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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.


Oct
2
comment What should I call a switch statement in an UI where users won't know what a switch statement is?
multiple-choice rules
Oct
1
comment should full name include middle name?
Don't quite understand what the following line was meant to be: searching for (as a full name) would then return no results
Sep
30
comment How to organize a collection of URLs on an intranet?
Are you asking about visual design or content structure and strategy? Also, your audience doesn't have to be 'into' responsive design to appreciate the benefits. Who creates a responsive design or responsive content based on whether their audience is 'ready' for such mystical wonders?
Sep
29
comment What is the point of list-style-type?
Some situations call for different list styles, for example the contents of a book can typically use roman for the preamble and decimal for the main content. Lists of legal items can often use roman. Different people, different professions, different needs, different requirements.
Sep
22
comment Is “above the fold” still relevant in 2014?
@Mayo That's one reason :)
Sep
22
comment Does Google filter on auto suggestion to avoid causing offence?
"which returns some very horrific suggestions" Careful what you say - "the search queries that you see as part of Autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of users and the content of web pages. You may also see predictions from relevant searches you’ve done in the past" Just sayin' :)
Sep
19
comment Why does the caps lock key have a down arrow as its icon?
For what it's worth there's a collection of caps lock keys at http://deskthority.net/wiki/Caps_lock
Sep
19
comment Putting the title bar at the bottom of the dialog?
There are conventions to follow and conventions that can be broken or at least tinkered with. For example, it would seem prudent to drive on the same side of the road as everyone else in your own country, but you can customise your car as much as you like (within the law).
Sep
19
comment Putting the title bar at the bottom of the dialog?
There has to be a better reason than you think it's nicer. For example - the users will think it's nicer and your user research provides evidence for this. I'm all for breaking convention IFF the benefits outweigh the friction against expectations. But, I can think of no good reason for this. Can you? Really?
Sep
19
comment Is “Mobile First” still relevant
@JimmyJunior Here's another excellent, interesting and very relevant slideshare from Soeren Engelbrecht at Tryg - a Scandinavian insurance company: User-Centered (Mobile) Device Strategy who had very similar issues. It's true - most users don't really want to fill in claim forms etc on a phone, and it's not worth trying to support the few that do. So you provide the tools - tools for different purposes, and delivered on appropriate devices.
Sep
19
comment Why does the caps lock key have a down arrow as its icon?
@JonW That's what it would seem, yes. Hopefully before long, this question will hit the hotlist and we'll get some more authoritative views from German and other keyboard users!
Sep
19
comment Is “Mobile First” still relevant
@JimmyJunior I extended my answer a bit more to try and consider some of the edited comments in the question
Sep
18
comment What is the best approach for dealing with new users once they have provided their initial sign up info?
LukeW on Gradual engagement and why sign up forms must die
Sep
16
comment What's the most intuitive graph to display the largest changes?
I came across this only yesterday: Choosing a good chart
Aug
28
comment Does dark colour affect user's trust?
Follow the audit trail. You've been given information, so try to trace it to its roots for the evidence that supports the idea. Not saying there is or isn't anything in it, just proposing that a review of the evidence may help determine it's relevance to your particular scenario.
Aug
27
comment Context menus in table
Does it have to work for touch screen devices? For example I was thinking you could you have a button area appear next to a row as you hover over a row, but that's a big no-no for touch screens.
Aug
13
comment What is the emotion that propels UX people?
See also: Articles about Empathy in UX Design collated by @paul-olyslager
Aug
11
comment Rotating arrow vs plus/minus sign for a dropdown in Android
If you're going to be 'sending messages' from items in the list I would make that call to action clear in it's own right, but not confuse it with the action of expanding an item in the list. They are two entirely different intents.
Jul
21
comment Visually show “File cannot be dropped here”
Yes, that was more or less the answer I was looking for: i.e. when you have valid and invalid drop regions, you should not leave it to the user to 'test' each region to see whether it can be dropped on, but be proactive in identifying for the user those ones which can be dropped on. It doesn't have to be a bright colour - just enough to distinguish the valid ones. There may be no need to separately identify the invalid ones - it might be visually better to leave those unchanged so that all the emphasis and transitions are about the valid ones rather than valid and invalid.
Jul
14
comment How long is an experience?
At least half as long as twice its length, if not more.