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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.


Dec
12
comment Why is 13px Arial font the web standard?
It may not be based on research. Most designers just copy what they see on other sites. That's not always a bad thing, mind.
Dec
12
answered How to encourage non-techie users to print the high resolution version in a photo gallery?
Dec
9
comment Why do some apps feel “heavy” while others feel “light”?
Of these three, based on the question, I would say Responsiveness is the most crucial. Giving the user instant feedback to their actions--even if you can't complete the request right away--is crucial. Otherwise it feels like you are dragging the UI along with you.
Dec
7
revised How do people react to domain names without a logical meaning, such as wadja?
edited tags
Dec
1
comment Is there any HTML5 or Javascript based Wireframing tool which can work on iPad?
VNC back to your home machine with Balsamiq on it?
Nov
28
comment What research, patterns or techniques will help me choose the correct colors (or saturations) to the various UI elements of a page?
There is no "CORRECT" color combination. There are rules, and within those rules there is enormous variation...Try something, see how it looks!
Nov
28
answered How to indicate the word “interesting” with an icon?
Nov
25
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
17
comment My boss has a different idea of a website's UX
+100 for "Find out what your users think of your existing offering." This is the perfect time for a usability test. Make two prototypes. Have the users try them. See what happens. ...maybe your boss's design is actually better!
Nov
10
comment Does it matter if Pagination controls are Left, Centered, or Right-Justified?
@tajmo Ah! Okay. I updated the title to make it clearer.
Nov
10
revised Does it matter if Pagination controls are Left, Centered, or Right-Justified?
Changing title to match asker's intent
Nov
10
comment Does it matter if Pagination controls are Left, Centered, or Right-Justified?
Does it actually matter? No clear consensus has emerged, which might be an indication that it doesn't.
Nov
10
answered How to improve my layout
Nov
10
comment Brain computer interface
"is there anything physical in the real world you manipulate with your mind?" Yes! My body. I manipulate it with my mind, via motor neurons.
Nov
4
answered Including everyone in the company User Story creation?
Nov
4
comment Including everyone in the company User Story creation?
What do you consider a user story?
Nov
4
comment Forgotten Passwords - is there a real benefit to asking for memorable password hints on signup?
A bigger question is why you're storing people's identity yourself at all. Use an existing identity service, e.g. OpenID as implemented by any of a dozen other providers.
Nov
2
comment Default gender, “Male” or “Female”
Why do you need the gender? Is there a real, true, legitimate need for it? How about just leaving it out entirely?
Nov
2
answered What are some examples of famous/effective skeuomorph UIs?
Oct
28
comment What are best icons to identify/distinguish TCP and UDP connections
...why? Who is using this info? what skill level do they have? what task will they use the info for?