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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.


Dec
10
comment Are there more elegant options to CAPTCHA?
@Okavango Quoting the linked article in this answer: "For the visually impaired, reCAPTCHA provides an audio CAPTCHA option. Your legitimate users will find our regular audio CAPTCHAs easy to solve. Bots on the other hand will get a much harder audio CAPTCHA designed to block them."
Dec
10
comment Are there more elegant options to CAPTCHA?
And a bit more info in this article from Wired
Dec
9
comment In which position does a loading spinner look faster?
I'm still waiting for this image to load...how big is it?
Nov
28
comment UI for AND, OR and NOT query combinations
Perhaps do it visually using Venn diagrams
Nov
18
comment When is it ok to skip discovery?
I think the Discovery phase is more commonly known as Research.
Nov
3
comment Is the plus (+) universal for adding an Item to a shopping cart?
Not necessarily. Some e-commerce apps/webapps will use this to increment the quantity before adding to the cart...so it's not enough on its own to represent the notion of adding the item to a cart. However, the question doesn't provide any context within which this button will be used, so maybe it works in your particular scenario...
Oct
30
comment Why do websites use a graphic instead of the HTML entity `≡` for the menu icon?
@Ian The toggle-burger is also used on the 'all sections' action of the new Guardian design
Oct
25
comment How do I make a list NOT look scrollable?
@R.. Sure - that's a good point - it's always important to design content within the context of it's next largest container (and so on) and we don't have enough information in the question to be able to comment usefully in that area for this particular scenario, so I guess that aspect is in the hands of the OP.
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