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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.


Oct
12
comment Why is the “dislike” button going into extinction?
@Ben, yeah. What they really want is a "Damn, dude, that sucks" button.
Oct
10
answered Can ugly be good UX?
Oct
7
answered The psychology of everyday shapes
Oct
7
comment Should we delay the website launch to work on improving user experience and accessibility?
Can you afford to? Can you afford not to? You only get one try at 'launch'.
Oct
7
comment Which date format to use?
As worded this question can't have a good answer. Can you change the title and contents to something less contentious, like "what are advantages and disadvantages of different date formats"?
Oct
4
awarded  Civic Duty
Oct
3
comment Name for a rule about re-using terminology
Yes, you could go with "avoid polysemy" if you wanted to go concise. :)
Oct
3
answered Name for a rule about re-using terminology
Sep
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
29
comment scale or rating design
Echoing the above. We can discuss the UX/interface design (and there are answers below), but the actual domain is highly suspect. People are not very good at self-reporting their mental tendencies accurately; hence the existence of inventories and 'quizzes'.
Sep
29
comment What to do with non priced products when sorting by price?
What is the user task here? What would the user be trying to accomplish when sorting by price, and how would 'priceless' items fit into that task? This will fundamentally affect the answer.
Sep
29
answered Why shouldn't we use words such as 'here' and 'this' in textlinks?
Sep
28
comment Common web app usability gotchas?
cherne.net/brian/resources/jquery.hoverIntent.html is aimed at helping with some of this.
Sep
26
comment How to display interactive notifications inside a pop-up?
Could you use a sidebar or other persistent element rather than a popup?
Sep
26
answered What should a local musician's website look like?
Sep
23
answered Icon resembling “History”
Sep
23
comment How can a TV Remote's UX be improved?
Another thing is the segmentation of the remote into two physical sections. As you say, people use the nav buttons primarily, so they made it easy to hold in a position which puts these readily at thumb.
Sep
23
comment How can a TV Remote's UX be improved?
@Ben, one of the big changes they made is that rarely do you select a channel by number. You select a show, or you select recorded things that it automagically figured out for you. The number buttons are still there, but I can't remember the last time I used them.
Sep
23
comment How can a TV Remote's UX be improved?
You should definitely read this article. It details how designers re-thought the remote for the TiVo, and IMHO succeeded tremendously well: gizmodo.com/5017972/…
Sep
23
answered Tune the radio or tune in?