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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.


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
Dec
19
comment What is the best practice for displaying mixed data in a single data grid?
Why are you showing the data? What purpose will it be put to? Who will use it? How will they use it? These all affect how it should be shown in this specific application.
Dec
19
comment How do I inform the user a component has stopped working?
What is the impact on the user when this occurs? That will help you design the display.
Dec
13
comment How to prove a design opposed by the product stakeholders?
Can you provide some more detail how Richard might apply this to his situation?
Dec
13
comment Which tools and methodologies are used in UX desig to build a UI from analytical data?
This is a huge question. Might as well ask, "So, how do I make my designs usable?" For UX.SE, you probably need to break it down into smaller chunks.