison, and certainly not for change logging. +1 for SVN though
Aug
10
comment Fastest way to choose 2 items from a list of 10
@Jorn - 45 you're right :-) Perhaps my point could be better made by asking what exactly is wrong with a single I'm feeling lucky button!
Aug
10
comment What are the good UI/UX elements of a web bug tracker
FogBugz is way cool. One of the biggest issues I see with bug trackers is that bugs get reported and then they get lost in the mix and don't really get easily tracked by any relationship other than it's own timeline or linked relationship with another bug, and it can be very difficult to get the 'big picture'. FogBugz really is a whole workflow environment. By watching what they have done in a decade, you could save yourself a whole heap of time and do it in maybe only 8 or 9 years :-)
Aug
10
comment Fastest way to choose 2 items from a list of 10
Really we need to know more about this. What is the decision process of the user to choose two items? Does it matter? For example if I put 100 boxes on screen - each with a different pair from the 10 items and the selection process just becomes 'click a button', then what is wrong with that? I have no doubt it is wrong but why in your case is it wrong. There has to be more to it than simply 'select two items from 10'. Context, context, context...
Aug
10
comment how to explain logarithmic scale to a non-techie user
@Henrik I understand logarithmic increase is smooth, but the gradient background is a metaphor for standard logarithmic graph paper where the lines get more and more dense and then so dense that you can hardly differentiate the lines and so you start them again in the next multiple of 10.
Aug
10
answered how to explain logarithmic scale to a non-techie user
Aug
9
answered Hotel Finder by name - should it take you directly to a hotel page if it matches the search, or to the search results page?
Aug
9
comment Use UAC Shield icon to indicate (non-Windows) elevation will be required?
Another option is to just have the words Authentication required in a smaller font underneath the main text on the button (no icon at all!).
Aug
9
comment Multiple Phone Number Inputs on Forms - Best way to reduce manual entry?
@Jimmy that's a fair point and it did occur to me, although I chose to generalize the response, as it just seems simpler all round, including this scenario. But it also made me wonder in this particular instance why it was even optional?
Aug
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
9
comment Use UAC Shield icon to indicate (non-Windows) elevation will be required?
That's a fair point - and maybe to some extent it matters as to what happens after the authentication dialog has been completed. E.g. whether after authentication, the user returns to see the padlock unlocked and can continue with the process, or whether all the 'protected' features happen in a separate dialog, eventually returning the user to see the button in a 'still locked' state. But I don't have a problem with the button being re-locked provided it is related to a separate transaction. Because it's a transaction related app, I don't think a 'session' has to mean a program restart.
Aug
9
revised Multiple Phone Number Inputs on Forms - Best way to reduce manual entry?
removed the ding that made the dong
Aug
9
answered Multiple Phone Number Inputs on Forms - Best way to reduce manual entry?
Aug
9
answered Disabled submit button on form vs allow submit then show errors?
Aug
8
revised Use UAC Shield icon to indicate (non-Windows) elevation will be required?
added more example images