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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.


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
Feb
10
comment What is the optimal text size for an iPhone 'News application'?
Questions asking for an optimal solution almost always could be reworded. There are so many factors involved it's hard to give a definitive answer.
Feb
9
comment How to best label age group boundaries?
Why are you organizing people into age buckets? What does it matter if someone is 19.99999 years old versus 20 years old? seems like just asking for birth year would be easier, and way more precision than you likely need.
Feb
9
comment Best examples of “How it works” designs for Ecommerce/Deal sites
What's the question you are trying to answer? Survey questions like this usually don't yield good results.
Feb
1
comment Should the results of a calculation happen automatically, or require a button push?
You don't only have to worry about the calculation; rendering it and pushing the pixels around can add some significant time. But it sounds like you're in the realm of 'instant'--and so you might even want to purposely delay before recalculating, say, 0.3-0.5 seconds.
Feb
1
answered Should the results of a calculation happen automatically, or require a button push?
Jan
25
comment How to avoid “hover and cover” on buttons at the end of a form?
Does it matter? The user can dismiss the dropdown, and see the buttons again...
Jan
19
comment Is the color red really appropriate for form validation errors?
Red does seem like overkill. WARNING DANGER WARNING...your zip code has only 4 digits. Seriously? On the flip side, people are used to it...
Jan
19
comment Top-aligned labels for multi column form
Not everyone's eyes go that way. I scan left to right, then to the second row of fields... That said, the main point is right.
Jan
6
awarded  Quorum
Jan
5
comment What's the default rotate symbol for iOs?
Did you make enough for everyone? ;)
Jan
5
comment Well designed log viewers
In this case, every time there is a critical, it is preceded by a warning. Maybe that's important--maybe criticals preceded by warnings have a different meaning than ones that are not. You don't know what's important without involving users. Summarizing things the way you do above throws away a lot of information--which could be good or could be bad.
Jan
4
comment Well designed log viewers
Maybe. Or maybe you need the time-ordering ("Oh, we always see a warning before a critical!"). Talk to your users!
Dec
21
comment Where should I put the punctuation?
See also this explanation of why punctuation should go outside quotes: catb.org/jargon/html/writing-style.html