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I'm a UX specialist investigating analysis and design of multi-user interaction. I specialize in design of CLIs and GUIs for use by programmers, QEs, and release engineers.

My doctoral work centered around using discourse analysis techniques to understand design requirements for groupware. I am currently employed helping to design a complex versioning/building/testing system.

In my spare time, I write science fiction; my first novel Duplicate is available as an eBook, paperback, or hardcover. My second novel, We Were Gods is also available as an eBook or paperback. Yes, there's a fair amount of programming and user experience in each of them. ;)

My statements on these websites are not official statements from any employer of mine.


Jun
11
answered Suitable alternative to trackbar control
Jun
8
awarded  Caucus
Jun
4
answered Best position for collapse indicator on collapsible content
Jun
4
comment How do I make a sitemap for a non-trivial and non-linear e-commerce web app?
Why would you make a sitemap for this app?
May
15
awarded  Good Answer
May
2
answered Solution when I need small links on mobile optimised site for touch screen devices?
May
2
comment How could you design a dishwasher to always be able to tell whether the dishes are clean or dirty?
Was this a homework assignment?
Apr
18
comment Is it ok to style a label as a link to “trick” users into hover it?
Then keep the (i) idea, but make it a hover target, rather than a clickable link. Using a false affordance (a 'link') seems like the wrong way to get people to hover there, but I see many sites which have a (i) or (?) icon that is intended to afford hovering for more info. Of course, I'd make the entire cell have the tooltip, just for convenience...
Apr
17
comment Should “gender” be required, or is there a better way to collect this information?
Do a bit more research. Intergender and asexual folks exist. And people for whom disclosing gender can cause serious societal problems, or simply discomfort. The world is not as simple as a pair of radio buttons, one of them 'correct' and one 'incorrect'.
Apr
13
comment Should “gender” be required, or is there a better way to collect this information?
Among other problems, this presumes everyone has a gender and wants to disclose it. See that linked-to question...
Apr
4
comment Why don't most elevator panels let you unselect?
It's not just kids hitting every button...
Apr
3
answered How can I check if my user interface is suited for colorblind people?
Mar
29
comment Flow of Dynamic Grid
I would say, don't use a masonry grid if you want to enforce a particular ordering on the reading of content. Of course, the question then becomes why you want to enforce that ordering-would another method work better? (e.g. a timeline)
Mar
27
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Mar
27
comment What is the use philosophy behind app-based computing environments?
While an interesting question, it really isn't a great fit for the Stack Exchange format. Maybe hop on the chat rooms and get a conversation going?
Mar
5
comment Is there a word that descibes a UX that has been added-to over time and as a result no longer reflects the designers original intent?
"Design creep".
Mar
5
comment How to handle pagination in lists that autoupdate
Is there any way to get rid of that pagination? The idea of having multiple things paginate all on the same page is some sort of 'bad usability smell'. As a user I would lose info left and right (literally).
Feb
22
comment Best words to indicate appreciate/depreciate instead of like/dislike
Thumbs up/down works fine for Pandora. You may be overthinking this...
Feb
21
revised Usability of hiding the submit button (and using the enter key to submit)
missing word
Feb
13
revised Must-read User Interface Book?
fixed author name