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bio website thinkui.co.uk
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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.


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comment Asking an option to hamburger menu
@BennySkogberg So if that other thing is a ‘hamburger’ menu, what are we calling this thing? Meatballs?
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comment Can text shadow enhance readability?
@MattObee One particular instance of that I (unfortunately) come across every now and then is needing to put light text on to a completely mid grey bg (#808080) where no colour will get the required contrast to meet the guidelines. http://snook.ca/technical/colour_contrast/colour.html#fg=FFFFFF,bg=808080
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comment Best visualization for combinations
Check out the d3.js examples for inspiration - maybe something like the Force Directed Graph, Node Link Tree, Sunburst, Cluster layout. There's examples such as the Hierarchical Classification Tree, and the Tree of Life which might be relevant
Jan
25
comment Are there any case studies which provess that Re-design of existing Website helped to get more traffic and business significantly ?
Yes there are case studies (a simple google search will find many) and for both reasons (and more besides), but this question seems rather broad and also more about marketing than user experience specifically? Also 'redesign' is a vague term. It could mean starting from scratch or modifying a shopping cart, or adding new functionality. Is there a particular UX topic you're trying to explore here?
Jan
24
comment Users stating that the redesign is too bright?
@DA01 This is an interesting question: Could I save printer's ink/toner by changing the font?
Jan
24
comment Users stating that the redesign is too bright?
@DA01 well there is more font smoothing going on in a serif font, resulting in an overall lighter effect, even if the actual font colour is the same. Plus there may just be less pixels covered.
Jan
24
comment Users stating that the redesign is too bright?
I am curious to see an actual screenshot of what it looked like before.
Jan
23
comment What cues can I use to nudge users away from setting extreme values on a slider?
@samgak As a side-note: Do you need all the controls displayed all the time. You could have quick access to each type of control (tab style), but only one of them actually active at any one time with the slider or whatever other controls you have for the current effect. That's not to say you can't show what values all the other effects currently have - you just don't need to clutter the screen with all the actual controls at once.
Jan
23
comment What cues can I use to nudge users away from setting extreme values on a slider?
That's also similar to some physical behaviours, for example a hot water shower handle that sticks in a notch or is actually blocked by a pin at a certain temperature and if you want to go further you have to also push a little button in while turning the handle so as to get the hotter water.
Jan
23
comment What cues can I use to nudge users away from setting extreme values on a slider?
That I haven't tested but I believe it could work with a simple well thought out design and clean but clear visual cues.
Jan
23
comment Human Centered Design vs. User Centered Design
There's almost certainly whole different fields of design and development that this answer is touching on and I'm almost certainly using the wrong terminology for some of this :)
Jan
23
comment Human Centered Design vs. User Centered Design
I would make the distinction between there being (or not being) something you could definitively call a touchpoint between the system and a person where the person has a conscious awareness of the interaction. As always things are never always black or white and the middle ground may be more vague. You might design a building or a park or a city for people with social and environmental factors in mind, but the people who live or work there aren't users exactly - they're just - well - being! Also - maybe it depends on scale of interaction - micro and macro interactions if you like.
Jan
22
comment Is it worth having custom 404 pages for different features of a web app?
@IsmaelMiguel Good point - thanks for pointing out the real 404
Jan
21
comment Is it worth having custom 404 pages for different features of a web app?
It's interesting to know that there is this level of control and fine tuning - and that it's not just about 404.
Jan
21
comment Is it ever useful to show the Password Requirements on page load?
Hi @JonW - Hmm... this is a little generalised. Never is a strong word. Is it ever useful? Yes - to some. Is it always useful? No - not to everyone. The questions are: Where is the line? How blurred is the line? What have you got to lose? and How could you present it more usefully, more accessibly, and more engagingly?
Jan
20
comment Why are calculator screen digits right-aligned?
@MrWonderful Corrected - thanks for noticing!
Jan
20
comment Why are calculator screen digits right-aligned?
@RyanAnderson haha - I didn't even spot that!
Jan
20
comment Should passwords expire?
@user2813274 Hopefully yes, although it's not unheard of! I did think that when writing but didn't expand further on the topic as I wanted to try and keep it a UX issue rather than get into the security issues - which is best left to the linked SE site. But yes you are quite correct - the passwords themselves should not be stored.
Jan
20
comment Selecting Multiple USA States from List
@blam Thanks for the support! To be fair, I extended my answer since that first comment which was in reference only to the tags part of the answer :)
Jan
20
comment Selecting Multiple USA States from List
The obvious answer is a multi-state checkbox.